February 4th 2020 saw a celebration of post people worldwide.
It is hard to imagine a life without your post being brought to your door and it's thanks to Henry VII who established a 'Master of Posts' in 1516, which then went on to become a postal service available to the public in 1653 established by Charles I. Postage at that time was payable by the recipient of the mail. It wasn't until 1793, that uniformed postmen were seen on our streets and some time after this in 1853, when the first post boxes were found in Britain.
The #NationalThankAMailCarrierDay celebration is a reminder to thank those fantastic men and women that bring us our mail in a timely fashion, 6 or sometimes 7 days a week! Outside in all manner of weathers, in the hectic run up to Christmas, helping to make our birthday's special and aiding efficient running of your business. For those of us that live in sleepy villages and small towns, your post person is most likely known throughout the village on a first name basis. For those of us lucky enough to still have a Post Office nearby, I am sure that we all appreciate the convenience and central role that this establishment provides. But for many mail carriers that perhaps service large, busy towns, cities and businesses, the same sense of recognition may be missing.
They don't just bring us our packages and letters, they bring us a daily service with a smile. Often for some people, the post person might be the only friendly face that they see that day - the elderly, those suffering from illness or individuals that work from home - to see another individual for a brief chat can break up the day or encourage them away from their computer screen.
So, if you happen to be at home and you know what time your mail person arrives, open the door to greet them...you might just make their day. Let them know how much you appreciate them and thank them for posting your mail everyday. If you are lucky enough to have all of your mail fit through the letterbox like the packaging in our Lil Letterbox range enables, then write them a little note and leave it in your letterbox or a gift at Christmas to remind them that you haven't forgotten them.
For packaging that fits through the letter box, take a look at our awesome Lil Letterbox range - designed to help you achieve confirmed letterbox deliveries nearly every time without the need for recipients to be present, this range fits through nearly any standard size UK letterbox. Featuring plastic free construction, printed with eco-friendly plant based inks, and made from 100% FSC® approved corrugated cardboard.
In a range of different sizes, designed for your products to fit snugly and avoid the use of void-fills and plastics, this Lil Letterbox range is recommended for:
- Multiple Small Item Orders
- Posting Flowers through the letterbox
- Fashion, Small Tech, Accessories
- Books, Other Media
With efficient packaging like this of course, you may never see your mail carrier! So think of your post person or courier today - a little passing 'hello' in the street or a passing thank you as they walk away from your letterbox.
On the subject of mail carriers and letterboxes, here's why Lil Letterbox packaging make better deliveries...
Our research tells us that almost 95% of UK Letterboxes are at least 254mm (10”inches) wide and 38mm (1.5”inches) high. We have made sure every item in our NEW Lil Letterbox postal packaging fits this 254 x 38 mm range, meaning failed deliveries can be a thing of the past…
Way back on the 21st of August 2006, Royal Mail introduced their ‘Large Letter’ criteria (250mm wide x 25mm thick) based on their belief that over 90% of UK homes had letterboxes in excess of 254mm (10”inches) wide and 25mm (1”inch) high. This radically streamlined each Postman’s round by halving their returns to depot.
We’ve been geeky enough to measure in excess of 200+ unique UK letterboxes and we found that over 95% of them have a standard height of 1.5”inches – allowing for a 38mm high pile of documents to fit through. We also discovered that they generally come in 2 imperial widths : 254mm (10”inches) and 305mm (12”inches). The least generous letterbox had a height of only 1”inch allowing for only a 25mm high pile of documents and was only 203mm (8”inches) wide.