Royal Mail to increase “small” parcel size by month end

Royal Mail HomeIt looks like Royal Mail are definitely preparing to extend the dimensions of Small Parcels so that items of up to 350 x 250 x 160mm will be classed (and priced) as Small Parcels.

Following the consultation, the change means that over 80% of parcels delivered by Royal Mail will qualify as Small Parcels and it’ll now include the typical “shoe box” sized parcel. We’re not currently sure if the weight will be up to 1kg or 2kg, but definitely for those whose items are currently classed as medium or large parcels the price will plummet.

We’ve heard from Tamebay reader Brian that his Post Office has received the official bulletin on their terminal informing them of the change and that they will be receiving a new template with a live date of the 28th October. However Mark, another Tamebay reader was shown a live date of the 4th of November.

Interestingly the official (internal) Royal Mail memos apparently referenced the competitor prices from myHermes and Collect Plus, so it would appear that these companies have been hurting Royal Mail’s business.

Of course when announced this news could turn out to be a bit of a damp squib if the CWU’s planned Royal Mail strike goes ahead on the 4th of November. However drastically reduced prices will almost certainly tempt some business back from Royal Mail’s competitors once any strikes are over.

Bravo Royal Mail, now can we have an official announcement please? We like good news and, with prices rising with almost every supplier, we know a price reduction will be very welcome news!