Postal workers gear up for Black Friday frenzy

Postal workers at one of the Royal Mail’s biggest delivery sites are gearing up for Black Friday orders ahead of a massive sales frenzy.

Employees are on the front lines as British shoppers are expected to spend around £10bn on deals this weekend.

Goods being prepared for shipment across the country include discounted technology, clothing and furniture.

Photos inside the Royal Mail’s post office in Greenford, west London show thousands of parcels being processed.

The site uses giant sorting machines that break down each item by postcode and sort them into suitable piles for posting.

On-site staff are tasked with ensuring the smooth conduct of operations so that Black Friday orders arrive at the correct address on time.

According to research by Statistica, British shoppers will spend a record £9.4 billion this Black Friday weekend – almost two-thirds of purchases made online.

Overall, Black Friday sales are projected to grow 18% compared to last year.

Royal Mail has advertised vacancies for seasonal mail sorters on its Greenford site, with employees being paid £13.45 an hour for the day shift and £15.75 an hour for the night.

The recruitment boom comes before Christmas, the Postal Service’s busiest time of year, with workers at the London site expected to process more than a million parcels and letters each day.

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