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Irish postal provider An Post launches delivery box service

An Post, the state-owned postal services provider of Ireland, is joining the world of delivery boxes. Last month, An Post announced it has started its Delivery Box service. “No more missed deliveries, stress-free online shopping and your parcels delivered safely even when you are out”, the company promises.

The service, called very originally ‘Delivery Box’, offers a wall-mounted box which holds letters and parcels in a locked and weather-resistant box, as Post & Parcel writes. Customers will also be able to leave their stamped mail or online shopping returns in the box for collection by the courier.

The box is allied to the nationwide delivery network of An Post and will cost 69.99 euros. Customers will get the box, access keys, installation template and activation card within five working days of ordering. As proof of delivery, An Post will use a scanning system so there’s no need for a signature. And when a delivery has been made, the customer will get a notification.

The delivery box service is said to be a part of An Post’s response to changing consumer needs. “It’s ideal for online shopping and for ensuring confidentiality of the mail. No more waiting around for deliveries, no more missed parcels”, the postal company says.

An Post experimented with the delivery box in urban and rural parts of Dublin, Galway, Waterford and Donegal last year and the responsive was very positive. Now it will launch the service in the South East of the country, with a nationwide rollout to follow soon. An Post’s contract parcel business increased by 22% in 2013, due to the growth in online shopping.

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