Parcel delivery network Lockars says it will launch a 10,000 unit network of solar-powered lockers in the UK this year in London with 25,000 in total planned for the UK.
The company claims that its solar panelled lockers are an industry first, and claims that the resulting reduction in delivery vans, when fully deployed, will be 14,500 – removing 6,000 from the streets of London alone. In turn, the corresponding decrease in CO2 particulates will be of 70%, compared to home deliveries.
After the UK the company then plans to expand into Europe in 2023.
Juan Sotolongo, CEO of Lockars, said: “2021 is the time to innovate the way we deliver and receive parcels. With both the significant increase in home-based delivery and the need to reduce carbon emissions in cities, a new ecosystem is required. Our story started 20 years ago from working within the industry and studying the best approach which will benefit consumers, retailers and carriers. We anticipated the exponential growth in B2C parcel delivery that we are seeing today, but there were infrastructure problems in addressing the last mile deliveries, that being the cost of building a dense locker network is prohibitive for any single carrier. By building an open network, all parties can benefit from this infrastructure.”
“Lockars was born to address the many issues that carriers, consumers, city planners and retailers now face, such as unanswered doors, heavy traffic and failed journeys. We have reengineered parcel delivery, examining every detail to develop a system that benefits all parties. We are building urban infrastructures to solve a growing problem and a new world of home deliveries.”