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Lidl Finland introduces parcel machines for click and collect

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Lidl is introducing parcel machines in stores in Finland, allowing customers to accept deliveries from major carriers.

The machines will operate in Lidl stores at Rautatienkatu, Tampere and Espoonlahti, Espoo.

DHL, Postnord, DB Schenker and Matkahuolto will all deliver to the lockers, which are provided by Finnish company Smartmile.

Lidl plans to introduce the lockers at other stores including Tukkutori, Helsinki during the early summer. It already has Smartpost machines available in 41 stores across Finland.

The grocer said in a statement that customers will be able to “handle both grocery shopping and postal packages at the same time.”

Lidl operational director Nicholas Pennanen said: “We have good experience with parcel machines in our stores and our customers have been satisfied with the increased service offering. Of course, we want to make our customers’ lives easier and listen to their wishes.”

PostNord and PostNL recently expanded trials of parcel lockers. PostNL has just introduced an additional six parcel and letter machines in the Dutch city of Tilburg, bringing the total up to 20.

Meanwhile, PostNord has extended its own trial of a similar technology in Denmark. The company has added an additional 40 lockers in Sonderborg alongside the 200 it already had in Kolding.