PostNL expands train station package delivery

PostNL has started placing package vending machines at nine major train stations. People can have their package sent to such a machine and retrieve it when it suits them.

The package machines will be placed on Schiphol Plaza, Utrecht Centraal, Den Haag Centraal, Rotterdam Centraal and Amsterdam Centraal, among others. The company wants the nine vending machines to be operational in the week before Sinterklaas.

Web shoppers will soon be able to choose to have their order delivered to one of the vending machines. The customer will receive a text message when the package has been delivered. The package must be picked up within three days, otherwise it will be sent to another PostNL collection point. PostNL eventually wants to make it possible to also send packages through the machines.

PostNL tested the concept at Almere station. According to the postal service, 89 percent of users were satisfied with the new service.

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