If you are a courier driver then you may well be aware that Royal Mail is the largest deliverer of parcels here in the UK. So, it will not come as a surprise to you to read that the planned strikes by certain Royal Mail employees will probably cause some disruption to the delivery of the likes of parcels to residential and commercial premises affecting many customers.

With Christmas only a few weeks away, the volume of parcels being collected and delivered is no doubt going to increase significantly in comparison to other times of the year. Customers are being encouraged to place their online and telephone orders in good time for the festive period to hopefully avoid some adults and children being disappointed should Father Christmas fail to deliver their presents in readiness for families waking up on Christmas morning.

The planned strikes may encourage some retailers to move away from using Royal Mail to deliver parcels. This in turn may lead to greater opportunities for some larger courier firms to take on business that was previously destined for Royal Mail whether it is on a temporary basis or even on a long-term basis.

If you are a sole trader running your own courier service business then the planned Royal Mail strikes are perhaps not going to present you with much opportunity to increase your workload. However, you may find that you do get busier leading up to Christmas as you may well deal with a number of local firms who manufacture items that are sold to members of the public. In the current economic climate that exists here in the UK any additional income that you can generate for yourself has got to be welcomed as long as you try to maintain that work/life balance that is sometimes so difficult to achieve.

We do hope that you have a remunerative period as a courier throughout the remainder of 2022 and beyond into next year.