Open parcel locker network to be rolled out in Lithuania
The first open parcel locker network in Lithuania is to be developed by fintech company Paysera. Paysera aims to have 150-200 parcel lockers installed within a year.
Paysera, a fintech company that provides payment gateway services for e-shops and other financial services, is strengthening its position in e-commerce by launching its newest project, Lockers – the first carrier-neutral parcel locker network in Lithuania. The parcel terminals will be available for any courier service provider to deliver and store parcels.
Currently, Paysera is focusing on developing its parcel locker network in the Lithuanian market first but also has plans to expand the network to other countries in Europe in the near future.
Not connected to the electricity grid, the lockers will be powered by solar energy, equipped with energy-saving devices, reserve batteries, and designed to withstand the cold of winter. In addition, some of the parcel locker cells will be thermally insulated.
Kostas Noreika, the main shareholder of Paysera comments: “Parcel terminals are usually installed near big supermarkets or stores since they need electricity to operate. However, our parcel lockers do not require electricity and instead are powered by solar energy and, therefore, can be located in public locations, residential areas, or other places where there are no other storage facilities available, such as children’s playgrounds, parks, or at a roadside. This makes the lockers very mobile and easy to install with few demands to their physical location. As a result, they can easily change their purpose and become a storage facility at a music festival or a beach.”
The Lockers network will operate as an open network – meaning that any parcel or courier company can deliver to the parcel lockers.
“From the perspective of delivery companies, the last mile is by far the most expensive part in the logistics chain. So we are ready to provide delivery companies with access to the areas where there are no parcel lockers whatsoever. This way, we will help delivery companies to make last-mile deliveries as cost-effective as possible,” says K. Noreika.
Itella becomes the first partner to deliver parcels to Lockers. Other postal and courier companies are still in talks over the terms and conditions of the deliveries.