Allegro, the largest b-to-c marketplace in Poland, has invited suppliers to submit bids to deliver 3,000 automated parcel lockers as part of the company’s plans to develop its own network.
Half of the requested parcel lockers are to be supplied in 2021, with the first machines coming in March, Reuters reported. InPost and DHL have both been asked to submit bids.
Allegro’s financial director, Joe Eastick, confirmed the company’s plan to create its own network of pick-up points in an interview for Pap.pl. The company has not yet commented on the latest report from Reuters.
The move is meant to secure Allegro’s delivery network in the face of possible reshuffles at InPost, its largest delivery partner.
Allegro extended its agreement with Inpost for another seven years in October. Since then, InPost also entered into a cooperation agreement with Amazon. The company’s owner, Advent International, also put it up for sale. Allegro has a pre-emption right but may find InPost, which is currently valued at over 9 billion Polish zlotys ($2.4 billion U.S.), a bit too pricey.
Allegro’s H1 2020 net revenue was PLN 1.8 billion ($480.8 million U.S.), up from PLN 1.2 billion in the same period last year. Adjusted EBITDA was PLN 808 million ($216 million U.S.), up from PLN 631 million in H1 FY2019.
As of June 30, Allegro had around 12.3 million active buyers on its marketplace, a 13% year-on-year increase.