Royal Mail plans 1,400 parcel post-boxes
From Logistics Manager Magazine,
Published Monday 20 May 2019 2:46 pm
Royal Mail is to roll out 1,400 parcel post-boxes across the UK following a trial last year.
The idea is that small businesses and marketplace sellers can post
pre-paid parcels in the same way that they currently post letters. They
will also allow customers to post some barcoded returns parcels back at
any time, seven days a week.
Over a six month period from August, it will convert existing meter boxes which include a wider aperture and secure design.
Head of campaigns Mark Street said: “The wide scale introduction of
parcel post-boxes is one of the many ways we at Royal Mail are looking
to make the lives of our customers easier. The parcel post-boxes trial
last year was a success, and we hope that the wider roll-out gives added
flexibility to online sellers who might be running a business in their
spare time and not keeping regular office hours.”
The launch marks the first major change in use for the UK post-box in
the last 160 years. The first ever UK post-boxes were trialled in
Jersey in 1852. They were subsequently introduced across the UK in 1853
by Anthony Trollope, the novelist who was a senior GPO executive.