‘Nominate a Neighbour’ for Royal Mail parcels

By Chris Dawson March 30, 2015 - 12:30 pm

Nominate a neighbour hmRoyal Mail are today rolling out a new initiative called Nominate a Neighbour. It has been designed to boost their first-time delivery rates.

Customers throughout the UK will now be able to nominate a neighbour close to their address, to receive their parcels, the idea came from Royal Mail employees, who if they’re anything like my local postie have been unofficially doing this for years anyway.

The method involves asking customers for an alternative delivery address when they call in with their ‘Something For You’ missed delivery cards.

Under the Nominate a Neighbour initiative, the postman or woman will try the designated address first before trying other addresses nearby. This provides customers with further reassurance about the location of their parcel and helps postmen and women on their delivery rounds.

Sue Whalley, Royal Mail Chief Operations Officer, said: “This new initiative is great news for our customers as it offers further choice and convenience if there is no-one at home. For our postmen and women it means that they are even more likely to deliver parcels and letters first time rather than having to take items back to the office. First time delivery of parcels and signed for items is high in Royal Mail and in the trial delivery offices this improved further”.

The initiative was developed with staff in Tonbridge delivery office and was trialled in other offices across the UK. The Universal postal operator has agreed the initiative with the Communication Workers Union and ‘Nominate a Neighbour’ will be a new national guideline for postmen and women.

Sadly, Special Delivery items and international items requiring a signature are excluded from the delivery to neighbour scheme, however Signed For and Tracked 24/48 with a signature can be delivered to a neighbour. Customers can opt out of the delivery to neighbour scheme if they wish, although one would hope that most people have at least one neighbour with whom they’re on good terms with.

  • tinker
    2 years ago

    all very convenient for the royal mail though will paypal /ebay accept delivery to a neighbour as delivery?

    • 2 years ago

      If it’s not signed for as you know it’s a loser with PayPal/eBay regardless…

      If it’s signed for then should be fine if your nominated neighbour’s signed, not that much difference than wife/husband/child/lodger signing.

    • tinker
      2 years ago

      if royalmail dragged itself into the 21st century and added a delivery option in the evenings , even just once or twice a week their first time delivery rate would soar

    • Derek Duval
      2 years ago

      Yes but would the cheap skate Ebay buyers pay for it….I doubt it

  • 2 years ago

    well I do hope that people will check with the neighbour they nominate that it is ok!!

  • dan
    2 years ago

    have done this for years, so hardly ground breaking, but maybe will help things along.

    i wonder how many people dont even know who their neighbours are though to nominate them.

    londoners for sure! but hey they have amazon lockers!

  • Steve
    2 years ago

    Thats a great idea, I love it. +1 Royal Mail!

    I know who my neighbours are and I’ve always fancied that girl next door. Now I’m going to order tons of stuff on a daily basis, pretend there is no one in when RM try to deliver, and then have everything delivered to her. Anything for a cup of tea!

    Long live The Revolution!! :)

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