UPDATE: 📦🚨 Planned strikes expected to cause delays during peak
As you may have seen, the CWU recently announced that there will be further industrial action affecting Royal Mail services over the next couple of months.
Four days of strikes involving all CWU workers at Royal Mail have been organised on the following dates:
Thursday 13th October
Thursday 20th October
Tuesday 25th October
Monday 28 November
On the above days of action, Royal Mail will continue to deliver as many Tracked 24 parcels as possible but will not be delivering any other type of parcels.
We recommend that you use the Royal Mail 24 Tracked shipping method to keep any delays to a minimum.
Further strikes affecting peak season
In addition to the above dates, smaller teams within Royal Mail have announced that they are planning to take action on various dates in November and December which will have a knock-on effect on all deliveries.
If this plan goes ahead, it could affect your orders during Black Friday on 25th November, Cyber Monday on 28th November and the Christmas build-up period.
While Royal Mail has additional resources planned to prevent delays as much as possible, they can't replace the daily efforts of their frontline workforce and have said to expect significant disruption.
The proposed strike action will affect parts of Royal Mail's operation on the following days:
Collections: 3rd, 9th, 15th, 24th November and 1st December
Deliveries: 4th, 10th, 16th, 25th November and 2nd December
Processing & Distribution Network: 2nd, 8th, 14th, 23rd and 30th November
Royal Mail has assured us that they are still in talks with CWU to try and avert the industrial action and will continue to keep us updated on the situation.
Alternative shipping methods
We recommend that you use the Royal Mail 24 Tracked shipping method and do not divert orders to DPD.
The DPD courier service is expected to continue as normal, but there is a risk that this service may become overwhelmed due to additional volume from vendors re-directing their Royal Mail parcels.
DPD also have a limit to the number of parcels they can collect from us during peak periods, and if our volume suddenly spikes there is a chance that not all mail will be collected.
There are currently no other postal services that we feel are reliable enough to offer for your UK orders, but we will continue to evaluate the situation to ensure we're providing the most efficient delivery methods possible.
We’re sorry for any disruption that the strike action has caused you already. Please get in touch if you have any questions.