Royal Mail launches Sunday parcel service
The privatized mail service Royal Mail pilots Sunday delivery service to enable people who work during weekdays to receive their parcels through mail on Sundays.
The trial will be held this weekend to addresses in and around London. As part of this move, about 100 delivery offices of Royal Mail located across the UK will be open to let customers pick up their undelivered parcels, this way customers will be able to contact the postal service any day of the week.
Royal Mail managing director Nick Landon said, “We are continuing to be more customer responsive and provide more options for people to receive items they have ordered online.” The service currently operates a network of 1,400 delivery offices and works six days per week. With the current move, some of its offices will be open on Sundays too.
The offices chosen to be open on Sundays will be open from 12 to 4 PM during which individuals can send and receive parcels and mail. Almost 1,600 offices of the total 11,800 Royal Mail offices spanning the UK are open on Sundays. Notably, its subsidiary Parcelforce Worldwide that takes up express-parcels began delivering them on Sundays too, earlier this year.
Royal Mail announced a plan last month which facilitates easy online shopping letting customers to order products online and collect them at the local post offices. The plan dubbed Local Collect will serve small and medium sized retailers and almost 10,500 branches of Royal Mail network of post offices take part in the program.
The trial going to be conducted this Sunday will be extended to addresses on the M25 motorway and will be supported by the Communication Workers Union represented by 115,000 non-managerial staff at Royal Mail.
CWU deputy general secretary said, “Royal Mail employees are keen to work with the company to improve services for customers. Delivering on Sunday is an important initiative and one of the ways in which Royal Mail, with the help of its workers, is modernizing.”