posted January 29, 2015 10:12 AM
I sent fellow Forum member Maurice Leakey a film out first thing last Saturday morning, 1st class recorded, and he received it this morning (Thursday 29th). What's the point of paying the extra for first class delivery when a parcel from London to Bristol takes 4 working days! Where has it been?
No wonder there are now many popular alternatives to Royal Mail like 'My Hermes' making strides into the small parcel delivery services here in the U.K.
From: West Midlands United Kingdom
Registered: Aug 2011
posted January 29, 2015 10:24 AM
Hello Barry, yes I sympathise with you, just not good enough from such a company as royal mail. I think I can match your frustration on time taken, a parcel posted less than a mile from me took 5 days to arrive, where was that in all that time?, gord only knows.
posted January 29, 2015 03:53 PM
But strangely I have had things from the BBC shop (Rugby) arrive in 2 days from ordering when large enough for them to use Royal Mail and a week when smaller and sent by a rival. I suspect it depends on how often they do pick-ups from sites and how near you are to a local distribution hub each end.
From: Bristol. United Kingdom
Registered: Oct 2007
posted January 30, 2015 02:27 AM
The padded envelope that Barry used for the 400' film was clearly addressed to me, his address on the back, contained the "Signed For" sticker, and carried a printed stamp marked 1LG (First Class Large) and was dated 24/1/15 with code of EN8.
There were no extra markings or comments to indicate any possible delay.
I received the film five days later on Thursday 29 January.
From: Brussels, Belgium
Registered: Jun 2013
posted January 31, 2015 10:24 AM
It seems that since Post services deal with other matters than mail (in Belgium, you can use the post office as a bank, as gaz company point, as a transfert money bureau...), the basic business (letters and parcells transport) is neglicted. Anyway, I noticed this in Belgium and in France (if I may say that).
posted January 31, 2015 03:09 PM
There have been some very funny backroom fiddly handshake goings on with Royal mail and other shadey figures surely.
For instance being forced to do the end delivery for other companies in competition to them for less than it costs RM to deliver them, a a huge amount less than the other companies could do it for, if they even could.
Also what crackpot from some other behind the scenes going on decided to throw away all of the business above 2KG. Absolutely bonkers and a gift to the competeting couriers. Surely up to 5KG even would be better. Must be in the multiple 10,s of millions given away maybe 100,s even. !!!
But gawd help us in the UK in about 19/20 months or so once the 3 year obligations on RM are finished.
But lets hope they still are not forced to deliver other couiers mail to end destinations at a loss !!! etc or it will all go to the dogs.
From: Herne Bay, Kent. U.K.
Registered: Oct 2011
posted February 01, 2015 09:38 AM
It all started going down the drain after parts of it were sold off to couriers and the lead up to privatisation with closures of sorting office, computerised sorting systems, reduction of work forces and changes of methods of delivery. Ken Finch.
posted February 02, 2015 04:08 AM
I think the feeling is that on the quiet they have done away with the differecne between 1st and 2nd class, but oddly a lot of 1st is taking longer than 2nd used to at the moment.
There is definately something afoot at the since the new year.
I really value the RM as a lot of people do and nearly everyone didn`t want it privatising as everyone knew what would happen as well.
Our local postie is 60 soon and is jumping ship and retiring while his terms are still good.
From: Lancashire, England
Registered: Jun 2014
posted February 03, 2015 05:31 AM
the problem i find is that when sending recorded delivery which is supposed to be signed for,it is just put through letter box by postmen who just cannot be bothered. then when you try to track it you just get a message saying WE HAVE YOUR ITEM WHICH IS IN OUR NETWORK FOR DELIVERY. very very poor.
posted February 03, 2015 06:29 AM
Yes, wasn't one of the "reasons" for privatisation given as to allow more investment in technology? Of course, as usual, the type of corporate investors buying just wanted a profit in the short term then sell on.
posted February 03, 2015 08:20 AM
They sold a huge amount of it to their city chums at the super low price, on the understanding !!! just verbal you understand,!!! that they would,nt sell them on at the inevitable huge profit quickly.
Shock and horror they did just that !!!
Stitch up or what, and Royal Mail were in decent profit when they sold it !!! even with the under the counter fiddlings to benifit the courier companies.
posted February 06, 2015 05:50 AM
I'm even more confused with Royal Mail, I've had a parcel of films turn up this morning, posted yesterday 2nd CLASS Small Parcel , what is going on? I'm glad I've received it early, but where's the continuity in service!
From: Waharoa,North Island,New Zealand
Registered: May 2010
posted February 14, 2015 08:17 PM
That all sounds a bit like New Zealand's NZPost service, I can receive a parcel from the great e-bay sellers in your country into my letterbox in just over a week - excellent - oddly enough it can take almost the same amount of time within New Zealand. Might also be the fact that we are all dying to get our films....the quicker the better
-------------------- Cheers from me in New Zealand :-)