Online shoppers will be able to pick up purchases from their local Post Office as part of an attempt by the Royal Mail to attract web retailers with more flexible delivery options.
It said 10,500 Post Offices will be part of the “Click and Collect” initiative, out of the nationwide network of 11,800.
A spokesman said the Royal Mail was in talks with large online retailers to encourage them to include delivery to a Post Office as an option on their websites this year. It plans to extend the scheme to smaller players next year. The service will not directly contribute revenues, he added.