Royal Mail have confirmed that from this summer they’ll be offering free delivery confirmation on all parcels sent by their standard 24 and 48 hour parcel services. By putting 2D barcoded labels on your parcels you’ll be able to enjoy free Delivery Confirmation when tracking goes live in the Summer.
This is fantastic news for all online retailers who need online delivery confirmation – that’s pretty much anyone that sells on eBay or Amazon as well as other marketplaces. Once the delivery confirmation goes live every parcel you ship with Royal Mail will have delivery confirmation and be eligible of eBay’s on time delivery metric and depending on value automatically qualify for PayPal seller protection.
There are plenty of ways to produce Royal Mail 2D barcode labels, online with tools like Royal Mail’s Despatch Manager Online, through the many multichannel management tools that have integrated Royal Mail services, with (free) bespoke integrations from NetDespatch and of course at your local Post Office with Click and Drop.
Royal Mail have already prepared 8,000 Post Offices for 2D barcodes and rolled out some 70,000 state of the art PDAs across their network. They are currently still testing to make sure that everything works perfectly for the summer launch of free tracking.
There are a ton of other enhancements such as free SMS or email notifications for parcel recipients and an increased compensation level for lost or damaged parcels which is raised to £100.
If you’re not already using Royal Mail 2D barcodes then it’s time to get ready. You can either contact Royal Mail through their website, speak to your third party software integrator or give the guys at NetDespatch a call and they’ll be more than happy to assist you.