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.
Paysera aims to have 150-200 parcel lockers installed in Lithuania within a year. 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.
"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," says Kostas Noreika, the main shareholder of Paysera.
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.
Open parcel locker networks operate in other countries as well. DPD, Poczta Polska, and DHL deliver parcels to this type of locker in Poland; DHL, PostNord, and bring deliver in Denmark; and DHL, PostNord, and Matkahuolto in Finland. For example, in Latvia, Latvijas Pasts is developing an open parcel locker network for homes which will also be open to different service providers.