Parcels company Yodel has launched a collection and delivery service that can be accessed directly by consumers – YodelDirect.
Consumers and small business owners can arrange for a Yodel driver to collect one or more parcels from their home or office for delivery to friends, family or businesses across the UK.
The company said the move was a response to consumer demand for direct access to its collection services. Until now the service has only been available to businesses and been subject to a minimum annual parcel volume.
Executive chairman Dick Stead said: “The launch of YodelDirect opens up a whole new market and makes Yodel’s services available not just to consumers wanting to send a birthday present, but also to online marketplace sellers, entrepreneurs and small businesses. It’s a hassle-free alternative for busy people who don’t have time to wait in a Post Office queue.”
Collections can be booked online, without the need to set up an account. The web site generates an address label and barcode, to be printed off and attached to the parcel. Orders placed before 10pm will be collected the next working day and the pick-up confirmed by email.
Services include next day and two day delivery, Northern Ireland and ‘Highland and Islands’ delivery services all of which are trackable, including proof of delivery and insurance up to the value of £20 per parcel as standard.
Yodel, which delivers more than 150 million parcels a year, is marking the launch of the service by renaming its sponsorship of the Tour of Britain sprints jersey as the “YodelDirect Sprints”.
* Home Delivery Network Limited was renamed Yodel Delivery Network Limited last month. The company has been trading under the Yodel name since May 2010.