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What Is A Courier Service?

For those who have only ever sent documents or parcels through the traditional postal system, did you know there is in fact another way? Couriers arrive at the address the consignment is located at and deliver the item in person to the address where you need it to go, whether this is locally, across the country or even internationally. 

As couriers ourselves, we know the importance of having your item delivered safely, securely and without delay. But if you’re new to the service, or if you’re looking for a more efficient way to send items as an individual or a business, here’s what you need to know. 

How A Courier Service Works

Step 1: Enter the collection postcode of the item you’d like us to pick up.

Step 2: Let us know the postcode of where you’d like the item to be delivered.

Step 3: Select whether you require the item to be collected and delivered ASAP, or if you simply want to pre-book a general collection.

Step 4: Select the van size you require for your item.

Step 5: Submit your request, and we’ll get straight back to you with a confirmation. 

Step 6: Your item will be picked up by our team at the agreed time and delivered to the recipient address.

Types Of Courier Services

Why Use A Courier Service?

Some items require a little more care and attention when being moved between locations than others. This can include fragile items, legal documents, heavy musical instruments and anything in between. Not only may the items be difficult to physically transport to the post office, but you may also want someone to keep an eye on them throughout their journey. 

Couriers are the right people for the job, as they’ll come to you, safely load your item onto the vehicle and deliver it where it’s supposed to be within a pre-agreed timeframe. 

We can’t speak for every courier service in the land, but at Nationwide Couriers, we have vehicles dotted across the UK at any one time, meaning if you request a pick-up we’ll be right on the case. You can also let us know whether the item needs delivering urgently, or if you’re in no real hurry. This puts you back in control of your delivery.

If you want to know more about which option to choose or even the whereabouts of your delivery you can even call us up via our UK based call centre. All of which offers peace of mind versus placing something in a postbox (if it will even fit!) and hoping for the best, wouldn’t you agree? 

Courier Service Same Day

In a hurry? Not to worry! Most couriers including ourselves here at Nationwide Couriers offer a same day courier service. As the name suggests, this means we will deliver your item on the same day we pick it up from you. 

There are a wide variety of reasons why same day couriers are needed. For instance, the transportation of legal documents or if parts are needed to complete repairs on the likes of cars or boilers. Some customers may have also left keys or passports behind when moving, and so these items are needed urgently. 

However, the service also exists for anyone who simply doesn’t want to wait to have their item arrive. With the postal system sometimes taking days to deliver your items, we don’t blame you! To make the process even more stress-free, all of our delivery options including same day can be tracked, so you’ll always be kept in the loop. 

Courier Services Near Me

Nationwide Couriers have a network of over 2,500 delivery drivers, meaning we can always get your items where they need to be.

We have locations in Northampton, London, Manchester, Stoke-on-Trent, and many more!

All we need is your postcode and the delivery postcode to get started. From there, you can select whether you need the item ASAP or whether you’d simply like to pre-book a delivery. 

We’ll then give you available vehicle options, along with a price and time frame quotation.

Take a look at our service and get in touch on 0115 9865276 if you have any questions. Or scroll to the top of the page to access our free instant quotation service.

How Retailers Can Cope With The Upcoming Peak Season

Ecommerce sales have risen sharply in recent years, and are set to be worth 6.3 trillion US dollars globally by 2024. While there’s such a thing as click and collect, the vast majority of items people order online will be sent through the post, whether that’s locally or internationally through airfreight.

If the growing ecommerce trend wasn’t enough for online retailers to try and keep up with, peak season which runs from October to January each year can also bring its fair share of challenges.

Specifically, we’re talking about Black Friday, Cyber Monday, the run-up to Christmas and then the Boxing Day sales. Plus, any other sales or promotions you decide to hold that will require all hands on deck to get everything shipped out promptly to your customers.

Here are our top tips on how to ensure everything runs smoothly for your ecommerce business during peak season.

Plan Ahead

Any existing business should use previous experiences of the peak season to their advantage by planning ahead ideally weeks if not months in advance. 

Steps you may need to take include:

  • Ensuring your website can handle a sudden surge in extra traffic (you may need to purchase more bandwidth if you’ve suffered any previous outages/gateway timeouts)
  • Hire extra staff to help manage an influx of orders and minimise staff holidays during this time for smaller businesses
  • Reduce gift wrapping services or any other non-essential time consuming process especially for Black Friday/Cyber Monday
  • Stagger promotions so that orders have enough time to be processed
  • Warn customers ahead of time that there may be delays in sending out their orders due to high demand
  • Avoid adding any new lines of stock that will only add to your workload, especially as non-sale customers may expect a faster delivery even during peak season 

Get A Reliable Courier On Your Side

Trying to navigate peak season is challenging enough without having an unreliable courier service to deal with. After all, even if you do your utmost to dispatch items quickly, problems with the delivery will ultimately reflect badly on your company. It will also create further admin not to mention stress for your business at the busiest time of the year.

If you’ve previously had an unsatisfactory experience with a courier delivery, and things don’t seem to be improving, now is the time to head elsewhere. Of course, couriers also have their busy seasons, which is why an efficient approach from your business will make all the difference. 

Things to look out for when choosing a courier include:

  • A UK based call centre so you can speak to an actual human during office hours
  • Tracking as standard to keep both you and your customers in the loop about the status of their delivery
  • Options to have a same day or next day delivery for any items that cannot wait 
  • Locations across the country so a vehicle is always nearby to pick up and transport orders
  • Open 365 days a year, meaning less likely to encounter delays with the Boxing Day sales
  • A secure warehouse to store customer orders in while in transit
  • Excellent customer service (nobody needs their fine china hauled over a fence, even if they did get it in the sale!) 

Psst: All of the above is what we offer our clients here at Nationwide Couriers! 

UK Courier Service For Retailers

At the time of reading this post, it may be some time until peak season kicks in, or you may be in the thick of it. Either way, as well as making your operations as streamlined as possible, you also need a reliable courier on your side to cope with current or future demand.

Luckily you’re in the right place for that, as here at Nationwide Couriers we offer a same day courier service for the retail industry. We have a network of over 2,500 delivery drivers, meaning we can always get your items where they need to be.

We have locations in Birmingham, Northampton, Nottingham, Leeds, London, Manchester, Stoke-on-Trent, and many more!

All we need is your postcode and the delivery postcode to get started. From there, you can select whether you need the item ASAP or whether you’d simply like to pre-book a delivery. We’ll then give you available vehicle options, along with a price and time frame quotation.

Take a look at our service and get in touch on 0115 9865276 if you have any questions. Or scroll to the top of the page to access our free instant quotation service.

How To Achieve Sustainable Packaging For The Future

How To Achieve Sustainable Packaging For The Future

Climate change is increasingly moving to the forefront of all our minds. Tackling the issues is going to take a broad effort from each of us in the packaging world, whether you happen to own a business or if you are a regular individual posting an item to a friend.

While sending and receiving parcels might not be in the same league as some of the other climate offenders, the reality is every action we take that requires energy and resources needs to be considered to ensure we are all being as least wasteful as possible.

So whether you’re looking to improve your current business energy performance, or simply wanting to do your bit for the environment, here are some top tips to consider where sustainable packaging is considered.

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Recyclable Materials

Ideally, all packaging you use should be easy to recycle. Otherwise, the recipient will have no other choice than to place the item in the bin. Sadly, we’re still seeing far too much plastic being used, as well as materials that just aren’t practical to be recycled. Such materials take hundreds of years to decompose if at all, so now is the time to end this wasteful practice for good.

One example is a well known beauty brand that mails its cosmetics in a bag full of sequins which are made of plastic. While opening the parcel may look dazzling initially, what happens to the sequins after that? Their tiny size makes them impractical to recycle, and so while they may seem small and innocent, the billions (if not trillions) of them that exist around the world will never be repurposed.

Instead, companies and individuals alike need to consider the end life of the packaging they are using. After all, if you have no idea how the material would be recycled, don’t expect your recipient to know either.

Eco-Friendly Product Sourcing

Items such as cardboard and paper are made from trees, and the fewer trees we have on the planet, the less carbon dioxide can be reduced. Many packaging, as well as greetings cards manufacturers, have a sustainability policy in place where their tree consumption is concerned. This means they either use recycled materials, part recycled materials, or replace the trees they need to cut down with new ones.

Sellotape is another thorny issue here since like sequins it’s practically impossible to recycle. However, it’s now possible to purchase Zero Plastic Sellotape which has been made entirely from plants. So instead of taking years to break down in a landfill, it is much easier to biodegrade and best of all… it contains no plastic!

Carbon Neutral Delivery Vehicles

Let’s not forget that how we transport our items also must change in the future too. Diesel vehicles are already being phased out, with electric vehicles set to take over in 2030 onwards. So in the future, sending parcels and even regular mail will take less toll on the environment.

As a UK courier service ourselves, we welcome such measures as they will allow us to do our job without adding more emissions to the planet. For our business clients especially, we know you’ll also welcome every step you can take to lessen your impact on the environment.

Courier Service UK

Are you in search of a reliable, UK based courier Service? Nationwide Couriers have a network of over 2,500 delivery drivers, meaning we can always get your items where they need to be.

We have locations in Manchester, Stoke-on-Trent, Northampton and many more!

All we need is your postcode and the delivery postcode to get started.

From there, you can select whether you need the item ASAP or whether you’d simply like to pre-book a delivery. We’ll then give you available vehicle options, along with a price and time frame quotation.

Take a look at our service and get in touch on 0115 9865276 if you have any questions. Or scroll to the top of the page to access our free instant quotation service.

 

The Difference Between Freight And Cargo

The Difference Between Freight And Cargo

If you’re just starting out in the export business, or if you are looking to send a parcel overseas, you’ll notice there are a lot of terms to get to grips within the courier industry. Two of the most common ones are freight and cargo.

Both of these terms often get used interchangeably, though there are clear differences between each. In today’s post, we’ll be explaining the differences between freight and cargo to guide you.

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What Is Freight?

Freight has several meanings attached to it, depending on what sector of the transport or courier industry is involved. Typically, freight refers to commercial goods that are transported by train or a vehicle such as a haulage truck. For example, if you were in the entertainment industry and needed sound equipment transporting around the country via a large truck, this would be classed as freight.

However, you may have noticed when posting an item overseas that it is classed as ‘air freight’. That’s because freight also refers to cargo that is transported via a vehicle, train, plane or ship.

Therefore, the term freight can refer to products or merchandise when sending the item via truck, as well as the money charged when sending via air. Hence, it can be a little confusing to distinguish.

What Is Cargo?

Cargo is the term used for goods transported by ship or air. In addition, there are cargo ships that specifically transport cargo in large containers across the globe, making it much easier to distinguish cargo from regular freight. Usually, the shipments are much larger in size, with a good example being the manufacturing of goods being sent over from other countries.

When cargo is transported via air, it can either be flown on a plane that has been designated as a cargo plane, in which case it has no passenger seating or windows along the side of the aircraft, as the entire space is designated for transporting goods. A good example is a mail service such as DHL or FedEx, which regularly fly cargo planes across the world.

Alternatively, cargo can be flown in the undercarriage of an aircraft on a passenger plane. The sections are divided to contain a mix of both passenger luggage and cargo. The cargo itself can be passenger luggage (i.e for larger items such as cars or horses), or be commercial cargo such as fresh food that is being imported from one country to another.

UK Courier Service

If you’d like further information about the differences between freight and cargo we’re here to help. In addition, as a courier service ourselves, we are able to transport your items for you covering a range of different services as listed above.

We have locations in Nottingham, Derbyshire, Leeds, Birmingham and London.

All we need is your postcode and the delivery postcode to get started. From there, you can select whether you need the item ASAP or whether you’d simply like to pre-book a delivery. We’ll then give you available vehicle options, along with a price and time frame quotation.

Take a look at our service and get in touch on 0115 9865276 if you have any questions. Or scroll to the top of the page to access our free instant quotation service.

 

Courier Packaging And Parcel Guide

Courier Packaging And Parcel Guide

As couriers, our intention is to get your item wherever it needs to be as quickly and as safely as possible. While we can certainly help with ‘wherever it needs to be’ and ‘quickly’ aspects of delivery, the ‘safely’ aspect is down to how well the item has been packaged by the sender – aka you.

We totally understand that sending parcels that may be bulky or fragile might not be easy to get right. That said, unless the items are packaged correctly they may not reach their destination in one piece. In some cases, we may not be able to accept the item if we feel that the packaging won’t hold up during its journey.

So that you have the best possible experience with your courier here is an overview of how to pack your items.

Inner Packaging

You should expect items to move during transit, which is why it’s important to individually wrap each item within the parcel. Use bubble wrap and parcel tape for the job, paying special attention to sharp edges that may require several layers of bubble wrap.

The aim is to remove the risk of vibration or knocks by cushioning the items. If individual wrapping is not suitable, then it’s sometimes possible to use polystyrene packing chips. The space between the item and the box should be filled with packing material to prevent movement.

Before you submit your item check that when you move or tilt the parcel the items are not knocking against either other and that they remain secure within their individual packaging.

Good examples of inner packaging:

  • Bubblewrap (check which grade would be suitable)
  • Polystyrene surrounds and ends (for furniture or electrical items)
  • Moulded foam
  • Polystyrene packing chips

Bad examples of inner packaging:

  • Bin liners
  • Paper
  • Wood shavings

External Packaging

The external packaging is the first line of defence against vibrations, knocks, bumps, drops etc. Therefore, the material you use needs to be able to withstand the journey without risk of damage, falling apart etc.

Most parcels are sent using a cardboard box. The box should fit the item it is transporting with enough room for padding. While we would always encourage you to recycle your cardboard, be aware that once a cardboard box has gone through the postal network (especially if transporting heavy or bulky goods) then it should not be sent through again. Poor quality cardboard that has been damaged by weight, transit or weakened through aggressive opening methods will do little to protect your item.

If a cardboard box is suitable to be reused (for example, if it was part of internal packaging and is showing no signs of damage) then all previous postage stickers must be removed. There have been cases with other couriers where old cardboard boxes with hazardous warning stickers haven’t been removed, and the item has been held up – despite the fact the item was perfectly safe.

Good examples of external packaging:

  • High-quality cardboard box
  • Fiberboard box
  • Plastic box
  • Metal crate
  • Wooden crate

Bad examples of external packaging:

  • Bubble wrap
  • Shrinkwrap
  • Bin liners/plastic sheeting
  • Any box that cannot be sealed shut

Important points to note

  • Make sure each item is clearly labelled including the return to sender information. Use the right pen for the job so that the details cannot smudge.
  • Do not strap multiple items together as this may cause damage in transit.
  • Musical instruments must be placed in a hard case that is specifically designed for the shape and dimensions of the instrument.
  • Powders or liquids must be placed in a leak-proof container.
  • Use the original manufacturer’s packaging (including internal packaging) for electrical items wherever possible.
  • Always ensure parcels containing documents are not only securely packaged but well sealed.
  • Take a look at our page on what can’t be transported by a courier so that your item isn’t subject to refusal or delays.

Need More Help?

It can be a challenge to understand how to pack every type of item correctly since no two courier jobs are the same. If you need any further assistance with anything we’ve mentioned above, or if you are ready to book a courier service we’re here to help.

Nationwide Couriers has locations in Nottingham, Derbyshire, Leeds, Birmingham and London offering same-day nationwide delivery.

Take a look at our service and get in touch on 0115 9865276 if you have any questions or scroll to the top to access our free instant quotation service.

 

Will Electric Vehicles Become The Future Of Courier Transportation?

Will Electric Vehicles Become The Future Of Courier Transportation?

With a ban on diesel vans coming in 2030, attention has naturally turned to alternate methods of powering our vehicles. This namely includes electric vehicles (because a horse and cart just won’t cut it…), which thanks to Elon Musk have gained huge notoriety in recent years.

The switch from fossil fuels to electricity is a needed change, but one which is set to dramatically shake up various industries, not least distribution. The question is, are electric vehicles truly the future of courier transportation?

Here are our thoughts based on the needs of the customer versus the current technology available.

Top Aspects All Courier Vehicles Must Have

  • Reliability
  • Ease of use
  • Ability to carry heavy loads
  • Professional aesthetic
  • Cost-effective for businesses

Electric Vehicles: An Overview

Compared with fossil fuels, it’s much better to generate electricity using natural means as it’s far better for the planet. Renewable energy which is created by the likes of solar panels and wind turbines currently powers 40.2% of the current UK electricity demand. As traditional vehicles contribute towards pollution, it makes sense that greener alternatives need to be developed.

Electric vehicles work much the same as traditional ones. However, instead of heading to a fueling station, users need to find an electric charging point instead. The technology needed for an electric vehicle to work makes them far more costly than traditional vehicles.

As of now, electric vehicles are on the market but mostly in a consumer capacity rather than for business use. However, several companies including Tesla and Volvo currently have electric lorries in development.

What About Charging Points For Electric Vehicles?

At present, electric vehicle drivers in the UK are never more than 25 miles away from a charging point. In fact, there are now more electric charging points (35,000) than petrol stations (8,380). That said, it really does depend on the location of the charging points, particularly on key arterial routes couriers are likely to use.

If a vehicle runs out of juice during a jam-packed schedule, this could spell disaster, especially in the courier industry where speed is of the essence. This would certainly be our main concern since unlike with fuel, you can’t carry a jerry can of electricity in the back to get you to the nearest charging point!

The Verdict

Every company has a responsibility to reduce its carbon emissions as much as possible. But in order for that to work where transportation businesses are concerned, it’s imperative the product replacing the current system works effectively. Otherwise, it could have huge knock-on effects for customers and ultimately businesses too.

With so much disruption from other global events and changes to how we trade with Europe, an inefficient fueling system for couriers and other transportation industries such as hauliers just won’t do.

Luckily, we do have time before the changes will fully implement. So we’d like to see electric vehicles for larger vehicles fully road-tested before they become the sole option for businesses.

UK Courier Service

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Are you in search of a reliable UK courier service? Nationwide Courier Service offers a local same-day courier service. We have locations in Nottingham, Derbyshire, Leeds, Birmingham and London.

Simply tell us your postcode and the postcode of where you’d like your item delivered to. From there, you can select whether you need the item ASAP or whether you’d simply like to pre-book a delivery. We’ll then give you available vehicle options, along with a price and time frame quotation.

Take a look at our service and get in touch on 0115 9865276 if you have any questions. Or scroll to the top of the page to access our free instant quotation service.

 

Why Fleet Management & Maintenance Is Important For A Courier

Why Fleet Management & Maintenance Is Important For A Courier

If you’ve ever used a parcel tracker to see where your delivery is at, you might just be surprised to see how long the queue is – especially when your item is delivered on time! ‘How on Earth do they manage it?’ you’re probably thinking to yourself.

Well, the amazing machine that is a courier delivery service all boils down to a methodical chain of events that starts with processing your order, collecting it, transporting it and then delivering it to your chosen location.

As you might expect with a courier business, having our vehicles up and running is crucial to the whole operation. But with so much demand not to mention so many steps involved, it requires every member of the team to be on the ball at all times.

Fleet management and maintenance is just one of the many cogs that quite literally keep the wheels turning. Here’s why this particular aspect is important both from a business standpoint and more importantly for our customers.

Safety First

Every business has a responsibility to ensure its products and services do not endanger anyone else. In the case of a courier service, this means the vehicles need to be in a roadworthy condition at all times.

Regular vehicle inspections are also important for insurance purposes. Aside from general claims, sadly insurance scams continue to plague the industry. All of which can have a devastating financial impact on the company, depending on the size of the business and the severity of the claim. However, if the company can prove they take the utmost care of their fleet it can help protect the business against such hassles.

As with any business, when health and safety is at the forefront of what you do, this helps make everything run smoothly because every box has been ticked. We also think it’s better for employee satisfaction too, as when the vans are up and running and free from any issues, our team can get on and do their job as intended.

Downtime Is Expensive

Similar to a restaurant not being able to serve food, or a football player who has broken their leg…you can only earn money if your business is fully operational. When a delivery van is out of service, this doesn’t just affect the customers on the day, but it can have a serious knock-on effect for future deliveries too.

The name of the game with a courier service is reliability, which simply can’t happen if there’s no mode of transport to get the items from A to B. Independent couriers (particularly those who are self-employed) will be the hardest hit, especially if they do not own a replacement vehicle.

But when you look after your fleet, any issues can be nipped in the bud before they have a chance to disrupt your whole business operation or worse still create a safety risk.

Better Customer Service

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Cutting corners always comes back to bite you in some form or another. In the case of courier fleet management, what ‘might’ have seemed like saving or time or money by not looking after your fleet, will cost you far more in the long run due to lost revenue.

Your customers aren’t going to be best pleased that their order was delayed or didn’t show up at all. If the problem is so bad you’ve had to halt new bookings, your customers will head to a competitor instead, and who could blame them?

It costs approximately 5x the amount to attract new customers versus retaining your current ones. Therefore, making your customers happy by constantly providing a reliable service is of the utmost importance.

Book A Courier Collection UK

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Nationwide Courier Service offers a local same day courier service. We have locations in Nottingham, Derbyshire, Leeds, Birmingham and London.

All we need is your postcode and the delivery postcode to get started. From there, you can select whether you need the item ASAP or whether you’d simply like to pre-book a delivery. We’ll then give you available vehicle options, along with a price and time frame quotation.

Take a look at our service and get in touch on 0115 9865276 if you have any questions. Or scroll to the top of the page to access our free instant quotation service.

Why Couriers Are A Key Part Of A Scalable Ecommerce 

Why Couriers Are A Key Part Of A Scalable Ecommerce

As an ecommerce business owner, you naturally want to put every effort into your customer journey. You’ve likely spent hours uploading images, writing copy for your website and of course perfecting your product offering. But when the product leaves your premises and makes its way to your customer, this last but crucial segment is out of your hands.

Instead, you trust a third party to deliver the item promptly and in good condition. To ensure customer satisfaction, it’s essential that the delivery of the item is not an afterthought.

While you have several delivery options at your disposal, couriers are one of the most popular choices for ecommerce businesses. If you’re looking to scale your business, then here’s why it pays to trust the experts in all things deliveries for the job.

Ecommerce Stats

  • Ecommerce sales are generating 693bn a year in the UK – Statista
  • Ecommerce sales grew by 27.6% in 2020 despite the challenges of the year – emarketer
  • The average items per order for online shopping increased by 60% during Covid – Webinterpret
  • Ecommerce is predicted to account for half of all online revenue by 2025 – edesk
  • By 2040, 95% of all purchases will be via ecommerce – 99 Firms

How Do Couriers Work?

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To use a courier service, you simply need to visit the website of the courier provider and book a collection. By providing your postcode and details of the delivery, the courier service will give you options in terms of the vehicle size, possible collection and delivery times, along with flexible pricing options.

The courier will pick the item up from your location and deliver it to the recipient, keeping them and you informed of its progress. All couriers are different, but with Nationwide Couriers, we offer a same day, 24/7 service.

Compared with delivering the item yourself which isn’t always practical, a courier service is much less hassle. You don’t even need to transport the item to a collection hub yourself as you would with the postal service, since the courier picks the item up for you. Couriers can deliver in the UK as well as internationally, depending on the company.

Couriers And Ecommerce

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Couriers are a familiar sight on residential streets across the UK. The upwards trend for online shopping is creating a soaring demand for the delivery of parcels. But as you’ll know, it’s not enough to just send a parcel on its way and hope for the best. Customers want to know how much the delivery will cost, how long it will take, and at which point in the day their parcel is due to arrive.

Couriers can tick every such box, since delivering parcels is what we do. Whether your parcels are small and dainty or large and mighty, their journey from A to B will get the same level of attention. That means, your customer’s orders won’t be lost in the postal network or left sitting in a warehouse for days on end. They will arrive in the time quoted, and you’ll know before you book what that timeframe will be so you can keep your customer informed.

When it comes to scaling your business, that sense of reliability cannot be underestimated. After all, if the customer’s item doesn’t show up, is delivered to the wrong address or is damaged in transit – who are they going to want answers from? That would be you.

Therefore, the courier service is a direct reflection of your business, and your customers are counting on you to choose an option that can keep up with increasing demand. So make sure it’s a company you can trust!

Courier For Ecommerce Business

If you want to start an ecommerce business or grow an existing one, then having a smooth operation at every link in the consumer chain is essential.

Are you in need of a courier service you can rely on? Here at Nationwide Courier Service, we offer a local same day courier service. We have locations in Nottingham, Derbyshire, Leeds, Birmingham and London.

All we need is your postcode and the delivery postcode to get started. From there, you can select whether you need the item ASAP or whether you’d simply like to pre-book a delivery. We’ll then give you available vehicle options, along with a price and a time frame quotation.

Take a look at our service and get in touch on 0115 9865276 if you have any questions. Or scroll to the top of the page to access our free instant quotation service.

 

Couriers vs Standard Mail

Couriers vs Standard Mail

When you have a parcel or an important document that needs sending, you might be wondering whether a courier or the standard postal service will best fit your requirements. Both will get your item there but in different ways. Therefore, one option may be far suited to your needs.

Here is an overview of the hotly debated couriers vs standard mail topic, to help you make an informed choice.

The Pick-Up And Drop Off Process

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If delivering your item was so easy you could do it in person, you’d do so right? But this just isn’t the case for items which are large or bulky, or if you simply lack the time to make the delivery. Yet with the regular postal service, this is exactly what you have to do, at least for the first part of your item’s journey anyway.

As you may be aware, the number of post offices in the UK has severely declined in recent decades. This means you may not live near a post office at all, and even if you do the service isn’t 24/7 which isn’t ideal if you’re at work during the day, and don’t have time to get your item posted.

But with a courier, we’ll come to you and take care of the rest. We’ll tell you when the item is expected to be picked up and delivered, so you’re kept in the loop. Whether your item is urgent or a regular delivery, there’s no such thing as waiting and hoping for the best. Plus if the item is heavy or awkwardly shaped, you don’t have to strain yourself trying to lug it to a post office.

Delivery Time

Couriers vs Standard Mail

Have you ever had the jokey conversation with your family on your birthday, when despite them all posting your card on the same day, they each arrived at various points in the week? This isn’t frustrating, but imagine if the item was an important document your client needed, or a spare part to make your car work?

The postal service does allow you to select between different postage classes, though cannot give a specific guarantee when it will get there. At best, all you get is ‘proof of postage’. Even first-class can’t always guarantee speedy delivery. If the item is being sent abroad, it can take weeks before it reaches the recipient.

Then there are times when the postal system gets overloaded, and every delivery type gets severely delayed. We know our posties try their best whatever the circumstances. But such a large volume of post to get through, your item takes far less priority than if it was in the hands of an independent courier service.

Pricing

There isn’t much competitive pricing where the post office is concerned, nor do you ever see any special deals. That’s because there isn’t competition like with a courier. So whether you’re a loyal user of the postal service or only use it once a year – there is no flexibility on price, unless you choose a faster or slower delivery time.

As a business especially, the ability to cut costs without losing out on quality matters. Couriers get this better than anyone, seen as they too are a business. Pricing isn’t just competitive but upfront, and often there’s a larger scope for each price bracket depending on weight with a courier.

Whereas if you’re 1 gram over with the postal service, the price dramatically hikes up. This is something that only becomes apparent once you’re at the post office, with a big queue behind you. We know which method favours businesses and everyday customers more.

To Sum Up

There’s no doubt that both the standard mail services and couriers have their advantages, which could make you more likely to choose one over the other. However, when it comes to convenience, competitive pricing and flexibility including same day delivery options, couriers by far tick the most boxes.

Are you in need of a courier service you can rely on? Here at Nationwide Courier Service, we offer a local same day courier service. We have locations in Nottingham, Derbyshire, Leeds, Birmingham and London.

All we need is your postcode and the delivery postcode to get started. From there, you can select whether you need the item ASAP or whether you’d simply like to pre-book a delivery. We’ll then give you available vehicle options, along with a price and a time frame quotation.

Take a look at our service and get in touch on 0115 9865276 if you have any questions. Or scroll to the top of the page to access our free instant quotation service.

Why You Should Use A Local Same Day Courier Service

Why You Should Use A Local Same Day Courier Service

Not all items are suitable for delivery via the regular postal service. The items could be awkwardly sized or heavy therefore you can’t take them to the post office yourself. Or, the items could be of high value or even confidential documents, and so you don’t want them going through too many hands. Instead, you want the item to be delivered on the same day while being able to track every stage of its process. 

If any of the above sounds familiar, then you’d likely benefit from a local same day courier service. Here’s an overview of the service to guide you. 

Local Knowledge

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Like with any local service you employ, if the team is from the area, then they will have excellent local knowledge. This makes all the difference especially when time is of the essence. They’ll know the best routes to take to get your parcel on its way in no time. 

But more than that, compared with a national chain who aren’t familiar with your area, local couriers don’t have far to travel to reach you, which will already give your parcel a head start. On the flip side, if the company has to travel from another part of the country, even the slightest delay could have a huge knock-on effect on whether your parcel is delivered on time or not. 

Couriers who aren’t local may also prioritise deliveries based on location. So if you’re furthest away on their list, your parcel will be the last to be picked up and then delivered. Or, they may even decide they can’t offer you a same day service because you’re too far away. There’s no such issue with a local courier, because even if you are furthest away – you’re still in close proximity.

Same Day Vs Regular Courier Service

 

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Local couriers can offer you a regular service that will pick up and deliver your goods within a few days. However, you can also opt for a same day service instead which will typically cost slightly more to get your item there within hours (a time estimation will always be given before you book).

The choice you make is up to you, but it’s always great to know that you can call on couriers to take care of the pickup and delivery there and then. Common examples of why you’d opt for a same day courier service include documents that need to be signed and returned. Or even parts that need to be delivered for a construction project. If the item just can’t wait, then why should you have to wait? 

After all, sometimes, what you need delivering is urgent and can’t always be planned for in advance. Same day couriers will take care of it for you, and relieve the stress in the process. Job done! 

What Are The Benefits Of A Same Day Courier Service?

  • Online quote given in seconds
  • Confirmation within minutes
  • Collection within 30-60 minutes
  • Real time updates for you to track progress
  • Electronic proof of delivery
  • Zero hassle

How To Get Your Parcel Delivered Fast – Local Same Day Courier Service

In a hurry? Not to worry! Here at Nationwide Courier Service, we offer a local same day courier service. We have locations in Nottingham, Derbyshire, Leeds, Birmingham and London.

All we need is your postcode and the delivery postcode to get started. From there, you can select whether you need the item ASAP or whether you’d simply like to pre-book a delivery. We’ll then give you available vehicle options, along with a price and time frame quotation.

Take a look at our service and get in touch on 0115 9865276 if you have any questions. Or scroll to the top of the page to access our free instant quotation service.

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