In some aspect of life you will need a courier service provider to deliver your package. If you are an individual then you might need it occasionally, but if you belong to a Business or Organization, you will need it more frequently. And here in this Article, I will discuss 8 Essential steps which will help you to choose a good Courier Service Provider in your budget. So let’s get start it.
Know Your Product Type: Before you hire a courier service provider, you should consider on the category of product you want to parcel. It may be Document or Confidential Document; Solid Product or Fragile Product; Temperature affected product or not; and light weighed or Heavy one? Once you have categorized your product, move on next step.
Parcel for Local territories or Global: For a parcel which is intended for local area, you really don’t need to find a global courier service provider instead parcel it by your own or if really needed use “a local courier service provider, experts in local courier deliveries with a staff which only deals in local parcels.” They have their own delivery persons’ network with their own different types of vehicles for every need and that is why you can expect same-day and on-time delivery. And if you want to parcel your stuff to another country then and only then go for a global courier service provider to remove the burden on your head about customs and security checks. Also if you are moving to other country then it would be perfect to parcel your heavy luggage through global courier service provider, rather than take it with you on journey day, can create unexpected trouble at security checks and extreme luggage fares at Airport.
Some Countries also provide Railway cargo service (Railway Freight Service) to deliver your stuff to another state and it may be cheap as compare to road cargo and flight cargo service; and that service is ascertain by some courier service providers, which you can avail for your parcel. The benefit to availing this service at courier service provider is that “you don’t have to go on Railway Station by yourself and find out several relative persons for your parcel at their Cabin”, service provider will take this trouble for you and also company’s delivery boy will take the parcel from your door and deliver it to the recipient’s door as well as recipient can take parcel from warehouse of company, if somehow, delivery person couldn’t deliver the parcel due to any valid reason.
Find Courier Service Provider: On Internet you will find many Courier Service Providers and before choosing any, consider above two mentioned points: (i) Product Type and (ii) destination for the parcel – local, Interstate or Global. Once you have identified the answers of those two questions, start the process of searching a Courier Service Provider. Surf with the keywords, you have found from the above two points; and go through the links provided by the search engine and match them with your requirement. Once you find Service providers move to upcoming points.
Courier Service Provider’s Reputation among the Customers: Either you are an Individual or an Organization; you will need Courier service at some time in your life span. And “Mutual References” seem best in this scenario. More on that you have several options where you can find courier service provider’s reputation among the customers: (i) ask your friends, colleagues which Courier Service provider they choose, for what purpose and what so special about it, tell them you made a list of courier service providers and you need their help to choose one; (ii) if service provider is listed by Google or it has app on “App Store or Play Store”, you will find the reviews of the company there; (iii) A good service provider will never neglect the benefit of their customers’ review and to show them in his/her website; (iv) Watch for on-time delivery percentage, if it is available you will know how much you can depend on them for delivering your parcel on-time.
FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) definitely helps a customer to know the services of the Company and it will be a time saviour for Service provider as well as Customer, for FAQs have customers’ related questions which they usually ask to the service providers. Read the FAQ of the Service provider to know more about it and its services, so you don’t feel trapped in any situation. If you have other query then you can also make a phone call to them or if live chat is available use it for your query.
Track your Courier: Many Courier Service Providers give this facility to its customer to track the parcel’s current location, so shippers and recipients will exactly know, “where has the parcel reached?” If you didn’t find this facility on website or in FAQs then you need to choose another service provider for your parcel.
Security and Insurance: Every Parcel shipped by you through a Courier Service Provider, supposed to be received by the recipients in good condition, but what if it doesn’t happen? What if Parcel gets damaged? What if it gets lost? Who will be responsible for that? It is definitely not you. Security and Insurance are the things which can help here. For the sake of security many service provider take signatures of recipient on delivery slips at the time they deliver the parcel. Somehow, if they were not able to deliver the parcel, they have to mention a reason for it. As well they also provide insurance which covers the damage of the package, if it happens.
Compare Rates of Reputed Service Providers: After going through all the above mentioned points on “how to find a good Courier Service Provider” this point comes at last. Now, you have to compare the prices of Service Providers to get the best deal.
To know the prices
(i) you can call to them;
(ii) See whether they have some kind of webpage which can provide the quotation of the package according to its weight, height, length and destination;
(iii) If Chat is available on the webpage, you can use it for your own convenience; and
(iv) Use app, if they have any app regarding their services then quotation of the package can be found there by providing some information on its in-built form.
Finding courier service provider is easy, but choosing a good one requires efforts and above mentioned steps will help you to choose a good courier service provider.