Royal Mail will pilot Sunday opening at around 100 of its delivery offices across the UK from this weekend (September 7) in response to demand for more flexibility from online shoppers.
Royal Mail’s network of around 1,400 delivery offices is currently open six days a week; this initiative will extend the opening of those with the highest parcels volumes to seven days a week, including between 12pm and 4pm on Sundays. Royal Mail will also begin a trial of Sunday deliveries to addresses within the M25 motorway.
Around 1,600 Post Office branches now open on a Sunday, out of 10,500. In June, Royal Mail Group’s express parcels business, Parcelforce Worldwide, launched a Sunday delivery service for online shoppers through participating etailers. The service is only available to contract customers.
Last month, Royal Mail announced it will make its click-and-collect service available to 20,000 small and medium-sized business customers.
Managing director of Royal Mail Parcels Nick Landon said: “We are continuing to be more customer responsive and provide more options for people to receive items they have ordered online.”
Meanwhile, Asda’s first click-and-collect trial at a London underground station has proved so successful that it is doubling the number of stations it serves, the Evening Standard reports.
Asda found that, at the six station it serves – East Finchley, Harrow and Wealdstone, High Barnet, Highgate, Stanmore and Epping – almost a third of orders came from locals rather than commuters.
The service will launch at Hainault, Blackhorse Road, Fairlop, Queensbury and Canons Parks next week and Hornchurch later this month.