An Post’s AddressPal service has registered over 100,000 new users in need of a UK delivery address for shopping on UK websites which will not ship to the Republic of Ireland, or who charge large fees. After just seven months trading and its first Cyber Monday, AddressPal is delivering over 20,000 items a week from the hub to ‘click and collect’ points in post offices.
An Post expects numbers to jump further in the run-up to Christmas and over the New Year sales. With free, online registration, AddressPal allows consumers to make a purchase and get the item shipped to a post office in Ireland, for just €3.50. “We’re the new market leader in this business segment,” An Post sales and marketing director Liam Sheehan (pictured) said.
“From a standing start, we hit the ground running in April, saw steady growth all summer but as soon as the UK voted for Brexit and sterling took a dive, AddressPal took off. We now have 100,000 registered customers – 50,000 in the last 12 weeks alone – and there’s no sign of it slowing. Thankfully, capacity isn’t an issue for us, given our infrastructure,” Sheehan added.
An Post plans for next year include the launch of AddressPal from the US.