FedEx and Dollar General have entered a strategic collaboration that will see FedEx offer package drop-off and pickup services at thousands of Dollar General stores.

The partnership will increase access for all customers, including those living in rural areas of the US.

Both companies plan to implement FedEx services in more than 1,500 Dollar General stores later this year. It will be expanded to more than 8,000 stores by the end of 2020.

The collaboration will enable Dollar General to extend its retail network to more than 62,000 locations.

FedEx Services senior vice president for customer channel marketing Scott Harkins said: “Dollar General is the perfect retailer to help us meet the growing need for convenient, secure drop-off and pickup options in a variety of rural communities.

“We understand customers may not always want packages delivered to a home or office. They want secure, alternate delivery options, and we’re on a mission to make that happen. We are proud to work with Dollar General to make our customers’ lives easier.”

Dollar General executive vice president and chief merchandising officer Jason Reiser said: “Dollar General is excited to work with FedEx to offer customers a secure, convenient pickup and drop-off location.

“This collaboration furthers Dollar General’s mission of Serving Others and long track record of serving rural communities by combining our expansive store presence with FedEx’s global reach.”

By combining Dollar General’s network of retail locations with the growing FedEx network, the partnership aims to provide customers with a hassle-free shopping experience.

Under the FedEx OnSite package drop-off and pickup programme, customers can take their pre-packaged and pre-labelled FedEx Express shipments to Dollar General stores.

Based in the US, FedEx is a provider of courier delivery services, while Dollar General is a discount retailer that operates 15,597 stores in 44 states.