New Delivery Concept Promises to Shake Up the European Express Delivery Industry
PR-Inside.com: 2017-12-05 15:21:13
A game-changing international delivery startup LivingPackets has secured support of the five-star St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, part of Marriott International Inc, for the launch of its pilot express delivery service between London and Paris.
Cooperation with Marriott’s iconic hospitality brand marks a major breakthrough for the new European tech start-up, which uses existing traveller trips to deliver parcels within Europe in just a few hours, avoiding storage and transport-related costs as well as harmful CO2 emissions. It also recognises the growing need for the USD 150bn-worth global express delivery industry to be more efficient.
How It Works
LivingPackets uses a concept, which is still very new in the logistics & delivery industry, but is seen by its founders as the most obvious solution in the age of the Sharing Economy and P2P (peer-to-peer) services. It harnesses individual traveller networks and its patented “intelligent” bags (featuring a camera, shock and temperature sensors, real-time tracking, electronic lock and Bluetooth) without compromising a delivery’s safety and security.
A sender books a delivery via the LivingPackets mobile app, and deposits the item himself or asks for a pick up. The item is then delivered to a designated point near the international train terminal at Kings Cross St Pancras and is placed in a secure bag by the LivingPackets security operators (called “the Guardians”). A traveller participating in the LivingPackets network is automatically notified and will pick up the bag on his way to the platform. The process is fully automated and takes just a few hours from the pick-up to delivery.
A New Model: Profit-Sharing
Additionally, the LivingPackets’ profit sharing business model is in itself a novelty in the world of startup fundraising practices: the investors who support the business via crowdfunding receive 50% of the profits. To date, the startup has raised EUR 80k.
“We are very happy to be working with LivingPackets, whose innovative delivery model will now allow us to offer a Premium service to all our clients to deliver their belongings to Paris in just a few hours and at a reasonable price,” said Salvatore Bartolone, Head Concierge at St Pancras Renaissance.
“We are proud to be a trusted partner of St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, an iconic luxury brand in the European hospitality industry, and we are close to reaching agreements with other top-market industry names. We also see a huge demand for fast, affordable and reliable deliveries from online retailers and luxury brands. With no existing alternative to the established and aging international logistics practices, there is a lot of room for young and disruptive ‘sharing economy’ players like LivingPackets to step in,” said Marie Le Page, LivingPackets CEO in the UK.
LivingPackets is a European tech startup that is looking to improve and change the world of express deliveries. It offers the fastest, most reliable and most affordable international delivery services to date, using individual traveller’s networks and its unique patented traceable bags. LivingPackets contributes to a greener and fairer world thanks to its unique profit-sharing model, smart technology and its environment- friendly approach. Established in 2016, LivingPackets is headquartered in Switzerland with offices in France, London, and Germany. See more at www.livingpackets.com
About St Pancras Renaissance Hotel
St Pancras Renaissance Hotel is located in King’s Cross, one of London's most exciting neighborhoods offering excellent transport links and a wealth of bars, restaurants, museums and galleries. The 245 room hotel incorporates 38 historical Chambers suites and the exclusive Chambers Club. There are a range of dining options including the Booking Office bar and restaurant, Hansom Lounge, MI + ME and The Gilbert Scott restaurant, managed by renowned British Chef, Marcus Wareing. The hotel also boasts a Spa and 10 unique meeting and event spaces. Combining stunning architecture and an exceptional level of service, the hotel offers an experience like no other. See more at www.stpancraslondon.com
● A LivingPackets logo and photo of CEO Marie le Page are available upon request
● Get in touch for a demo of the LivingPackets transport model, its secure bag, and an interview with the CEO
● St Pancras Renaissance will initially use the LivingPackets service in order to return lost and left-behind items to hotel guests quickly and securely
● LivingPackets are currently talking to major transport and logistics companies about potential cooperation, and are soon planning to add Brussels, Düsseldorf, Lille, Lyon, Marseille to their European destinations. The operations will initially focus on Western Europe