A third of SME retailers expect to see an increase in sales over the Easter bank holiday weekend

A third (33 per cent) of SME retailers are expecting a leap in sales over the Easter bank holiday weekend, according to a study commissioned by Royal Mail.

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April and May mark the start of DIY and gardening spend, ahead of great British summer

Royal Mail has looked at shopping trends in DIY and gardening to understand online shopping behaviour in these sectors. With global reach and the number one facilitator of ecommerce in the UK, Royal Mail is well placed to observe trends across the industry.

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A step change in convenience: Royal Mail launches delivery time notifications the day before

Royal Mail has launched new earlier customer notifications, advising recipients the day before of their delivery day and estimated delivery time. Recipients will also get shorter estimated delivery windows, starting at two hours.

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Royal Mail’s MailshotMaker brings direct mail into the heart of omnichannel campaigns

Royal Mail announces that its MailshotMaker tool has integrated with the customer engagement platform, dotdigital Engagement Cloud. The integration means that Engagement Cloud users can now include direct mail as part of any omnichannel campaign.

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Royal Mail unveils Happiness Index for the UK, Winchester tops the list

Winchester, East Renfrewshire, Monmouthshire and Lisburn and Castlereagh top the Royal Mail UK Happiness Index in each of the UK’s four countries, according to a new study commissioned by Royal Mail. Winchester tops the list for the UK overall.

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T-shirts, tops and trainers drive UK fashion and footwear purchases

Royal Mail has looked at shopping trends in fashion and footwear to understand online shopping behaviour in these sectors. With global reach and the number one facilitator of ecommerce in the UK, Royal Mail is well placed to observe trends across the industry.

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UK’s first ‘laughing’ postbox revealed in support of Comic Relief

Ahead of Red Nose Day on Friday 15 March, Royal Mail has unveiled a special edition ‘laughing’ postbox with stand-up comedian Hal Cruttenden providing the jokes. The postbox is situated near BBC Headquarters in London – Broadcasting House – and has been created in support of Comic Relief.

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BRITISH CHILDREN’S AUTHORS HONOURED ON POSTBOXES

On World Book Day, Royal Mail unveils four special edition postboxes across the UK honouring some of the nation’s most popular children’s authors.

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Haircare, vitamins and supplements driving beauty and wellness spend

Royal Mail has looked at shopping trends in beauty and wellness to understand online shopping behaviour in these sectors. With global reach and the number one facilitator of ecommerce in the UK, Royal Mail is well placed to observe trends across the industry.

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First and Second Class Stamp Prices

From 25 March, the price of a 1st Class stamp will increase by 3p to 70p and the price of a 2nd Class stamp will increase by 3p to 61p. These changes are necessary to help ensure the sustainability of the Universal Postal Service.

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SME online retailers look to marketplaces for sales but physical stores remain important, says Royal Mail

Almost six in ten (58 per cent) UK SME online retailers sell their products through an online marketplace whilst 75 per cent have their own website, according to a study commissioned by Royal Mail. With global reach and the leading enabler of ecommerce in the UK, Royal Mail is well placed to observe trends across the industry.

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Royal Mail Quality Of Service

Royal Mail’s latest Quality of Service report reveals that Second Class mail has achieved its regulatory Quality of Service target for the first three quarters of the financial year 2018-19.

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In five years’ time…Royal Mail’s subscription box report unveils key trends for success in the market

Royal Mail has launched The UK Subscription Box Boom Report including an in-depth look at the subscription box economy. Forecast to be valued at £1 billion by 2022, the report highlights key trends across the market, providing advice and insights for businesses already operating in the space or looking to do so in the near future.

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Royal Mail delivers Tracked Returns for Australian online shoppers as a third shop on UK sites

Royal Mail has looked at online shopping trends in Australia, revealing Australian shoppers are keen on overseas websites with 30 per cent of online shoppers making a purchase from a UK site. Of these shoppers, the average spend on UK websites is $70 (£39) per month.

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UK’S MOST REMOTE POSTAL ROUTE

Royal Mail postwoman Michelle McCulloch serves the Haroldswick route on Unst in the Shetland Isles - which at approximately 212 miles from the tip of the Scottish mainland, is the UK’s most northerly - and most remote - postal route.

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History of Royal Mail stamps celebrated with 'stamp classics' issue

Each of the six stamps is a key and admired design from each monarch’s reign – from Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth II - since Rowland Hill initiated the first postage stamp, the Penny Black, in 1840.

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Overseas sales remain important as online retailers express confidence for 2019, says Royal Mail

Almost seven in ten (69 per cent) UK SME online retailers are confident that their sales will increase in 2019, according to a study commissioned by Royal Mail. With global reach and the leading enabler of ecommerce in the UK, Royal Mail is well placed to observe trends across the industry.

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Letter from Stephen Agar

A letter from Stephen Agar, Managing Director, Letters, Royal Mail Group

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From Birds of Prey to D-Day: Royal Mail's 2019 special stamp calendar revealed

Royal Mail’s Special Stamp programme commemorates anniversaries and celebrates events and popular culture relevant to UK heritage and life

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AUSSIE RULES: AUSTRALIA EMERGES AS UK’S FAVOURITE DESTINATION FOR INTERNATIONAL CHRISTMAS CARDS

New research from Royal Mail reveals that 4 in 10 Britons send Christmas cards to friends and family overseas.

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The holly and the ivy (street): over 50,000 festive addresses across the UK

As we make our final Christmas preparations, new research from Royal Mail reveals that over 50,000 addresses across the UK keep the festive feel going all year round.

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