A survey found that 3.5 million Brits have never seen the people that live next door. Are you one of those? Would you be happy for them to accept deliveries for you, when you aren’t home? The Royal Mail has recently rolled out its new service ‘delivery to neighbour’, all over the country. This service means that if you aren’t home to receive your parcel, the postmen are able to leave it with a neighbour if they are happy to accept it for you. This service has been provided to stop customers from having to go to their depots to collect missed post. Sounds like a good idea? If you get on with your neighbours, or even happen to know who they are, this service could be a perfect solution for you. But for many, this is a nightmare!
This new service could have a positive effect on communities, by encouraging people to get to know their neighbours. The ‘delivery to neighbour’ service could provide neighbours with a reason to get communicating.
With 3.5 million people not knowing who their neighbours are, going to their house to collect a parcel could be a very daunting prospect. Even if you may have caught a glimpse of your neighbour, you just might be part of 25% that don’t know their neighbours names. That could be embarrassing.
Although only 3% of Brits feel threatened by their neighbours, the bad news is that 20% of you have had arguments with them. Wanting to accept a parcel for them, would be the last thing you would want to do. It seems Royal Mail have taken into consideration that all neighbours don’t get along and have provided customers with the opportunity to opt out of this service, if they so wish. This can be done via telephone or on their website.
But what happens to those of you who don’t want to take part in this service, but also don’t want to have to travel to the Royal Mail depot to collect your missed parcels? Asgard has a range of parcel delivery boxes available, designed to take the hassle out of accepting deliveries. A postman or courier is able to leave your parcel in the box securely, by following the instructions provided and your parcel will be waiting for you when you come home. To find out more about these parcel delivery boxes visit the Asgard website.