As the Christmas shopping period hits its peak this week, so too does the problem of missed deliveries. Consumers who are unable to be at home to receive packages face the frustration of re-scheduling deliveries, huge Post Office queues and even damaged and stolen items when parcels are left.
For many commuters, having parcels delivered to their office is the answer, but a new initiative, Clean Air, Better Business is urging Londoners to consider the environmental impact these deliveries make. Currently, 30% of traffic in Central London is for deliveries, and 40% of the deliveries made to workplaces are for personal packages that are then transported home by the recipient, resulting in congestion, air pollution and inconvenience for everyone.
The Clean Air, Better Business initiative, which was launched by the Cross River Partnership and supported by The Mayor of London, has highlighted Click & Collect services as one of the key solutions to this problem. The campaign promotes the use of High Street retailers’ own Click & Collect systems, services like Amazon Locker and Click & Collect networks like HubBox, which enable customers to shop at any online retailer and have goods delivered to a more convenient point closer to home. The website includes a handy map function, enabling users to quickly identify a range of convenient collect points that are closer to home or along their commute route.
Improving air quality in London has been highlighted as a priority through the Mayor of London’s “Clearing the Air” strategy. With 9,400 deaths in London linked to toxic air pollution each year, the campaign is calling upon individuals to make small changes to their own habits to help London become one of the cleanest, greenest cities in the world.
For further information on the Clean Air, Better Business initiative, go to www.clickcollect.london, or to use HubBox Click & Collect for your next delivery go to www.hub-box.com