on 26-03-2013 01:13 PM
With the new changes coming in with regards to Royal Mail parcels and packets and the massive increase in costs now with a parcel more than 8cm thick, we've been looking at the benefits of a Royal Mail Online Business Account.
However, the information on their website is a little thin on the ground and I wanted to gather some more information on the options available before I call them.
Am I right in thinking that the minimum requirement is 1,000 items per year across all services, including large letters and parcels? And with no minimum spend (ie. The £5k limit removed)?
Am I also right in thinking there is no size limit on the parcels sent via 24 or 48, as opposed to the new size limits for 1st or 2nd class? From someone who uses these services, how do they compare to 1st or 2nd class?
And lastly, what are the options for getting the parcels and large letters to Royal Mail. I notice that they seem to charge for collections unless the annual spend is in excess of £15k. Do they have a free drop off service?
Many thanks for your help.
on 26-03-2013 01:15 PM
Another thing I forgot to mention is that it appears that there is no compensation available on the 24 or 48 services, is that correct?
on 26-03-2013 10:11 PM
Watching this discussion with interest, but would add, does it include International deliveries too?
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on 27-03-2013 09:12 AM
If your posting over 1000 parcels or large letters a year give RM business helpline a call. Each case is different, spend will come into it and also if you send packets overseas they will take this into account.
The new 24/48 standard (CRL code) service for small parcels & medium parcels are not restricted under the 80cm bracket size, therefore if you use this service you should ok with your parcel sizes, as long as not huge.... its also an average weight of your daily send.
weight for 24 is max 20kg!
weight for 48 is max 2kg
The new 24/48 service is also PLUS VAT.... so take this into account, extra 20% soon adds up.
1st and 2nd class on RM Account (bpl code, vat exempt) the only downfall with this service is size restriction limted to the 80cm rule but if you not VAT registered it can work out cheaper as no Vat on this service.
Collections yearly approx £900 inc vat , free if you spend more than £15,000 .
You can drop off at main depots and post offices, but some postoffices are not happy about this.
Hope that helps
on 27-03-2013 01:08 PM
Does anyone know what the actual size restrictions are for the new 24/48 service? The documentation says:
Will the size and weight restrictions change on Royal Mail 24 and Royal Mail 48?
There is no change to the specification of this service.
Which is fine, but it would be nice to know what they are (or were under the current packetpost product)
We post things in 63cm long poster tubes, so would be hit hard with this now falling into the new medium packet range. Seems like we'll be fine using CRL code, but would be nice to see the actual size limits rather than a 'nothings changed'.
on 09-07-2013 02:05 PM
I have just been contacted by an agent about a BPL account, they have sent me quite a bit off info.
It appears for example a large letter that costs me £1.20 i.e 180g will cost me £1 with this. Small packet instead off £3 now £2.65.
I don't spend £15000 on post but certainly send over 1000 packets etc. The agent says I can just drop off at local post office like I currently do.
I use paypal post at present it is easy and quick. Does anyone know how easy and quick this service is, printing post off Royal Mail Website is NOT easy & quick. The agent seems to suggest it is easy. They say they deal with all claims for lost mail also.
I spend the money through paypal on post so it makes no difference about crediting an account with Royal Mail.
Are one off these BPL account worth it, No set up fees either what what I can see. Is the service easy to use. I just like to sell an item get it packed an print post, keep it simple. Obviously it seems I can save on money, but is it an easy system to use????
The agent is going to phone me back thursday so any help or additional info from someone useing this service would be appreciated.
on 09-07-2013 06:21 PM
I have just opened an OBA and it is working well for us with the new parcel sizes.
With CRL you can send max 610x460x460. There is no compensation available with 24/48. I send letters via normal 1st/2nd post (as cheaper) but for the parcels, it works out cheaper with the changes!
Hope that helps.
on 05-08-2013 12:47 PM
Hi, We have been using our OBA for a short while now and after the first couple of days it all seems pretty simple. We send bpl and it is economical -also no more P.O queues as we just drop the sacks off. Any queries we phone the helpline and so far have got the answers straight away.
on 17-03-2015 06:31 PM
I just wanted to add a message to this statement as it is very important
'Collections yearly approx £900 inc vat , free if you spend more than £15,000 .'
You have to pay the £900 up front and if you go over the £15,00 pa you MUST apply for the £900 back Royal Mail do not keep an eye on this for you.