Royal Mail could save £225m by cutting Saturday post, regulator says
27/11/2020 | news | business | 436
The postal regulator says it could drop weekend letter deliveries and still meet people's needs.
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27/11/2020 12:37:30 10 11
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Royal Mail can't run their company, can't work out how to make money, have sold off thousands of proerties & whacked the price up of all services, closing down hundreds of rural & city post offices. Now they are going to reduce service. This is outrageous. They deliver unwanted advertising which you can't fully opt out of and are let off parking violations, unlike any other private firm. Vile...
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27/11/2020 12:57:52 5 0
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They are exempt from parking regulations by law. Their vehicles carry the Royal Cypher. If you were to ticket such a vehicle police, traffic wardens etc commit a criminal offence and any PCN is invalid and unenforceable. You would be interfering with the Queen’s Mail. Probably originates from laws enacted by Henry V111 to allow free passage of mail messengers and mail coaches.
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27/11/2020 13:13:00 6 0
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Get your facts straight... Royal Mail do not close down Post Offices..... the Post Office closes Post Offices...
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27/11/2020 13:25:31 7 0
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You are clearly unaware that Royal Mail (which delivers the mail and runs the sorting offices) was privatised some years ago and is completely separate from the govt-owned Post Office...
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27/11/2020 21:52:08 0 0
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Royal mail and The Post office are 2 entirely separate companies
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27/11/2020 12:38:40 13 11
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Royal Mail would be able to cut Saturday letter deliveries and still meets the needs of most customers

No, it wouldn't.
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27/11/2020 12:42:04 8 11
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Yes it would.

Try reading the article.
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27/11/2020 12:38:40 13 11
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Royal Mail would be able to cut Saturday letter deliveries and still meets the needs of most customers

No, it wouldn't.
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27/11/2020 12:42:04 8 11
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Yes it would.

Try reading the article.
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27/11/2020 12:33:11 43 14
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No no and thrice no.

Why should customers of this privatised national utility be punished, to save money for shareholders ?
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27/11/2020 15:48:19 12 3
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Why should a private company continue to fund a loss making section of its business. Do you expect a supermarket to stock items it can't sell.
If you want a business to remain trading, it has to make money. Letter deliveries apparently lost £180m in the last 6 months.
I must admit that I don't have shares in RM, but I imagine that dividends have been low, if not non-existent.
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27/11/2020 16:15:00 3 3
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Why should the workers penalise the customers by continuing to adopt inefficient working practices?
If a business does not make a profit it goes bust, Arcadia is on the brink of going bust with the loss of 13,000 jobs,
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27/11/2020 12:38:11 9 0
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Bad idea
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27/11/2020 12:47:57 176 47
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Everyone I know who works for RM is clear where the main issue lies - pockets of the workforce where productivity is low or nil, protected by unwavering union support. Management told "if you discipline non-performing staff we'll all walk out".

Unions should be there to protect workers' rights, but in this instance have morphed into something that will ultimately spell the downfall of RM.
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27/11/2020 13:25:04 129 38
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Union history in the last 40 years has been one of destruction of the industries their members work.

Short term gain for long term pain for their members and the country.

Of course Union bosses never have their pay cut when their membership decreases.
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27/11/2020 13:27:40 19 8
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The Union looks after the people who worked there for decades, the full-time staff with the good pension scheme and the easiest walks. Unfortunately it ignores most people who have been employed in last 5-10 years, the ones on short hour contracts who generally have to do the longer walks. Unfortunately agreement was reached on a lot of issues in 2018 but new boss came in and ripped it up...
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27/11/2020 13:29:39 36 3
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I'm gathering everyone you know accounts to 1 person!

Unions are ridiculous in the big hubs like Manchester, people honestly told by mangers 'slow down, you're making everybody look bad'. The race card is used here for everything as well.

But the vast majority of places are just badly ran by inept managers they WON'T get rid of.

And btw, managers have a different union to us posties.
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27/11/2020 13:28:31 33 9
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Same for me, friends at RM liken it to British Leyland in the 1970s, and we all know what eventually happened there.
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27/11/2020 15:14:53 19 20
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The problem lies with over paid paper shuffling management and profit greedy investors it's the same across the whole of the UK just look at what HM government has been up to through the pandemic
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27/11/2020 16:10:48 16 18
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Discipline the staff and cause the union to hold a strike ballot. If the vote is in favour of a strike, do not negotiate.
Implement 5 day/week deliveries. Wait and see how long the strike lasts.
Unions are outdated and should be abolished
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27/11/2020 16:46:33 27 6
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Have you ever seen an underpaid union leader?
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27/11/2020 17:34:08 15 23
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Of course the CEO is worth every penny of his half million pound plus salary!

Cos he's doing such a great job! Not!

And if staff walked out the public would not care as letters are gone and there is so much competition for parcels.

Slagging off unions is an old Evil Tory trope to protect overpaid failing bosses.

God the drivel by Evil Tory supporters on EBC HYS is relentless.
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27/11/2020 20:00:46 5 1
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People seem to be suggesting unions are part of some kind of conspiracy theory to bring down Capitalism. That is quite mad.
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28/11/2020 09:39:47 4 1
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People who enjoy holiday pay, weekends off, sick pay etc forget these benefits were secured by unions...do you think the Tories would have given them otherwise?
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Ian
28/11/2020 09:47:36 2 3
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Unions provide a valuable role in society, especially now in a time of mass redundancies. The way some things are reported are not actually the truth (surprise, surprise) with unions being demonized in the right wing press (Express, Daily Mail etc).

The truth is unions choose carefully how the yield the little power that they have. If they are taking a stand on an issue, it's usually a good one.
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28/11/2020 10:36:14 0 0
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Like the local council and civil service then, however you rushed around at work all day so thats good.
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28/11/2020 18:25:13 0 0
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Mining was destroyed by a mix of politicians, management and unions. I can see mail going the same way with further deregulation and an entry point for RM competitors., Especially if the most efficient and effective action is recycling crap from welcome mat to bin in one move.
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28/11/2020 21:21:50 0 0
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I think I'll take your acnadotal evidence with a pinch of salt as real reported evidence has shown time and again the the management couldn't find their own ass with a map. For example, expecting postmen and woman to walk at an average speed of 4 mph with fully loaded bags.
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27/11/2020 12:49:16 124 7
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Maybe it's because I'm younger and therefore have most documents sent to me electronically, but it is so rare to actually receive anything in the post I need - more often that not, it is just junk mail. Parcels on the other hand are far more important and is where Royal Mail needs to focus if they want to remain relevant.
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27/11/2020 14:08:43 54 20
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Snail mail is a legacy system which mostly carries junk.

If Royal Mail can't make it pay they should put the prices up. It may stop companies wasting resources on mailing rubbish, and the Royal Mail in sorting, transporting and delivering said rubbish.
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27/11/2020 14:42:29 15 6
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Many other carriers deliver six or seven days a week Therefore if Royal Mail wants to compete and succeed it needs to do the same
And if it’s delivering a parcel to an address it might as well deliver letters to save making a separate journey on Monday
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27/11/2020 17:24:14 13 0
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Your passport and drivers license can not be sent electronically nor can your NI card. Then throw in bank can credit cards, which I know you can also use a payment app for now but they still get sent out. I also hope you never have to go to court as those papers are sent out by mail. Do you pay council tax as that is sent out by mail, atleast where I live anyway.
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28/11/2020 12:56:12 0 0
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Junk mail is of course a primary source of revenue to RM. Most seems to arrive on Saturday, so if Sat post goes, so does the revenue. Wonder if the Regulator factored that in?
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28/11/2020 14:17:38 0 1
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Replying to the highest-rated commented posted by and voted up by the Tory Bot Propaganda Machine:

It's made up nonsense for the hard of thinking and true to form starts a pleb ve pleb distraction argument, which is what it's meant to do. Without Trade Unions the working people of the UK would have far worse pay & working conditions.

Re. the article who else has a feeling of déjà vu?
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27/11/2020 12:52:52 5 4
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daily letter delivery? There will ALWAYS be a requirement for a doorstep delivery but perhaps three days/week would suffice. Don't forget, 50 years ago there were at least two deliveries per day for most addresses. that was before most houses had telephones and certainly before mobile phones and internet.
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27/11/2020 13:09:45 3 2
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...and when the service was running at a huge loss and subsidised by taxpayers. Pity people didn't complain when government decided to privatise....
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27/11/2020 12:53:02 17 12
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What nonsense. Saturday is the only delivery day when workers will be likely to be at home. I appreciate many will work weekends, but let's face it, the weekends for those studying, and for most workers are more likely to be free. Why not cutback on a weekday if that is so important? And Amazon do deliver on Sundays... I don't understand why Royal Mail delivers so little compared to competititors.
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27/11/2020 13:07:50 30 1
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Amazon don't have to walk around with a mixture of letters,packets,parcels and leaflets all day. The USO ties their hands somewhat. The discussion is delivery of letters being stopped on Saturdays not parcels.....
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27/11/2020 12:53:12 15 3
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RM used to deliver twice a day, then went down to once a day. During the start of the pandemic it took 6 weeks to deliver a letter to me and I nearly lost my redundancy pay because of it
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28/11/2020 10:42:44 0 2
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Phone broken?
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27/11/2020 12:55:39 12 5
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Working from home with my budgie (Gary)

Buying all Christmas stuff online with some being delivered by RM but most by couriers

Most stuff that used to come in the post now e-mailed to me

Spending more on printer toner though !
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27/11/2020 13:42:49 5 2
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Why do you feel the need to print emails? It means keeping files, which continue to get thicker. Which is another good reason to avoid letters, wherever possible.
As you pointed out toner is expensive. Save the money and spend it on champagne, it's cheaper.
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27/11/2020 12:37:30 10 11
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Royal Mail can't run their company, can't work out how to make money, have sold off thousands of proerties & whacked the price up of all services, closing down hundreds of rural & city post offices. Now they are going to reduce service. This is outrageous. They deliver unwanted advertising which you can't fully opt out of and are let off parking violations, unlike any other private firm. Vile...
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27/11/2020 12:57:52 5 0
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They are exempt from parking regulations by law. Their vehicles carry the Royal Cypher. If you were to ticket such a vehicle police, traffic wardens etc commit a criminal offence and any PCN is invalid and unenforceable. You would be interfering with the Queen’s Mail. Probably originates from laws enacted by Henry V111 to allow free passage of mail messengers and mail coaches.
Scrap the universal service & see how the Scots view independence Removed
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Ian
27/11/2020 13:04:20 10 4
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Since March, it has been a lottery in Didcot as to which days they do deliver, because the service has been patchy to say the least and we hardly see a postman walking his rounds these days. Amazingly, Hermes, Amazon, DPD are seen day in my street delivering and yet I'm still waiting for magazines, letters and packages sent via royal mail.
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27/11/2020 13:38:07 6 3
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Ian That's true so each of these companies have just a few items to deliver to same street..crazy as each vehicle impacts on environment RM privatised by EU Order It is a vital service especially for rural isolated communities and should be a state entity. As should be rail, water, gas electricity merely privatised monopolies
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27/11/2020 13:04:25 57 8
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Royal Mail increases the cost of stamps, so less people send mail, so they increase the price again, and the cycle goes on. We used to send lots of Christmas cards, but now the stamp is 6 times the cost of the card, so we send via email now. How management don't see that reducing the cost of stamps would increase mail and solve problems.
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27/11/2020 13:32:36 68 7
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I tell you what, try and get a letter from Plymouth to Thurso for 76p any other way.

Or a small parcel for a few quid.

THE NEXT DAY!

It's 748 miles btw, that's 1p for every 10 miles basically.

Let me know how you get on x
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27/11/2020 16:25:48 2 1
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Exactly, used to send lots of things by post, but when the price kept going up found alternatives. Used to collect stamps as well, but when Royal Mail started to fleece the collector by increasing the number of new issues, and more importantly the face value of the stamps in each issue I stopped
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27/11/2020 20:20:29 3 1
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It's called economics.
If you're unable to make a profit at a higher price (£180m loss in 6 months) reducing the price means you need to increase 'sales' by a very significant level. At a time when emails are taking an ever increasing share of the market, it's extremely unlikely to be a profit making stratergy.
I don't think that you, or the 35 people who agreed have much business acumen.
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28/11/2020 18:37:30 0 0
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What do you actually post now? Other than the usual waste of money Xmas cards and an envelope with some old family photos my brother wanted in Australia haven't posted a letter for....I can't remember it was that long ago.
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27/11/2020 12:53:02 17 12
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What nonsense. Saturday is the only delivery day when workers will be likely to be at home. I appreciate many will work weekends, but let's face it, the weekends for those studying, and for most workers are more likely to be free. Why not cutback on a weekday if that is so important? And Amazon do deliver on Sundays... I don't understand why Royal Mail delivers so little compared to competititors.
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27/11/2020 13:07:50 30 1
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Amazon don't have to walk around with a mixture of letters,packets,parcels and leaflets all day. The USO ties their hands somewhat. The discussion is delivery of letters being stopped on Saturdays not parcels.....
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27/11/2020 13:08:05 47 9
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I understand that their current obligation is just to deliver letters on a Saturday. But they do also deliver parcels on saturday too.
RM would be making a big mistake to draw back a Saturday service. The bulk of deliveries is now parcels & if RM wants to remain competive in that sector then they would do better to focus on enhancements of the service. Some Couriers are fast catching up.
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27/11/2020 13:14:26 26 9
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They are not talking about stopping Saturday parcel deliveries - did you actually read the article?
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27/11/2020 12:52:52 5 4
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daily letter delivery? There will ALWAYS be a requirement for a doorstep delivery but perhaps three days/week would suffice. Don't forget, 50 years ago there were at least two deliveries per day for most addresses. that was before most houses had telephones and certainly before mobile phones and internet.
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27/11/2020 13:09:45 3 2
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...and when the service was running at a huge loss and subsidised by taxpayers. Pity people didn't complain when government decided to privatise....
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27/11/2020 12:37:30 10 11
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Royal Mail can't run their company, can't work out how to make money, have sold off thousands of proerties & whacked the price up of all services, closing down hundreds of rural & city post offices. Now they are going to reduce service. This is outrageous. They deliver unwanted advertising which you can't fully opt out of and are let off parking violations, unlike any other private firm. Vile...
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27/11/2020 13:13:00 6 0
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Get your facts straight... Royal Mail do not close down Post Offices..... the Post Office closes Post Offices...
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27/11/2020 13:13:56 27 4
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Where'd the Arcadia HYS disappear to? Too much vitriol aimed at SPG?
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27/11/2020 15:42:14 2 0
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Yes that went quickly.
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27/11/2020 18:12:47 4 0
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SPG the man you can trust with your Nan's pension.
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27/11/2020 19:08:44 3 3
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Fascinating how the bbc manipulate commentary that does not fit their agendas. Hiden, removed from the site but ihys still has the whole lot.

Rather like the PO sorting your post and only delivering things it approved of, and never on a Saturday, or Sunday.
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27/11/2020 13:08:05 47 9
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I understand that their current obligation is just to deliver letters on a Saturday. But they do also deliver parcels on saturday too.
RM would be making a big mistake to draw back a Saturday service. The bulk of deliveries is now parcels & if RM wants to remain competive in that sector then they would do better to focus on enhancements of the service. Some Couriers are fast catching up.
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27/11/2020 13:14:26 26 9
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They are not talking about stopping Saturday parcel deliveries - did you actually read the article?
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27/11/2020 13:31:28 3 4
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RM posties aren't going to carry on delivery parcels on a Saturday & just leave the letters in the depot. How would that save them any money?
After you read the article, did you put any of your own thought into it John, or do you need everything written out for you?
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27/11/2020 16:20:39 2 0
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But the point is that a large number of small parcels are actually delivered by the postman. If I buy a CD or paperback book it often is delivered with the post, so the ending of the Saturday delivery would affect it
Wonder who ordered to pull the plug on the Topshop HYS? Eat the rich! Removed
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27/11/2020 13:16:01 2 1
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If you want to cut from 6 to 5 days, cut Monday rather than Saturday. Important to get business related post sent on Thu/Fri to the recipient on Sat rather than holding back for 48 hours . V little post received on Mon in my experience .
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27/11/2020 13:19:09 19 4
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We still have the cheapest postal service in Europe and, to those complaining about RM delivering junk mail - it helps pay their salaries!
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27/11/2020 13:33:58 10 3
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And you can opt out of junk mail! Takes 1 minute.

People would rather moan instead of do anything about it.
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27/11/2020 13:19:50 4 3
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It should be a 7 day a week service!!!
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27/11/2020 13:38:41 3 1
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...which would entail taking on extra 15-20,000 permanent staff. Prices would need to rise by 20%+
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27/11/2020 13:20:12 2 0
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Provided it is not used as an excuse to get rid of our posties and/or to extend their delivery rounds etc, I can see some logic but will miss sending birthday cards etc last minute, knowing the Saturday delivery will save me!
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27/11/2020 13:37:54 5 5
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There is no excuse to send a birthday card last minute. You know when the birthday is, just poor planning on you part
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27/11/2020 13:20:14 3 1
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As the steady decline in letters seems set to increase, dropping the Saturday post, with the resulting reduction in costs, appears attractive, especially if the savings result in stabilised prices.
As 'next day's delivery is not guaranteed, very few pieces of correspondence are so urgent that their receipt cannot be delayed by a day.
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27/11/2020 13:21:09 68 2
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Withdrawal of Saturday deliveries will be the beginning of the end of the Royal mail. I do believe though all national delivery companies should be forced to compete on the same level, only then will people realised how good the value of the Royal Mail is. If the Royal mail folds then letters and parcels to outlying areas will become very expensive.
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27/11/2020 13:47:00 6 12
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Surely making savings means that they will be less likely to end it mail service.
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27/11/2020 14:48:09 2 2
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If the Royal Mail folds....

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Yes it does. Especially if you write "Photographs, please do not bend" on your package.
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27/11/2020 12:47:57 176 47
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Everyone I know who works for RM is clear where the main issue lies - pockets of the workforce where productivity is low or nil, protected by unwavering union support. Management told "if you discipline non-performing staff we'll all walk out".

Unions should be there to protect workers' rights, but in this instance have morphed into something that will ultimately spell the downfall of RM.
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27/11/2020 13:25:04 129 38
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Union history in the last 40 years has been one of destruction of the industries their members work.

Short term gain for long term pain for their members and the country.

Of course Union bosses never have their pay cut when their membership decreases.
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28/11/2020 12:22:26 0 0
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And what do you imagine a world without unions would be like?
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28/11/2020 12:54:39 0 0
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It's funny how you can't find anyone 'of an age' that used to belong to a union these days. Yet over half did in the 1970s, and owe their 'annual increments', their job for life, comfy perks and their unaffordable/unsustainable lifetime benefits to membership.
It's what their grandparents fought for after all, union recognition. Bit too good for the kids, eh?
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28/11/2020 16:06:22 0 0
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shite
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28/11/2020 20:19:43 0 0
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Indeed so , a firm I worked at was in administration , we had a buyer lined up to invest. So the union thought the best thing to do was call as strike ballot for pay (as the morons thought it meant more redundancy pay) .
The buyer walked away , the company was insolvent , and they all got statutory minimum from the government there was nothing for pay or redundancy . Ruined by idiots.
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27/11/2020 12:47:57 176 47
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Everyone I know who works for RM is clear where the main issue lies - pockets of the workforce where productivity is low or nil, protected by unwavering union support. Management told "if you discipline non-performing staff we'll all walk out".

Unions should be there to protect workers' rights, but in this instance have morphed into something that will ultimately spell the downfall of RM.
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27/11/2020 13:27:40 19 8
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The Union looks after the people who worked there for decades, the full-time staff with the good pension scheme and the easiest walks. Unfortunately it ignores most people who have been employed in last 5-10 years, the ones on short hour contracts who generally have to do the longer walks. Unfortunately agreement was reached on a lot of issues in 2018 but new boss came in and ripped it up...
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28/11/2020 10:37:01 0 0
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Utter rubbish.
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27/11/2020 12:47:57 176 47
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Everyone I know who works for RM is clear where the main issue lies - pockets of the workforce where productivity is low or nil, protected by unwavering union support. Management told "if you discipline non-performing staff we'll all walk out".

Unions should be there to protect workers' rights, but in this instance have morphed into something that will ultimately spell the downfall of RM.
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27/11/2020 13:29:39 36 3
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I'm gathering everyone you know accounts to 1 person!

Unions are ridiculous in the big hubs like Manchester, people honestly told by mangers 'slow down, you're making everybody look bad'. The race card is used here for everything as well.

But the vast majority of places are just badly ran by inept managers they WON'T get rid of.

And btw, managers have a different union to us posties.
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27/11/2020 13:14:26 26 9
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They are not talking about stopping Saturday parcel deliveries - did you actually read the article?
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27/11/2020 13:31:28 3 4
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RM posties aren't going to carry on delivery parcels on a Saturday & just leave the letters in the depot. How would that save them any money?
After you read the article, did you put any of your own thought into it John, or do you need everything written out for you?
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27/11/2020 13:42:45 5 2
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Yes they will just leave letters, already happened during the first lockdown on Saturdays for 6 weeks.
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27/11/2020 15:33:15 3 0
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I seem to have missed the part about delivering parcels on Saturday in the article. They have a requirement to deliver parcels 5days per week.
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Kev
27/11/2020 17:03:28 1 0
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Oh yes they will, there will be job losses, parcel deliveries till 8PM posties delivering only letters and small packets in morning. As a positive I don't want to lose the USO
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27/11/2020 21:33:39 1 1
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Because one postie can deliver 2 rounds of parcels if they don't have to deliver letters as well. This results in a 50% reduction in workforce on a saturday. Which equates to a n approx 8% reduction over a week, which ultimately means we need 8% less postie. That's where the saving comes in!
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27/11/2020 12:37:30 10 11
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Royal Mail can't run their company, can't work out how to make money, have sold off thousands of proerties & whacked the price up of all services, closing down hundreds of rural & city post offices. Now they are going to reduce service. This is outrageous. They deliver unwanted advertising which you can't fully opt out of and are let off parking violations, unlike any other private firm. Vile...
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27/11/2020 13:25:31 7 0
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You are clearly unaware that Royal Mail (which delivers the mail and runs the sorting offices) was privatised some years ago and is completely separate from the govt-owned Post Office...
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27/11/2020 13:04:25 57 8
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Royal Mail increases the cost of stamps, so less people send mail, so they increase the price again, and the cycle goes on. We used to send lots of Christmas cards, but now the stamp is 6 times the cost of the card, so we send via email now. How management don't see that reducing the cost of stamps would increase mail and solve problems.
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27/11/2020 13:32:36 68 7
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I tell you what, try and get a letter from Plymouth to Thurso for 76p any other way.

Or a small parcel for a few quid.

THE NEXT DAY!

It's 748 miles btw, that's 1p for every 10 miles basically.

Let me know how you get on x
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27/11/2020 14:56:22 8 5
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Email
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27/11/2020 16:28:17 5 3
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The problem is it still costs 76p if the same letter was going 2 miles. With technology these days better just to send the letter electronically as it costs nothing, and it is there instantly
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27/11/2020 17:07:14 6 1
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Good luck with emailing your small packet next day delivery!
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27/11/2020 13:19:09 19 4
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We still have the cheapest postal service in Europe and, to those complaining about RM delivering junk mail - it helps pay their salaries!
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27/11/2020 13:33:58 10 3
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And you can opt out of junk mail! Takes 1 minute.

People would rather moan instead of do anything about it.
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27/11/2020 14:09:28 5 1
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I opted out with the MPS years ago, and still get about half-a-kilo of junk mail each week.
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28/11/2020 17:30:42 2 0
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Opted out years ago. The pizza menus keep coming...
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sci
27/11/2020 13:35:24 3 3
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No Saturday delivery wouldn't bother me, in fact we'd welcome it. We recently told our postman we wouldn't mind delivery only once a week but he came back saying he wasn't allowed. Sometimes his the long drive out to our rural lane is only marketing pamphlets; we bin, it's such a waste. Most important stuff is now emailed to us, 'letters' as pdf; made compulsory by companies who won't use post.
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27/11/2020 13:20:12 2 0
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Provided it is not used as an excuse to get rid of our posties and/or to extend their delivery rounds etc, I can see some logic but will miss sending birthday cards etc last minute, knowing the Saturday delivery will save me!
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27/11/2020 13:37:54 5 5
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There is no excuse to send a birthday card last minute. You know when the birthday is, just poor planning on you part
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27/11/2020 14:59:34 2 0
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Cannot believe anyone could disagree with comment on poor planning
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Ian
27/11/2020 13:04:20 10 4
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Since March, it has been a lottery in Didcot as to which days they do deliver, because the service has been patchy to say the least and we hardly see a postman walking his rounds these days. Amazingly, Hermes, Amazon, DPD are seen day in my street delivering and yet I'm still waiting for magazines, letters and packages sent via royal mail.
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27/11/2020 13:38:07 6 3
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Ian That's true so each of these companies have just a few items to deliver to same street..crazy as each vehicle impacts on environment RM privatised by EU Order It is a vital service especially for rural isolated communities and should be a state entity. As should be rail, water, gas electricity merely privatised monopolies
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27/11/2020 13:38:23 4 2
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Sadly the written letter is a thing of the past, most of todays generation would be incapable of putting pen to paper.

Cancel Saturday mail delivery boost your share price, Parcels is your future.
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27/11/2020 13:27:59 0 1
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Whats next after this . A 4 day week delivery, then rising stamp costs, then mid day deliveries. People will just use e mail, the phone & couriers instead. They will put them selves out of business. Good business people.
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27/11/2020 13:46:24 3 0
bbc
We have all seen a massive reduction in post through our letterbox, changing times. Parcels are the name of the game
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27/11/2020 19:56:19 0 0
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We already get mid day or afternoon deliveries
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27/11/2020 12:47:57 176 47
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Everyone I know who works for RM is clear where the main issue lies - pockets of the workforce where productivity is low or nil, protected by unwavering union support. Management told "if you discipline non-performing staff we'll all walk out".

Unions should be there to protect workers' rights, but in this instance have morphed into something that will ultimately spell the downfall of RM.
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27/11/2020 13:28:31 33 9
bbc
Same for me, friends at RM liken it to British Leyland in the 1970s, and we all know what eventually happened there.
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27/11/2020 13:38:37 1 0
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As an online retailer, yet again the regulatory bodies that govern are disconnected from the reality of the situation. As online orders rise year on year royal mail has seen the change, yet now they are saying they want to give up weekend deliveries. The system is going to 7 day a week collection and delivery, if royal mail cannot offer at least 6 days they will lose revenues from the other 5
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27/11/2020 13:19:50 4 3
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It should be a 7 day a week service!!!
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27/11/2020 13:38:41 3 1
bbc
...which would entail taking on extra 15-20,000 permanent staff. Prices would need to rise by 20%+
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27/11/2020 13:42:31 4 1
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Seeing as there is no where else to post , would like to comment on Arcadia group. I really feel for the majority of staff there who may lose their jobs. No doubt the management will try and lay the blame on covid whereas the blame would lay with them for not innovating over the last 10 years. Missed the boat with online and stores do not feel vibrant like Zara stores
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27/11/2020 13:31:28 3 4
bbc
RM posties aren't going to carry on delivery parcels on a Saturday & just leave the letters in the depot. How would that save them any money?
After you read the article, did you put any of your own thought into it John, or do you need everything written out for you?
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27/11/2020 13:42:45 5 2
bbc
Yes they will just leave letters, already happened during the first lockdown on Saturdays for 6 weeks.
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27/11/2020 14:15:16 1 4
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No, they didn't at all.
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27/11/2020 12:55:39 12 5
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Working from home with my budgie (Gary)

Buying all Christmas stuff online with some being delivered by RM but most by couriers

Most stuff that used to come in the post now e-mailed to me

Spending more on printer toner though !
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27/11/2020 13:42:49 5 2
bbc
Why do you feel the need to print emails? It means keeping files, which continue to get thicker. Which is another good reason to avoid letters, wherever possible.
As you pointed out toner is expensive. Save the money and spend it on champagne, it's cheaper.
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27/11/2020 13:43:16 0 3
bbc
How about the Royal Mail charge a competitive rate to the places that use them to deliver their goods. As in other countries online retailers pay a pitence for the service provided? And I can't remember the last time I put a letter in the post.
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27/11/2020 13:44:02 3 3
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Is there much of PO postal or telephones remaining? What a shambles whilst many of their old employees hang on for their pensions.
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27/11/2020 13:44:51 23 6
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OFCOM what a bunch of b/:;ards, the public are entitled to a 6 day service, receipt of urgent letters from say hospitals etc etc are essential.
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27/11/2020 15:52:02 6 7
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Most of hospital now used emails & such for essential work. And I would think that most business also do the same thing. We no longer in the dark ages to get mail now. And its only for one day. Just how much mail do you get a day now?
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27/11/2020 13:45:17 19 2
bbc
Interesting tactic to reduce your service to the customer to make your business more viable!?
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27/11/2020 15:48:42 3 1
bbc
What not having a letter or two, or a bill. How is this making the business more valuable? This is just delaying mail by a day
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27/11/2020 13:45:22 3 5
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Post office looking to reduce days, other delivery companies are now delivering 7 days
PO is going to die
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27/11/2020 13:56:58 7 1
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The Post Office and Royal Mail are two different companies.
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27/11/2020 13:27:59 0 1
bbc
Whats next after this . A 4 day week delivery, then rising stamp costs, then mid day deliveries. People will just use e mail, the phone & couriers instead. They will put them selves out of business. Good business people.
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27/11/2020 13:46:24 3 0
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We have all seen a massive reduction in post through our letterbox, changing times. Parcels are the name of the game
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27/11/2020 13:21:09 68 2
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Withdrawal of Saturday deliveries will be the beginning of the end of the Royal mail. I do believe though all national delivery companies should be forced to compete on the same level, only then will people realised how good the value of the Royal Mail is. If the Royal mail folds then letters and parcels to outlying areas will become very expensive.
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27/11/2020 13:47:00 6 12
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Surely making savings means that they will be less likely to end it mail service.
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28/11/2020 01:22:00 1 0
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Short term savings can undermine the value customers see in your service. They move to an alternative (electronic, in particular). The result is greater long term losses.
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27/11/2020 13:47:25 5 1
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Judging by the service we currently have here I thought they had stopped Friday and Saturday deliveries. And we live in a large suburban area
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27/11/2020 13:43:04 0 0
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Breaking wind into a glass could cause earthquakes...
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27/11/2020 13:51:08 9 7
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Monopoly business that thinks the answer is to reduce service levels and increase prices when volumes of letters and business mail is falling? Ofcom please explain. How about reducing inefficient work practices and other overheads first!
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27/11/2020 14:00:05 8 2
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It isn’t a monopoly business and is looking to reduce costs. This is a response to the reducing volume of mail. I've not seen any compelling reasons for continuing a Saturday service. One comment referred to essential letters from the NHS. What hospital would resort to sending a letter on a Friday, in the hope that it will arrive on Saturday, for an appointment on Monday?
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28/11/2020 10:44:19 0 0
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Where do you work? I think I can improve you.
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27/11/2020 13:51:54 43 3
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The Royal Mail has to deal with all the low profit deliveries whilst the competitors can make an easy profit - some of whom throw you package into the bushes! Not really fair.
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27/11/2020 13:45:22 3 5
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Post office looking to reduce days, other delivery companies are now delivering 7 days
PO is going to die
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27/11/2020 13:56:58 7 1
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The Post Office and Royal Mail are two different companies.
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27/11/2020 13:57:38 94 3
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Saturday deliveries stopped in our area in March with Covid. They have not restarted.

Meanwhile the postmen are required to deliver huge amounts of advertising material that normally goes straight into the recycling bin - unread.
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27/11/2020 14:41:50 44 4
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Annoying isn't it? But if that junk wasn't delivered, RM would lose a lot of revenue.....much more annoying.
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mc
27/11/2020 15:04:23 4 5
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postman get a bonus for delivering junk mail taht why they do it
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28/11/2020 11:10:29 0 0
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Why is it that I am the only one who does not make money out of junk mail?

I did not ask for this junk to be shoved through my letter yet I am supposed to "responsibly" deal with it.

Perhaps I should be paid a management fee to process it.

Or everybody should chop all their junk into letter box sizes and post it through any available letter box. No more fly tipping.
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JR
28/11/2020 20:09:39 0 0
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Similar here for mail.
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27/11/2020 13:58:26 23 11
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Quotes £16 to send a parcel with Royal Mail. £9 with Hermes. Says it all really .Royal Mail really needs to modernize all its processes and logistics.
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27/11/2020 14:03:48 12 4
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Why then is the RM parcel business increasing?
It's the letter service that may become 5 day, not the parcel service.
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27/11/2020 14:05:09 13 0
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At least the Royal Mail deliver the parcel. Hermes tend to lose it, put it in the hedge or in the bin.
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27/11/2020 22:22:07 0 0
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Hermes. Don’t make me laugh.
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28/11/2020 10:41:54 0 0
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Trouble is Hermes are poorly paid and treat their work accordingly.
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27/11/2020 13:59:33 9 3
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Liberalise it and you'd have 7 day post

State monopolies end up serving just one group of people

Those who work in them backed by unions

There are costs to living in remote places and everyday post is one that has to be paid for or abandoned
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27/11/2020 14:50:06 5 0
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It’s the same with local councils
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27/11/2020 13:51:08 9 7
bbc
Monopoly business that thinks the answer is to reduce service levels and increase prices when volumes of letters and business mail is falling? Ofcom please explain. How about reducing inefficient work practices and other overheads first!
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27/11/2020 14:00:05 8 2
bbc
It isn’t a monopoly business and is looking to reduce costs. This is a response to the reducing volume of mail. I've not seen any compelling reasons for continuing a Saturday service. One comment referred to essential letters from the NHS. What hospital would resort to sending a letter on a Friday, in the hope that it will arrive on Saturday, for an appointment on Monday?
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27/11/2020 14:15:48 3 1
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The ones that apparently can't use emails or phone where it is that urgent?
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27/11/2020 15:06:42 4 0
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who else offers a service where i can send a letter that will get to anywhere in the uk for a (smallish) set rate and arrive promptly within days & also allows me to put the missives in to one of the tens of thousand of little red pillar boxes dotted around the uk?
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27/11/2020 13:53:53 39 11
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Shareholders should tour Royal Mail delivery offices to see their archaic working practises paid for with antiquated enhanced union payment agreements before taking the easy way out by dropping Saturday deliveries.
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27/11/2020 14:02:18 12 12
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royal mail couldnt organise a proverbial in a brewery. Intransigent, lazy, ludite work force still living in a nationlised 1970's beaucracy. The unions would rather the company went bust than modernise. Get the robots in the sorting offices, they are better than humans at sorting stuff!!! im mean ffs they cant even make a decent profit despite the hike in postage costs and boom in ebay etc?? JOKE
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27/11/2020 14:46:26 15 2
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Follow your average postie around for a few days (if you can keep up ) and then call him/her lazy.
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27/11/2020 14:02:20 4 1
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"At present, Royal Mail's universal service obligation means it has to deliver letters for six days per week and parcels for five days."
It needs to be the other way around, letters 5 days per week and parcels 6 days a week.
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27/11/2020 13:58:26 23 11
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Quotes £16 to send a parcel with Royal Mail. £9 with Hermes. Says it all really .Royal Mail really needs to modernize all its processes and logistics.
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27/11/2020 14:03:48 12 4
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Why then is the RM parcel business increasing?
It's the letter service that may become 5 day, not the parcel service.
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27/11/2020 15:04:23 2 0
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Is the RM parcel service increasing; According to RM it is.
Is it the letter service which may become 5days, not the parcel service,( which is already 5days).

Apparently 4 people disagree with the two facts.
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27/11/2020 14:04:12 2 2
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If it was a vital public service then surely more people would use it? Clearly, the majority of the public don't want to use it and I can't think of a time in the last few years when I chose to do so. Sad but true.
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27/11/2020 14:24:50 1 0
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If people are being honest about it, they send greeting cards through the post and that's pretty much it. As for incoming letters, it's mostly Government letters (HMRC/NHS/Council Tax) as more and more people switch to online statements and billing.
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27/11/2020 13:58:26 23 11
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Quotes £16 to send a parcel with Royal Mail. £9 with Hermes. Says it all really .Royal Mail really needs to modernize all its processes and logistics.
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27/11/2020 14:05:09 13 0
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At least the Royal Mail deliver the parcel. Hermes tend to lose it, put it in the hedge or in the bin.
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27/11/2020 14:40:33 4 2
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Not always, a few times I've been at home and got a docket through the door asking me to collect a parcel from the sorting office because they couldn't be arsed to deliver it,.
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27/11/2020 14:07:00 69 18
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I have a friend who works in the sorting office, they get paid EXCELLENT money for doing the 6-hour graveyard shift 12am-6am, and regularly complain that there are others who simply do absolutely nothing for the entire shift, knowing they cannot be sacked, or even disciplined, due to the hyper-militancy of the CWU, who protect the loafers. About 95% of the post i receive now is junk mail anyway.
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27/11/2020 14:11:22 27 7
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I've heard the same from other people I know who work for the Royal Mail. Oddly, the Royal Mail didn't seem to have any qualms about throwing the Post Offices under the bus with their plans to offer collection from home.
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27/11/2020 19:43:01 3 3
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Chemical-Mix the EXCELLENT pay you're talking about is about £46 take home and that's the rate in Central London for those 6 hours.
Some people obviously work harder than others, but nobody does 'nothing' they would soon be bawled out by their own colleagues for not pulling their weight.
Bold Crusader- Dr F is correct Post Office has a contract with Royal Mail but it is a different company.
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28/11/2020 16:42:30 0 0
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That applies in many businesses unfortunately.
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27/11/2020 12:49:16 124 7
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Maybe it's because I'm younger and therefore have most documents sent to me electronically, but it is so rare to actually receive anything in the post I need - more often that not, it is just junk mail. Parcels on the other hand are far more important and is where Royal Mail needs to focus if they want to remain relevant.
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27/11/2020 14:08:43 54 20
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Snail mail is a legacy system which mostly carries junk.

If Royal Mail can't make it pay they should put the prices up. It may stop companies wasting resources on mailing rubbish, and the Royal Mail in sorting, transporting and delivering said rubbish.
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27/11/2020 16:21:26 1 6
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Need to change the settings on your email system then
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28/11/2020 08:37:51 2 0
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Ah, a member of the "technology can solve anything" brigade. Vast majority of things I receive is certainly not junk and any leaflets, although wasteful, are added locally at the depot.

Look forward to having all the physical goods I receive teleported to my house. Good luck with that!
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27/11/2020 13:33:58 10 3
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And you can opt out of junk mail! Takes 1 minute.

People would rather moan instead of do anything about it.
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27/11/2020 14:09:28 5 1
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I opted out with the MPS years ago, and still get about half-a-kilo of junk mail each week.
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27/11/2020 17:28:55 6 1
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The opt out only covers non addressed leaflets, if the 'junk' mail is addressed, it has to be delivered.
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27/11/2020 14:07:00 69 18
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I have a friend who works in the sorting office, they get paid EXCELLENT money for doing the 6-hour graveyard shift 12am-6am, and regularly complain that there are others who simply do absolutely nothing for the entire shift, knowing they cannot be sacked, or even disciplined, due to the hyper-militancy of the CWU, who protect the loafers. About 95% of the post i receive now is junk mail anyway.
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27/11/2020 14:11:22 27 7
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I've heard the same from other people I know who work for the Royal Mail. Oddly, the Royal Mail didn't seem to have any qualms about throwing the Post Offices under the bus with their plans to offer collection from home.
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27/11/2020 14:43:35 12 2
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Royal Mail is totally separate and ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with the Post Office. Check your facts first before posting nonsense.
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27/11/2020 15:45:48 4 2
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Yes where I lived not only as the post office gone but we haven't even get a pillar box to post any mail.
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27/11/2020 14:11:58 9 6
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It's a bad enough, and unreliable, service as it is, without letting it skip a day.

I recently waited 12 working days for what was meant to be a 48 hour delivery. The regulator needs to be cracking the whip harder, not giving this useless service time off.
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27/11/2020 15:54:23 0 0
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Well did you complaint I certainly would have & told the company where you was expecting it from.
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27/11/2020 13:42:45 5 2
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Yes they will just leave letters, already happened during the first lockdown on Saturdays for 6 weeks.
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27/11/2020 14:15:16 1 4
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No, they didn't at all.
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27/11/2020 14:54:26 9 0
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Yes - they did. RM were given temporary suspension of USO regarding Satirday letters.
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27/11/2020 21:34:25 1 0
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Yes we did
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27/11/2020 14:00:05 8 2
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It isn’t a monopoly business and is looking to reduce costs. This is a response to the reducing volume of mail. I've not seen any compelling reasons for continuing a Saturday service. One comment referred to essential letters from the NHS. What hospital would resort to sending a letter on a Friday, in the hope that it will arrive on Saturday, for an appointment on Monday?
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27/11/2020 14:15:48 3 1
bbc
The ones that apparently can't use emails or phone where it is that urgent?
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27/11/2020 15:08:22 1 0
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It's the patients which can't, or won't use emails. I always get a telephone reminder a few days before a hospital appointment.
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27/11/2020 15:57:25 1 0
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What this is one day with no mail how do you manage on Christmas Day. And how many people have not got a phone today. or access to one.
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27/11/2020 14:18:20 2 2
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Royal mail should be absolutely ashamed.

In a double blow, not only do they send letters less often, but when they do, they STUFF all manner of depraved, useless, wicked and sinful leaflets in my letter box at the same time.
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27/11/2020 14:23:52 3 1
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Just have a think how much the Royal Mail's 'entitled non diverse' board have made over seeing this terminal decline...absolutely pathetic, more rewards for the privately educated failures
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27/11/2020 14:04:12 2 2
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If it was a vital public service then surely more people would use it? Clearly, the majority of the public don't want to use it and I can't think of a time in the last few years when I chose to do so. Sad but true.
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27/11/2020 14:24:50 1 0
bbc
If people are being honest about it, they send greeting cards through the post and that's pretty much it. As for incoming letters, it's mostly Government letters (HMRC/NHS/Council Tax) as more and more people switch to online statements and billing.
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27/11/2020 14:25:59 2 4
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Presumably, collecting our post from the nearest Post Office (which I don't mind btw) would save them billions? Perhaps RM should introduce a receiving charge for those who still want their post delivered?
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27/11/2020 19:30:50 0 0
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They already have this. It is called PO Box Collect and they charge you an extra £277.50 for it.
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Pez
27/11/2020 14:29:06 25 3
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Dave Ward, fighting for the layman's interest whilst earning £116k p/annum :/
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27/11/2020 14:29:15 2 2
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The Royal Mail has been reducing its service whilst putting its prices up for years. It needs a complete overhaul.
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27/11/2020 15:51:28 0 1
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Re-nationionalise?
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27/11/2020 14:29:48 5 3
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Royal Mail. Sadly another British company ruined by unfair competition and onerous rules set by the regulators. Meanwhile, Hermes and DHL are encouraged to grab more and more of their business. Let's hope that Brexit will bring an end to this madness.
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We
27/11/2020 14:30:19 0 4
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Royal mail are currently offering a poor service with all mail, need to be offering 7 day week delivery and collection service, online sales will increase year on year the services offered need to reflect this increase, price s on the larger items will also need to reduce in line with courier companies.
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27/11/2020 14:32:10 3 2
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I can't remember the last time I got post on a Saturday.
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Pez
27/11/2020 14:29:06 25 3
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Dave Ward, fighting for the layman's interest whilst earning £116k p/annum :/
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27/11/2020 14:38:05 2 1
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"The cheque is in the post". Posted Thursday with a second class stamp, arrives Monday earliest.
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27/11/2020 14:50:58 1 1
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Does anyone use cheques these days? I don’t think that I have a chequebook anymore.
It's still a pretty good excuse, but not for much longer.
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27/11/2020 14:39:58 3 1
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Great idea to stop Saturday deliveries of mail.

The Royal Mail could probably drop to a 4 day week and just deliver Tuesday to Friday. That wouldn't harm many people. Then they could reduce staff by about 25% and save a lot of money. Most mail is via email servers now anyway.
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27/11/2020 14:47:08 5 1
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How about just once a week, or once a fortnight, or even once a month? These cuts would make even bigger savings and provide an even poorer service
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27/11/2020 15:03:35 1 1
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Remember the days when every business aimed to exceed customer expectations? We're supposed to be moving forward into sunny uplands, not descending into a land of low expectations and an acceptance of poorer and poorer service until we live in a mode of "just don't care anymore". Well, I do care, and I will constantly push for myself and others with whom I deal to raise their game and deliver.
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27/11/2020 12:49:16 124 7
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Maybe it's because I'm younger and therefore have most documents sent to me electronically, but it is so rare to actually receive anything in the post I need - more often that not, it is just junk mail. Parcels on the other hand are far more important and is where Royal Mail needs to focus if they want to remain relevant.
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27/11/2020 14:42:29 15 6
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Many other carriers deliver six or seven days a week Therefore if Royal Mail wants to compete and succeed it needs to do the same
And if it’s delivering a parcel to an address it might as well deliver letters to save making a separate journey on Monday
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27/11/2020 14:43:07 2 0
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The biggest customer service issue the parcels industry suffers from is customers not being at home during the week. A Saturday parcel delivery service resolves the problem. The Royal Mail could then sell service this into the trade and gain turnover from it.

If they also deliver letters on Saturday as well, then what's the problem?
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27/11/2020 15:49:10 0 0
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RM do deliver parcels on Saturdays. Think the idea is to deliver only parcels on Saturdays to cut the amount of working hours and therefore reduce staff. Saturdays could be covered by a much smaller number on overtime.
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27/11/2020 14:05:09 13 0
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At least the Royal Mail deliver the parcel. Hermes tend to lose it, put it in the hedge or in the bin.
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27/11/2020 14:40:33 4 2
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Not always, a few times I've been at home and got a docket through the door asking me to collect a parcel from the sorting office because they couldn't be arsed to deliver it,.
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27/11/2020 21:44:43 2 0
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Urban myth. As a postie, it is so much easier to deliver an item. Why would I waste 2 minutes writing out a card, come to your door and post it rather than trying to deliver the item???
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27/11/2020 13:57:38 94 3
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Saturday deliveries stopped in our area in March with Covid. They have not restarted.

Meanwhile the postmen are required to deliver huge amounts of advertising material that normally goes straight into the recycling bin - unread.
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27/11/2020 14:41:50 44 4
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Annoying isn't it? But if that junk wasn't delivered, RM would lose a lot of revenue.....much more annoying.
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28/11/2020 17:03:31 0 0
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Was it EU rules the wrecked the junk mail by not allowing companies to send out unsolicited mailshots because of a right to privacy under data protection.
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27/11/2020 14:11:22 27 7
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I've heard the same from other people I know who work for the Royal Mail. Oddly, the Royal Mail didn't seem to have any qualms about throwing the Post Offices under the bus with their plans to offer collection from home.
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27/11/2020 14:43:35 12 2
bbc
Royal Mail is totally separate and ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with the Post Office. Check your facts first before posting nonsense.
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27/11/2020 14:02:18 12 12
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royal mail couldnt organise a proverbial in a brewery. Intransigent, lazy, ludite work force still living in a nationlised 1970's beaucracy. The unions would rather the company went bust than modernise. Get the robots in the sorting offices, they are better than humans at sorting stuff!!! im mean ffs they cant even make a decent profit despite the hike in postage costs and boom in ebay etc?? JOKE
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27/11/2020 14:46:26 15 2
bbc
Follow your average postie around for a few days (if you can keep up ) and then call him/her lazy.
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27/11/2020 19:29:57 0 0
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keep up....i'd destroy the old boy!!!.....and i'd have a smile on my face
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27/11/2020 14:39:58 3 1
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Great idea to stop Saturday deliveries of mail.

The Royal Mail could probably drop to a 4 day week and just deliver Tuesday to Friday. That wouldn't harm many people. Then they could reduce staff by about 25% and save a lot of money. Most mail is via email servers now anyway.
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27/11/2020 14:47:08 5 1
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How about just once a week, or once a fortnight, or even once a month? These cuts would make even bigger savings and provide an even poorer service
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27/11/2020 13:21:09 68 2
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Withdrawal of Saturday deliveries will be the beginning of the end of the Royal mail. I do believe though all national delivery companies should be forced to compete on the same level, only then will people realised how good the value of the Royal Mail is. If the Royal mail folds then letters and parcels to outlying areas will become very expensive.
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27/11/2020 14:48:09 2 2
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If the Royal Mail folds....

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Yes it does. Especially if you write "Photographs, please do not bend" on your package.
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28/11/2020 09:58:47 0 0
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Have you ever received a package marked 'Fragile' delivered by one of the parcel delivery 'services', such as yodel or DHS? Personaly I believe they think 'Fragile' means please throw at a wall.
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27/11/2020 13:59:33 9 3
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Liberalise it and you'd have 7 day post

State monopolies end up serving just one group of people

Those who work in them backed by unions

There are costs to living in remote places and everyday post is one that has to be paid for or abandoned
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27/11/2020 14:50:06 5 0
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It’s the same with local councils
where has the HYS on Phil Green gone
how does this person get away with it ?
we can't even lambaste him for Petes sake
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27/11/2020 15:04:34 1 0
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He popped around the corner from Oxford Street up to Portland Street and put money into someone's hands.

(This is a variant of a Spike Milligan joke from the early Seventies.)
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27/11/2020 14:38:05 2 1
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"The cheque is in the post". Posted Thursday with a second class stamp, arrives Monday earliest.
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27/11/2020 14:50:58 1 1
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Does anyone use cheques these days? I don’t think that I have a chequebook anymore.
It's still a pretty good excuse, but not for much longer.
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27/11/2020 18:48:42 0 0
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Yes, I frequently use cheques - to pay a tradesman, a credit card bill, donation to a charity ( the latter to stop intermediaries scamming 3% plus from my donation.)
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27/11/2020 13:43:04 0 0
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Breaking wind into a glass could cause earthquakes...
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