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Royal Mail Package Tracking API

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Royal Mail Package Tracking API

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Who is the Royal Mail?

The Royal Mail are the biggest national and international postal service in the United Kingdom and is one of the oldest organizations in the world, the Royal Mail Group can trace its origins back over 500 years to 1516, this is when Henry VIII created a "Master Of Posts" position within the Kingdom to which it would be later renamed as "Postmaster General" in 1710 and in 1603 the new King James VI established a postal service between London and Edinburgh in an attempt to have control over the Scottish Privy Council. Within the Royal Mail Group, they have Parcelforce Worldwide which send parcels throughout the country, GLS group is an international logistics company that is wholly owned by Royal Mail Group, previously being called Consignia in the early 2000s. The main job that Royal Mail do is provide mail collection and delivery service throughout the UK with there being thousands of Royal Mail post boxes scattered around the country the public can drop their letters in the post box where they will then be collected by a Royal Mail postman and taken to a sorting office where they will be assigned to different areas of the country. Deliveries are made once a day except for Sundays and bank holidays, with First Class deliveries being made usually the next business day. For most of the Royal Mail Groups, history was a public service, conducting business as a government department. Following the introductions of the postal services act 2011 a majority of the shares were floated on the London Stock Exchange. The UK government kept a 30% stake in the company whilst the rest was sold out to shareholders in 2015 which would end 499 years of the UK government owning it.

Why do I need a tracking API?

An API or application programming interface is a connection between two applications, or in the case of deliveries of packages and parcels a connection between the sender and the parcel. Using Ship24s Royal Mail tracking will give you more time to focus on your business and let us do the hard work of locating your parcels and packages sent to your customers, when you use our service, you will get real-time updates sent directly to you upon request. Which you can then relay to your important customers giving them the best customer satisfaction, when using Ship24 tracking API you will be using a best-in-class, one-stop-shop tracking solution with all shipping sector experts to deliver you location and status tracking in real-time. Our tracking API is so powerful that it comes enabled with multi-courier tracking, meaning that we can pull up information on any of your packages that you have sent to a customer and the API can be called at any time to provide you with the most up-to-date information. There are 4 main points to remember when thinking about Ship24, we use true end-to-end tracking functionality, we are available to use 24 hours a day 365 days a year, we have a built-in AI machine learning system, and we have a dedicated tech support team with SLA/account managers if you need extra assistance. Our system covers thousands of couriers, logistics companies, online shops and marketplaces which means that once you are set up with our system you will have a complete universal specialist multi-courier tracking tool. When you are searching for a tracking API solution you should make sure you think about whether or not the tracking API has universal coverage, about whether the tracking API covers enough couriers, postal services and shops to make sure it traces hundreds and thousands of different sources and carriers to effectively find the latest details. You need to make sure that your business tracking API covers door to door shipping, and refreshes the data rapidly to ensure you know where your parcel is at all times. And is your tracking API one step ahead of the game to constantly develop new features and services to make the tracking experience the best it can be. You can rest assured that Ship 24 has you covered as we can offer all I have mentioned plus more.

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How long does it take to deliver Royal Mail?

The Royal Mail has an aim to provide the highest quality collection and delivery services across the whole of the UK. With collections, they are always trying to improve the quality of service whilst providing collection times that meet your needs. The collection times from post boxes across the United Kingdom are as follows:

  • Commercial Areas - Monday to Friday, 18:30 - 19:30, Saturday 07:00 - 13:00
  • Town/City Area - Monday to Friday 17:30 - 18:30, Saturday 07:00 - 13:00
  • Rest of UK - Monday to Friday, 16:00 - 17:30, Saturday 07:00 - 13:00
  • Deep Rural Areas - Monday to Friday, 09:00 - 16:00, Saturday, 07:00 - 13:00
  • Business Boxes - Monday to Friday, 17:30 - 19:30, Saturday, 07:00 - 13:00

With deliveries the Royal Mail aims to of delivered to all urban areas by 3 pm on every working day and addresses in rural areas to be by 4 pm on every working day, there may be exceptions for people in very remote areas, for example, the highlands and islands of Scotland. This is their aim but of course, there will be slight delays at different times and extreme circumstances, for example, traffic delays, weather conditions and with the Covid-19 situation if there is a spike in the infected cases then maybe all mail will be put on hold to counteract that.

Where is the Royal Mail based?

The Royal Mail is based in London, UK where it started 506 years ago, its founder is King Henry VIII. In 2020, they recorded a net income of 161 million English pounds (approx. $217 million) and recorded an operating income of 55 million English pounds (approx. $74 million). Also in 2020, it was recorded that the Royal Mail employed 162,263 staff members including postman, sorting office staff, post office staff. They have Parcelforce division also which also delivers packages and parcels nationally, and they have multiple subsidiaries including general logistics systems, eCourier, StoreFeeder, Intersoft Systems and programming.

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