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Last Royal Mail Posting Dates Christmas 2021

Last Royal Mail Posting Dates Christmas 2021

Last royal mail posting dates Christmas 2021 have apparently been released by royal mail – not! we got a little flyer through the door, from royal mail stating we had 15 weeks until Christmas, so view last royal mail posting dates 2021 by visiting their QR code

nope – just a marketing plan sign up thinggy, so a quick google, showed a page which looked promising until you clicked the link and it showed the last royal mail posting dates Christmas 2021…..wait for it 2020

so based on 2020 last royal mail posting dates for christmas, we’ve released our last christmas posting dates schedule, XOandQuin Etsy and XOandQuin Ebay will close on Thursday December 16th – schools kick out on Friday December 17th and we fully plan to make use of the full week off leading up to christmas!

XOandQuin’s Last Royal Mail Posting Dates Christmas 2021, XOandQuin Etsy and XOandQuin Ebay will close on Thursday December 16th
schools kick out on Friday December 17th and we fully plan to make use of the full week off leading up to christmas.

Monday November 01st
last posting date for uk royal mail 1st class and last royal mail 2nd class postage
this service will be replaced with Tracked24 and Tracked 48 services only until Thursday December 16th.

last international standard posting date
this service will be replaced with royal mail tracked international 

Monday November 29th
last usa posting date for orders with royal mail international tracked. cut off 2pm GMT – UPS will remain, last ups usa christmas posting date TBC

Thursday December 17th
last orders at the bar….only amazon uk prime and amazon usa prime will remain open. this is to allow us enough time to ensure we can replace any missing orders before the big day currently only ship to the EU on request

XOandQuin’s suggested last royal mail posting dates christmas 2021 for small businesses

these suggestions are based on last year’s posting dates, until last royal mail posting dates christmas 2021 are released by royal mail, this is to enable you to decide when to post/cut off

XOandQuin have estimated the dates that will be released as the last royal mail posting dates christmas 2021, followed by our recommendation below in italic, based on previous experience.

XOandQuin recommend that royal mail 1st and 2nd class untracked services (including delivery confirmation and OBA 48 and 24), you allow up to 10 working days. we estimate a 60-70% valid tracking rate on the door step for 2d barcodes and 48/24

XOandQuin experience an average success rate of 90% with royal mail guaranteed next day service, so do not offer this option, we only guarantee week day delivery with UPS.

UK suggested last royal mail posting dates christmas 2021

Monday December 20th – last royal mail 2nd class posting date
monday december 13th, which allows 10 working days. however as late as friday december 17th if you don’t need to guarantee it’s arrival

Tuesday December 21st – last royal mail 1st class and tracked48
monday december 13th, which allows 10 working days. however as late as friday december 18th if you don’t need to guarantee it’s arrival

Wednesday December 22nd – last royal mail tracked24 and special delivery guaranteed
monday december 20th, xoandquin will be shipping tracked24 parcels as replacements for replacement items until wednesday 22nd. our last royal mail collection service will be on wendesday december 22nd.

xoandquin do not use royal mail special delivery at all, as the royal mail delivery rate falls short of our expectations which causes customer disappointment.

International suggested last royal mail posting dates christmas 2021

international last royal mail posting dates christmas 2020


this table shows the last royal mail posting dates christmas 2020 international delivery, they will be pretty similar (or next working day for 2021)

based on our experience, non-peak delivery times with royal mail international standard and international tracked international* transit times:

canada & new zealand – up to 30 working days
australia, other european and rest of the world – up to 21 working days (royal mail often also have a habit of sending australia mail to austria)
usa – xoandquin generally advise usa customers that transit time is 10-15 working days, mail can however arrive in as few as 5-7. we would advise allowing 21 working days.

main eu countries – this is totally uncharted due to brexit, ioss and import duties and charges, allow up to 15-30 working days, strongly recommend only sending tracked or with a courier and appropriate insurance

*please note that tracked does not speed up the transit time of your delivery, it merely provides end to end tracking, however when mail arrives in it’s destination country it is passed to the local carrier, which may or may not be able to provide accurate tracking. in some instances where mail has been returned or refused, due to duty you may find tracking has halted completely and a parcel will arrive a few months later back with you.

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food grade vs food safe – what’s the difference?

why do you need to know the difference?

There is lots of different legislation around the world about what materials, containers and substances are suitable for food storage. All of these rules make sure that by the time food gets to us, it’s in the condition it was meant to be in and it’s completely safe to eat. Seems fair, right?

In most countries the rules are pretty much the same – so you don’t need to worry about whether France will have a problem with food bags that are perfectly fine in Australia. When you sell packaged food, you need to know if your packaging is right for what’s inside it.

While you do your research on the best solution for you, you’re bound to come across two phrases: food grade and food safe. While they both sound like they mean the same thing, there’s a subtle difference between the two.

Take notes because there might be a quiz at the end!


what is food grade?

Food grade includes any packaging that is suitable to come into direct contact with food. Food grade materials make sure that whatever is found inside is protected from unwanted substances, unwelcoming to bacteria and free of toxins.

At XOandQuin all of our biodegradable bags and glassine envelopes are made from a food grade material. Usually packaging classified as food grade would be used for anything that is intended to be sold loose (i.e. not in factory sealed packs). An example of a food grade product are the bread bags you see hanging in the bakeries, for your baked goods like cakes and biscuits.

Food grade packaging simply means that it is absolutely fine to use as food storage.


what is food safe?

Food safe packaging is made from food grade material and created for a finished sealed product. When something is food safe it is certified as safe for its intended use. It takes into consideration things like the temperature and length of time the food is stored in its packaging.

Anything removed from food safe packaging cannot be returned once the seal has been broken for hygiene and safety reasons. It’s also vital that the item is stored in suitable conditions, especially if the packaging is also biodegradable.

At XOandQuin we sell one food safe product – Nativia® bags, which are available in factory sealed bags of 250.

can you repeat that?

Food grade: can be used as food storage.

Food safe: food grade and made specifically for the contents found inside.

For most small businesses selling food online or on stalls, food grade packaging will suit your needs. In the instances where you know that food safe packaging is needed to preserve quality, we find that Nativia® bags are the best solution.


can X go in XOandQuin food safe bags?

We would love to make a list of the many foods that you can store in our biodegradable bags, glassine envelopes and Nativia® bags, but the list would literally go on forever.

Our food grade packaging material is suitable for most foods that need to be stored in cool, dry conditions. All of our biodegradable bags and envelopes are self sealing, making them easy to store food in them securely – away from unwanted particles and bacteria. If that sounds like what you need, the only other thing you need to do is find the right size for your goods.

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biodegradable vs compostable vs recyclable

are they all basically the same?

Not all biodegradable, compostable and recyclable products are created equal. While all of these green descriptions may all sound like environmentally friendly options, each of them should be disposed of in different ways.

We understand why there’s so confusion out there. The labelling makes it difficult for consumers to understand and navigate the many differences between each, and how or even why we should treat them differently. For example, despite products carrying the EN13432 standard and OKBioBased certificate from Vincotte, not all will degrade in landfill, or a home composting system.

The more everyone knows about what happens to our waste and how best to get rid of it, the more it benefits all of us. It’s especially true for small business owners selling products directly consumers.


what is biodegradable?

Biodegradable materials – including packaging – is anything that breaks down over time. Bacteria, fungi and other biological processes contribute to this natural activity. Some materials disintegrate in weeks, others in months and some (like plastic) will actually break time over the course of decades!

“Biodegradable” is very broad for this reason. Most things are technically biodegradable, but many will take so long to actually break down. A lot of biodegradable materials are destined for landfill facilities, where they are left to erode and decompose. While there are uses for this decaying matter, materials that decompose quicker make sure we don’t have landfills literally stacked with everlasting piles of bric-a-brac.


what is compostable?

Composting is when you recycle organic waste and it converts into fertiliser. It’s natural process and something many people do to use as an addition to soil. While your home compost heap might be an effective at breaking down the kinds of things you add to it – like old skins and potato peelings – it doesn’t mean it can handle packaging deemed “compostable”.

In the packaging world, “compostable” materials can be turned into compost, but it may need industrial help to get to that point. In fact, some “compostable” materials will take even longer than other forms of waste to degrade in landfill conditions. This kind of packaging needs to go to a specialist industrial composting facilities that aerate the waste and help it break down into useful fertiliser quicker.


what is recyclable?

Recyclable goods are much more familiar to most people. These include a range of different materials that can be converted to be reused in different products. Recycling reduces waste, as the items avoid landfill altogether, can re-enter the manufacturing stream and can reduce the energy required to create its non-recycled counterparts.

Depending in where you live – and even what part of the country you are in – will determine what you can easily dispose of. In most cases but all paper, card, glass and some plastic can go into your recycled waste collection containers. It’s a very convenient way to be more eco-friendly in your everyday life. For businesses that sell to the public, using recyclable packaging makes it that little bit easier for people to make eco-friendly choices with their waste.


how XOandQuin classify biodegradable, compostable and recyclable products

Most of the eco friendly business supplies at XOandQuin – specifically our biodegradable displays bags, glassine envelopes and stickers – are both biodegradable and compostable. This means they will degrade in landfill conditions, and can be composted in home composting systems. In most cases local authorities will take them in your food or garden waste.

Glassine and stickers, in addition to being biodegradable and compostable, are recyclable because they are made from paper with no additional coatings (such as plastic laminates). This means you can add them to your green recycling bags, boxes and bins to dispose of them. The stickers do not need to be removed to recycle the packaging. XOandQuin only use uncoated paper which will degrade without any plastic residue.

Note that our Nativia® can only be composted in an industrial recycling plant, which is not widely accessible to those outside of specialist industries, whilst these are not an ideal solution, XOandQuin do offer Nativia® products for those requiring a food safe product until a stable alternative can be sourced.

Resources, News & Further Reading:
SciTechDaily, by University of California – Berkley publish date, April 22nd 2021

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