Stuart McMillan MSP thanks local postmen and women as they gear up to deliver a first class Christmas

  • Stuart McMillan MSP passed on early Christmas greetings to postal workers at Greenock Royal Mail Delivery Office
  • Christmas is Royal Mail’s busiest time of the year and the local MSP saw the hard work and dedication of local postal workers to sort and deliver festive parcels, cards and letters
  • The last recommended posting dates for Christmas are: Second Class – Tuesday 18 December, First Class- Thursday 20 December and Special Delivery – Saturday 22 December

Greenock and Inverclyde MSP, Stuart McMillan, visited Greenock’s Royal Mail Delivery Office to see first-hand the operation of delivering Christmas post and to pass on early Season’s Greetings to its dedicated, hardworking staff.

Mr McMillan was shown around the office by Delivery Office Manager and was introduced to the postmen and women, who will be pulling out all the stops to sort and deliver mail in Inverclyde in the forthcoming busy Christmas period.

The Festive Season is Royal Mail’s busiest period, as millions of people shop online for gifts as well as sending Christmas cards and parcels. Royal Mail also plays a key role in e-commerce for many businesses sending goods to customers throughout Christmas shopping season.

Commenting, Mr McMillan said:

“Today is one of the busiest days of the year for mail workers in Scotland, as they head into the final week of deliveries before Christmas Day.

“At no other time is the hard work and dedication of postmen and women clearer than during the festive period. A huge amount of effort and dedication goes into delivering a first class Christmas all over the country.

“It was great to meet the team at Greenock and thank them for the extraordinary lengths they will go to ensure Christmas parcels and cards are delivered to loved ones on time, as well as thanking them for delivering our mail services all through the year, in all weathers.”

The Royal Mail would like to remind their customers to post early this Christmas and to ensure all their mail is posted by the recommended dates, so that friends and family can enjoy their Christmas greetings and parcels. If everyone uses the postcode on every item of mail, this also helps greatly in the job that postal workers do at this very busy time.

Customers do not need to travel to a Royal Mail Delivery office to pick up parcels if they can’t or do not want to. They can arrange a redelivery free of charge on a day that is convenient for them (including Saturdays), or Royal Mail can deliver the item to a different address within the same postcode area. This service can be arranged by calling the number on the “Something for You” card we leave or by visiting our website at www.royalmail.com/redelivery.

Royal Mail can also now leave many mail items with a neighbour* if customers are not at home when we attempt delivery. Customers can nominate a dedicated neighbour to take in their parcels by filling in a form at their delivery office.

The last recommend posting dates for Christmas are:
Second Class – Tuesday 18 December 2018
First Class – Thursday 20 December 2018
Special Delivery – Saturday 22 December 2018

Customers can also help Royal Mail ensure that all their letters, cards and parcels are delivered as quickly and efficiently as possible by taking a few easy steps:

  • Post early – Avoid disappointment by posting your cards and parcels early.
  • Use the postcode – A clearly addressed card or parcel, with a postcode, and return address on the back of the envelope, will ensure quick and efficient delivery.
  • Use Special Delivery – For valuable and important packages and parcels guarantee delivery with Royal Mail’s Special Delivery, which means your gift is tracked, traced and insured against loss.
  • Wrap parcels well and always give a return address
  • For more information about Royal Mail’s last recommended posting dates, please visit: https://www.royalmail.com/greetings or call 03457 740 740.
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