THE POST OFFICE HELPS SMALL BUSINESSES DELIVER FESTIVE CHEER

·      POST OFFICE SHARE TIPS WITH SHOPPERS AND SMALL BUSINESSES ON HOW TO NAVIGATE THE EXPECTED SURGE IN XMAS POST

·      MORE THAN 170,000 SMEs SIGNED UP TO “DROP & GO” SERVICE WITH USAGE UP 50% COMPARED TO LAST YEAR

·      SMALL BUSINESSES URGED TO PLAN AHEAD WITH MORE PEOPLE EXPECTED SHOP LOCALLY (21%) THIS YEAR AND AN EXPECTED INCREASE IN FOOTFALL AT POST OFFICES (50%)

Christmas will certainly feel different this year with the Covid-19 pandemic meaning many families may have to celebrate the festive period apart.

New research by Post Office has revealed attitudes to gifting have changed with nearly a quarter (24%) saying it is more important than ever to show friends and family you care about them.

Lockdown has also made people think more about their local community and this Christmas will see more people supporting smaller businesses, with 65% saying it is important to support those businesses affected by Covid-19.

Already a fifth (22%) have decided they will be sending Christmas gifts through the post rather than giving them in person this year and there is an anticipated 50% increase of footfall in Post Office branches this festive period. As a result, small businesses are being urged to plan ahead to ensure their items reach customers in time.

Post Office is showing its ongoing support to local communities and small businesses by being open and ensuring posting is as smooth as possible for sellers this year, with their “Drop & Go” service helping so many small businesses and entrepreneurs who rely on it in order to get their goods out to customers, even more so during current restrictions.

More than 170,000 small businesses are signed up to the service with 1,000 more joining every week and usage of ‘Drop & Go’ is up 50% compared with last year.

They have also published five helpful tips to small businesses when sending out gifts to customers this Christmas including advice on when to visit and how they can help. (Full tips in the additional information below)