30 12, 2012

Royal Mail cut nearly 6,500 post box collections last year

2012-12-30T11:50:07+00:00December 30th, 2012|

Labour Party MP and shadow postal affairs minister Ian Murray has obtained figures through a Freedom of Information request, showing that 6,453 post box collections were lost in the year up to the beginning of March. • In the 12 months to March 2012 Royal Mail cut 9,689 collections from some post boxes, while adding 3,236 at others

30 12, 2012

Can’t find your way? Then ask a postie

2012-12-30T11:47:27+00:00December 30th, 2012|

Sat Nav problems for people searching for an unfamiliar address could be a thing of the past as posties have started mapping addresses in East Anglia. The pilot project commenced in July with postmen and postwomen using special satellite receivers to record GPS longitude, latitude and altitude data for every property in the region. Royal Mail says

30 12, 2012

Consumers voice their opinion on postal services

2012-12-30T11:41:25+00:00December 30th, 2012|

British consumers are willing to sacrifice the Universal Service - including daily postal deliveries and the two tier first and second class services - so long as Royal Mail's future remains secure. These are the findings from new research conducted by Consumer Focus (national consumer watchdog) which looked at how Royal Mail’s postal

30 12, 2012

Ofcom confirms price caps for large letters and small parcels

2012-12-30T11:37:01+00:00December 30th, 2012|

Charges for sending second class large letters and small parcels will be capped, the regulator Ofcom recently confirmed. Price increases on stamps for large letters and small parcels up to 2kg will be capped in line with CPI inflation to “protect small businesses and vulnerable customers”. • Standard ‘Letters’ are items up to a length of

29 12, 2012

UK jumps 10 places in European postal rate rankings

2012-12-29T19:00:33+00:00December 29th, 2012|

Norway and Denmark continue to have the highest domestic letter rates in Europe, according to the latest annual survey by Deutsche Post DHL.  But the UK has seen the highest hike in its ranking since last year. Royal Mail’s 30% increase in its first class letter rate has seen Britain’s ranking jump

29 12, 2012

Brydon reappointed as Royal Mail chairman for three years

2012-12-29T18:47:48+00:00December 29th, 2012|

The chairman of Royal Mail has been reappointed for three years through to March 2015. UK postal affairs minister Norman Lamb said that Donald Brydon had proved since his first appointment as Royal Mail chairman in March 2009 that he had the qualities needed to lead the Group through a “challenging period”. Lamb said of Brydon: “I’m

8 05, 2012

Royal Mail unveils special Dickens stamps

2012-05-08T13:59:09+00:00May 8th, 2012|

In celebration of the life and works of Charles Dickens, the Royal Mail recently revealed a sneak preview of two stamps – officially launching in June – to celebrate the bicentenary of the novelist’s birth. The two stamps feature illustrations from his first novel, The Pickwick Papers (originally serialised and

31 12, 2011

First class Olympics stamps to go on sale

2011-12-31T09:45:29+00:00December 31st, 2011|

Sets of "everyday" first class stamps displaying the Olympic and Paralympic logos will go on sale next week in shops around the UK. They will be available from thousands of retailers and all post offices in books of six from 5 January. This type of stamp - known as the

27 12, 2011

Postal regulator’s proposals prompt first industry summit

2011-12-27T13:22:49+00:00December 27th, 2011|

OFCOM, the new postal services regulator recently issued a consultation about how postal services should be regulated over the next seven years. Concerns about the potential impacts of these proposals prompted the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) along with POSTAF (Postal Trade Association) to host a meeting of all key stakeholders