When faced with a Royal Mail delivery I look around for an alternate supplier who ships with DPD.

My many excperiences of DPD are all so consistently good I’ve been considering starting a thread about them – this is how deliveries should work. 2 attempts to deliver, you can set the day for both, notification of a time slot on the day, live tracking of the courier, free collection from one of many places of choice if the deliveries both fail, perfect record with “safe place” deliveries etc.