Royal Mail to introduce 1,400 parcel post boxes across the UK

Royal Mail is introducing the UK’s first ever parcel post boxes across the UK. Following a successful trial in 2018,1,400 parcel post boxes will be rolled out over a six-month period from August 2019.

Small businesses and marketplace sellers will be able to post pre-paid parcels through securely designed parcel post boxes, in the same way that they currently post a letter. Customers will also be able to post some return parcels at any time, seven days a week. Parcels must be pre-paid through Royal Mail’s online labelling system Click and Drop and any return must include a Royal Mail barcode.

The post boxes will be introduced in locations across the UK including Birmingham, Leeds, Aberdeen and Cardiff. Other locations include Manchester, London Central, Belfast and Truro. Royal Mail will convert existing meter boxes, which it said it includes a wider aperture and a more secure design.

Mark Street, Head of Campaigns at Royal Mail, said “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.”

Source: Royal Mail Group