Here are ten very interesting things that you might want to know about the Royal Mail Service in the United Kingdom
1. Dogs really do attack the postmen and women on a regular basis.
Attacks by dogs really are a significant threat to the Royal Mail’s postmen and postwomen. Since 2011 there have been over 5,500 attacks with a resulting work loss of 4,100 days. Over 2,400 postmen were attacked by dogs from April 2012 to April 2013.
Much of this was due to people letting their dogs run free in the yard. For information on how to prevent your dog from attacking the post person go to the Dog Awareness page on the Royal Mail website at http://www.royalmailgroup.com/customers/customer-commitment/preventing-dog-attacks.
2. Your money is refunded if your Special Delivery Mail does not meet its destination.
The Royal Mail Special Delivery Service is an expedited mail service that does indeed guarantee delivery by 9 am or 1 pm the next day or your money is refunded.
3. You cannot insure works of art and photographs or loss or damage.
If you are shipping works of art through the Royal Mail they are exempt from the usual liability and compensation measures. This includes prints, paintings, statues, sculptures, prints,…
Both commercial and personal customers of the Royal Mail are subject to certain prohibitions meant to keep the mail system safe for the public and Royal Mail employees. The Royal Mail provides comprehensive lists of prohibited goods for personal customers at http://www.royalmail.com/personal/help-and-support/Tell-me-about-Prohibited-Goods and a similar list for business customers at http://www.royalmail.com/business/help-and-support/tell-me-about-prohibited-goods.
As a personal user of the Royal Mail service you are responsible for knowing whether or not it is prohibited. If you send something prohibited the post office will deal with it, as they like. Often the parcel is immediately discarded and not returned to you.
Prohibited Royal Mail Items
Aerosols – Grooming products like aerosols, body sprays and asthma inhalers can be sent but spray paints, air fresheners and other toxic aerosol products cannot be sent through Royal Mail.
Alcohol Beverages – These can be sent through the mail as long as the alcohol content is lower than 70% ABV.
Ammunition – With the exception of air gun pellets and soft projectiles, bullets and other ammunition cannot be sent through the mail.
Batteries – Batteries that spill acid or that are made of used alkaline metal, nickel metal or that are damaged cannot be sent through the mail.
Medical waste –…
Royal Mail has always been considered to be the cheapest service provider when it comes to the delivery of small parcels and letters. For a small 750 gram parcel Royal Mail trumps its competitors with a cost of 2.60 pounds. The nearest commercial competitor charges 4.20 pounds for the same service. Still prices for most services with the Royal Mail did recently go up.
How much it is going to cost you to mail a letter or parcel is largely dependent on the service that you choose, the weight of the deliverable and many other factors. It is best to go to the post-office and consult with an agent to find out an accurate price or rate.
How to Access Royal Mail Prices and Rates
There are many different ways to find charts and information about the Royal Mail and there are many options. What delivery will cost you depends largely on your UK Royal Mail and Parcelforce Worldwide services and Royal Mail prices for mailing internationally.
It also depends on what you are sending. There are very definitive rules as to what can be sent and for how much money.
Small parcels are defined as being no more than 45 cm, no wider than…
There are Royal Mail locations all over the United Kingdom. However, not all of them are open at the same hours. If you need to go to a location there is an easy way to find the one that is closest to you.
Your best bet is to go to the Branch Finder page at http://www.royalmail.com/branch-finder. You will be directed to a drop down menu that has spaces in which you can enter your postal code or the name of your town. After you enter your information you click on search and then select the service that you require from a drop down menu list.
ParcelForce Worldwide Depot Finder
If you need to find a ParcelForce Depot there is a similar online tool available. You simply enter your postcode and it will help you find one of the many worldwide locations of the depots. You do not even have to know the full postal code to take advantage of this service.
One word to the wise in regards to the Depot locater tool: It can only give you a rough idea of the distance from where you are to the depot. So the location may be a bit nearer or further than…
If you are looking for Royal Mail jobs you have five separate areas that you can look into in order to find a career. These include the Royal Mail, Parcelforce Worldwide, Group Technology, Apprenticeships and Graduates 2013. Each area has its own website at http://www.royalmailgroup.com/our-people/careers/royal-mail.
Royal Mail Careers
The Royal Mail hires people who aspire to be the best at delivery serve because that is what they aspire to be across the UK and across the European Union. They are looking for efficient people to fulfill their most visible roles which is that of postmen and postwomen.
They also hire drivers that deal with the public, train and airport personnel, businesses and financial institutions. Drivers for the Royal Mail are given special training.
Other jobs that are less visible are the mail sorters and data inputters that can work as part of a larger team in a mail sorting and distribution facility.
The Royal Mail makes sure its employees are very well trained and compliant with quality standards. This is in line with the many changes and modernisation that the Royal Mail as a whole is going through. Employees at the Royal Mail are also guaranteed a high standard safety. They offer diversity…
The Royal Mail provides two different types of financial money-related card services to their customers. The first is the Royal Mail Credit Card and the second is a Travel Debit Card. The Royal Mail Credit Card can also be used in various ways to make travel safer and purchase insurance.
The Royal Mail Post Office Credit Card
The Royal Mail does not just deliver the mail. It also provides individuals with financial services and one of these offerings is a credit card. This is called the Post Office Credit Card, and the Bank of Ireland UK offers it.
The Royal Mail has a very good deal and many new welcome perks to offer new clients of the Post Office Credit Card.
First off, you can transfer your current credit card balance to their credit card and then pay 0% interest for more than eighteen months. However, you do have to pay a fee of 2.98% of your balance before you can use the new card. This offer also does not apply if you leave the transfer of the balance from one credit card to another for more than three months.
There are many benefits to using this card. One is the perk of having to…
Royal Mail hours apply to many different aspects of the Royal Mail postal service. Usually all a citizen in the United Kingdom would like to do is find out when a local branch is open. If this is the case then the site has a branch finder that is quite convenient.
Your first step is to go to the Branch Finder page at http://www.royalmail.com/branch-finder. You will be led to a drop down menu that shows you fields in which you can enter your postal code or town. You click on ‘search’, after the information is entered, and then choose the service that you require from a drop down list. One of the services listed will be the hours of a nearby Royal Mail location.
ParcelForce Worldwide Depot
There is similar tool available called the Depot Finder that helps you find your nearest Parcelforce depot. You simply enter your postcode and it will help you find one of the 52 ParecelForce Worldwide depots that are located across the world. One of the unique features of this finder is that it will work even if you do not know your full postal code – at least most of the time.
Keep in mind, too,…
Many United Kingdom citizens intending on a business trip or adventure rely on the post office to purchase their foreign currency. The Royal Mail is known for offering the best exchange rates.
How the Royal Mail Exchange Rate Works
For information about how this works it is easiest for travellers to go to http://www.postoffice.co.uk/foreign-currency to receive exact instructions about how to proceed when it comes to exchanging your currency. You simply take advantage of the Click and Collect system where you order up the amount of money you need and then have it delivered to you the next day. If you do not want your currency delivered to you, you can also pick it up in one of the many Royal Mail postal outlets.
If you order foreign currency online then the exchange rates are much more lucrative. The exchange rates allow you to buy from 400 pounds to 2,500 pounds. You can usually order the currency up to five days in advance. To get delivery of the money the next day it is best to order before 3 pm on the previous day.
At the website URL above you will also find a tool that can help you find out what…
The Royal Mail Service also offers many different services with regards to travel including the ability
to purchase foreign currency as well as services that help you get your documents and passports in order. Travel insurance is underwritten by Ageas Insurance Limited of England and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.
Different Trip Travel Insurance
The Royal Mail is well-regarded for its Classic single trip coverage that only costs 2.50 pounds a day. This is the insurance to buy if you are travelling in Europe. You should note that the insurance does not apply if you are travelling in Turkey and Egypt. You also have to request certain types of extra coverage if you plan to take part in winter sports. You can find out more about this type of coverage at http://www.postoffice.co.uk/travelinsurance/single-trip.
The Annual Multi-Trip Insurance allows you to travel for up to 31 days at a time, as many times as you wish, as long as you accomplish it all within one year. When you buy this type of insurance you get ten percent off if you buy off-line.
This type of insurance offers you a great deal of coverage including 5 million pounds worth of medical coverage for when…
The Royal Mail in the United Kingdom is not just a postal service, it is also a bank. It has partnered with several UK banks to be able to offer this service. Different financial services are available on behalf of different institutions.
Royal Mail Savings Products
The Royal Mail Saving Products, which used to be the Post Office Savings Bank, sells Premium Bonds. A premium bond is a Lottery Bond that is issued by the UK National Savings and Investments agency. The bonds are regularly entered in a prize drawing and the government must deliver on a promise to buy them back. These savings products were introduced by Harold Macmillan (Earl of Stockton and Prime Minister) in 1956.
As of October 2013, the government pays 1.3% interest on this type of bond. However individuals do not collect the interest. Instead it is pooled and a monthly lottery distributes tax-free premiums or prizes. The numbers are chosen by ERNIE, which stands for Electronic Random Number Indicator Experiment.
Investors can buy this royal Mail Savings Bond product at any time and the prizes range from being 25 pounds to 1 million pounds. The bond is held for a full calendar month after their purchase and then…