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Royal Mail rolls out parcel postbox across UK

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Royal Mail is rolling out its new parcel postbox across the UK after a successful trial last year.

The new design allows small businesses to send pre-paid parcels as well as letters, as well as allowing customers to return certain items at any time of the week.

Over the six months from August 2019, the UK postal giant will convert 1400 existing meter boxes that have sufficient dimensions in locations such as Birmingham, Leeds, Aberdeen and Cardiff.

The service is available for parcels which have been pre-paid through Royal Mail’s online labelling system Click & Drop. The service allows users to send a parcel without having to register and integrates with marketplaces such as eBay, Amazon and Shopify.

Mark Street, head of campaigns at Royal Mail, said “The wide scale introduction of parcel postboxes is one of the many ways we at Royal Mail are looking to make the lives of our customers easier.

“The parcel postboxes trial last year was a success, and we hope that the wider roll-out gives added flexibility to online sellers who might be running a business in their spare time and not keeping regular office hours.”x

Royal Mail began a trial of the new format in August.

Last month PostNL and PostNord launched their own parcel locker trials in the Netherlands and Denmark.