Why, here’s good news for small online retailers. Starting August this year, Royal Mail will be installing 1,400 parcel postboxes across the UK to ease the process of sending parcels.
After a successful trial period of this breakthrough concept last year, the courier company decided to scale it up in more cities.
The parcel postboxes are anything but complicated and available seven days a week. All you have to do is post your pre-paid parcels in the same way you would post letters.
Royal Mail said this is the first time parcel postboxes have been widely introduced in the UK since the first postboxes were introduced over 160 years ago. The company will be converting existing meter boxes, which have a wider aperture and secure design, to make posting parcels easier.
Mark Street, head of campaigns at Royal Mail, said:
“The wide scale introduction of parcel postboxes is one of the many ways we at Royal Mail are looking to make the lives of our customers easier. The parcel postboxes 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.”
Online shoppers can also use the postboxes to return items to an online store provided that these come with a Royal Mail barcode.
The parcel postboxes are set to roll out in the following areas:
- Newcastle & Tyneside
- London Central
Are you excited about using these innovative postboxes? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
As always, to your continued success,
Dave & Matt