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VENTURES: Courier More Convenient For Consumer


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Now it’s so easy and convenient to send a parcel via courier to anywhere in South Africa you can even do it when you go shopping at your local supermarket!

"The new Berco Drop-Boxes at the local Pick ‘n Pay stores will provide customers with greater choice, flexibility and convenience,” said Andy van der Velde, CEO of Berco Express. “We are already in over 120 stores throughout the country so far and the service is being very well supported.”

For a flat rate of R 99 customers purchase a Drop-Box Retail Pack from the Kiosk in-store, which comprises a simple waybill and a plastic envelope. The Retail Pack gives step by step instructions explaining how the system works.

The system is incredibly simple,” explains Lyndsay Webster-Rozon, E-Tailing General Manager at Pick ‘n Pay Head Office, “You buy a pack and fill the plastic sleeve/bag with your books, documents or personal effects, complete the waybill and keep a copy for reference. The waybill goes into the see-through pouch on the plastic sleeve and then you drop the package into the Berco Drop-Box.”

Parcels need to be dropped into the Berco Drop Box before the collection time indicated on the Drop- Box in the store, which is usually between 4 and 4-30 pm. Delivery directly to the recipient will be before 10-30am the following business day in all main centres.

We think that the service will be very popular – one size, one cost and no account required. It is a straightforward and easy to use system and parcels can be tracked on line at,” explains van der Velde.

Customers are looking for convenience and flexibility these days and the Drop-Box system certainly fills this criteria. They are situated close to the entrance of the store so they are easy to find! Drop-Boxes have been a way of life in the USA for many years, with one well known courier company having almost 40 000 drop boxes positioned around the USA.

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