The Royal Mail is rolling out a new ‘neighbour delivery scheme’ across the UK, a major boost to online shopping. Under the new scheme, post will be delivered to a neighbour if no-one is at home. Delivery has always been the ‘Achilles heel’ of online shopping, with failed deliveries proving to be a major bugbear for buyers and sellers alike. A three-month trial of the initiative, involving around 750,000 households, saw less than 1 per cent of households requesting that their neighbours not be given their mail. It will not be possible for people to select which neighbour receives their parcel. Nor will postmen be obliged to try different neighbours willing to accept the item.