Royal Mail could 'scrap Saturday letter deliveries' in huge changes to service

Royal Mail could 'scrap Saturday letter deliveries' in huge changes to service

Royal Mail could axe letter deliveries on a Saturday and 'signed for' parcels as part of a huge shake-up. The postal service is looking for ways to cut costs and compete with the likes of Amazon, DPD and Hermes as part of a six-month review. Royal Mail, which was privatised in 2015, is currently required to deliver letters for a fixed price, six days per week. However, the postal service’s new UK boss Simon Thompson is hoping to focus more on parcel deliveries, which have boomed thanks to a rise in online shopping during the pandemic. With letters in decline, bosses say the laws on six-day deliveries is outdated, costly, and leaves the postal service at a disadvantage against rivals. Signed-for deliveries could also be scrapped customers appear to be increasingly happy for parcels to be left in a safe place or with a neighbour, the Telegraph reports. Mr Thompson confirmed a review of Royal Mail's "whole product suite and offering" has started, and a final decision is expected early in 2022. Ofcom, the communications regulator, has backed the proposal …
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