The Royal Mail has urged people sending presents through the post to do so “sooner rather than later” as a Christmas season like no other means many people are completing their Christmas shopping online.
The postal service said it is experiencing unprecedented demand, with coronavirus restrictions and a rise in online shopping adding extra pressure to its busiest time of the year.
The Royal Mail said it has seen a 34 per cent increase in demand for Christmas deliveries year-on-year, and urged senders to ‘Shop Early, Send Early for Christmas’ in an attempt to avoid disappointment.
The Royal Mail warned customers: ‘Please post items and gifts for Christmas early, particularly for International deliveries.
‘Ongoing Covid restrictions, reduced air and freight capacity, high volumes and winter weather conditions are all impacting transportation and local delivery across the globe.’
In October the company said it would recruit 33,000 seasonal workers this festive period, amounting to two thirds more than its usual Christmas temporary staff uptake.