If your business needs to send documents, packages or many other types of goods more quickly than the mail service, then courier services are an attractive alternative. Fortunately, there is no shortage of reputable courier services that span the entire globe—including industry giants like UPS, FedEx, DHL, TNT, and Aramex, as well as local companies like Monarch Transport in Glasgow.
There are also local couriers that deliver documents by bicycle, or parcels by automobile or van.
Selecting Courier Services
The most important thing to keep in mind when selecting a courier service is whether the courier will meet your expectations and needs—in terms of price, reliability, and the safety and integrity of the goods you are shipping. While courier services are more expensive than mail, their services and features are much more extensive, such as parcel tracking, pickup at your location and many others.
But it is important to keep in mind that, in many cases, you may be handing over valuable materials into a stranger’s hands. Do you really trust the courier service to deliver your parcel on time and undamaged? It is important to use a reputable courier and do as much research on them as possible.
Reducing the Cost of Courier Services for SMEs
Many corporation need to send thousands of parcels a week, and the large courier services are expressly designed to cater to this category of customer. These corporations have B2B accounts with the courier service and get discounts on rates that are not available to the general public or to SMEs. Even to set up an account with a courier services an be a cumbersome and complex process for a small business on a tight budget.
Using a Reseller to Cut costs
Small and medium companies can use a reseller service that holds an account with the courier companies. Resellers get great rates from the courier companies because they aggregate all of their small customer shipments, enabling them to ship enough volume to get a discount from the courier service.
The convenience and cost reduction of using a reseller are a real boon to SMEs. You can choose any number of courier companies that they work with to send your documents or parcels. The parcels are collected from your door by the courier service of your choice—another great time-saving feature that is not available to anyone other than courier service account-holders.
Another great benefit is the time savings of not having to manually input delivery details for each parcel—once you sign up with a reseller, this is all completed for you automatically for every parcel you send.