This week, Instabox is launching a brand new innovative service that enables locker deliveries between individuals through selected marketplaces. The latest addition to Instabox's product portfolio will facilitate the shift towards a stronger second-hand market.
Two of three Swedish consumers have bought at least one second-hand item in the past year. The largest categories within the second-hand segment include furniture, consumer electronics and clothing, each of which is estimated to have a turnover of more than SEK 3 billion per year. The average second-hand consumer in Sweden makes four purchases per year, where most transactions are made within the clothing sector. Given the economic and environmental benefits that second-hand implies, the growth is expected to remain strong.
— We see great potential for second-hand purchases and a lot of advantages in fostering its growth. In particular, it goes hand in hand with our sustainability focus. We have worked hard to develop a consumer-friendly and convenient C2C service and look forward to making it available to Swedish consumers," says David Lundqvist, Chief Commercial Officer at Instabox.
Instabox's new service will be available on most marketplaces, but the first to offer the service is plick. Founded in 2013, plick is Sweden's largest niche marketplace for clothing, shoes, and accessories. More than two million parcels are sent through plick every year.
—To be the first marketplace to offer Instabox's new service is honorable and exciting. Their new, seamless, innovative and straightforward C2C service goes hand in hand with our platform and is something we know our users will appreciate, says Robert Jurewicz, Chief Marketing Officer at Plick.
How does the service work?
Once a purchase has been made via plick and the buyer has chosen Instabox as the shipping option, the delivery works just like a regular Instabox delivery. The seller chooses their nearest Instabox, packs the item to be shipped and labels the package with a 4-digit code using a pen. The process works just like a normal Instabox return, except that there is no need to scan a barcode. The seller simply enters the code received via text message into the selected box and places the package in the opening compartment.
Instabox is a logistics company providing lightning-quick, hassle-free and fossil-free e-commerce deliveries. The company is operating 4500 automated parcel lockers in the Nordics, the Netherlands and Germany. Instabox has consistently grown by more than 300% per year since its start, making it one of the fastest growing startups in Europe.