Royal Mail adds 2 temporary sorting centres to network

Royal Mail has acquired two new temporary sorting centres for the coming peak online shopping season, adding to the six already in operation.

The new parcel sorting centres are in Northampton and Milton Keynes and are part of the national parcel sorting network of the postal operator.

The decision to add capacity comes after the postal operator announced it had already handled 177 million more parcels in the first five months of 2020 than it did the year before – and the peak season is set to add significant pressures on the network.

The postal operator is set to employ 4,600 seasonal staff in the eight sorting centres nationwide. Ricky McAulay, Field Operations Director at Royal Mail, said: “With the possibility of COVID-related restrictions being in place this Christmas, Royal Mail’s role in delivering presents and cards will become even more important. Given the rise in online shopping, we have put even more effort into ensuring that we have the right resources in place this Christmas. It’s been a testing year for many, and we can’t wait to help spread some Christmas cheer. We also hope that our seasonal recruitment drive will bring some welcome employment opportunities to regions across the UK ahead of the festive season.”

The sorting centres are set to be opened next month after the current staff recruitment campaign.