Internet sellers handed discounts on parcels

There was good news for internet sellers of catering items this week after the Post Office announced a raft of measures to make it easier for firms to dispatch products.

The organisation confirmed its commitment to maintaining its ‘Drop & Go’ summer parcel discount for a further six weeks at least, after seeing a 33% increase in sign-ups for the service.

The offer gives small business customers and online sellers up to 50% off their Medium parcels when they use the free, fast-track Drop and Go service, available at more than 11,000 branches across the UK.

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The Drop & Go sale gives small businesses and online sellers the opportunity to send Royal Mail Medium Parcels for the price of a Royal Mail Small Parcel.

In addition, Post Office is offering its Drop & Go customers 25% off Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed by 1pm, when sending smaller parcels.

The sale which started on 30th June will now last until close of trade on 10th September at least. The offer is available to existing Drop & Go customers and new customers who sign up during the offer period.

Eamon Price, head of mails at Post Office, said: “The discount has proven so popular we are extending it. Drop & Go is one of many changes taking place across the Post Office network to make it as easy as possible for customers to access our Services. The summer parcels discount shows our commitment to helping small businesses and online sellers to keep down costs, enabling them to get on with running their companies.

Customers using Drop & Go simply hand over their mail at a fast-drop counter at their local participating Post Office. The branch will quickly check a few things before the customer leaves. The branch then processes their mail, taking the payment from the customer’s prepaid Drop & Go card.

The free-to-join Drop & Go service aims to save small businesses, and regular letters and parcels sending customers, valuable time when preparing their items or posting at their local Post Office, enabling them to focus on the more important parts of their business. The service was launched in response to the ever-growing e-commerce market.

The Post Office serves more than 17 million customers a week, including a third of all small businesses across the UK.

With 11,500 branches it claims to be the largest retail network in the UK.

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