Really feel sorry for al those who could possibly lose their jobs :( The company's online parcel tracking system and helpline telephone numbers remain open to enable fulfilment of existing orders
More than 2,700 jobs are at risk over the festive period after one of the UK's biggest parcel delivery services companies collapsed into administration.
Sky News has learnt that City Link, which has been a perennial loss-maker, called in the professional services firm EY on Christmas Eve and immediately ceased accepting parcels from customers.
A public statement confirming the move is expected to be circulated on Friday.
The news comes at the start of what is expected to be a frenetic period for retailers, with many chains beginning their Boxing Day sales online 24 hours earlier.
City Link, which is owned by the investment firm headed by Jon Moulton, the veteran venture capitalist, is understood to count John Lewis among its largest clients.
It is unclear whether John Lewis, which could not be reached for comment, has put in place contingency plans to deal with City Link's collapse.
In a statement issued to Sky News, EY confirmed its appointment, saying it had put in place the ban on accepting new parcels at its Coventry head office, three other transport hubs and 53 depots across the UK.
"The company has entered administration as a result of continued substantial losses and is unable to continue accepting new parcels due to the further losses it would incur," it said.
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Update 31st Jan
CITY LINK UPDATE Via Parcel2go
As you may be aware City Link recently went into administration and as a result of this some parcels are currently in City Link depots awaiting collection. Also there are some limited numbers of InPost parcels in lockers as City Link was the carrier they used.
InPost are making arrangements to have parcels currently held in lockers collected and forwarded onto the original recipient and they will also have a new carrier so that normal service can resume.
In terms of City Link or InPost parcels currently held in City Link depots, we are making every effort to locate and deliver all parcels currently in their network and will be updating customers as soon as further information is available. Once your parcel has been located we will again contact you with further information on when this will be delivered.
In the event that your parcel is at the depot and you would like to collect it, please contact our live help for further advice how to locate the depot.
Should you be unable to attend the delivery depot, we will be in touch with you again in the next day or two with further information. Naturally, we sincerely apologise for the impact that this unexpected development is having. Please be assured we will be monitoring all parcels within the City Link network and continue to do so until such time as all items are located and delivered.
Thanks for your understanding.
A parcel delivery company is north Wales could offer a life line to former City Link staff.
Bosses at Delsol, which has centres in Caernarfon and Flintshire, have already employed a manager from City Link's depot at Gaerwen, on Anglesey, and hope to speak to others in the new year.
Around 80 people in Wales are facing redundancy after City Link collapsed on Christmas Eve.
Staffordshire-based APC Overnight will give priority to former City Link staff when filling vacancies at its national sorting centre in Cannock - and says more positions could be offered across the UK.
APC Overnight says it will make up to 100 jobs available to workers made redundant by City Link. Chief executive Karl Brown also said more posts may be made available at 115 other APC depots throughout the UK.
He said: ‘This is an extremely difficult time for City Link staff members and their families.
‘Following discussions with board members, we’ve made the decision to prioritise City Link staff for the job vacancies we currently have on offer.