The service is debuting its first mail boxes for packages, helping small businesses and vendors send pre-paid orders as well letting online shoppers easily return items

The U.K.'s Royal Mail is rolling out a service that will allow for package postboxes.The company noted that this is the first major change to its post box to take place since Royal Mail's inception, about 160 years ago.

Using the Click & Drop labeling system, customers can pay for their packages to send and can also use the boxes for return. As Mark Street, head of campaigns, noted to internetretailing.com, “The parcel postboxes trial last year was a success, and we hope that the wider roll-out gives added flexibility to online sellers who might be running a business in their spare time and not keeping regular office hours.”

The move is designed to help smaller retailers compete with the likes of Amazon, assisting them in reducing costs while still responding to increasing consumer demand for pickup and return capabilities. Around 1,400 mail boxes are slated to be installed over the course of this year, beginning this August in places like Aberdeen, central London, Leeds, Newcastle, Bristol and more.

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The U.K.'s Royal Mail is rolling out a service that will allow for package postboxes.The company noted that this is the first major change to its post box to take place since Royal Mail's inception, about 160 years ago.

Using the Click & Drop labeling system, customers can pay for their packages to send and can also use the boxes for return. As Mark Street, head of campaigns, noted to internetretailing.com, “The parcel postboxes trial last year was a success, and we hope that the wider roll-out gives added flexibility to online sellers who might be running a business in their spare time and not keeping regular office hours.”