I've just read the JL thread and was thinking about how much of a pain it is to have to take days off work to wait in for things to be delivered and also how the depots you have to go and collect parcels from are always miles away or, in the case of Royal Mail, open during standard working hours only .
Do you reckon there would be mileage in a service within your local area that would receive parcels/deliveries for you and then text you to let you know they've arrived? You could then go and collect it or have it delivered at a mutually agreed time. You could sign up for a monthly fee and then always have parcels sent to them or could pay a one off fee for one off deliveries?
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Hmm. Interesting idea. I can see how it would be useful, but I'd have a few concerns. For a start, as a new (and unusual) business, how would you convince people you were trustworthy? You'd probably have to spend a lot on advertising to build up a client base. Also, it wouldn't work for very large items, like furniture, kitchen appliances etc, and smaller things people can often get delivered to themselves at work anyway.
Also, there are legal issues - not many companies would want to take the position of bailee for unlimited parcels, nor would they be able to do so without express permission of the sender as it is not until the ownership passes that you become liable and the sender may not be happy for the receiver to act as bailee because of the risk of credit card chargebacks etc. as they had not verified their status etc.
Isn't this exactly what Collect Plus is? They deliver to a local store of your choice and you can collect it (and return it) whenever suits you. It's places like garages, village shops etc. and I notice more and more places are offering it now...New Look, Littlewoods etc.