InPost reaches 13,000 lockers with solar-powered APM
InPost has deployed its 13,000th automated parcel machine (APM) in Poland with its first-ever solar-powered locker as it expands its sustainable logistics solutions.
The milestone parcel terminal has been installed in the town of Sopot, on the outskirts of the port city of Gdansk.
“At InPost, we are continually re-defining the last mile delivery experience for consumers, providing unrivalled convenience, speed and quality of service. We are pleased to reach another milestone, our 13,000th APM in Poland, as we continue to extend our leading market position in our home market,” said CEO Rafał Brzoska.
“Today, we are taking the next step as we lead the way in becoming the most sustainable form of e-commerce delivery. With our first renewable energy solution for APMs – an industry first in Poland - we will be able to significantly reduce our energy consumption, simplify our network deployment, while further enhancing our value proposition to all our stakeholders.”
Lockers more sustainable than home deliveries
Brzoska continued: “Moreover, our APMs play a crucial role is reducing harmful emissions and protecting our planet. Last year, we generated more than 100,000 tons of CO2 savings for the environment, while simultaneously reducing traffic and noise pollution.”
InPost claims that deliveries to parcel lockers generate 66% fewer emissions than to homes in urban areas and as much as 90% less in rural areas, as well as reducing traffic congestion.
Green City solutions
The latest milestone follows InPost’s recent announcements related to its “Green City” program aimed at the largest cities in Poland, focusing on a wide range of innovative and environmental initiatives. Since the program was announced, the company has signed agreements with the cities of Łódź, Kraków, Kielce, Zielona Góra, Częstochowa and Wałbrzych.
Apart from parcel lockers, InPost’s Green City programme includes replacing traditional vehicles with electric ones, installing electric chargers at APMs and planting air-purifying vegetation.
Overall, InPost now operates 14,500 lockers, including over 1,400 in the UK, along with home deliveries in Poland through its courier network. With the acquisition of France’s Mondial Relay, the company now has a European out-of-home delivery network of about 28,000 locations, including 15,800 PUDO points in France, Benelux and Iberia.