Logistics company Pargo has announced a new partnership with Spar and the Lewis Group in a move to become the largest pick-up point network in South Africa with over 2,000 stores.
Pargo said that South Africans can now use selected Spar, Lewis, Beares and Best Home and Electric stores as parcel drop-off and pick-up points.
It added that the partnership will allow it to further strengthen its already extensive network – especially in the more rural regions in the country where parcel delivery is particularly challenging and can be very expensive.
Pargo is a smart logistics company that enables retailers to offer a more accessible, affordable and convenient delivery service by solving the challenges of last-mile distribution.
The company was founded in 2015 by Lars Veul and Derk Hoekert in response to the growing African e-commerce landscape and lack of available delivery and return options.
“Logistics is recognized worldwide as a friction point in e-commerce while it is a key enabler for the growth of online companies,” said Pargo co-founderDerk Hoekert.
“This is especially true in the African environment where 75% of the population lives in areas that are challenging and expensive to service.
“People that live in small towns and rural regions often have trouble receiving their goods and in major cities, this is the case for people in certain townships, security living estates and major office buildings. This means that traditional couriers need an average of 2.5 delivery attempts for every successful delivery leading to high costs and frustrated customers.”