At this busy time of year, local MP, David Rutley, visited Macclesfield Delivery Office, to thank Royal Mail staff there for all their hard work and dedication throughout the festive season.
Delivery Office Manager, Mark Bethell, showed David around the Macclesfield site, giving him first-hand insight into its fast-paced operations at this time of the year. David saw for himself how staff are pulling out all the stops to ensure that local residents receive their Christmas post before 25th December, whatever the weather, and thanked staff for their efforts on behalf of local residents and businesses.
The Christmas season is the busiest period for the Royal Mail and its staff, as millions of people shop online for gifts, as well as sending Christmas cards and parcels. David learned that Royal Mail continues to play a key role in e-commerce for many businesses sending goods to customers throughout the Festive shopping season. David was also interested to hear that local residents can arrange free re-delivery on a day that is convenient to them. Alternatively, Royal Mail can deliver the item to a different address, within the same postcode area, or with a neighbour who has been nominated by the recipient, by filling in a form at their delivery office. There is more information at www.royalmail.com/redelivery
Local residents should be aware that the last recommended posting dates for Christmas are Tuesday 18th December for second class, Thursday 20th December for first class, and Saturday 22nd December for special delivery. They can also ensure that all their letters and parcels are delivered as quickly and efficiently as possible, by doing simple things, such as: posting early to avoid disappointment; making sure that cards and parcels are clearly addressed, with the postcode visible; using special delivery for valuable or important items; and wrapping parcels well and always giving a return address. There is more information on www.royalmail.com/greetings or by calling 03457 740 740.
Mark Bethell said: “Our postmen and women will be working extremely hard to deliver Christmas parcels, cards, letters and parcels to people in Macclesfield. We are grateful that David visited the office to see our operation and to support the team. We’d like to remind our 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 us greatly in the job that we do at this very busy time.”
Speaking after his visit, David said, "At no other time of the year is the hard work and commitment of the team at Macclesfield Delivery Office so clearly demonstrated. The team are really shifting up a gear to make sure that we all receive our Christmas post and deliveries before the big day, and I know that local residents are very grateful for the dedication our Macclesfield postal staff show, at Christmas but also throughout the year."