Royal Mail launches 2D parcel barcoding at Post Office branches
Royal Mail has announced the launch of 2D barcoding of parcels at Post Office branches. 17In a statement issued today (17 November), Royal Mail said that nearly three quarters of the Post Office network – around 8,000 of the 11,500 total Post Office branches – are now using Royal Mail 2D barcodes. The remaining Post Office branches are due to adopt Royal Mail’s 2D barcodes in early 2016.
SMEs, micro businesses and consumers sending items at participating Post Office branches will now have a 2D barcode applied to all UK and international Royal Mail parcels and Large Letters where postage is purchased in branch.
Many of the UK’s largest retailers and parcel senders have already moved to the new 2D barcoded labels – and Royal Mail believes that the launch of 2D barcodes at the Post Office will further boost the number of barcoded parcels in its network.
Today’s announcement follows on from the launch of 2D barcoding on Click & Drop and Online Postage, Royal Mail’s online postage and labelling tools, and also the deployment of wearable ‘finger scanner’ technology at Royal Mail regional distribution centres and mail centres. The 3,000 finger scanner are now being used by Royal Mail staff to scan 2D barcodes on parcels as they are manually sorted.