You are here: Home - Household Bills - News -

Royal Mail warns of pingdemic delivery delays

0
Written by: Emma Lunn
22/07/2021
Royal Mail has warned of disruption to deliveries in 12 postcodes across the UK, while supermarkets warn of product shortages amid the pingdemic.

Postal delivery workers are the latest workers to be hit by the so-called ‘pingdemic’ which has forced thousands of workers into isolation after coming into contact with someone with Covid-19.

Royal Mail says it aims to deliver to all addresses six days a week. But if resourcing issues, associated self-isolation and safety measures prevent this, it will deliver at least every other day.

It says it’s only in ‘extreme cases’ where offices are severely affected by absence levels that this may not be possible.

Mail centres in Cardiff, Chester, Plymouth and Swindon have all been affected by staff shortages and not processed mail to schedule over the past 24 hours. As a result, mail deliveries in the following postcodes may be disrupted this week.

  • Blackpool (FY1-FY6)
  • Bristol South East (BS4, BS14)
  • Chorley (PR6)
  • Enfield (EN1, EN2, EN3)
  • Middleton (M24)
  • Newton Abbot (TQ12, TQ13)
  • Plympton (PL7)
  • Rochdale (OL11, OL12, OL13, OL14, OL15, OL16)
  • Southport (PR8)
  • Worthing DO (BN11, BN12, BN13, BN14)

Royal Mail apologised for any inconvenience and said it was working hard to deliver as comprehensive a service as possible with the resource available. It added that it was prioritising the delivery of Covid-19 vaccination letters and test kits.

Supermarket shortages

Meanwhile Iceland, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, and Co-op said they have all experienced shortages of certain products due to the pingdemic.

Tesco said it was experiencing a “temporary low availability across a small number of products” while Sainsbury’s said it “might not always have” products customers want. The Co-op warned it was “running low on some products”.

Richard Walker, Iceland CEO, told ITV News that shops were “struggling to function” and urged customers not to stockpile or panic buy.

There are 0 Comment(s)

If you wish to comment without signing in, click your cursor in the top box and tick the 'Sign in as a guest' box at the bottom.

Could you save money with a social broadband tariff?

Two-thirds of low-income households are unaware they could be saving on broadband, according to Uswitch.

How to help others and donate to food banks this winter

This winter is expected to be the most challenging yet for the food bank network as soaring costs push more pe...

Your rights for refunds if travel is affected by strikes

There have been a wave of strikes this year across many different industries, and more are planned over Christ...

What will happen if rates change

How your finances will be impacted by a rise in interest rates.

Regular Savings Calculator

Small regular contributions can build up nicely over time.

Online Savings Calculator

Work out how your online savings can build over time.

DIY investors: 10 common mistakes to avoid

For those without the help and experience of an adviser, here are 10 common DIY investor mistakes to avoid.

Mortgage down-valuations: Tips to avoid pulling out of a house sale

Down-valuations are on the rise. So, what does it mean for home buyers, and what can you do?

Five tips for surviving a bear market mauling

The S&P 500 has slipped into bear market territory and for UK investors, the FTSE 250 is also on the edge. Her...

Money Tips of the Week