Royal Mail is to launch a Sunday parcel delivery service – but only for major retailers. A number of retail brands – including Amazon – will trial the new service across the UK in the coming weeks, while additional retailers are in talks to join the roll-out.
Online shopping has increased dramatically since the start of the pandemic, with Royal Mail delivering a record 496 million parcels in the third quarter ending 27 December 2020.
The company is also in the process of creating its second and largest parcel hub in Daventry in the Midlands, which once completed will have the capacity to process over one million parcels each day. Its current main hub is in Warrington.
Nick Landon, the chief commercial officer at Royal Mail, said: “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. It’s another really exciting change delivered by our trusted people and network.”