The Post Office is in talks to handle parcels for Amazon and Hermes for the first time in a potentially huge boost for Britain's 11,500 branches.
Yesterday it revealed it had signed its first deal with Royal Mail which is 'non-exclusive', freeing it from a centuries-old arrangement.
The move could allow it to clinch lucrative tie-ups with online retail giant Amazon and parcel delivery specialist Hermes.
Royal Mail remains the biggest parcel delivery company in the UK, handling around 1.2billion in 2018.
However, Hermes, whose clients include top retailers John Lewis and Next, and Amazon are growing fast and now ship more than 550million parcels between them.
The move will be seen as a threat to Royal Mail's stranglehold over the parcel industry but will boost the Post Office's income and provide relief to postmasters and postmistresses who have seen pay cut drastically in recent years.
In a video message to them, chief executive Nick Read said: 'The new agreement allows …