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Sunday Deliveries

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Sunday Deliveries

Royal Mail is to trial Sunday parcel deliveries and also open some of their offices on Sunday for customers to collect parcels. It sounds a good idea and will be useful for people who work and are not at home to accept deliveries during the week.
Sunday Deliveries
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Re: Sunday Deliveries

I wonder if they are pricing themselves out of business and this is a desperate attempt to claw some back.
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Re: Sunday Deliveries

You'll be able to see that tomorrow - their first results are out since privatisation   Wink
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Re: Sunday Deliveries

much preferred things when shops etc. were closed on Sunday's...
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Re: Sunday Deliveries

Yes somehow it seemed a much more peaceful place then.
We're only a hairs breadth away from stores being open on Christmas day.
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Re: Sunday Deliveries

Ahh, Sunday Opening - it'll never catch on!  Roll eyes Roll eyes Roll eyes
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Re: Sunday Deliveries

All the other large courier firms have been delivering on Sundays for years.
Royal Mail are years behind the competition still.
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Re: Sunday Deliveries

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Ahh, Sunday Opening - it'll never catch on!  Roll eyes Roll eyes Roll eyes

Wrong !... Shocked
You can post a letter or a parcel at many post offices ( now in "local convenience stores" )... right from 7 am to closing time at 11 pm....
and Sundays too..( but different hours because of Sunday trading laws ) 
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Re: Sunday Deliveries

Royal Mail announced their first set of results this morning. They increased their parcel deliveries by 7% so they must be doing something right.  The Sunday service can only help improve this.
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Re: Sunday Deliveries

The recent alteration in sizes and prices must have helped with that.
Any idea how letter posting is doing?
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Re: Sunday Deliveries

Letter deliveries fell 4%. RM say they have plans to improve this factor of the business.
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Re: Sunday Deliveries

I'm guessing that the number of letters sent continues to fall, so a 4% drop is hardly a surprise.
The parcel numbers may actually be quite poor: a quick google would suggest internet shopping is still growing at around 17% pa
Apparently, Royal Mail is complaining about competitors who only cover high margin areas like cities.  Kinda the reason it should never have been privatised - or rather, given away to cronies in the city.
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Re: Sunday Deliveries

RM put the fall in letter deliveries down to a number of factors such as a switch from hard copy to other methods of communication such as email, conference calling and text. They also face what they see as unfair competition from other companies who cherry-pick areas of high volume to deliver to and ignore the less densely populated areas which RM have to deliver to at  the same flat fee irrespective of distance. 
These matters are being looked at by the CMA to see if any changes are needed to RM's methods of operation.
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Re: Sunday Deliveries

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RM's methods of operation

Which could only mean removal of the universal service obligation  Roll eyes
Nobody could possibly have seen that one coming  Huh
If you live in the countryside, better get used to driving miles to collect your mail ..
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Re: Sunday Deliveries

or it means there having the contract options reviewed so that competitors have to pay RM a surcharge (which will squeeze them out of the market over time) in order to offload stuff,
UK mail for instance charge 20p less per letter and don't actually pay per letter to RM for them to deliver to the out of zone destination .....

the entire mail system should of remained publicly owned and only courier services should ever have been allowed as private services (something that worked extremely well for years) just because heath signed the UK up to privatising everything didn't mean the country couldn't buy everything back and continue operating it (which is what all the other member states did with there state owned and operated services....)

but that's the UK government for you, cant see the wood for the trees ......
just because your paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get you