UAE-based logistics provider Aramex has signed a joint venture with InPost to setup a parcel locker network across the region.
Under the deal a network of automated parcel lockers will be installed across all major cities and towns in the Middle East and Africa, serving as a location for businesses and consumers engaging in online purchases to collect and send packages.
“There are numerous synergies across our businesses and this partnership offers some exciting opportunities to further develop and grow our e-commerce proposition, enhance our last mile delivery solutions and improve the overall customer service experience for our clients,” said Iyad Kamal, COO of Aramex.
E-commerce is growing rapidly in MEA, driven by increasingly affluent urban populations and an increasing number of online retailers entering the market.
In the UAE the e-commerce market is valued at over $2.9 billion and is expected to grow to $5.1 billion by 2015.
Rafal Brzoska, CEO of InPost said: “Having already established an extensive global network, we are excited about the considerable opportunities across the e-commerce sector in the Middle East and Africa and proud to be introducing parcel lockers for the first time to the region.”