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Scheme lets neighbours earn small fee for receiving parcels in France

A start-up launched in Paris in 2019 but has now expanded to Bordeaux, Lyon, Toulouse, Marseille, Nice, Nantes, Rennes, Montpellier, Toulon and Reims.

You can earn some money keeping your neighbours’ parcels Pic: Halfpoint / Shutterstock

A start-up which invites neighbours to receive deliveries for people who are out is spreading across France

Pickme was launched in Paris in 2019, and has since expanded to Bordeaux, Lyon, Toulouse, Marseille, Nice, Nantes, Rennes, Montpellier, Toulon and Reims.

Instead of choosing a pick-up point for orders, which might be some way from home, online shoppers can instead select a neighbour who is signed up to receive parcels on the Pickme app.

The neighbour can earn 50 centimes for receiving a parcel, and a further 50 centimes when they hand it over.

The firm says they could earn up to €300 a month, although that volume is unlikely at present. Participants will also have a chance to meet other people who live locally.

The start-up was founded by Jessie Toulcanon, who used to work in e-commerce and found many products never arrived at their destination because the purchaser was often not at home at the time of delivery.

You can register to receive packages at mypickme.com by filling in some personal details and listing your availability.

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