Royal Mail is the United Kingdom's designated Universal Postal Service Provider, assisting customers, businesses, and communities throughout the country. They are the only company in the UK that can deliver a 'one-price-goes-anywhere' six-day-a-week service on a variety of letters and parcels to over 29 million addresses. The business collects and delivers mail all around the United Kingdom. Letters and parcels are dropped off at post boxes or collected in bulk from businesses and delivered to Royal Mail sorting offices. The UK's distinctive red pillar boxes, which were initially introduced in 1852 and many of them contain the initials of the reigning queen, are owned and maintained by Royal Mail. Except on Sundays and bank holidays, deliveries are delivered at least once a day to all UK destinations at the same price. In general, Royal Mail attempts to deliver first-class mail the next business day across the country. Royal Mail's European parcels business, General Logistics Systems (GLS), maintains one of Europe's largest ground-based, postponed parcel delivery networks. The Royal Mail was a public service for the majority of its existence, operating as a government agency or public corporation. The majority of Royal Mail's shares were listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2013 as a result of the Postal Services Act 2011. The UK government kept a 30% holding in Royal Mail at first, but sold the rest of its shares in 2015, ending 499 years of state ownership. The FTSE 100 Index includes it as a component. Royal Mail already boasts the lowest recorded carbon emissions per parcel of any major UK delivery company, thanks to the UK's largest 'Feet on the Street' network of over 85,000 postmen and women. However, they aim to go even further, taking steps to cut emissions, waste, and enhance the air quality in the communities where they operate. This includes investments in electric vehicles, drones, alternative fuel trucks, and energy efficiency improvements to their property. They are dedicated to providing long-term services to their consumers and communities while meeting their environmental goals.
Parcel Tracker provides tracking both for international postal services (delivery services run by countries) and for couriers (private companies such as UPS and FedEx).