Royal Mail expands Sunday deliveries to meet online demand

Royal Mail has announced plans to expand its Sunday delivery service in response to growing online demand.

From this weekend, Royal Mail’s Sunday delivery service will be available to over 12,000 online retailer customers, which represents a significant increase from the 75 large online retailers currently using the seven day service.

Royal Mail said that until now offering shoppers a next day delivery service, regardless of which day of the week they shop online, has been the preserve of the largest retailers.

As of this weekend any retailer or marketplace seller using the Royal Mail Tracked24 service will be able to provide a next day delivery for items ordered on a Saturday.

Royal Mail said it is helping retailers to tap into the seven-day-a-week delivery market as consumers increasingly expect Sunday deliveries as part of their online shopping experience.

According to research from Mintel, 77 per cent of consumers said that fast delivery times make them more confident to shop online.

Commenting on the move, Nick Landon, chief commercial officer at Royal Mail, said: “We all know how convenient it is to order something online that will arrive the next day. It frees up time with the family, in the garden, or enjoying your favourite sport.

“Now you can do the same when ordering from thousands of smaller online retailers using our Tracked24 service, seven days a week. Royal Mail is transforming to make sure we deliver what you need now and in the future.This change will help thousands of businesses to offer the most convenient delivery options to their customers and to compete and grow.”

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