Royal Mail introducing red parcel-postboxes

In the first change of then design of red pillar-boxes and post boxes in the last 160 years, Royal Mail is to introduce boxes with wider openings for parcels over the final four months of 2019 and first two of 2020.

1,400 parcel postboxes will be rolled out in total in locations including Birmingham, Leeds, Aberdeen and Cardiff.

This means that for many smaller parcels Royal Mail is effectively allowing its existing postbox network to take parcels with the same convenience offered to those using letter mail.

Royal Mail will also convert existing meter boxes which have a wider aperture and secure design, making the posting of larger prepaid items both safe and convenient.

Mark Street, Head of Campaigns at Royal Mail, said: “The wide scale introduction of parcel postboxes is one of the many ways we at Royal Mail are looking to make the lives of our customers easier. The parcel postboxes trial last year was a success, and we hope that the wider roll-out gives 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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