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PAF Statistics November 2018

The November statistics are out now for the Postcode Address File (PAF®)

Additional delivery points added to PAF this month
Total number of actual Delivery Points on PAF
Total number of Postcodes on PAF
Total number of Post Towns on PAF
Total number of business names held on PAF
For mor information you can see the full infomaiton onthe Royla Mail website here
PAF Statistics October 2018

The October statistics are out now for the Postcode Address File (PAF®)

There are over 30,000 addidtional delivery points that have been added to PAF during October taking the total to 1,766,926!

Additional delivery points added to PAF this month
Total number of actual Delivery Points on PAF
Total number of Postcodes on PAF
Total number of Post Towns on PAF
Total number of business names held on PAF
For mor information you can see the full infomaiton onthe Royla Mail website here
Funs facts about Postcodes

Here are 25 fun facts about postcodes that you might not know. You never know one of them migh come up inthe next quiz you take part in.

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  1. The Queen has a unique postcode for Buckingham Palace, SW1A 1AA.

  2. Even Father Christmas has his own postcode so he can receive all those sacks of Christmas lists. It is SAN TA1 (in Canada it’s HOH OHO ...) and letters sent to this postcode actually do arrive.

  3. London was the first city to see the beginnings of post coding. In 1857 it was divided into 10 postal districts based on compass points: N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, NW, EC for East Central and WC for West Central.

  4. Nowadays NE stands for Newcastle and S for areas of South Yorkshire and Derbyshire around Sheffield.

  5. Liverpool was the first provincial town to be divided into postal districts in 1864, followed by Manchester.

  6. Numbers were first added to the postal districts to create ‘sub-districts’ in 1917 to help the woman who took over the sorting work while the men were fighting in the First World War.

  7. It wasn’t until 1959, when the post office began to experiment with sorting machines, that Norwich was selected to trial modern post codes. 150,000 addresses received a code of NOR followed by two digits and a letter.

  8. The late, great Labour minister Tony Benn was the Postmaster General who decided to extend the postcode system to the whole of the UK in 1965.

  9. The eight-year programme to create a postcode for every home in the country began in Croydon 1966 and finished 40 years ago in 1974 with the recoding of Norwich.

  10. The postcode HD7 5UZ in Huddersfield, West Yorks, covers seven streets, more than any other in the UK.

  11. In 2008 Liverpool and England star Steven Gerrard built a new two storey gym in his back garden in the Merseyside suburb of Freshfield. It was so big it had a different postcode to his house.

  12. Britain is one of seven post coding systems in the world that use an alphanumeric system - a combination of letter and numbers - which allows a greater number of unique combinations to be used.

  13. The combination of letters and numbers was also chosen because people can remember a mixture of numbers and letters more easily than a list of numbers.

  14. Optical recognition machines read the postcodes and automatically convert them to phosphor dots. These are in turn read by the sorting machines which handle correctly addressed mail, post-coded letters 20 times faster than manual sorting.

  15. The Girobank at Bootle in Liverpool was given its own postcode, GIR 0AA, that did not fit into the standard, geographical system. The postcode was taken over by its successors Alliance & Leicester and is currently used by Santander.

  16. In comedy Red Dwarf, the space ship is the size of a city, and has the fictional postal address complete with postcode: Red Dwarf, Deep Space, RE1 3DW.

  17. The furthest point from the sea in the UK is Church Flatts farm near the village of Coton in the Elms, which lies in the DE12 postcode area in Derbyshire.

  18. he British Forces Post Office has its own postcode, BF.

  19. Postcodes have been adopted by countries around the world and 117 of the 190 countries in the Universal Postal Union have postcode systems.

  20. In India they are known as PIN (standing for Postal Index Number) codes, and in the United States as ZIP (Zone Improvement Plan) codes.

  21. One of the most famous zip codes is Beverly Hills 90210 - the same as a teen TV show. It is also one of the wealthiest areas in the US.

  22. Countries without postcodes include Jamaica, Ghana and Hong Kong.

  23. The Royal Mail uses the imaginary postcode prefix FX for training purposes.

  24. Westfield Shopping Centre in Stratford, East London, is so big it has its own postcode, E20, which was previously the fictional location for BBC soap EastEnders.

  25. There is no danger of the UK running out of postcodes anytime soon. The current alpha-numeric system has enough potential combinations to create 48million postcodes.


PAF Statistics September 2018

The September statistics are out now for the Postcode Address File (PAF®)

There are over 30,000 addidtional delivery points that have been added to PAF during September taking the total to 1,766,544!

Additional delivery points added to PAF this month
Total number of actual Delivery Points on PAF
Total number of Postcodes on PAF
Total number of Post Towns on PAF
Total number of business names held on PAF
For mor information you can see the full infomaiton onthe Royla Mail website here
Postal Address Finder

What is a Postal Address Finder (PAF)

3X Software has been a Value Added Reseller of the Royal Mail Database for many years and now offers an online service under the trading name of Postcods4u. Royal Mail has developed a constantly updated database of postcode and address details, which relates to England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands. In addition, there are over one million named organisations held. The Postal Address File (PAF) comprises a list of these addresses and their postcodes. Using a online service to lookup an address from a postcode ensures that you are using the most up to date address data and the address is captured accurately.

The basic data is supplied by Royal Mail, and, as a Value Added Reseller, 3X Software has taken that basic data and created addressing files for use on other platforms like the IBM System i (AS/400), along with software to maintain and distribute it on a periodic basis. Over 36,000 UK businesses from all sectors and of all sizes rely on PAF® These include leading Banks, Insurance Companies, Supermarkets, Government departments and the Police, online retailers, Entertainment venues, Charities and a host of Premiership Football Teams.  The database is especially useful to Financial service industries, call centers and mail order companies.

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PAF is an invaluable tool for creating and maintaining mailing-lists and databases, helping you to reduce the number of returned or undelivered items, sharpen your customer profiling, and improve customer satisfaction.

With PAF you can sort your mail with full and correct Postcodes, which could help reduce your postage costs. Our system allows both postcode and address generation, depending on user requirements.

By using the system you can:

  • Reduce keying time
  • Standardise address formatting
  • Reduce errors
  • Find company addresses

Reduce delivery costs by ensuring the goods are delivered to the correct address first time

The data can bus used for:

  • validating addresses
  • improving response to direct mail
  • efficiency of inbound call centres
  • speeding-up online transactions
  • mapping and geo-demographics
  • credit rating.

To ease interfacing, APIs are provided which may be called to provide the following functions:

  • Return an address from a given postcode
  • Search on street name, with the ability to select a premise
  • Translate the address from uppercase to lowercase
  • Search on part of an organisation name

PAF/400 is native to the IBM System i but we can provide the data to other platforms jsut contact us for more details.

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Contact Form 7

Following feedback and requests from our customers we have made considerable changes to our Contact form 7 to make it even better.

It allows Postcode Address Lookup to be added to your WooCommerce Checkout pages as well as Contact Form 7 and Gravity Form pages. Also allows multiple forms

Easy integration into any other WordPress Page.

Also includes our own customisable Contact Form with Postcode lookup that can be added to any of your pages.

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Abandoned Carts/Baskets

Cart/Basket Abandonment

The biggest factor behind people abandoning their shopping cards isn’t what you might think. There are a number of reason why people abandon their cards here are number of them

Cart Abandonment

The main reasons are:

The shopper had to create an account – always allow shoppers to use a Guest Checkout option. You can always give them the option to set up an account later in the order confirmation email.

Checkout process was too long, try and simplify the checkout process wherever you can, use one-page checkout if possible and if an customer has logged in to their account pre fill as many fields you can.

Customer couldn’t see the total order cost – try and make the full order cost visible on the page don’t let the total become a shock to the customer so they abandon the whole of the cart.

Your website had errors and crashed, well you would never want this to happen but sadly it does from time to time and is sometimes out of your control.


Some of the next ones might surprise you:

Customers didn’t trust the site with their card information, with the introduction of secure sites using SSL, PCI DSS and 3D authentication the concerns here should have reduced and improved shopper confidence.

Delivery was too slow; the amount of delivery options available now should enable a site to meet the demands of the shopper. In general people are quite happy to pay more for delivery if they want it quicker

As much as retailers don’t like returns its essential to make the Return policy clear and easy to follow

You need to give your shopper options for making payments, it is unusual to not have enough payment methods, but it could also be just as bad to have to many and give the shopper too many options to choose from.

Surprisingly the reason with the least abandonments is if the Customers card is declined.

So what’s the biggest reason!


EXTRA COSTS on CHECKOUT the main ones being Shipping, taxes and fees.

There is very little you can do about the Taxes. You can do something about the shipping though. Have a clear shipping asnd pricing  policy. If the customer has an account try and use the default shipping address to calculate the shipping cost.

Make sure the address is accurate buy using a postcode address lookup service like our at . This way if the shipping address is changed then recalculate the shipping cost but at least you have included some shipping cost and the overall total doesn’t shoot up significantly at Checkout. 


Why use a Postcode Address Lookup service?


Shortens Checkout Time

Having an address lookup finder on your checkout to fill in the form for you reduces work for your customer, making it less likely that they will lose interest.

 Alleviates Fear

With a postcode lookup service, you can reduce this fear; an address lookup service helps give your business legitimacy and helps potential customers know that you are credible when you are using a trusted Royal Mail address database!

Builds Trust

It is pivotal to build bridges with potential customers by letting them know you care about their buying experience, and an address lookup is a great way of doing that.

When a customer sees that you can access their address from a database, they can trust that the delivery process is a legitimate one and that their package will reach them without complications.