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Retailers to launch click-and-collect alliance

Shoppers will soon be able to buy an item from one shop and collect it from another in a scheme that starts in June, reports Retail Week.

Logistics firm DPD is behind the scheme called PickUp and Halfords is one of the first retailers to sign up and will make the service available in 351 of its shops. The Rowlands and Numark pharmacy chains have also signed up to PickUp, adding 683 shops.

DPD is looking to create a network of 2,500 shops across the country in a bid to increase footfall in shops.

Dwain McDonald, DPD boss, said that he is in discussions with other big-name clients about allowing their goods to be delivered to participating retail peers and acting as pick-up points themselves. He added that shops will have control over which stores they team up with to avoid sending their own customers into rivals’ shops.

This week the Government paved the way for an explosion of click-and-collect services when it removed the requirement for planning permission to install pick-up points in stores.

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