Amazon has revealed it is pulling out of the Collect+ group from next week, meaning consumers will no longer be able to pick up parcels from its network of newsagents, supermarkets and petrol stations.
Founded in 2009, Collect+ has over 5,500 outlets in its network and over 260 retail brands offering Collect+ as a tracked click and collect and returns option for their customers.
However, Amazon says the move is designed to ensure “we can continue to provide customers with the greatest possible service, low prices and convenience when shopping online”.
The company has a network of more than 13,000 Amazon pickup locations across the UK, including Amazon Locker, Pass My Parcel, Doddle and Local Collect.
These also include rail and tube stations, newsagents and convenience stores, universities, libraries, business parks, and an airport. Late last year, the company also jumped into bed with Royal Mail and the Post Office to provide a click and collect service from Post Office branches.
Collect+ began by providing returns services for brands such as Asos, Littlewoods, K&Co and Boden at PayPoint branded stores. It launched what it claims is a cheaper and more convenient delivery and parcel collection service direct from the high street in 2011.
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