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How messed up is your post at the moment?
« on: May 09, 2020, 02:46:34 pm »
I get no deliveries for a couple of days, then the backlog.  First class sometimes takes days longer than second class.  Postman has, a couple of times, done half the street then knocked off.  Yet the odd 2nd class parcel has arrived the day after posting.

I suspect there are a lot of staff off work, a huge backlog in the sorting office, and they're grabbing what they can, not necessarily in date order.

Hermes, in contrast, seems totally normal.  Probably a consequence of ZHC and no sick pay  :-\
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Re: How messed up is your post at the moment?
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2020, 03:02:02 pm »
We seem to get ours every other day. We’ve also just moved and are getting stuff redirected with varying degrees of success; one piece took a month to get from HMRC to the new address, other items were sent to somebody else! Coincidentally they went to friend who’d also recently left the same village and was able to reforward them.

Re: How messed up is your post at the moment?
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2020, 03:20:21 pm »
Small town SW Midlands, post seems to be absolutely as usual.

Re: How messed up is your post at the moment?
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2020, 03:50:45 pm »
Rural village in Bucks, just the same. Plus postie is loving it, the lack of traffic makes his round much quicker he told us. And not just post,  but bins and recycling have been unaffected, and green waste collection restarts next week after a month break.
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Re: How messed up is your post at the moment?
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2020, 03:51:44 pm »
So-so.  Probably depends where it is coming from.

At least people are most likely at home when stuff arrives.
Sic transit and all that..

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Re: How messed up is your post at the moment?
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2020, 03:56:23 pm »
Seems to be fine here.
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Re: How messed up is your post at the moment?
« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2020, 03:57:51 pm »
27th April: Ordered a kilo of coffee from my usual roaster, to be delivered to my daughter in Strasbourg.  Colissimo site showed "in transit" for a week, then "site maintenance", then "delivered 30 April". Daughter never got it. Could be that postie didn't want to touch the bell-push and left it in the hallway (block of flats) to be pinched by some guttersnipe.

It's been OK around here, though.
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Re: How messed up is your post at the moment?
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2020, 04:06:00 pm »
Our post is slower than usual. Also it is sitting on the recycle bins in the lobby for a few days before we open it  :)

I spoke to a postie yesterday. They are in the process of stopping delivering letters on a Saturday. However this won't mean they won't work on a Saturday, as they will still be delivering parcels. And parcels at the moment are so numerous that they are busier than normal.

Oh, and it is very hard to have proper social distancing in a sorting office, he said.
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Re: How messed up is your post at the moment?
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2020, 04:13:31 pm »
Pretty much as usual.  Haven't had Saturday deliveries for a while, but that's no hardship for us.

A lovely bonus is that we don't get reams of junk mail.
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Re: How messed up is your post at the moment?
« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2020, 04:25:23 pm »
Variable both with normal stuff and stuff redirected from the house we moved from in February - some is immediate, some 6 or 7 days.

Slightly annoying today in that I got an email from RM say a tracked package would be delivered today - it wasn't (it's now 1620) - it's a special router cutter I need to cut some timber for shelves I'm making.

As said Hermes, DPD and Amazon seem to be ahead of time on most of our deliveries.

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Re: How messed up is your post at the moment?
« Reply #10 on: May 09, 2020, 04:35:44 pm »
Rural Village North Aberdeenshire, our postie's hours have changed so we get our mail after 16:30hrs. Junk mail vastly reduced. Magazines several days later. 
The posties are great here, all nice cheery folk and willing to chat to Mrs Hbunnet.

The couriers are snowed under with parcels.

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Re: How messed up is your post at the moment?
« Reply #11 on: May 09, 2020, 04:48:17 pm »

I think someone at Royal Mail ate my mini eggs.

A friend kindly posted me some mini eggs for easter, only they haven't turned up yet.

Stuff from china is arriving in either 8-10 days, or it's taking nearly 40. I'm getting approximately 1.5 deliveries a week of ordinary mail.

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Re: How messed up is your post at the moment?
« Reply #12 on: May 09, 2020, 05:09:17 pm »
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Re: How messed up is your post at the moment?
« Reply #13 on: May 09, 2020, 05:43:32 pm »
I'm getting stuff from China that was ordered back in February.  Where tracking is available, it shows a fair chunk of the delay is at the UK end.

A piece of computer hardware posted in Northampton has been AWOL for about 5 weeks now.  A parcel from Sussex took three weeks.  But I got a second class parcel from Bristol in two days.

Letters seems less bad.  Stuff from HMRC seems to take about a week, which is normal for HMRC.  Random postcards from barakta's mum seems to take a few days.
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Re: How messed up is your post at the moment?
« Reply #14 on: May 09, 2020, 06:02:02 pm »
Ordered some stuff from Greece.  According to the tracker, it was 13 days from 'ready to depart for the UK' to 'forwarded to local distribution centre', with no updates between those two points.  But it was nothing urgent, so can't really complain.
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Re: How messed up is your post at the moment?
« Reply #15 on: May 09, 2020, 06:04:45 pm »
Not much change from normal in YO16

Some stuff I have ordered on eBay has taken three or four days to arrive - nothing unusual there.
Amazon is  taking a bit longer than usual two or three days for Prime stuff.
Nothing taking longer than a week.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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Re: How messed up is your post at the moment?
« Reply #16 on: May 09, 2020, 06:58:18 pm »
Normal post no real change
Amazon, ordered some books on Thursday, delivered today.

It's the odd deliveries that seem more variable; coffee hand delivered from the roaster same day as ordered, local garden centre took three days to call to confirm order and price, delivered next day.  Bonsai stuff that I'd expect in 3-4 days quoting a two-week turnaround, seems everyone is spending more time looking after their trees.
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Re: How messed up is your post at the moment?
« Reply #17 on: May 09, 2020, 07:01:27 pm »
Small packet post from the US is extremely slow. Tracking shows that the items spend much more time than usual moving between hubs in the States.

Re: How messed up is your post at the moment?
« Reply #18 on: May 09, 2020, 07:10:21 pm »
Small packet post from the US is extremely slow. Tracking shows that the items spend much more time than usual moving between hubs in the States.

Thanks for that. I've been expecting something from the States for a while. I'll not write off the $150 just yet then.

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Re: How messed up is your post at the moment?
« Reply #19 on: May 09, 2020, 07:18:04 pm »
I've heard anecdotally that the problem is not with deliveries but that sorting offices are short-staffed, apparently because of staff having to stay at home to look after kids. I'm not sure why sorting offices should be particularly attractive to parents of school age kids but it's possible.
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Re: How messed up is your post at the moment?
« Reply #20 on: May 09, 2020, 07:29:20 pm »
A parcel from Sussex took three weeks.

Annoyingly, I've just examined the contents and discovered that it's a thing that you use in pairs but was sold singly.  D'oh.
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Re: How messed up is your post at the moment?
« Reply #21 on: May 09, 2020, 08:33:13 pm »
Small packet post from the US is extremely slow. Tracking shows that the items spend much more time than usual moving between hubs in the States.

Thanks for that. I've been expecting something from the States for a while. I'll not write off the $150 just yet then.

The last thing took two months. Less aircraft movement I guess?

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Re: How messed up is your post at the moment?
« Reply #22 on: May 09, 2020, 09:25:00 pm »
Difficult to say. Probably crap right now. Seemed OK week of 27 April - 2 May but we have had NOTHING in the last week. We are expecting Stuffs.

I don't know whether the watch battery I ordered for a princely £1.25 including delivery was coming via Royal Mail otherwise It should have arrived by last Monday but..

I'm disinclined to chase yet.

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Re: How messed up is your post at the moment?
« Reply #23 on: May 10, 2020, 08:56:33 am »
Give it time - it won't be past its cell-by date.
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Re: How messed up is your post at the moment?
« Reply #24 on: May 10, 2020, 09:13:10 am »
^^ Bravo Sir ^^