Sunday deliveries are to be trialled by the Royal Mail later this year.
The recently privatised service has confirmed plans to open around 100 offices on Sunday afternoons some time this summer in a response to increasing demand for goods ordered online.
Offices that deal in the highest volumes of mail and that are based within the M25 will be the first to give the new Sunday service a go. Parcelforce Worldwide will also trial a Sunday service, with text messages being sent to customers between 30 and 90 minutes prior to delivery.
Royal Mail recently rolled out a new Delivery to Neighbour initiative for customers who are typically not at home during working hours as well as the UK's largest Click and Collect service.
Through these new Sunday services we are exploring ways to improve our flexibility and provide more options for people to receive items they have ordered online,” Royal Mail Group's CEO Moya Greene said.
The support of the Communication Workers Union has enabled us to respond quickly to a changing market, underlining the importance of the ground-breaking Agenda for Growth agreement.”
Amazon began rolling out Sunday deliveries in the UK before Christmas.