Royal Mail slashes cost of Christmas delivery
The cost of sending Christmas parcels to friends and family this year has been slashed by Royal Mail.
The price promotion, which will run from 20 October to 18 January, will see the weight of a "small" parcel double to 2kg and cost just £2.80 to send second class. The size of a small parcel has also increased to 45cm x 35cm x 16cm.
The move will save customers £5.20, according to Royal Mail, as people who have previously had to pay £8 for a medium-sized box will now have it classed as a small package instead.
But there has been no change in its first class prices. It will still cost customers £3.20 to send a small parcel weighing up to 1kg and £5.45 for a parcel between 1 and 2kg. However, the bigger dimensions for a small package will remain in place after the promotion comes to an end.
The price promotion will be seen as an attempt by Royal Mail to steal a march on its competitors - such as DHL - in the busy Christmas period. DHL, for example, charges £12.95 to send a parcel up to 1.5kg (delivered within 1-2 working days).
Last month Royal Mail announced around 100 of its busiest delivery offices will open on Sunday afternoons during the run-up to Christmas in order to make it easier for people to pick up parcels on the weekend.
A Royal Mail spokesperson said: "We are pleased to further simplify our stamped parcels portfolio to provide great value and support consumers and small businesses."