One of the first private mail delivery company to compete with Royal Mail following the de-regulation of the postal service in 2006, UK Mail is widely reckoned to be one of the major forces in the delivery market.
Since starting out as a private delivery courier in 2004, the company has grown to such an extent that Royal Mail consider UK Mail to be one of its main competitors alongside TNT and Deutsche Post.
While Royal Mail still holds an advantage due to their brand recognition among the British public, UK Mail have won over customers by offering products that their competitors are unwilling or unable to provide. The company has made particular gains in the private sector thanks to their low costs and door-to-door service.
UK Mail’s most popular delivery options at the moment are iConsign (their web based dispatch option), iPostParcels (their next day parcel courier service) and iMail (which allows companies to send out bulk mail automatically, with UK Mail dealing with printing and delivery).
While parcel delivery and courier services are the bulk of their business, UK Mail also deal with everyday letters. Using their own, purpose built sorting offices, the post is then delivered to a Royal Mail sorting office in order for them to provide the ‘last-mile’ of delivering to the customer’s door.