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Family launches 30p first class stamp local delivery!

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posted on Mar, 6 2014 @ 04:36 AM

Lorraine, Trish and Richard Lettley have delivered 4,000 letters in two weeks
Customers drop off mail at family newsagents in Wellington, Somerset, and have it delivered next day for 30p if within 2.5miles. First class stamp is 60p
For an extra 10p, Lettleys pick up parcels direct from customers' homes

A family has unveiled their own postal service to rival the Royal Mail with next day delivery that is half the price of a first-class stamp.
Newsagent owner Lorraine Lettley, 62, and daughter Trish, 37, set up the Welly Post this month after customers complained about the rising cost of sending letters.
Just two weeks later, they have already delivered 4,000 letters and parcels, with an average rate of 250 packages a day.
It was in response to complaints about the rising price of post, with first-class stamps at 60p

Realising anyone is legally permitted to set up their own service, the Lettleys decided to run a cut-price delivery

Shoppers drop off post at the family shop, E J Teare Newsagents in Wellington, Somerset, where the Lettleys guarantee next day delivery within two-and-a-half miles for just 30p.
And for 10p extra, the family collects letters from customers’ homes - crushing the 60p price tag for a first class stamp.

Mrs Lettley's husband Richard, 66, delivers to half the town on his bike, cycling for up to two hours a day to ensure cards arrive on time.
Meanwhile, Trish drives to outlying villages, and her mother covers the centre of town when she isn't manning the shop.

Mrs Lettley said: 'My daughter thought up the idea because we thought we do deliveries from the shop already - why not offer even more of a service to our customers.
'We had heard people mentioning about the cost of the Royal Mail and we felt it was something that we could possibly help out with.
'My husband recently retired and we were looking for something to keep him busy on his bike so this seemed perfect.
The family started the service as a way to generate more income, but it has also united the community

'We are thrilled by how it has taken off. People are really grateful for the extra help - and love that it costs less.

Legally, any business can incorporate mail delivery into their work.
The Lettleys are believed to be the first family to set up their own delivery service since the privatisation, but they predict they will not be the only ones.
'People are so enthusiastic and it is bringing people out of their shells a bit too as it has become a bit of a talking point.
'The reaction has been nothing but positive and we are finding that people are really eager to be loyal to a local independent business.'
Mrs Lettley, who worked in the shop for 18 years before taking it over seven years ago, said she plans to run the service all year round - and even offers business rates.
The service is currently turning over more than £75 per day.
The profits are enough to print promotional flyers - with money left over.
She added: 'We did it partly to get footfall in the shop but also to offer a service for customers.
'Times are hard for everyone and it is going reasonably well financially for us too - we covered our start-up costs in a matter of days.'
Mother-of-four Julie Watkin, 55, used the service to deliver 12 Christmas cards last week.
She said: 'It is really great. You know that it is going to get there - and you know who is going to deliver it - and you can’t beat the price.
'It feels good to support the local community and be part of something too.'

Despite raking in profits and customers, Mrs Lettley insists Post Office workers are accepting of their new venture, and don't mind the extra help.
She said: 'They’ve still been coming in and buying their cigarettes and things so I think we are ok.
'I don’t think we are going to be running the Royal Mail out of business anytime soon.' .html

Absolutely brilliant!

Just proves there are ways around big corporations/business......we are many, they are few!

Bet there is plenty more that can be done too.


posted on Mar, 6 2014 @ 05:39 AM
reply to post by angelchemuel

Can't be any worse than our current Postal service!

Gone are the days when the postman delivered our mail at 8am and then again around 11am! I'm lucky these days if the post is delivered before midday!

I wish them the best of luck with their venture!

edit on 6-3-2014 by andy06shake because: (no reason given)

posted on Mar, 6 2014 @ 05:49 AM
reply to post by andy06shake

Haha...yes I remember those days!

I'm hoping it might inspire people to think 'outside the box' and come up with some ideas of their own that will help re-establish community spirit, and make people feel they are reclaiming their own power and abilities to do things that challenge the big corporations.


posted on Mar, 6 2014 @ 07:23 AM
I don't know the situation in the states but here in Canada they're about to stop delivering mail to our doors. Service will only be offered to businesses. Think of all the disabled / old people that won't be able to get their mail...

posted on Mar, 6 2014 @ 07:35 AM
reply to post by MrMaybeNot

Well, erm.....far be it for me to suggest that maybe your fellow Canadians should start something like this. The man in the article is retired so not only is he keeping fit in the local community, he's out and about meeting folk....must be a positive thing.

Also....remember the history of the Pony Express?...just thinking outside the box here and taking into consideration the size of your country.

So, if you can't do something like this....I'm pretty certain you can think of somebody who can! From small acorns.....

That's diabolical that they are stopping private mail btw....I'm quite stunned!


posted on Mar, 6 2014 @ 08:01 AM
250 packages a day? Something doesn't sound right there, do people really post stuff to folks that live within a 2.5 mile radius?

posted on Mar, 6 2014 @ 08:08 AM
reply to post by Painterz

I think that 2.5 radius is wrong. This article I found having watched about it on tv this morning....according to the programme its 25 mile radius thing


posted on Mar, 8 2014 @ 03:48 AM
reply to post by angelchemuel

Hi Jane, neat idea and thanks for the research you have done into it.

posted on Mar, 8 2014 @ 03:55 AM
reply to post by Shiloh7

Morning Shilo, thank you.
I just hope it gives people the motivation and even gets people thinking 'outside the box' with other ideas.


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