Should Royal Mail ditch Monday deliveries?

There was a radio phone-in last week that I tuned into and the focus was Royal Mail. It was regarding how they could find ways to save money and survive. As we know, the RM parcels business continues to do OK but the letters business, which has previously been massively profitable, has dipped in recent years.

Needless to say, there was talk of the universal service (which means that every address in the UK should be served regardless of location) and also whether the Saturday delivery should be scrapped to save cash.

The universal service, in my humble opinion, should be sacred. It’s vital that all households in the UK should be serviced equally by at least one delivery company and many rural areas rely on Royal Mail. One other possible mooted cost saving was scrapping the Saturday delivery.

In many other countries the post comes but 5 days a week and it could be a good saving to cut Saturday deliveries. And it must be noted that this is not a proposal currently on the table from Royal Mail.

But actually ditching the Saturday delivery doesn’t make much sense. Even if moving to a five day service does. Saturdays are a good day to deliver parcels on and find recipients in. Many sellers despatch on a Thursday and Friday too.

It seems to me that if any one day should be cut it’s Monday. I seldom get anything but a pizza leaflet on a Monday and without significant Saturday and Sunday collections, most things arrive on a Tuesday anyway.

What do you think?