Time to mark your calendars – Important last-posting dates for Christmas 2018


Further to our recent blog, which looks at the impact that all the extra Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Christmas deliveries can have on businesses, we now know the last-posting dates for this Christmas

Royal Mail has published its annual list of last Christmas posting dates, along with lots of other helpful dates – including international deadlines – and other handy advice on how to package items and even where to address letters to Santa. Those all-important dates to mark on your calendars are:

Tuesday 18 December: For 2nd Class mail

Thursday 20 December: For 1st Class, ‘Signed For’ and ‘Tracked 48’

Friday 21 December: For ‘Tracked 24’

Saturday 22 December: For ‘Special Delivery Guaranteed’

If your business ships items using Parcel Force, you should also make a note of its recommended last shipping dates; Friday 21st December 2018 for next-day services, and Thursday 20th December 2018 for two-day services. Parcel Force is also running a special discount promotion – Rewards4U – a loyalty scheme which could save 15 percent on the cost of sending each parcel.

Promotions like this provide businesses with a helpful way to make significant overall cost savings on their out-going mail. When it comes to dealing with the increase in in-bound mail, there are several ways in which to limit the impact that an influx of mail and packages can have.

Tracking systems give employees the ability to ‘self-service’ and check up on deliveries themselves. Parcel lockers can help by minimising the physical disruption of desk-side deliveries. Plus, security scanners can provide extra safety, particularly if an increase in mail volumes means fewer manual checks can take place. Read more about all of these in our previous blog here.

From everyone at Neopost, we wish all our readers, customers and partners a happy festive season – good luck with all your post and packaging. We hope you don’t have too much last-minute mail to send!


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