Royal Mail to trial Sunday parcel deliveries
Royal Mail is to trial Sunday parcel deliveries to addresses within the M25 motorway later this summer as it looks to meet the growing demand for goods ordered online.
The group is also planning to pilot Sunday afternoon opening at around 100 of its delivery offices across the UK to make it easier for shoppers not at home during the day to get their parcels.
Chief executive Moya Greene said: “Through these new Sunday services we are exploring ways to improve our flexibility and provide more options for people to receive items they have ordered online. The support of the Communication Workers Union has enabled us to respond quickly to a changing market, underlining the importance of the ground-breaking Agenda for Growth agreement.”
Royal Mail's express delivery service, Parcelforce Worldwide, will also offer a Sunday service to participating online retailers from June.
Other plans announced by Royal Mail include opening its distribution network later on Saturdays and on Sundays. The new service, which became operational earlier this month, enables larger e-retailers to hand items ordered by shoppers on a Saturday afternoon and Sunday to Royal Mail for delivery on a Monday.
The group has also rolled out its Delivery to Neighbour initiative across the UK following a successful trial.
The moves follow the launch of Royal Mail’s click and collect service, Local Collect, last year where shoppers can pick up their parcels from their local Post Office.
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