As parcel traffic exceeded letters for the first time in Royal Mail history due to online shopping, Royal Mail has reinforced its strategy to transition to a parcel-led business by adding four new Parcel Sortation Machines into their operation.
The cutting-edge technology, capable of processing up to 10,000 parcels per hour, will be deployed at their plants in Tyneside, Medway, Southampton and Nottingham, joining 20 such machines already in operation across its network.
In another strategic move to capitalise on the burgeoning UK parcels market, Royal Mail has launched its Parcel Collect service, collecting parcels and mail from people's homes every day except Sunday for a 72p charge per parcel, plus postage costs.
Royal Mail’s parcel strategy reflects the need for the postal industry to adapt to meet the UK’s rapidly growing demand for parcels.
Franking Sense® Managing Director, Julian Gilbert, said: “For 30 years, Franking Sense® has been at the forefront of enabling business to access the best technologies through deregulation and best in class hardware.
Parcels are the high growth sector and we have a suite of products in this space, including Parcel Kiosk, our weight and dimension scale and SendPro+, the all-in-one sending solution, that deliver great functionality, tracking and cost control to SMEs.
Our recently launched SendPro+ combines the ability to send both letters and parcels through a single device using a single postage payment account. Royal Mail and Parcelforce are driving customers to use the service by offering discounts of up to 78% on the cost of sending parcels through the device without the need for separately negotiated contracted rates."