Couriers! Which one to choose? which is most reliable? Which is cheapest? Lots of questions and just about everyone will have a different opinion on which courier is best to use.
Why not have a glass of wine while mulling it over with our offer in conjunction with ParcelForce? Simply open an account, spend Â£100.00 and they’ll deliver a case of 12 bottles of wine to your doorstep*. Of course a few bottles of wine isn’t a great reason for choosing your courier so read on to see what could make ParcelForce a good choice for you. If you send at least 5 UK items or 1 international item per week then you could become an account customer.
The cost per parcel is always negotiable on a courier delivery contract and it’s no different with ParcelForce. Don’t accept the first price they offer – get a price and then negotiate using tactics like “If you could lower the price below Â£7.40 I could put all my Special Delivery parcels with you as well”. The larger the quantity you can ship with them the better the price you’ll get.
Don’t forget if you can ship one parcel a week Internationally it’s worth opening an International account as well as one for domestic deliveries.
Most couriers charge a fuel surcharge and ParcelForce is no exception, don’t forget to factor this in when negotiating a price.
This is a charge which may be hidden in your courier contract. Many couriers will attempt delivery twice before charging it. Sadly with home users if they leave a card the recipient may not get it until they’re home from work. The next day they telephone to arrange redelivery but by that time the parcel is out on the van for the second delivery attempt. When the parcel is eventually delivered the sender (you!) will be charged a redelivery charge. The great thing about ParcelForce is that they do NOT have redelivery charges.
Many couriers will charge you to return an undelivered parcel, some charge more for returns than the initial delivery cost! ParcelForce do NOT charge for returns.
Over water and Highlands and Islands surcharges
Couriers may charge extra for crossing water to destinations such as the Isle of Wight, ParcelForce do not surcharge for this. Many couriers including ParcelForce charge extra for certain areas of the country, the good news is that with ParcelForce you can negotiate a flat rate regardless of the destination in the UK.
This is something we hope we never have to use, but inevitably whichever courier you choose they’ll lose a parcel or one will be damaged. Make sure that their insurance covers the goods that you wish to send, e.g. for glass many decline insurance coverage.
Redirects / Saturday Deliveries / Post Office collections
Selling is all about making it easy for the customer, and ParcelForce excels at this. If a recipient would like delivery to an alternate address (a neighbour or work), or on a Saturday they can arrange this and ParcelForce will bill them a small surcharge. You the sender don’t have to pay the charge.
ParcelForce can delivery to a local post office and your customer can collect from there. ParcelForce are set up to make it as easy as possible to get your goods to your customers. If they’re home users that are out at work all day collecting from a post office or redirects/Saturday deliveries are great options.
ParcelForce are currently the only courier in the country not to charge VAT. This is a great advantage to sellers who aren’t VAT registered. Even for those that are VAT registered it still saves paying out VAT simply to reclaim it on your VAT return.
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Free Wine Offer!
So if you’re looking for a courier or want to try an alternative why not give ParcelForce a try? Visit ParcelForce on their website or call them on 0800 413 501. When you speak to them or register on their website quote reference number 463931 to qualify for 12 bottles of wine* as soon as you’ve spent Â£100 on deliveries.
(*Terms apply. Closing date to open account 31st March 2007, account spend must reach Â£100 by 30th June 2007)