Royal Mail to pilot Sunday parcel delivery
12/03/2021 | news | business | 168
The postal service will make deliveries for major retailers as online shopping continues to grow.
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12/03/2021 10:30:47 8 13
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Ha ha, they can`t even deliver through the week, never mind Sunday. I haven`t seen a postal delivery here all week.
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12/03/2021 11:30:10 6 3
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There's a pandemic. Posties get sick too !!!!
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12/03/2021 11:53:08 3 1
bbc
Perhaps you aren't very popular you so you don;t get any mail?

Royal Mail has been splendid for me over the challenging Covid crisis.
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12/03/2021 12:01:20 2 1
bbc
Get some glasses.
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12/03/2021 10:38:24 30 9
bbc
All they need to do now is vastly improve their online tracking and then they will be on the way to joining the 21st century.
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12/03/2021 10:39:00 35 14
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Royal Mail, welcome to the 21st century!
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12/03/2021 10:41:09 10 3
bbc
The standing local delivery network with depots in most towns offers RM a unique opportunity to go all electric in the final leg - now that is an opportunity if they can only see it.
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12/03/2021 10:41:19 17 4
bbc
.......there had "long been under-investment in automation" in the service.
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And there's the real crux of the matter. While I sympathise with anyone whose job is at risk through automation, you can't fight against it forever. If a company gradually goes under through failure to compete, those jobs are still going to disappear & more.
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Bob
12/03/2021 10:45:42 29 12
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Unions. They keep fighting every single time RM tries to modernise. Particularly with regards to how they want to adapt to parcel delivery.
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12/03/2021 14:24:31 1 3
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they spent absolute millions on letter sorting machines when letter sending had dropped by10 % a year for previous 5 years and duration of these machines took another5 years ,so now ly idle or sold off, too many managers,
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12/03/2021 10:41:19 17 4
bbc
.......there had "long been under-investment in automation" in the service.
----

And there's the real crux of the matter. While I sympathise with anyone whose job is at risk through automation, you can't fight against it forever. If a company gradually goes under through failure to compete, those jobs are still going to disappear & more.
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Bob
12/03/2021 10:45:42 29 12
bbc
Unions. They keep fighting every single time RM tries to modernise. Particularly with regards to how they want to adapt to parcel delivery.
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12/03/2021 12:04:40 8 3
bbc
At least it isn't a monopoly, with overpaid staff, unlike the railway unions that keep holding people to ransom. That will stop now though, with reduced services in future, those shop stewards might be vising the job centre!
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12/03/2021 17:31:10 1 1
bbc
So underinvestment in Royal Mail by successive Conservative and Labour governments, before the company was privatised, has nothing to do with the situation they now finds themselves in? Quick to point the finger whilst adjusting your blue tinted glasses.
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12/03/2021 10:46:02 4 6
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Where I live they sold off all but one of their depots, does this mean they will want them all back. Pre xmas was a jokes with 3 week delays I can't see this working, my postie will not work seven days a week. Big recruitment drive needed but Royal Mail pay is not that good.
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12/03/2021 11:52:00 7 1
bbc
The only place I suffer delays with the Royal Mail is to rural Scotland. But they still charge a flat rate mainland UK rate, including the IoW. Other services have variable rates,m Royal Mail is the best!
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12/03/2021 12:00:30 0 3
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Posties do not have to work 7day weeks. It is called "ROTA"
As for pay, better than using your own car for a small fee per parcel.
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12/03/2021 10:53:08 11 12
bbc
Out of all my on line shopping deliveries hardly any arrive via Royal Mail. Other suppliers have moved with the times and offer a better service 7 days a week.
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12/03/2021 11:50:35 9 3
bbc
They aren't chained to the USO though so they can cherry pick.

You can post a 1st class letter in Bournemouth to go to Thurso (728 miles) and RM are legally obliged to post that the following day.

You do realise nearly all returns (which have been an absolute joke) are returned by RM as well regardless of who they're delivered by.

It's been Xmas every day for the last 14 months. You furloughed?
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12/03/2021 10:55:07 2 10
bbc
When this was a state owned outfit 100% would never even consider Sunday working.... privatisation works.
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12/03/2021 11:33:50 7 2
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Sunday deliveries were not needed when public owned because they used to deliver twice a day mon to sat.
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12/03/2021 12:01:47 1 1
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Not sure that it does. Affinity Water are a nightmare, I'd much rather that water was taken back into state management.
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12/03/2021 10:55:54 3 5
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my dog cant wait
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12/03/2021 12:00:49 1 2
bbc
We had to collect our post for a while because a new post girl was scared of the ridgebacks! She was only a temp, and used to spend a lot of time on her phone, so didn't last long, then our normal service continued.
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12/03/2021 10:45:22 4 8
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I thought Parcel Force did the parcels not Royal Mail...still Royal mail is slow to adapt to changing times with online shopping
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12/03/2021 11:50:19 6 1
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Parcel Force tend to handle larger parcels. Royal Mail do the small ones.
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12/03/2021 10:59:31 1 18
bbc
They should have been doing this already
Plus get them to pickup as well
Lazy lot
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12/03/2021 11:27:37 13 2
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I am a Postal worker and take offence at being called lazy !!!! We have worked the whole way through this pandemic doing very long hours. Some of my colleagues start at 3 am and work till 5 pm to get customers mail and parcels to them !! NOT LAZY just TIRED !!
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12/03/2021 10:52:00 5 6
bbc
Looks like it's going to be an airmail service if they're piloting it...
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12/03/2021 11:09:06 9 5
bbc
About time, if Royal Mail / Parcel force are to survive in the ever growing courier led market, they have to be more flexible. Sunday deliveries would be good. Though I hope it's not just the big conurbations. I know they are being innovative already as I have used their parcel pickup service, though it's a bit pricy.
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12/03/2021 16:29:47 3 1
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Parcel Force already deliver on Sundays, they have for 6 -7 years.
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12/03/2021 11:16:36 6 7
bbc
You mean it's bringing itself into line with every other delivery company out there?

Only question is why it has taken so long.
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12/03/2021 11:26:02 10 10
bbc
Just No. What is wrong with M-F? even Sat delivery is unnecessary for non urgent things. Can we not have two days when the roads are quiet? Amazon already delivers on a Sun and if they had an option to request they didn't I would tick it.

Sunday delivery? No Thanks.
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DM
12/03/2021 11:34:07 8 5
bbc
I respect your opinion but we do not live in a Monday to Friday world anymore and Royal Mail's (rather late) arrival at the seven-day operation is merely reflecting the shift the majority would appear to have asked for.
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12/03/2021 10:59:31 1 18
bbc
They should have been doing this already
Plus get them to pickup as well
Lazy lot
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12/03/2021 11:27:37 13 2
bbc
I am a Postal worker and take offence at being called lazy !!!! We have worked the whole way through this pandemic doing very long hours. Some of my colleagues start at 3 am and work till 5 pm to get customers mail and parcels to them !! NOT LAZY just TIRED !!
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12/03/2021 10:30:47 8 13
bbc
Ha ha, they can`t even deliver through the week, never mind Sunday. I haven`t seen a postal delivery here all week.
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12/03/2021 11:30:10 6 3
bbc
There's a pandemic. Posties get sick too !!!!
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12/03/2021 11:31:45 2 6
bbc
It would be better if they got back to delivering 24 hr tracked parcels in 24 hours rather than the 3 days currently. Also Cardiff RM depot seems to be the Bermuda triangle of parcels. Where they can sit for days without any good reason other than the inefficiency of the Royal Mail.
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12/03/2021 10:55:07 2 10
bbc
When this was a state owned outfit 100% would never even consider Sunday working.... privatisation works.
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12/03/2021 11:33:50 7 2
bbc
Sunday deliveries were not needed when public owned because they used to deliver twice a day mon to sat.
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12/03/2021 11:56:02 2 1
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They were also fully staffed so all the mail would go out.....
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12/03/2021 11:26:02 10 10
bbc
Just No. What is wrong with M-F? even Sat delivery is unnecessary for non urgent things. Can we not have two days when the roads are quiet? Amazon already delivers on a Sun and if they had an option to request they didn't I would tick it.

Sunday delivery? No Thanks.
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DM
12/03/2021 11:34:07 8 5
bbc
I respect your opinion but we do not live in a Monday to Friday world anymore and Royal Mail's (rather late) arrival at the seven-day operation is merely reflecting the shift the majority would appear to have asked for.
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12/03/2021 11:52:28 1 1
bbc
And I respect yours, all i'm asking for is a choice
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12/03/2021 11:49:21 3 1
bbc
Most public sector employees are able to enjoy a 9-5 Monday - Friday existence! The rest of us live in the real world.
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12/03/2021 11:37:21 2 4
bbc
Why not Amazon deliver on sundays
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12/03/2021 11:48:24 4 4
bbc
No no no. I have had plenty of bad experiences with Amazon drivers who are not the sharpest. I might not be responsible for my actions if they start disturbing me on a Sunday!
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12/03/2021 11:37:24 82 12
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Totally disgusted with some of the posts on here. I work for Royal Mail as a delivery work. We have worked dam hard all the way through this pandemic !! We are not lazy we just want time with our family's like everyone else. At Christmas at our Delivery Office we had people working from 3 am till 5.30 pm to get peoples mail and parcels to them. Going home for tea then bed to repeat next day LAZY?
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12/03/2021 11:52:14 40 5
bbc
I think RM do a grand job so for everyone who moans there are lots of happy people. I can guarantee that RM can find our house, our posties are great from a service and friendliness perspective and they are more part of the community in looking out for others. Yes, Hermes, Yodel, Amazon, DPD are all good but in a different way. As with all businesses RM will have learnt a lot over the last year.
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12/03/2021 11:47:14 12 1
bbc
I use Royal Mail for mail order deliveries. I have zero complaints, has been a superb service. Thank you.
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12/03/2021 11:54:23 7 2
bbc
Half the people moaning have probably been furloughed for the last 12 months.

Been Xmas every day for us.
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12/03/2021 13:40:36 5 9
bbc
Well done, the lazy ones here are those that use delivery services when there is another option, i know of families who get shopping delivered when there is no-one elderly or disabled in the household
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RDG
12/03/2021 13:51:38 1 9
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Not in Reading, where they have cut deliveries to certain areas to three days per week blaming their performance solely on Coronavirus. Even their main drop off centre was cut to 4 hours per day for months on end. Other essential businesses have continued without fuss but not Royal Mail who has lost business to rivals due to the arrogant unions who couldn't care less about Royal Mail's customers.
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AMc
12/03/2021 13:59:29 3 9
bbc
"Some" are having to work damn hard, but the reason those few are having to do so is largely due to the stubborn unionised majority refusing to modernise

So you can play on everyone's heart strings as much as you like, but it's the same old sad story of Unions claiming to look after their members best interests that ultimately results in their members suffering as a result.
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12/03/2021 14:17:43 0 3
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cwu where are you he has broken ALL workers directives at his office
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12/03/2021 16:24:20 4 1
bbc
Apart from a few temporary delays, can't say we've had anything less than good service so far from RM. Extends to other parts of the GPO too. Digital passport renewals processed in 2 .5 weeks. Refuse collectors, fire-fighters, police officers, teachers, shop assistants, NHS workers, civil servants, bank staff, carers. Ordinary people just doing their jobs in desperate times...Hero's, all of them!
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12/03/2021 16:25:52 6 1
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Well done you lot, I think the Postie is irreplaceable. The RM shouldn't attempt this without ensuring they have enough people to deliver the service without taking advantage of existing staff who don't want to work stupid hours. Unlike the half asleep people throwing Amazon parcels at you.
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12/03/2021 18:53:24 5 1
bbc
Thank you for your hard work. Our post lady and post man have worked tirelessly throughout. All deliveries via RM came when expected, in good condition and no complaints about the weighty books which are regular delivery from Waterstones. My hope is you get to spend time with your family.
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13/03/2021 19:00:38 1 0
bbc
I think Royal Mail does a fantastic job, it's the one service I can depend on and I use it every time. Postmen and ladies are great, always very helpful.
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12/03/2021 11:48:24 7 7
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RM Need to sort out week deliveries first.
As an example two from Hermes came within 3 days one from Amazon came next day, two from RM on took 10 days the other 2 weeks and counting
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12/03/2021 11:53:51 8 4
bbc
Anecdotal. Anyone can do that.
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12/03/2021 12:13:52 3 4
bbc
I once bought something from hermes I never received, same with Amazon. On a completely separate note, i've had lot of parcels delivered by RM. There you go, I've balanced out your meaningless post with my own.
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12/03/2021 11:46:28 22 9
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No! I send my mail order items out by Royal Mail, and they have been brilliant, no complaints at all, But please, no Sunday deliveries, give us some peace and quiet! Plus some royal mail staff may feel that they are being forced to work longer. It is why supermarket staff do not support longer Sunday opening.
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12/03/2021 13:13:08 3 3
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Careful with your comment you have the Anecdotal forum police on you ;)
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LG
12/03/2021 21:38:13 0 1
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Blimey that's a first, I've just upticked a comment from Hostamosta!
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12/03/2021 10:53:08 11 12
bbc
Out of all my on line shopping deliveries hardly any arrive via Royal Mail. Other suppliers have moved with the times and offer a better service 7 days a week.
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12/03/2021 11:50:35 9 3
bbc
They aren't chained to the USO though so they can cherry pick.

You can post a 1st class letter in Bournemouth to go to Thurso (728 miles) and RM are legally obliged to post that the following day.

You do realise nearly all returns (which have been an absolute joke) are returned by RM as well regardless of who they're delivered by.

It's been Xmas every day for the last 14 months. You furloughed?
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12/03/2021 11:56:58 4 1
bbc
I had a customer from the IoW thanking me yesterday for using Royal Mail, as it offers a great service there at standard UK mainland rates. Other services charge far more. I* wondered why I had done a fair bit of business with the IoW recently! Royal mail has really helped my business over the last year.
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VEE
12/03/2021 11:50:54 2 4
bbc
Once again this pilot service is only for big business. As in all of lockdown SME business and individuals are cancelled out of the picture
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12/03/2021 11:37:24 82 12
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Totally disgusted with some of the posts on here. I work for Royal Mail as a delivery work. We have worked dam hard all the way through this pandemic !! We are not lazy we just want time with our family's like everyone else. At Christmas at our Delivery Office we had people working from 3 am till 5.30 pm to get peoples mail and parcels to them. Going home for tea then bed to repeat next day LAZY?
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12/03/2021 11:52:14 40 5
bbc
I think RM do a grand job so for everyone who moans there are lots of happy people. I can guarantee that RM can find our house, our posties are great from a service and friendliness perspective and they are more part of the community in looking out for others. Yes, Hermes, Yodel, Amazon, DPD are all good but in a different way. As with all businesses RM will have learnt a lot over the last year.
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DM
12/03/2021 11:34:07 8 5
bbc
I respect your opinion but we do not live in a Monday to Friday world anymore and Royal Mail's (rather late) arrival at the seven-day operation is merely reflecting the shift the majority would appear to have asked for.
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12/03/2021 11:52:28 1 1
bbc
And I respect yours, all i'm asking for is a choice
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12/03/2021 11:37:24 82 12
bbc
Totally disgusted with some of the posts on here. I work for Royal Mail as a delivery work. We have worked dam hard all the way through this pandemic !! We are not lazy we just want time with our family's like everyone else. At Christmas at our Delivery Office we had people working from 3 am till 5.30 pm to get peoples mail and parcels to them. Going home for tea then bed to repeat next day LAZY?
30
12/03/2021 11:47:14 12 1
bbc
I use Royal Mail for mail order deliveries. I have zero complaints, has been a superb service. Thank you.
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12/03/2021 11:37:21 2 4
bbc
Why not Amazon deliver on sundays
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12/03/2021 11:48:24 4 4
bbc
No no no. I have had plenty of bad experiences with Amazon drivers who are not the sharpest. I might not be responsible for my actions if they start disturbing me on a Sunday!
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12/03/2021 12:53:02 0 2
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You sound a charmer. If you don't want to be "disturbed" don't order for Sunday delivery.
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DM
12/03/2021 11:34:07 8 5
bbc
I respect your opinion but we do not live in a Monday to Friday world anymore and Royal Mail's (rather late) arrival at the seven-day operation is merely reflecting the shift the majority would appear to have asked for.
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12/03/2021 11:49:21 3 1
bbc
Most public sector employees are able to enjoy a 9-5 Monday - Friday existence! The rest of us live in the real world.
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12/03/2021 10:45:22 4 8
bbc
I thought Parcel Force did the parcels not Royal Mail...still Royal mail is slow to adapt to changing times with online shopping
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12/03/2021 11:50:19 6 1
bbc
Parcel Force tend to handle larger parcels. Royal Mail do the small ones.
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12/03/2021 14:00:44 0 2
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Not always these days separate company's
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12/03/2021 11:53:35 1 3
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Inevitable, surprised someone has taken this long to work this out.
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12/03/2021 11:37:24 82 12
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Totally disgusted with some of the posts on here. I work for Royal Mail as a delivery work. We have worked dam hard all the way through this pandemic !! We are not lazy we just want time with our family's like everyone else. At Christmas at our Delivery Office we had people working from 3 am till 5.30 pm to get peoples mail and parcels to them. Going home for tea then bed to repeat next day LAZY?
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12/03/2021 11:54:23 7 2
bbc
Half the people moaning have probably been furloughed for the last 12 months.

Been Xmas every day for us.
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12/03/2021 11:54:41 9 3
bbc
Will the drivers get time and a half? I don't suppose they will.
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12/03/2021 12:32:36 11 5
bbc
If it's overtime you get paid £4 more an hour (roughly) on a Sunday, if Sunday is on your contract you get normal pay for it.

Guess what contracts all the new starters are getting....
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12/03/2021 12:46:30 2 3
bbc
Why should they?

So long as workers do their contracted weekly hours why should companies pay a higher rate for weekends? Retail, service industry, healthcare etc. manage OK.
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12/03/2021 11:33:50 7 2
bbc
Sunday deliveries were not needed when public owned because they used to deliver twice a day mon to sat.
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12/03/2021 11:56:02 2 1
bbc
They were also fully staffed so all the mail would go out.....
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12/03/2021 11:48:24 7 7
bbc
RM Need to sort out week deliveries first.
As an example two from Hermes came within 3 days one from Amazon came next day, two from RM on took 10 days the other 2 weeks and counting
38
12/03/2021 11:53:51 8 4
bbc
Anecdotal. Anyone can do that.
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12/03/2021 12:41:41 3 2
bbc
A personal experience is anecdotal, now who would have thought that!!!
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12/03/2021 10:46:02 4 6
bbc
Where I live they sold off all but one of their depots, does this mean they will want them all back. Pre xmas was a jokes with 3 week delays I can't see this working, my postie will not work seven days a week. Big recruitment drive needed but Royal Mail pay is not that good.
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12/03/2021 11:52:00 7 1
bbc
The only place I suffer delays with the Royal Mail is to rural Scotland. But they still charge a flat rate mainland UK rate, including the IoW. Other services have variable rates,m Royal Mail is the best!
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12/03/2021 10:30:47 8 13
bbc
Ha ha, they can`t even deliver through the week, never mind Sunday. I haven`t seen a postal delivery here all week.
40
12/03/2021 11:53:08 3 1
bbc
Perhaps you aren't very popular you so you don;t get any mail?

Royal Mail has been splendid for me over the challenging Covid crisis.
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12/03/2021 11:50:35 9 3
bbc
They aren't chained to the USO though so they can cherry pick.

You can post a 1st class letter in Bournemouth to go to Thurso (728 miles) and RM are legally obliged to post that the following day.

You do realise nearly all returns (which have been an absolute joke) are returned by RM as well regardless of who they're delivered by.

It's been Xmas every day for the last 14 months. You furloughed?
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12/03/2021 11:56:58 4 1
bbc
I had a customer from the IoW thanking me yesterday for using Royal Mail, as it offers a great service there at standard UK mainland rates. Other services charge far more. I* wondered why I had done a fair bit of business with the IoW recently! Royal mail has really helped my business over the last year.
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12/03/2021 10:46:02 4 6
bbc
Where I live they sold off all but one of their depots, does this mean they will want them all back. Pre xmas was a jokes with 3 week delays I can't see this working, my postie will not work seven days a week. Big recruitment drive needed but Royal Mail pay is not that good.
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12/03/2021 12:00:30 0 3
bbc
Posties do not have to work 7day weeks. It is called "ROTA"
As for pay, better than using your own car for a small fee per parcel.
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12/03/2021 10:30:47 8 13
bbc
Ha ha, they can`t even deliver through the week, never mind Sunday. I haven`t seen a postal delivery here all week.
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12/03/2021 12:01:20 2 1
bbc
Get some glasses.
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12/03/2021 12:01:25 31 8
bbc
People complain about Amazon not paying taxes, but they like getting junk made from China delivered on Sunday.

When Royal Mail try to compete with them you get smarmy comments here, when it is people like your local postmanwoman who have kept things going over the last 12 months. The same ones who will moan when retail opens on 12 April only to discover most of the high street has vanished..
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vk
12/03/2021 13:29:06 6 3
bbc
or that covid test kit, mandatory for my kids and the school havent been given any for next week
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12/03/2021 10:55:54 3 5
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my dog cant wait
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12/03/2021 12:00:49 1 2
bbc
We had to collect our post for a while because a new post girl was scared of the ridgebacks! She was only a temp, and used to spend a lot of time on her phone, so didn't last long, then our normal service continued.
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12/03/2021 12:30:37 3 2
bbc
Put a mailbox on your gate if you have big dogs.

'Since 1991 it has been illegal for dogs to be 'out of control in a public place'. In 2014 the law was amended to include incidents on private property - so inside your home and others' homes, including front and back gardens.

Your dog is considered dangerously out of control if it:
Injures someone
Makes someone worried that it might injure them'
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12/03/2021 12:02:48 26 6
bbc
Would all of the moaners want to work on Sundays? (I am not a postal worker)
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12/03/2021 12:48:47 20 8
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I miss Sunday being the one sane day of the week when we all seemed to take a day off, FWIW I'm an atheist and it has nothing to do with religion.
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13/03/2021 16:30:32 0 0
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When i worked for them as a Manager on Sunday,which they have been doing for 5 years,I was overwhelmed with volunteers!
It is hardly a new thing! I understand what you mean but we got a cracking overtime rate??
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12/03/2021 10:55:07 2 10
bbc
When this was a state owned outfit 100% would never even consider Sunday working.... privatisation works.
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12/03/2021 12:01:47 1 1
bbc
Not sure that it does. Affinity Water are a nightmare, I'd much rather that water was taken back into state management.
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Bob
12/03/2021 10:45:42 29 12
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Unions. They keep fighting every single time RM tries to modernise. Particularly with regards to how they want to adapt to parcel delivery.
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12/03/2021 12:04:40 8 3
bbc
At least it isn't a monopoly, with overpaid staff, unlike the railway unions that keep holding people to ransom. That will stop now though, with reduced services in future, those shop stewards might be vising the job centre!
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12/03/2021 12:11:00 3 7
bbc
Yet we still dont have proper sunday shopping hours
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vk
12/03/2021 13:27:16 0 1
bbc
The internet is always open, if you're at the shop you probably don't need a delivery!
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12/03/2021 11:48:24 7 7
bbc
RM Need to sort out week deliveries first.
As an example two from Hermes came within 3 days one from Amazon came next day, two from RM on took 10 days the other 2 weeks and counting
50
12/03/2021 12:13:52 3 4
bbc
I once bought something from hermes I never received, same with Amazon. On a completely separate note, i've had lot of parcels delivered by RM. There you go, I've balanced out your meaningless post with my own.
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12/03/2021 12:31:07 2 5
bbc
You're going to be very busy if you feel the need to comment on everyone experience, I can see at least 10 others on this subject , better get typing.
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12/03/2021 12:17:17 1 7
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It was only recently Royal Mail were discussing cutting letter delivery down to a five day week. What next, new contracts for postal workers?
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12/03/2021 12:17:11 48 5
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Trouble is many "major retailers" don't use Royal Mail anymore.

They use those gawd awful courier services like "Hermes", "DHL" etc... who (even during normal times) they are off down the garden path & looking for a neighbours house to deliver your parcel to before your doorbell has even stopped ringing.

I'd prefer RM to deliver most things, sadly most major retail don't give you that choice...
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12/03/2021 12:47:29 31 3
bbc
I agree with you, the postie is the best service
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12/03/2021 13:30:21 3 1
bbc
It should be mandatory that the carrier used for delivery is clearly stated before a purchase is completed. I for one would favour anybody using Royal Mail - they have to make some money somewhere whilst they are there the only company delivering mail nationwide.
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AMc
12/03/2021 14:01:52 3 2
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They don't use RM because it is a risk. Dominated by an out of touch, destructive Union hell bent on their left wing socialist agenda and NOT genuinely working in the interests of their own members.
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12/03/2021 15:08:35 2 1
bbc
I ordered some clothes from M&S in Jan. They came in 2 deliveries. First was through Hermes who said they couldn't find my address (I stay on a main road in Birmingham) but I had to find all this out by email. RM who did 2nd tranche were great, kept me informed, gave me a timed slot & arrived within it. Scr3w Hermes, power to RM
119
12/03/2021 17:21:38 0 1
bbc
Tell them. Tell them who you expect them to use. In one case, for companies that used the now defunct CityLink, I told them I wouldn't use them if they delivered via that. You have a voice, use it! They'll change if they see it impacts business.
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12/03/2021 12:00:49 1 2
bbc
We had to collect our post for a while because a new post girl was scared of the ridgebacks! She was only a temp, and used to spend a lot of time on her phone, so didn't last long, then our normal service continued.
53
12/03/2021 12:30:37 3 2
bbc
Put a mailbox on your gate if you have big dogs.

'Since 1991 it has been illegal for dogs to be 'out of control in a public place'. In 2014 the law was amended to include incidents on private property - so inside your home and others' homes, including front and back gardens.

Your dog is considered dangerously out of control if it:
Injures someone
Makes someone worried that it might injure them'
50
12/03/2021 12:13:52 3 4
bbc
I once bought something from hermes I never received, same with Amazon. On a completely separate note, i've had lot of parcels delivered by RM. There you go, I've balanced out your meaningless post with my own.
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12/03/2021 12:31:07 2 5
bbc
You're going to be very busy if you feel the need to comment on everyone experience, I can see at least 10 others on this subject , better get typing.
55
12/03/2021 12:31:21 16 7
bbc
Bit late to the party, all other carriers have done it for ages.
36
12/03/2021 11:54:41 9 3
bbc
Will the drivers get time and a half? I don't suppose they will.
56
12/03/2021 12:32:36 11 5
bbc
If it's overtime you get paid £4 more an hour (roughly) on a Sunday, if Sunday is on your contract you get normal pay for it.

Guess what contracts all the new starters are getting....
65
12/03/2021 12:51:53 1 3
bbc
The same as retail staff got 30 years ago. Normal working day, normal working pay.
57
12/03/2021 12:41:02 0 4
bbc
With a prayer I assume.
58
12/03/2021 12:41:14 13 8
bbc
Another nail in the coffin of sunday being the one day a family can do things together.
81
12/03/2021 13:45:16 10 7
bbc
Dont order online then.
114
12/03/2021 16:40:18 1 2
bbc
That went ages ago when they allow the shops to open on Sunday
124
12/03/2021 17:27:24 1 1
bbc
Perhaps get off the BBC, put your phone away and spend time with your family in the week. Then Sunday may not seem so... dare I say... sacred?
59
12/03/2021 12:41:55 3 8
bbc
Running ahead of themselves here.

They need to establish dependable delivery on Monday to Saturday first, otherwise being specific about Sunday is nonsense.
70
12/03/2021 13:14:17 4 2
bbc
Don't have a problem with RM deliveries, and I live in a rural area
Maybe it's a local thing
Having said that, I do enjoy a bit of extra time in bed of a Sunday, so would rather not have someone banging on the door to deliver something I could wait til Monday for......
38
12/03/2021 11:53:51 8 4
bbc
Anecdotal. Anyone can do that.
60
12/03/2021 12:41:41 3 2
bbc
A personal experience is anecdotal, now who would have thought that!!!
89
12/03/2021 14:06:48 1 3
bbc
When you disagree with a post you down vote it and call it anecdotal, when you agree you up vote and stay mute, many a hypocrite on here.
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jk
12/03/2021 12:44:09 5 9
bbc
Does this mean Royal Mail will stop delivering junk mail 2 or 3 times a week........
36
12/03/2021 11:54:41 9 3
bbc
Will the drivers get time and a half? I don't suppose they will.
62
12/03/2021 12:46:30 2 3
bbc
Why should they?

So long as workers do their contracted weekly hours why should companies pay a higher rate for weekends? Retail, service industry, healthcare etc. manage OK.
46
12/03/2021 12:02:48 26 6
bbc
Would all of the moaners want to work on Sundays? (I am not a postal worker)
63
12/03/2021 12:48:47 20 8
bbc
I miss Sunday being the one sane day of the week when we all seemed to take a day off, FWIW I'm an atheist and it has nothing to do with religion.
120
12/03/2021 17:23:10 1 1
bbc
When I worked in retail I loved working Sundays, taking a day off in the week. Everything was so much quieter than the weekend rush. People having choice I'd say is key.
64
12/03/2021 12:43:22 1 2
bbc
Good idea, unless other services suffer as a result.
80
12/03/2021 13:44:50 0 6
bbc
The service is pretty poor anyway.
56
12/03/2021 12:32:36 11 5
bbc
If it's overtime you get paid £4 more an hour (roughly) on a Sunday, if Sunday is on your contract you get normal pay for it.

Guess what contracts all the new starters are getting....
65
12/03/2021 12:51:53 1 3
bbc
The same as retail staff got 30 years ago. Normal working day, normal working pay.
31
12/03/2021 11:48:24 4 4
bbc
No no no. I have had plenty of bad experiences with Amazon drivers who are not the sharpest. I might not be responsible for my actions if they start disturbing me on a Sunday!
66
12/03/2021 12:53:02 0 2
bbc
You sound a charmer. If you don't want to be "disturbed" don't order for Sunday delivery.
52
12/03/2021 12:17:11 48 5
bbc
Trouble is many "major retailers" don't use Royal Mail anymore.

They use those gawd awful courier services like "Hermes", "DHL" etc... who (even during normal times) they are off down the garden path & looking for a neighbours house to deliver your parcel to before your doorbell has even stopped ringing.

I'd prefer RM to deliver most things, sadly most major retail don't give you that choice...
67
12/03/2021 12:47:29 31 3
bbc
I agree with you, the postie is the best service
68
12/03/2021 13:03:43 8 4
bbc
When I assuming Sunday was special. No longer, just like the rest. Pity!
25
12/03/2021 11:46:28 22 9
bbc
No! I send my mail order items out by Royal Mail, and they have been brilliant, no complaints at all, But please, no Sunday deliveries, give us some peace and quiet! Plus some royal mail staff may feel that they are being forced to work longer. It is why supermarket staff do not support longer Sunday opening.
69
12/03/2021 13:13:08 3 3
bbc
Careful with your comment you have the Anecdotal forum police on you ;)
104
12/03/2021 14:46:06 0 3
bbc
It's totally anecdotal.
59
12/03/2021 12:41:55 3 8
bbc
Running ahead of themselves here.

They need to establish dependable delivery on Monday to Saturday first, otherwise being specific about Sunday is nonsense.
70
12/03/2021 13:14:17 4 2
bbc
Don't have a problem with RM deliveries, and I live in a rural area
Maybe it's a local thing
Having said that, I do enjoy a bit of extra time in bed of a Sunday, so would rather not have someone banging on the door to deliver something I could wait til Monday for......
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12/03/2021 13:16:37 15 1
bbc
I agree they have to compete, but where did this "expectation" come from in the first place?
Before everyone was promising 'next day delivery' and 'every day delivery', people didn't expect it, and it was ok. We've been 'marketed'.
121
12/03/2021 17:25:02 8 7
bbc
Yeah, but we had outside loos once and we were 'marketed' into wanting inside ones. If I see Boots will take five days for delivery and Amazon will get it to me tomorrow or even today... it's a no brainer. People play up Amazon's price a lot, but it's convenience and good customer service that let's them win.
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12/03/2021 13:17:42 5 5
bbc
One day weekends won't exist

Everyone will be 4 on 3 or 4 off depending on shift pattern / hours

The first company to kill the office week will be the bravest and most dynamic - go and work for them

The last thing that will change will be the intensely unionised industries like education which still lives fundamentally 600 years behind the curve - standing in front kids talking to them
79
12/03/2021 13:44:23 1 2
bbc
Thats all you think teachers do - We are expected to deal with every childs needs, often teach them basics parents should do, sex education, sport, clubs , homework, parents evenings, duties, reports, training, deal with mental health and fights, look after vulnerable children and safe guard. Seems abit more than stand in front of children.
49
12/03/2021 12:11:00 3 7
bbc
Yet we still dont have proper sunday shopping hours
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vk
12/03/2021 13:27:16 0 1
bbc
The internet is always open, if you're at the shop you probably don't need a delivery!
44
12/03/2021 12:01:25 31 8
bbc
People complain about Amazon not paying taxes, but they like getting junk made from China delivered on Sunday.

When Royal Mail try to compete with them you get smarmy comments here, when it is people like your local postmanwoman who have kept things going over the last 12 months. The same ones who will moan when retail opens on 12 April only to discover most of the high street has vanished..
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vk
12/03/2021 13:29:06 6 3
bbc
or that covid test kit, mandatory for my kids and the school havent been given any for next week
75
12/03/2021 13:29:43 4 5
bbc
If they are going to keep up with the Amazon then way to go.

Many other organizations need to start work on weekends to compete. Such as Law Courts, The Tax Office.

Even Parliament should also be working Saturdays and Sundays.
Both the Commons and the Lords.
They should really create an extra day of the week for politicians to work on.

Then they might not come up with absurd ideas like curfews for men after 6pm.
Removed
94
12/03/2021 14:12:38 1 2
bbc
Tax office and utility companies should definitely be made to be available for enquiries at the weekends!
52
12/03/2021 12:17:11 48 5
bbc
Trouble is many "major retailers" don't use Royal Mail anymore.

They use those gawd awful courier services like "Hermes", "DHL" etc... who (even during normal times) they are off down the garden path & looking for a neighbours house to deliver your parcel to before your doorbell has even stopped ringing.

I'd prefer RM to deliver most things, sadly most major retail don't give you that choice...
76
12/03/2021 13:30:21 3 1
bbc
It should be mandatory that the carrier used for delivery is clearly stated before a purchase is completed. I for one would favour anybody using Royal Mail - they have to make some money somewhere whilst they are there the only company delivering mail nationwide.
23
12/03/2021 11:37:24 82 12
bbc
Totally disgusted with some of the posts on here. I work for Royal Mail as a delivery work. We have worked dam hard all the way through this pandemic !! We are not lazy we just want time with our family's like everyone else. At Christmas at our Delivery Office we had people working from 3 am till 5.30 pm to get peoples mail and parcels to them. Going home for tea then bed to repeat next day LAZY?
77
12/03/2021 13:40:36 5 9
bbc
Well done, the lazy ones here are those that use delivery services when there is another option, i know of families who get shopping delivered when there is no-one elderly or disabled in the household
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RDG
12/03/2021 13:45:05 8 9
bbc
I'd just be glad to receive a Saturday delivery. Royal Mail parcels is not reliable at all.
93
12/03/2021 14:11:39 12 3
bbc
I have a mail order section of my business. Apart from one or two parcels in the first lock down that were delayed a few days, I have not a single complaint about their service. I send parcels first class all over the UK, and nearly always they arrive next day. Not a single parcel has arrived damaged either. So don't make things up.
72
12/03/2021 13:17:42 5 5
bbc
One day weekends won't exist

Everyone will be 4 on 3 or 4 off depending on shift pattern / hours

The first company to kill the office week will be the bravest and most dynamic - go and work for them

The last thing that will change will be the intensely unionised industries like education which still lives fundamentally 600 years behind the curve - standing in front kids talking to them
79
12/03/2021 13:44:23 1 2
bbc
Thats all you think teachers do - We are expected to deal with every childs needs, often teach them basics parents should do, sex education, sport, clubs , homework, parents evenings, duties, reports, training, deal with mental health and fights, look after vulnerable children and safe guard. Seems abit more than stand in front of children.
87
12/03/2021 14:02:09 1 1
bbc
Jeez ... talk about being "reeled in" ....

Maybe you aren't cut out for teaching if you are so touchy ... oh .. hang on.

:-D
64
12/03/2021 12:43:22 1 2
bbc
Good idea, unless other services suffer as a result.
80
12/03/2021 13:44:50 0 6
bbc
The service is pretty poor anyway.
58
12/03/2021 12:41:14 13 8
bbc
Another nail in the coffin of sunday being the one day a family can do things together.
81
12/03/2021 13:45:16 10 7
bbc
Dont order online then.
23
12/03/2021 11:37:24 82 12
bbc
Totally disgusted with some of the posts on here. I work for Royal Mail as a delivery work. We have worked dam hard all the way through this pandemic !! We are not lazy we just want time with our family's like everyone else. At Christmas at our Delivery Office we had people working from 3 am till 5.30 pm to get peoples mail and parcels to them. Going home for tea then bed to repeat next day LAZY?
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RDG
12/03/2021 13:51:38 1 9
bbc
Not in Reading, where they have cut deliveries to certain areas to three days per week blaming their performance solely on Coronavirus. Even their main drop off centre was cut to 4 hours per day for months on end. Other essential businesses have continued without fuss but not Royal Mail who has lost business to rivals due to the arrogant unions who couldn't care less about Royal Mail's customers.
90
12/03/2021 14:07:23 7 1
bbc
Head Office dictates when we can open the customer services counters. I would suggest you have a large amount of posties on sick leave or shielding that is why. Not because we are lazy !!
134
12/03/2021 18:57:12 2 1
bbc
Stop complaining, I also live in Reading and have received an excellent service from RM. Mind you I'm probably not like you who to get their fix needs a parcel a day and a Union basher as well.
23
12/03/2021 11:37:24 82 12
bbc
Totally disgusted with some of the posts on here. I work for Royal Mail as a delivery work. We have worked dam hard all the way through this pandemic !! We are not lazy we just want time with our family's like everyone else. At Christmas at our Delivery Office we had people working from 3 am till 5.30 pm to get peoples mail and parcels to them. Going home for tea then bed to repeat next day LAZY?
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AMc
12/03/2021 13:59:29 3 9
bbc
"Some" are having to work damn hard, but the reason those few are having to do so is largely due to the stubborn unionised majority refusing to modernise

So you can play on everyone's heart strings as much as you like, but it's the same old sad story of Unions claiming to look after their members best interests that ultimately results in their members suffering as a result.
75
12/03/2021 13:29:43 4 5
bbc
If they are going to keep up with the Amazon then way to go.

Many other organizations need to start work on weekends to compete. Such as Law Courts, The Tax Office.

Even Parliament should also be working Saturdays and Sundays.
Both the Commons and the Lords.
They should really create an extra day of the week for politicians to work on.

Then they might not come up with absurd ideas like curfews for men after 6pm.
Removed
33
12/03/2021 11:50:19 6 1
bbc
Parcel Force tend to handle larger parcels. Royal Mail do the small ones.
85
12/03/2021 14:00:44 0 2
bbc
Not always these days separate company's
52
12/03/2021 12:17:11 48 5
bbc
Trouble is many "major retailers" don't use Royal Mail anymore.

They use those gawd awful courier services like "Hermes", "DHL" etc... who (even during normal times) they are off down the garden path & looking for a neighbours house to deliver your parcel to before your doorbell has even stopped ringing.

I'd prefer RM to deliver most things, sadly most major retail don't give you that choice...
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AMc
12/03/2021 14:01:52 3 2
bbc
They don't use RM because it is a risk. Dominated by an out of touch, destructive Union hell bent on their left wing socialist agenda and NOT genuinely working in the interests of their own members.
95
12/03/2021 14:13:56 1 1
bbc
You are confusing them with the railways!
79
12/03/2021 13:44:23 1 2
bbc
Thats all you think teachers do - We are expected to deal with every childs needs, often teach them basics parents should do, sex education, sport, clubs , homework, parents evenings, duties, reports, training, deal with mental health and fights, look after vulnerable children and safe guard. Seems abit more than stand in front of children.
87
12/03/2021 14:02:09 1 1
bbc
Jeez ... talk about being "reeled in" ....

Maybe you aren't cut out for teaching if you are so touchy ... oh .. hang on.

:-D
129
12/03/2021 17:52:01 0 2
bbc
Jeez what a douche.
88
12/03/2021 14:04:43 0 2
bbc
Understandable I guess given limited time & drivers.

But it would be nice to have one day a week when we weren't expecting to have to wait around for a delivery.

Also ... spreads the traffic on to the roads on Sunday which is usually quiet.
60
12/03/2021 12:41:41 3 2
bbc
A personal experience is anecdotal, now who would have thought that!!!
89
12/03/2021 14:06:48 1 3
bbc
When you disagree with a post you down vote it and call it anecdotal, when you agree you up vote and stay mute, many a hypocrite on here.
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RDG
12/03/2021 13:51:38 1 9
bbc
Not in Reading, where they have cut deliveries to certain areas to three days per week blaming their performance solely on Coronavirus. Even their main drop off centre was cut to 4 hours per day for months on end. Other essential businesses have continued without fuss but not Royal Mail who has lost business to rivals due to the arrogant unions who couldn't care less about Royal Mail's customers.
90
12/03/2021 14:07:23 7 1
bbc
Head Office dictates when we can open the customer services counters. I would suggest you have a large amount of posties on sick leave or shielding that is why. Not because we are lazy !!
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RDG
12/03/2021 20:04:59 0 4
bbc
Well that's clearly where the problem is your organisation is not customer focused, hence why you have loss so much business and now you want to complete with all the other parcel delivery companies that have depleted your market share. Like Local government, Royal Mail operates in the dark ages.
91
12/03/2021 14:10:33 2 2
bbc
Spreads the expectation on when to expect a delivery.
92
12/03/2021 14:09:57 5 3
bbc
Hope that the Royal Mail starts investing in electric vans soon. I notice that DPD have, and our local meals on wheels depot too. Would be ideal for the Royal Mail as they have parking for their vehicles when not in use that could accommodate chargers.
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RDG
12/03/2021 13:45:05 8 9
bbc
I'd just be glad to receive a Saturday delivery. Royal Mail parcels is not reliable at all.
93
12/03/2021 14:11:39 12 3
bbc
I have a mail order section of my business. Apart from one or two parcels in the first lock down that were delayed a few days, I have not a single complaint about their service. I send parcels first class all over the UK, and nearly always they arrive next day. Not a single parcel has arrived damaged either. So don't make things up.
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RDG
12/03/2021 20:14:03 0 2
bbc
And why would I bother to do that Mr Postman - Royal Mail doesn't even provide up-to-date tracking information. If they were so good they wouldn't have lost so much business. Even John Lewis has moved a proportion of their business away.
75
12/03/2021 13:29:43 4 5
bbc
If they are going to keep up with the Amazon then way to go.

Many other organizations need to start work on weekends to compete. Such as Law Courts, The Tax Office.

Even Parliament should also be working Saturdays and Sundays.
Both the Commons and the Lords.
94
12/03/2021 14:12:38 1 2
bbc
Tax office and utility companies should definitely be made to be available for enquiries at the weekends!
Removed
86
AMc
12/03/2021 14:01:52 3 2
bbc
They don't use RM because it is a risk. Dominated by an out of touch, destructive Union hell bent on their left wing socialist agenda and NOT genuinely working in the interests of their own members.
95
12/03/2021 14:13:56 1 1
bbc
You are confusing them with the railways!
96
12/03/2021 14:14:13 2 6
bbc
if i order off amazon they tell me next day or what day, royal mail say a few days time between tuesday and saturday, then dont knock and i have to go to sorting centre to pick up my parcel,, too many managers not enough workers
97
12/03/2021 14:19:40 1 5
bbc
about time, we are a 247 world now
23
12/03/2021 11:37:24 82 12
bbc
Totally disgusted with some of the posts on here. I work for Royal Mail as a delivery work. We have worked dam hard all the way through this pandemic !! We are not lazy we just want time with our family's like everyone else. At Christmas at our Delivery Office we had people working from 3 am till 5.30 pm to get peoples mail and parcels to them. Going home for tea then bed to repeat next day LAZY?
98
12/03/2021 14:17:43 0 3
bbc
cwu where are you he has broken ALL workers directives at his office
99
12/03/2021 14:23:27 7 4
bbc
Royal Mail was quite clever to recruit lots of temporary workers for the surge in demand

Good way to get around the unions.
103
12/03/2021 14:38:41 18 7
bbc
Unions are becoming increasing irrelevant. At one point they made sense, but not for the last fifty years. Most people in the UK do not belong to a trade union, and object to being held to ransom by them. We should support the Royal Mail then it can look after its staff well.
5
12/03/2021 10:41:19 17 4
bbc
.......there had "long been under-investment in automation" in the service.
----

And there's the real crux of the matter. While I sympathise with anyone whose job is at risk through automation, you can't fight against it forever. If a company gradually goes under through failure to compete, those jobs are still going to disappear & more.
100
12/03/2021 14:24:31 1 3
bbc
they spent absolute millions on letter sorting machines when letter sending had dropped by10 % a year for previous 5 years and duration of these machines took another5 years ,so now ly idle or sold off, too many managers,