PayPoint has revealed it could be working with two new parcel carriers in the next six months, as part of its plans to expand its CollectPlus network.

According to Gary Winter, appointed to the newly created role of parcel services director, two billion parcels are shipped through the UK every year. Royal Mail delivers 50% of those, while Yodel – which set up CollectPlus with PayPoint – accounts for 15% of the remaining one billion parcels.

“That’s five or six times the opportunity we could get by partnering with other carriers,” said Mr Winter, who believes it is something retailers will directly benefit from.

“Offering several carriers will pull in a whole new world of customers,” he said. “53% of CollectPlus customers are coming to the store for the very first time, while £3.30 is the typical basket spend of a CollectPlus customer and over 40% will buy something when they come in.”

In December PayPoint and Yodel announced a new deal which will enable CollectPlus retailers to accept parcels from other delivery services.

Mr Winter revealed PayPoint is in talks with four other carriers. “I’m hoping to be able to make an announcement late summer and then just after Christmas in terms of new services,” he said.