Minister opens Royal Mail parcel box

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Nicky Morgan has officially opened Leicestershire’s first Royal Mail parcel postbox. This is on Prince William Road in Loughborough.

Following a successful trial in September 2018, Royal Mail is widening the apertures of meter letterboxes to allow for larger items to be left in them. According to the postal operator this is the first major change to the UK’s letterboxes since they were introduced 160 years ago.

Small businesses and individuals can now drop pre-paid parcels in these boxes in the same way as they used to letters. Some return parcels will be able to be dropped in these, 24/7.

Nicky Morgan said: “Small businesses are at the heart of our local economy and, given the changing way we shop and do business, with the rise of the internet and e-commerce, I welcome Royal Mail’s commitment to enable small businesses and marketplace sellers to post pre-paid parcels in the same way they currently post letters.”

Mark Street, Head of Campaigns at Royal Mail added: “The introduction of the first parcel postboxes in Loughborough means that customers can now send parcels with pre-paid postage and their returns in the same way that they do letters. The new parcel postboxes provide added flexibility to online sellers who might be running a business in their spare time and not keeping regular office hours.”

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