Smart logistics company Pargo has expanded its network to over 3 000 click-and-collect pickup points in SA, to offer online shoppers the ability to easily collect their orders.
The new pickup points can be found at several franchises, including Clicks Pharmacy, FreshStop at Caltex and Lewis stores, as well as many independent retailers across the country.
According to the company, the pickup points are strategically located to give consumers, who normally don’t have easy access to e-commerce, the ability to receive their orders where it is more convenient to them.
Pargo has a partnership with online and omni-channel businesses in SA, and previously had over 2 500 pickup points across SA.
The company uses advanced tech capability to enable customers to track and trace their orders, through its online portal.
Pargo says last year it reported 153% growth in order volumes, as many South Africans increasingly opt for alternative delivery methods, like click-and-collect. The company says with deliveries likely to experience even greater popularity during the onset of the third wave of COVID-19 infections in SA, it is expecting accelerated growth this year.
“Our Pargo pickup point network is always growing,” says Lars Veul, co-founder of Pargo,
“We’ve recently celebrated a major milestone of over 3 000 pickup points, which are currently servicing over 87% of SA’s postal codes. Each of our pickup points is reinforcing their strict COVID-19 protocols to foster quick, safe and contactless parcel collections for customer convenience and peace of mind.”
Pargo says its agile logistics solution is also accommodative of those living both in the rural and urban areas and through its partnership with tertiary institutions like the University of Cape Town, University of the Free State and Rhodes University.
Peter de Beer, head of pickup points at Pargo, points out that apart from offering online shoppers the ability to collect their orders, pickup points also benefit retailers through the increase in customer footfall.
“Though shoppers visit our pickup points to collect their online orders, we often see that many of them complete their collection while doing more shopping.
“One of our largest pickup point partners, Clicks, estimates that around 30% of all Pargo customers who visit their stores for click-and-collect delivery end up making additional in-store purchases,” says De Beer.
Pargo also recently partnered with Global Oil gas stations to turn more than 80 of its sites into pickup points.