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Royal Mail ‘plans to end Saturday letter deliveries and end signed-for parcels’ to keep up with Amazon

SIGNED-FOR parcels and Saturday letter deliveries are reportedly under threat as part of a major Royal Mail shake-up.

The plans are part of a review by the service’s new boss to compete against Amazon and a slump in demand for letters.

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Simon Thompson, a former executive at Ocado and Apple, has launched a review of Royal Mail’s “whole product suite and offering”, The Telegraph reports. 

The six-month review aimed at cost-cutting will examine if customers want expensive tracked, signed-for and special deliveries.

It comes after customers appear to be increasingly happy for parcels to be left in a safe place or with a neighbour.

Royal Mail chairman Keith Williams has already suggested Saturday deliveries could be axed amid a decline in letters.

A final decision is set to be made next year. 

These potential major reductions in services would require the Government to change the law requiring Royal Mail to provide a universal service. 

The review does include a seven-day-a-week pilot that was launched earlier this year.

It comes as other postal companies such as PS, FedEx , DHL plus Amazon are stealing the share in the parcel delivery business. 

But any changes in the Royal Mail could face stiff opposition from the powerful trade union, the CWU. 

However, a recent deal has been struck with unions to introduce greater automation and larger sorting offices.

This is so the company could keep up with increasing parcels deliveries.

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