Engen has partnered with logistics group UTi Distribution to roll out the country’s first UTi ByBox delivery terminals, for cost-effective, convenient parcel delivery that solves delivery challenges as the country’s online shopping soars.
The first ByBox was launched in November 2014 at the Engen Woodlands Convenience Centre in Woodmead, Johannesburg. Phase 2 of the rollout is now under way, with UTi and Engen taking it to five Engen service stations in the Sandton area.
How it works
UTi ByBox is an innovative locker-based delivery solution with all the hallmarks of security and reliability you’d expect from a top parcel distribution brand. Motorists can cast eyes on them at selected Sandton and Woodmead service stations in Gauteng soon.
Greg Saffy, MD of UTi Distribution explains how it works. “When ordering online, shoppers simply select the ByBox delivery option to their nearest locker at selected Engen service stations.”
Parcels are dispatched the next day, and drivers scan them in at the selected ByBox terminal. The correct one opens automatically, and an SMS is sent to the customer with the delivery location and a PIN number to access the locker.
Customers can also send parcels via UTi ByBox, he explains. “Simply buy a UTi PAK from an associated retailer and package it, complete the dispatch note, scan it in at a ByBox terminal and follow the touch screen instructions to put it in the designated locker.”
“Engen is excited to partner with UTI on this innovative initiative, which is the first of its kind in South Africa,” says Dumisani Bengu, retail business manager at Engen. “Together, we are bringing an alternative delivery solution to the South African market.”
“Engen is all about convenient, innovative solutions for our customers, and this service is another way that we are trying to make life better for them,” says Bengu.
“The UTi ByBox is also a great solution for businesses in other industries looking to offer their customers a delivery option that is efficient and reliable,” adds UTi’s Saffy.