Should bike shops become collection points for on line sales?
It sounds daft, maybe even galling, but would this work for the mutual benefit of everyone? This is my argument.
People are getting used to picking up their on line purchases at high street "collection points". But would you trust your local corner shop to take care of that fragile delivery? Maybe not.
But what if you addressed your parcel c/o your LBS, and they charged you a quid?
It gives you an excuse to grab a free coffee, hang out with other cyclists, and get support from your LBS to maybe fit the part, while you wait, for a reasonable fee.
And it gives the LBS a chance to earn an extra quid, perhaps dozens of times each week, picking up extra shop sales, some more workshop income, and a chance to build their presence in the community.
Ok, a disgruntled LBS proprietor, determined to ignore the rise and rise of on line sales, might be aghast at the idea, but enlightened entrepreneurs might see my idea as an interesting one. And one that could help save the traditional LBS that we all love, but hardly visit anymore.
Opinions wanted please.