Royal Mail (direct) has confirm the following dates:
Saturday 17 December (Sorted) Economy
Tuesday 20 December 2nd Class Royal Mail (Sorted or Unsorted)
Wednesday 21 December 1st Class (Sorted or Unsorted)
Royal Mail Deferred
Wednesday 21 December For delivery on/from or after Tuesday 3 January
Wholesale / DSA
Royal Mail Wholesale has confirmed they will continue to treat all mail as first class upon receipt through the Christmas period.
However the last ‘guaranteed’ posting date (to hit prior to Christmas Day) is Monday 19th December, so in line with that, most DSA’s (Citipost, Onepost, UKMail etc) recommend handing all mail which needs pre-Christmas delivery over to them no later than Thursday 15th December for Unsorted Mail and Friday 16th December for Sorted Mail respectively.
Royal Mail have released their access (wholesale service for Postal providers such as Citipost, Whistl, UK Mail) price increases for January 2017 and in line with their communication, new rate cards will be issued to come into effect for anything handed over to Royal Mail from the 3rd January 2017 onwards.
This means that any sorted mail collected on the 28th December 2016 onwards or any unsorted mail collected on the 27th December onwards will be subject to the new 2017 rates.
If you are planning to release mail around this time don’t forget to make an allowance for a little extra postage cost (prices to be confirmed).
Further to the earlier than usual price increases that Royal Mail introduced at the start of the year they have given notice that those products not affected at that time will be increasing as of Monday 30th March 2015.
Royal Mail Business Mail 1st Class and business Mail Parcels are increasing by an average of 1%
Royal Mail 24 and Royal Mail 48 Parcels are increasing by an average of 1% (excluding add-ons and surcharges)
Overall International Business services will increase by less than 1%
International Tracking and Signature Business Parcel prices will reduce by up to 4% on average.
Royal Mail Advertising Mail Parcels will increase on average by 4%
Royal Mail Publishing Mail Parcels will increase on average by 4%
Products purchased through a franking machine will increase. Prices for sending a 1st Class Letter will start from 52p and a 2nd Class Letter from 39p
The Mailmark system went live in February 2014 and has now processed 32 million mail pieces from 50 of Royal Mail’s larger posting customers.
Pricing differential between Mailmark and Barcode (CBC)
In 2015 Royal Mail will introduce a small price differential between the new Mailmark and existing Barcode (CBC) options with a further increase of this differential in 2016. The exact prices will be confirmed nearer the time but indicative ranges will see Mailmark priced at 1% lower than CBC in 2015 and 5% lower than Barcode (CBC) in 2016.
£500,000 ‘Investment in Change’ programme for Mail producers
Royal Mail have made available a £500,000 fund to help as many mail producers as possible to offset the potential production costs of implementing the Mailmark option. This will be allocated to mail producers at a rate of £1000 per million Mailmark items posted and up to a total of £50k per mail producer. £32,000 of this is already payable on volume processed to date. Separate terms and conditions will apply to this initiative.
Barcode (CBC) option lifespan
Royal Mail are committed to retaining support for the Barcode option until 2017. Any future withdrawal of Barcode option will include suitable notice to allow customers to change over to an alternative.