A new e-commerce logistics business set up by the co-founder of Ireland’s Nightline has teamed up with BWG Foods to provide a pick-up and return service for online purchases.

Dave Field, who helped set up Ireland’s largest independent supply chain business before it was sold to UPS in 2017, said Coll-8’s partnership with BWG – branded drop2shop - offered consumers “a significant improvement on what’s currently available.”

Field said: “Up to now, consumers buying online have found that collection of purchases or the return of unwanted goods has been anything but convenient.

“They have to spend time waiting at home, use one of a limited number of locker boxes which might be some distance from where they live or else call into post offices during their opening hours.

“Our agreement means being able to capitalise on a much more comprehensive network of locations across Ireland to pick-up and return parcels, places where more than one million people shop every day already.”

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Deliveries of online goods will be made at the same time as store stock using BWG’s fleet, which Coll-8 said also meant “an enormous reduction in carbon emissions and traffic.”

Joanne Mellon, BWG logistics director, said: “Coll-8 may be a start-up but it’s run by individuals who arguably understand the Irish e-commerce delivery sector better than anyone else.”

BWG Foods operates a 280-strong fleet with 1,092 locations across the Republic of Ireland, under brands such as Spar, Mace, XL and Londis.