Royal Mail has stated that it is beginning a Sunday service with major retailers to make the most of the online shopping boom in lockdown.
The company is hoping to “usher in a new era” of seven-day-a-week deliveries by the trusted brand which will begin next month.
Royal Mail, which claimed this week that revenues had skyrocketed by £900million to £8.6billion over the last 12 months, delivered 496million parcels in the final three months of 2020.
That’s a new record!
Customers have become more used to Sunday deliveries now that they’re offered by retailers such as Amazon.
And, Royal Mail will begin by delivering for a number of major retailers before expanding later in the year.
Nick Landon, chief commercial officer at Royal Mail, said: “The UK already trusts us to deliver their purchases six days a week both quickly and conveniently.
“Now for the first time our posties will be doing the same thing seven days a week."
He continued: “The last year has reset so many customer expectations and the desire for even more convenient and even more frequent parcel deliveries has certainly been one of them.
“We always listen to our customers, both senders and recipients, and the ask here was clear: we love what you do Monday to Saturday, so please do the same on a Sunday.
“So that’s what we’re doing, as quickly as possible so we can offer it to more and more customers across the course of this year.”
An enormous new Royal Mail parcel hub is being constructed in Northamptonshire – it’s larger than 10 football pitches and can process a million parcels a day.
The coronavirus pandemic has caused online sales to boom while high streets have been closed.
At its peak, Royal Mail delivered 11.7 million packages in a single day in the end of last year.
The company was projected to earn a profit “well in excess” of £500million during the financial year ending in March but this has been bumped up to £700million.
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