There’s a new way to send parcels at the Post Office and for the first time it’s not Royal Mail. The Evri Post Office service is to be trialled in 50 branches by Christmas with in-branch sales, parcel pick-ups and drop-offs. The potential is to expand to over 10,000 new Post Office locations.
The trial will use Evri’s ParcelShop self-service device, which will have a dedicated area within branches. This means you may not be offered the service at the counter so customers will need to keep an eye out to see if an alternative to Royal Mail is offered.
The Evri Post Office service is the fourth carrier contract signed, since the Post Office ended their exclusive relationship with Royal Mail. Howver the others, Amazon, DPD, DHL Express are for ‘Click and Collect’ services, Evri is the first Post Office partner to offer sends.
Evri is a household name and we’re delighted to be working with such an established and successful company to expand the wide-range of parcel services that we can offer customers. This is the first time in our history that Post Offices will be selling products for end-to-end delivery with another carrier.
Last January we had no carrier partnerships, and we’ve now grown our Click and Collect capabilities fivefold, which is a real testament to the size and reach of the Post Office network and the accessibility it affords consumers. We now look forward to trialling Evri Parcel Shop services in 50 of our branches ahead of Christmas.– Nick Read, Chief Executive, the Post Office
Our ParcelShops are key in our commitment to offering consumers both convenience and choice, enabling them to send, return and collect parcels at a time and place that suits them. These new locations will complement our existing nationwide network of 10,000+ locations and give Post Office customers a new fast, reliable and cost-effective way to send and receive their parcels. We are excited as to where our partnership might lead moving forward.– Martijn De Lange, CEO, Evri
Post Office Strikes
Unfortunately the Evri Post Office service comes coupled with unwelcome news from the CWU who have announced that the Post Office Strikes will continue into 2023. Post Office workers have voted in a national reballot by 91.24% on a 65.21% turnout to continue their industrial action. There was also a 92.36% positive vote (also on a 65.21% turnout) for “action short of a strike”, which in essence means working to rule (no overtime, and so on).
On the plus side, many Post Offices are run by third parties and it’s highly unlikely mine (manned by Tesco employees) will close. However there may be some disruption to all Post Offices on the supply side when deliveries don’t happen.