New courier: Ship with Royal Mail? We’ve got you covered
With the holiday shipping season fast approaching, we’ve been working hard at Starshipit to make sure we’ve got you covered. Adding to our wide range of couriers, we recently launched our integration with Royal Mail, UK’s designated Universal Service Provider delivering to over 30 million addresses across the country, six days a week.
One of the oldest organisations in the world
Established in 1516, Royal Mail can trace its roots back 500 years to Henry VIII as the first postal service operating only for the King and the Court. Today, the company provides mail collection and delivery services throughout the UK, playing a key role in the European market. Operating across 44 countries and nation-states worldwide, Royal Mail is the only company delivering a “one-price-goes-anywhere” service to more than 30 million addresses across the UK. Royal Mail has established itself as a digitally innovative brand transforming from a UK-focused letters business that delivers parcels, to a parcels-led, international business that delivers letters in the UK.
Supporting eCommerce with UK’s first parcel postboxes
In August 2018, Royal Mail announced the trial of parcel postboxes across the UK which meant that small business and marketplace sellers could cost pre-paid parcels through postboxes the same way that they currently post letters. The change was necessary to meet the growth in online shopping. According to Ofcom’s 2018 Communication Market Report, the top two retail sites were Amazon and eBay reaching 89% and 69% of the UK online audience respectively.
Royal Mail offers cost-effective options for same-day, next-day, and 2-3 business days delivery.
A royal affair with Starshipit
Starshipit’s eCommerce merchants based in the UK can now ship to customers throughout the UK and the world using Starshipit’s software solution and Royal Mail parcel delivery services. Our seamless integration allows you to use features such as:
- Track and trace all your Royal Mail shipments in one place.
- Integrate Starshipit with your eCommerce platform to seamlessly pull in orders to fulfil.
- Manifest orders and automatically generate labels.
- Receive automatic updates of the Royal Mail order status in your store, after a label is created.
- Engage customers after sales with delivery notifications and branded tracking emails.
If you’d like to integrate Royal Mail with Starshipit, you can follow step-by-step instructions in our support article.