Parcelforce launch UK wide Sunday deliveries

By Chris Dawson June 26, 2014 - 7:14 am

Parcelforce hmParcelforce Worldwide will become the first national UK courier to deliver seven days per week with the first taking place this Sunday, the 29th of June.

Fortnum & Mason are the first to offer the service, customers can order by 2pm on Saturday for Sunday delivery, making the service ideal for fresh items for Sunday meals. Deliveries will be made after 9am on a Sunday, allowing people time for a lie-in. Latest delivery time will be 5pm. The cost for Fortnum and Mason customers will be a very reasonable £12 for a Sunday delivery compared to the £9.95 charged for a next weekday delivery.

Fortnum’s has a long history of providing customers with a whole host of delivery options to suit their needs. In the early 1900s Fortnum’s offered same day delivery by horse and cart, and has delivered nationally through Parcelforce Worldwide for 25 years.

Ewan Venters, CEO of Fortnum & Mason said: “Our customers are busier than ever and as such they need their shopping when it suits them. We know there’s a huge appetite for weekend deliveries as we already send out 500 packages every Saturday”.

I can see this being a very popular option for consumers across the country as more retailers start offering Sunday deliveries. It’s not that consumers particular need your products delivered on a Sunday, it’s just that many of them will have run the kids around and done their weekly shop on a Saturday and will happily put their feet up for a rest on Sunday and hence will be at home to sign for the delivery when it arrives.

Royal Mail have also announced that they will trial Sunday parcel deliveries later this summer to addresses within the M25 motorway. They will also pilot Sunday afternoon opening at around 100 of their delivery offices across the UK later this summer.

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