This move is part of its continued efforts to strengthen its logistics value chain and enhance last mile logistics efficiency, said the company statement.
'Currently, the network comprises 170 lockers in Madrid and Barcelona, Spain, and more than 80 lockers in Paris, France. There are plans to deploy 2,000 lockers in the two countries, extending to major cities such as Lyon, Bordeaux and Lille, by the end of the fiscal year in March 2022,' said the press release,
The locker network will enable Cainiao, also Hangzhou-based, to provide a fuss-free and contactless logistics service with flexible pick-up times for consumers, especially those who shop on AliExpress, the global marketplace of the Alibaba Group.
AliExpress consumers can opt for self-collection at the nearest locker, and pick up their parcels by entering a code or scanning a QR code. This offering also reduces carbon footprint of last-mile logistics services.
Over the past years, Cainiao, formerly known as China Smart Logistics Network, has been setting up its smart regional eHub located at the Liege Airport, which will serve as a key node in its global logistics network to connect chartered flights between China and Europe.
'Spain and France are two key European markets for Cainiao, so it is of utmost importance for us to continuously improve customer experience in these countries, while also reducing their carbon footprint,' said Cainiao European manager David Bu.