InPost and Poczta Polska: relentless search for new locations. Even churches.

The automatic parcel machines already have sprung up like mushrooms after the rain, and soon there will be more of them.

At the beginning of the year, Alibaba with its AliExpress machines, as well as the native Polish Post, announced it will follow InPost and DPD Pickup. Currently, only InPost parcel lockers are positioned in such a way that an average Pole has no more than 400-500 meters to the nearest one. 7,000 vending machines operate at shopping centers, another 2,000 at petrol stations. What’s more, InPost launches another 100 machines every week. No wonder that even … churches have started getting offers of cooperation (renting land).

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As reported by Rzeczpospolita, offers for renting church land for InPost parcel machines and Poczta Polska are sent to parishes throughout the country. Both companies, when asked about these unusual plans for renting parish land, admitted that they do not have any specific strategies related to creating a network of vending machines strictly at churches. However, company representatives do not hide that churches are such tasty morsels that they are often located in very attractive and conveniently located places with convenient parking lots. For companies, however, it is important to respect the seriousness of the institution, and therefore any automatic machines would appear in places that do not conflict with the intended use of sacred objects, e.g. at the property border, next to the communication route or just within the parking lot.

In addition to PLN 500 a month for rent and the equivalent for electricity, InPost offers parish priests additional facilities. Namely, as part of the Pay it Forward offer, valued at a symbolic 1 grosz, the parish priest who set up a parcel locker could use it in an unlimited way. In other words, he could send and receive parcels within the activities of the Catholic Church in Poland, free of charge.

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