Royal Mail, a London-based delivery company, can trace its roots back 500 years to the reign of Henry VIII. The king knighted Brian Tuke as Master of Posts thus laying the groundwork for what today is Royal Mail. Tuke created the first formal postal network through the kingdom.
Today, Royal Mail is a publicly held company with revenues over £10 Billion. Royal Mail’s 160,000 global workforces handles over 1.8 billion parcels and 14 billion letters each year. The company touts that it is the most trusted and recommended delivery service in the United Kingdom. The company is known to be a good value for the money. Comparatively, the Seattle, WA company UPS, a 112-year-old business, has yearly revenues of $61 billion and delivers 5.1 billion packages a year. The Memphis, TN company Federal Express, a 48-year-old business, has a yearly revenue of $50 billion and delivers 4.7 billion packages a year.
Royal Mail is comprised of two main operations: United Kingdom Operations and General Logistics Systems. It went public with an Initial Public Offering on the London Stock Exchange in 2013 and is still one of the most widely held stocks on the Exchange. Royal Mail has locations in 44 countries. It serves both residential and business customers throughout the U.K. and Europe. Corporate headquarters are located at 100 Victoria Embankment, London, England EC4Y OHQ.
Royal Mail’s subsidiary, Royal Mail Group Limited handles the operations of its brands Royal Mail and Parcelforce Worldwide. Its General Logistics Systems handles international deliveries and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Mail Group Limited.
The companies have obviously had to innovate from their beginnings long ago and now support e-Commerce with delivers for its business customers. It offers a variety of shipping solutions for customers and can handle large volumes. It also offers services for managing mail, mail supplies, shipping, and tracking mail and packages. It also helps market its business customers. It offers a full suite of shipping materials including stamps, envelopes, packaging materials, and even offers collectibles.
The company now has over 12,000 post office branches and 52 Parcelforce Worldwide depots to service its clientele. Royal Mail delivers daily except for Sundays and bank holidays. Its goal is to deliver all first-class deliveries by the next business day. Royal Mail will not deliver packages containing anything that could harm its workforce or vehicles. Prohibited items include flammables, alcohol, drugs, and animal remains. In both 2005 and 2012, Royal Mail has tried to discontinue the delivery of firearms but continued to do so due to large, negative feedback from their customers.
Royal Mail has kept up with the increasing demand for its services by employing the latest technologies at its mails centers and delivery offices. Automatic optical character recognition, barcoding, and intelligent sorting machines all help Royal Mail deliver efficiently.
Royal Mail First Class aims to deliver the majority of postbags the next working day. However, this does not apply if your 'postcode lottery' is in its control (see below). Your local sorting office will also be able to provide information on when you can expect your mail to arrive.
Your postcode has a significant impact on how quickly or slowly Royal Mail processes and delivers your mail. It tends to work like this:
Not all of this information applies to everyone, there are many variables that effect how long it takes for mail to get from A to B and we recommend checking with the sorting office responsible for your local Royal Mail delivery.
|🇨🇭 Switzerland||5.2 (tracked packages: 137)|
|🇸🇬 Singapore||5.9 (tracked packages: 108)|
|🇧🇪 Belgium||6.2 (tracked packages: 894)|
|🇫🇷 France||6.7 (tracked packages: 16798)|
|🇵🇹 Portugal||6.9 (tracked packages: 4409)|
|🇺🇦 Ukraine||7 (tracked packages: 483)|
|🇮🇳 India||7.5 (tracked packages: 45)|
|🇨🇴 Colombia||7.8 (tracked packages: 5)|
|🇩🇪 Germany||8.7 (tracked packages: 13068)|
|🇰🇷 South Korea||8.9 (tracked packages: 76)|
|🇯🇵 Japan||9.4 (tracked packages: 60)|
|🇺🇸 United States||9.7 (tracked packages: 14896)|
|🇨🇦 Canada||9.9 (tracked packages: 11924)|
|🇬🇧 United Kingdom||10.2 (tracked packages: 82440)|
|🇦🇺 Australia||11.3 (tracked packages: 825)|
|🇰🇿 Kazakhstan||11.9 (tracked packages: 4)|
|🇮🇹 Italy||12 (tracked packages: 13425)|
|🇪🇸 Spain||14.3 (tracked packages: 2261)|
|🇿🇦 South Africa||17.1 (tracked packages: 79)|
|🇳🇬 Nigeria||17.3 (tracked packages: 2)|
|🇷🇺 Russia||17.5 (tracked packages: 82)|
|🇧🇷 Brazil||18 (tracked packages: 449)|
|🇦🇷 Argentina||21 (tracked packages: 17)|
|🇵🇪 Peru||23 (tracked packages: 1)|
|🇲🇽 Mexico||26 (tracked packages: 42)|
|🇵🇭 Philippines||27.7 (tracked packages: 8)|
|🇧🇾 Belarus||28.3 (tracked packages: 3)|
|🇨🇱 Chile||30.3 (tracked packages: 32)|