Tuesday, 15 May 2012

London Olympics 2012 - Deliveries

Olympics and Deliveries

During the London Olympics we will try to deliver as many London orders as we can in the normal manner. Most couriers are going to attempt their routes if they can, if there is no restrictions.

Our main courier, FedEx, have arranged for 20 extra routes within the M25, plus 10 extra motorcycles, an extra 50 drivers mates and 8 foot couriers. They also state that the impact of the games will not be fully realised until the games begin.

Royal Mail

The Royal Mail have announced a delay on postal deliveries of a day longer than usual in postcode areas beginning with E, EC, N, NW, SE, SW, W and WC. Considering some postage charges have gone up 70% last month, you would think Royal Mail would be able to at least give a quality service but it appears not. There are couriers that are considering raising the price of delivery during the games to those postcode areas affected and we will have to wait to confirm exact details with CityLink, DPD and FedEx.

For more information see Royal Mail Warns of delays [BBC Website].

DPD (18th June 2012)

We have had an announcement from DPD Couriers that prices will go up for affected areas by around £2.40 per delivery, now confirmed at £1.95+VAT. Timed deliveries will not be guaranteed and items will arrive when they can get them there. This change will be between 25th July through to 8th September and will affect the most of the following postcode areas: DT1-5, E1-20, EC3-4, HA9, IG1-11, N1-22, NW1, NW8, NW10, RM8-20, SE1-18, SL0-6, SW3-7, SW13-15, TW1-8 including Heathrow, UB7, W1-14, WC1 and WC2. A few postcode areas may see business as usual such as EC4 and EC8 amongst a few others.


FedEx have not imposed any surcharges to deliveries, however they are another courier that will not guarantee timed deliveries will arrive within the normal guaranteed time.

Evening Delivery

We have heard that some couriers are considering evening deliveries for some areas. This hasn't been confirmed yet but it does sound sensible for some areas where access may be difficult or slow. You may need to consider that the timing of deliveries may not be suitable for your normal office working hours.

Express Delivery

We will not be able to guarantee Express Deliveries will be delivered next day to London or other affected zones during the events of both the Olympics and the Paralympics. They will be delivered as soon as possible.

Dates of the London Olympics

There are two events to be aware of:
  • London Olympics: 27 Jul 2012 to 12 Aug 2012
  • London Paralympics: 29 Aug 2012 to 9 Sep 2012
Note that deliveries and access may be restricted not just during the games but for several days before and after due to organisation of the event.

What London Companies Should Do Now

We recommend that all companies in the London and surrounding areas, as well as those out-of-London cities that may be hosting events, should ensure they have enough stock of everything they will need during the times that may be affected. Remember to stock up on enough paper, ink, staples, postage stamps and all the other products your business needs to run effectively. Do not forget the most important items to run a business: tea, coffee and biscuits!

Official Sites for London Olympics 2012

These are the official sites for the games:
London Olympics 2012 Main Site · London Paralympics 2012 Main Page

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