Here’s how to find your nearest Royal Mail Priority Postbox – and exactly how they work for sending back coronavirus test kits
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So what is a priority postbox, and how can you find your nearest?
Here's everything you need to know.
What is a priority postbox?
The Royal Mail describes itself as a “key partner for the government's coronavirus testing programme.”
'We are collecting completed test kits from priority post boxes or from homes as part of the government programme.”
It’s likely you’ll be asked to post your completed coronavirus test kit to one of Royal Mail’s 30,000 specially selected priority postboxes. These can be identified by the NHS/Royal Mail sticker affixed to them.
If you are expecting your local postbox to carry such a sticker, but you arrive to find it does not, you can still use it, though Royal Mail requests you let them know by calling 0345 266 8038 Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm.
There's nothing else special from a visual standpoint about these post boxes other than their stickers.
How does a priority postbox work?
The idea behind priority postboxes is that the Royal Mail can use them to get completed test kits back to the NHS as quickly as possible.
Designating certain post boxes as priority ones can also help to reduce the number of post boxes that are used to collect coronavirus samples.
This means fewer postboxes come into contact with the virus, thus minimising the risk of spreading the infection.
Royal Mail says it has worked “in partnership with the Chief Medical Officer to ensure that the process is safe for our colleagues.”
How do I find my nearest priority postbox?
Details on how to find your nearest priority postbox are laid out clearly in the instruction booklet that arrives with your test kit.
But if you’re still having trouble, you will also be able to find your nearest priority postbox on the Royal Mail app or the Royal Mail website.
If you’re unable to access a computer or smart device, you can call 0345 266 8038.
This line is open 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
For more information on the Royal Mail’s priority post boxes, head to the website
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What is a Large Letter PiP Box?
Large letter boxes or PiP boxes as they’re often called are a range of boxes in different sizes that have all been designed to fall within Royal Mail large letter sizes. This allows users of these boxes to send out items at a reduced rate of postage and can help save considerable sums of money on postage costs.
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Royal Mail Post Boxes History
Defendapack were the first company to introduce a range of Large Letter Pricing in Proportion boxes or PiP boxes designed to work within Royal Mail’s Large Letter category…
Large Letter PiP Boxes in terms of Royal Mail postage are a range of postal boxes (and to a lesser extent envelopes) first introduced by us back in the middle of 2006. They were essentially boxes designed to help customers save vast amounts of money on their postage as Royal Mail introduced size based pricing, or as they termed it ‘Pricing in Proportion’ — which had the result of raising postage prices of items exceeding the strict size guidelines they’d set.
Our original range of large letter boxes were based on envelopes with C5, C4 & DL (business envelope) sizes proving massively popular. Along with a small or Mini PiP box & a Maxi PiP box which maximised the size allowance with Royal Mail we helped numerous clients dramatically reduce postage charges when e-commerce and online trading were still relatively new phenomenons.
Originally marketed as ‘Pricing in Proportion Boxes’ through our website, discussions on the still relatively new eBay UK Power Seller boards, just prior to Royal Mail introducing the extra charges, revealed a huge demand for the products. However, the character limits for eBay listings at the time meant that Pricing in Proportion Boxes needed abbreviating to PiP boxes.
The term PiP boxes is now used by most of our competitors but we strongly believe our original strong, great quality PiP boxes still represent the ultimate in Large Letter Postal Boxes and our wide range of sizes still offers far more choice than you will find amongst our competitors.
Small Parcel Boxes --- Pricing in Proportion rules for parcels or packets were introduced some years after those for letters and again we were quick to react with a range of superb quality Royal Mail small parcel qualifying boxes which you can check out here
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