Planning changes to support ‘Click and Collect’
CornerDrop is a service that allows you to register your location online to accept parcels – and that could be anywhere, such as a coffee shop, gym, nursery etc. It can also be used from any website, regardless of who actually delivers the parcel. Andrew Lasota, CEO of CornerDrop, says “We are democratising Click and Collect and championing the customer and supporting the real high street!”.
Today he shares the news that the government are catching on to the importance of ecommerce and making it easier for consumers to access click and drop locations, here’s what he had to say:
The government has announced that they are making it easier to erect a small building (or extend a delivery bay) to accommodate a greater capacity of Click and Collect goods. The suggestion is that it falls within Permitted Development, negating the need for complex administration etc. to create more storage areas.
This is great news, but is probably as a result of only a few locations offering the service in a large area (symptomatic of the disjointed nature of the courier Click and Collect solutions) and becoming overwhelmed by parcels at peak times. The answer – make it easier to build more storage capacity?
Just changing a planning law does not open up Click and Collect to everyone on the high street, it makes it easier for those who offer the service to build bigger storage units.
There are literally thousands of independent businesses out there who would like to offer this service to their customers. We think Click and Collect should be offered by far more locations, fairly and where customers want them! Not prescribed by courier companies or online retailers.