Traders at Kirkgate Market in Leeds to offer free home delivery to customers

Independent traders at Leeds's Kirkgate Market are set to offer a home delivery service to customers.

Wednesday, 17th February 2021, 10:34 am
Updated Wednesday, 17th February 2021, 10:38 am

Kirkgate, a shopping destination for over a century and one of the biggest indoor markets in Europe, has seen some of the retailers unable to trade and others suffering from reduced footfall owing to lockdown restrictions.

Now Hermes UK, which has roots in Yorkshire, is trialling a new service designed to enable independent traders at Leeds Kirkgate Market to offer a home delivery service to the local community. Deliveries will be made same day by dedicated Hermes’ employees on bicycle and will be free for retailers and consumers in the first phase.

Two apps to support the service have been developed by the Hermes’ Innovation Lab who are based in Leeds and are focussed on developing new products and services to drive the home delivery market forward. The app for retailers enables them to book new deliveries and track them throughout their journey. A different app for the riders shows the collections to be made, the best route to take and navigates them using cycle paths wherever possible.

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The trial is underway.

Panda Refills, a zero-waste stall located in Leeds Kirkgate Market is one of the first businesses to sign up with Hermes to start the free delivery trial. Buyer at Panda Refills, Aimee Charlotte explains “This is exactly what we needed to get our products to customers who cannot come into the city centre at the moment.”

Hermes would like other traders to sign up to the service which will enable them to offer delivery to most areas within the outer ring road of Leeds city centre. Orders will be made through the traders’ own social channels, websites or by phone.

Adrian Berry, Innovation Delivery Manager at Hermes UK, said: “We started designing the service last year after realising that very few local independent shops were set up to offer a delivery service. We wanted to help support the local community in which we work and where many of us live, and enable vulnerable and shielding customers, as well as those city-based office workers currently working from home. to continue to buy from their local retailers in a more sustainable way.”

Councillor Jonathan Pryor, Executive Member for Learning, Skills and Employment said: ‘This is a great opportunity for our independent businesses to provide a delivery service for their customers who may not be able to visit the city at the moment. It’s providing our traders a platform to be able to adapt their business for existing and new customers.’