Well, with all the problems going on with the Communication Workers Union, the Royal Mail and their wonderful, striking workforce there does appear to be a faint glimmer of hope!
With Christmas looming ahead of us increasing numbers of businesses are switching to alternative postal services. Online retailers such as Amazon have been noticably hit and have started to switch to alternative postal services for parcel delivery.
From a survey carried out by the Interactive Media in Retail Group (IMRG) over 60% of online based retailers are finding that their new carrier arrangements have been proving more efficient. Consequently over two-thirds are considering not returning to the Royal Mail.
Many of the private postal services in the UK are seeing a rise in the amount of business being put their way. Most notably that of TNT Post UK which has seen an increase in their courier service. In addition to this TNT Post UK’s managing director, Nick Wells, has stated that the company has plans to have it’s own postal workers deliver mail in the UK.
Bolton based online parcel company, Parcel2Go, has seen their customer base rise by 7,000 people last week alone! Since the begining of the strike they have seen an increase of 78% of unique monthly visitors to their website with an additional 278,000 hits! According to CEO, Fil Adams-Mercer, the strike is helping to push their year-end turnover to £11 million.
So with private firms offering better customer service coming into the lime-light as a result of the CWU encouraging it’s Royal Mail members to strike we say – DO YOUR WORST, why should we care?