For businesses and individuals alike, posting large packages can be a daunting and confusing task. Determining whether to send by post or courier, standard delivery or large parcel delivery, timelines and packing techniques are all things which must be considered. Here we will look at three simple tips which will help you to navigate the myriad of parcel delivery options.
Will your potential courier collect?
Will your courier come to your home or office to collect your package, or will you need to drop it off yourself? Collection of large items can prove invaluable for time-saving, and can also offer the opportunity for the courier to check that the dimensions of the package are correct.
As explained by DHL, the weight of a parcel is often calculated using ‘volumetic weight’, which is based on the length, height and width of a package as well as its weight, which may be greater than the actual weight of the package. Essentially, the cost of a shipment is based on the amount of room the package will take up on the truck or aircraft, rather than on the actual weight.
How quickly do you need delivery?
Most standard delivery options take 2-3 days to arrive, but couriers such as http://allaboutfreight.co.uk/same-day-courier-service/ offer different services to meet different needs. Perishable goods, for example, may require a quicker delivery time and so most couriers offer services such as Same Day Courier Service, or Next Day Delivery at 9am, 10am, noon or 4pm. The faster the service, the more premium the price, so it is important to weigh up your needs against the incremental cost.
Ensure your parcel is adequately packaged
Ensuring that your parcel is securely packaged is of paramount importance to avoid breakages so firstly, choose a suitable box. Boxes are severely weakened with each use, so we would recommend using a new double lined box each time, and not overfilling the box. Then, fill the bottom of the box with packaging material, and then place your item inside the box taking care to try to suspend it so that it is not touching the actual box walls. Finally, close the box and ensure that you use plenty of good quality packaging tape around all the joints, flaps and corners of the box to strengthen the package.