40% growth in pick-up points in Europe

April 19, 2021 by
Sanne Leenders

There has been a 40% growth in pick-up/drop-off points in the European Union and the United Kingdom since mid-2019. Especially in Poland there was a significant increase in the number of PUDOs (pick-up/drop-off points), according to Ecommerce News. From the middle part of 2019 until now, the number of access points in Poland has increased by over 70%. However, the country in Europe with the most PUDO points is Germany.

The countries with the most pick-up/drop-off points are the following. Germany has approximately 57,000 PUDOs (pick-up/drop-off points), followed by France with approximately 45,000 PUDOs. The third and fourth place are taken by the United Kingdom, with 38,000 PUDOs, and Italy with 36,000 PUDOs.

Last Mile Experts completed a major study of pick-up/drop-off and automated parcel machine networks in 27 EU countries and the UK together with Upido. Estimates are there are now more than 336,000 PUDO locations available across Europe. “And, as an increasingly important part of any out-of-home infrastructure, there are more than 43,000 automated parcel machine units.”

Most automated parcel machines in Poland

Poland has the largest number of automated parcel machines (11,000). This is followed by Spain (10,000) and Germany (7,000). However, the densest out-of-home network can be found in Finland. In this Nordic country, most parcels are delivered this way.

The report also shows the specificities per country regarding the usual delivery places.  In many countries, most parcels will be delivered at the consumers’ homes. On the other hand, in countries such as Latvia (only 56% get delivered at home) and Estonia (58%) this is less obvious.

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