The Royal Mail Gets With the Times and Announces Plans for Parcel Postboxes

By Shabana Arif on at

In a move that I'm far too excited about and has me concerned about my priorities in life, Royal Mail has announced a roll out of over 1400 new postboxes designed to accommodate parcels. The parcel postboxes will start popping up from August across 38 locations over six months, including Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, and Leeds.

"The launch of parcel postboxes is also one of the biggest innovations in parcels since the launch of Parcel Post in 1883," said the Royal Mail (via BBC News). The first post office pillar box was introduced in 1852 in Jersey and 1853 to the British mainland according to the history highlights. In 1883, parcel post launched because sometimes shit's jut too big to fit into an envelope. The move saw the ‘Letter Carrier’ title replaced with today's ‘postman’.

"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," said Mark Street, head of campaigns at Royal Mail.

"It means small businesses and online marketplace sellers can despatch customer orders outside regular office hours using Click & Drop, Royal Mail’s market leading online labelling system," explains the official announcement. "Customers will be able to buy online late into the evening for next-day delivery. Online sellers who might be running a business in their spare time will benefit from the flexibility of posting parcels 24 hours a day, just like a letter."

30 parcel postboxes were trialled in Northampton and Leicester last year, from August to November. The first step will "involve converting pre-existing meter boxes, which include a wider aperture and secure design for mailing larger items." After that, the Royal Mail will look at possibly updating pre-existing letterboxes to the new design.

Feature image credit: Royal Mail