We want to do all we can to keep you informed as the efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus continue.
We’d like to reassure you that UPS operations and The UPS Store® locations have been designated by the Governors’ offices in all 50 states as critical infrastructure, and we continue to pick up and deliver, even in restricted areas.
In these unpredictable times, you still have control of your package deliveries. With UPS My Choice®, you can tell your UPS Driver where to leave your deliveries, redirect your deliveries to another address, and receive notifications on when to expect your deliveries from UPS.
If you have a delivery location preference already set for somewhere other than your home, you can update it at any time by logging in to your UPS My Choice account using this link.
UPS is also taking steps to minimize exposure to our customers by adjusting how we handle signature required packages. Now, your UPS Driver will confirm the recipient has taken possession of these packages without asking anyone to sign manually.
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Our team members continue to be dedicated to serving you during these challenging times. We hope you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy.
The interests of our customers, our people and our communities are at the centre of everything we do and this is particularly important during these challenging times.
With this in mind, we wanted to reach out and reassure you that we are putting in place a number of robust measures designed to make health and safety a top priority whilst still enabling people to send and receive parcels. We understand that deliveries to homes are not only convenient but could also prove to be a lifeline for many people and we take this responsibility extremely seriously.
So, we are making some changes to the way our couriers deliver parcels to offer 'contact-free delivery' right to everyone's doorsteps. These include:
- Asking customers to choose a safe place for deliveries. Anybody due to receive a parcel should visit the tracking section and choose 'divert' to select a safe place. This can also be done through our app, within the MyPlaces section.
- If a safe place hasn't been chosen but there is somewhere safe to deliver the parcel, then couriers will leave it there, even when there is someone in the property. A photo will be taken and this will be included in the delivery notification email.
- For parcels requiring a signature, our couriers can temporarily do this on behalf of the customer to avoid unnecessary contact via hand-held devices. This will only happen when the customer opens the door and gives their name for security reasons. The courier will stay at least two steps away.
- If there is no safe place available, please be assured that we will always attempt delivery 3 times.
Finally, I want to thank you for your co-operation, understanding and patience during these uncertain times. It is down to your continued support that our fantastic parcel people are able to keep deliveries moving across the country. I hope this update will give those of you sending and receiving parcels through our network just 'one less thing' to worry about. We will continue to publish updates on our website.
Stay safe and look out for those around you.
On behalf of everyone at Hermes,
Martijn De Lange
CEO, Hermes UK
At Royal Mail, we are actively monitoring the rapidly evolving Coronavirus situation. The postal service is a key part of the UK’s infrastructure. The delivery of parcels and letters is a key way of keeping the country together and helping many people who may not have the option to leave their homes.
We will continue providing the best delivery service for you and protect the health of our people, and our customers. We have already made a series of adjustments to our parcel handling procedures. We are keeping our ways of working under review. We will keep you informed.
Finding out more information
We understand that having the right information is very important during this time. So, we’ve made it easy for you to find out up to date information on our website:
If you’d like to be updated automatically about any local or national service issue, you can sign up to our email alerts.
Please look after yourself in your homes and at work, and know that Royal Mail will keep delivering.
Group CEO, Royal Mail Group Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Can customers catch coronavirus from the mail?
Public Health England has advised that there is no perceived increase in risk of contracting the new coronavirus for handling post or freight from specified areas. From experience with other coronaviruses, we know these types of viruses don’t survive long on objects, such as letters or parcels.
2. What precautionary actions are you taking to ensure the health and safety of colleagues?
We take the wellbeing of our employees very seriously. In line with guidance from Public Health England, we are advising colleagues that good hand hygiene is the first and most important line of defence. Disposable gloves are also available to our people on request.
3. What actions will Royal Mail take in the event of a suspected or confirmed case of coronavirus with one of our employees?
Should we have a confirmed employee case, we will work with Public Health England who sets out the required actions for the relevant Royal Mail office (if the employee has been in work) and any wider actions relating to people the employee has been in contact with. We have all the systems and processes in place to carry out cleaning of our property, if required.
4. What will happen if one of Royal Mail’s sites has to close because of an outbreak of the virus?
Any decision to close one of our units would be made in line with Public Health England guidance. We have strong contingency plans in place to ensure mail is kept moving. The scale, vast network and business continuity expertise of our organisation mean we have extensive experience in being able to quickly deploy diversion plans so we continue to provide customers with access to our collection and delivery services, and their mail.
5. If I have had to close my own premises due to an outbreak, what will Royal Mail do with my mail?
We have a strong track record of providing alternative ways for customers to access their mail. We would aim to keep customers’ mail safe until they’re able to collect it, have it redelivered or redirected/diverted to an alternative address.
Find up-to-date information on our website.
DPD continues to implement new plans in response to the Coronavirus situation in the UK following advice issued by HM Government.
New delivery process
With immediate effect, we will no longer ask customers to sign our handheld units and instead our drivers will sign it on their behalf. We will record the consignees name and a 'Delivered on Authority' message in the signature section of the unit.
With this new process you will still get your full track and trace functionality, giving you complete visibility of all your parcels.
This now forms our proof of delivery process for all deliveries until further notice.
Business Continuity Planning (BCP)
This week we are robustly testing our home working operations for key central departments such as Customer Services, Sales, Finance and IT.
These measures will allow us to keep vital areas of our business going and put us in the best position to react effectively in this rapidly changing set of circumstances.
We are also introducing BCP measures into our collection, delivery and sortation operations and we will provide a detailed update tomorrow (18 March).
Published on March 21, 2020
Update On Courier Delivery During Coronavirus
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