Convenience stores signed up to act as pick up points for e-fulfilment firm Collectpoint are bracing themselves for action after the company signed up a major home shopping channel that will drive volume through the network. While Collectpoint has achieved superior coverage to rivals, securing well over 3,000 retailers as pick up points for goods bought online, some retailers have yet to handle a single parcel. However, the latest deal will change all that, said Collectpoint ceo Jim Doyle, as the new signing ships in excess of 14 million parcels a year and begins using the Collectpoint network on Wednesday. Collectpoint has spent the last two months training staff at 200 United Co-op Late Shops to handle parcels through the Collectpoint system. Retailers receive a small fee for each parcel they handle, and even a few parcels on a regular basis provides a steady return, said Doyle. Rival M-Box has yet to move any goods via its network of convenience stores although programme director Ian Bell said the firm was "close to cutting a deal with a volume customer". {{NEWS }}