12 May 2014

Aramex to build private parcel lockers for growing e-commerce market in Middle East

Aramex, the global logistics and transportation solutions provider, has entered into a joint venture with InPost, the world’s largest parcel lockers network, ensuring that consumers across the Middle East will be able to access private automated parcel lockers for all e-commerce activities by the end of 2014.

According to Aramex, the rapid growth in the region’s e-commerce industry has been driven by an increasingly affluent, urban population; increased appetite and demand for e-commerce products and services and an increasing number of new e-retailers entering the market. The e-commerce market in the UAE alone is currently estimated at over US$2.9 billion and is expected to grow to over US$5.1 billion by 2015, Aramex said. 

The new partnership will create a network of automated parcel lockers that will be set up across the region in all major cities and towns. The move will support the development of the rapidly growing e-commerce industry in the Middle East by providing online businesses and consumers purchasing online, with a simple solution for sending and receiving packages. Through these new, automated self-service terminals, e-retailers will be able to send goods ordered online direct to parcel lockers, whilst customers will be able to collect their e-shopping at preselected terminals at their leisure.

Iyad Kamal, Chief Operating Officer of Aramex said: “Across our markets in the Middle East and Africa, we are seeing the rapid growth of the e-commerce industry and our new partnership with InPost will enable us to continue to capitalise on this trend by strengthening our e-commerce services. To sustain this growth, more efficient platforms and systems for the e-commerce community are required and our partnership with InPost will play an important role in developing this market.” 

Rafal Brzoska, Chief Executive Officer of InPost said: “Having already established an extensive global network, we are excited about the considerable opportunities across the e-commerce sector in the Middle East and Africa and proud to be introducing parcel lockers for the first time to the region.