Takealot launches flagship Richmond Park Pickup Point in Cape Town

Richmond Park Exterior

28 April 2022, Cape Town – South Africa’s leading online retailer, takealot.com has launched its new flagship collection facility in Richmond Park, Cape Town, a culmination of a multifaceted investment that brings together innovation, technological achievements and uniquely South African artwork, all under one roof.

Bigger & Better collection experience

Takealot has moved its order collection offering from the Cape Town distribution centre to the brand-new Richmond Park Takealot Pickup Point, providing a seamless collection experience for shoppers. The new Takealot Pickup Point spans 1 560m2 with an adjoining warehouse space of 4 611m2. It also houses 569m2 office space and boasts the latest in distribution centre technology and innovation.

The Takealot Pickup Point boasts the latest in distribution centre technology and innovation such as advanced sign-in, name recognition, and hassle-free returns that can be done substantially quicker with more convenience. Plus, standard and next-day collections are free at the new flagship Richmond Park Takealot Pickup Point.

Powered by the latest in logistics innovation

The collection facility also comprises a customer-facing area where eager shoppers will be able to collect their packages with the help of the latest warehouse transport and delivery technology – the automated guided vehicle (AGV) WEASEL®.

A first of its kind in South Africa, the award-winning AGVs have become a key component of logistics chains at Richmond Park, providing a fully-automated experience to inject an element of fun, excitement and innovation into the collection experience, while at the same time boosting productivity.

With an average collection time of just 3 minutes, these ‘little robot helpers’ guarantee safe transport of packages from behind the scene to shoppers’ hands – another first for AGV WEASEL® which have only been used in non-customer facing areas across the world. With the support of AGVs, Takealot staff are able to offer an even quicker, yet still personal collection experience.

Every box has a story to tell

Takealot is a proudly South African company, with a footprint that touches every corner of the country. In celebration of its local heritage, Takealot has commissioned local Afro-centric Avant-Garde artist, Silas Motse for a large-scale bespoke art installation that showcases the Western Cape’s indigenous fynbos flora and the sustainable lifecycle of the iconic Takealot box.

As of May 2022, all Takealot boxes will also carry the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) accreditation logo. The FSC is an international non-profit, multi-stakeholder organisation established in 1993 that promotes the responsible management and care of our forests around the world.

As a highly trusted and respected organisation, the FSC badge stamp highlights the origins of the materials used. The stamp also denotes the independent third-party confirmation that the packaging adheres to the FSC’s social and environmental standards underpinned by global best-practice.

More importantly, the stamp is proof that all packaging is made from 100% recycled materials – helping to alleviate pressure on the forests across the world and supporting Takealot’s commitment to sustainable packaging.

The new Takealot Pickup Point can be found at 1A Hansen Close, Richmond Park, Cape Town, and officially opened its doors on 1 April 2022. Expect more exciting sustainability and social upliftment initiatives coming from South Africa’s leading online retailer in the near future.

For more information on Takealot, visit takealot.com

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