top of page
  • Lewis Taxi Midlands Ltd

All You Need to Know About Hiring a Courier Service

Updated: May 29

A man in a vehicle using his cell phone while parked on the side of the road

Finding a reliable courier service can be challenging. Most people have heard horror stories of the big-name couriers losing or ruining packages and that can turn you away from using those types of services. However, when you choose a private courier service, you can ensure you’re getting the best possible service.


What is a Private Courier Service?


A standard shipping service is very different from a private courier. First, the standard shipping method is for those who don’t need a package to arrive as fast as possible. They provide standard level service and sometimes, things go wrong. On occasion, these packages disappear on route and they can take up to a week to arrive, though next day delivery is certainly a possibility if you’re sending in the same city.

 

A private courier service is much more than merely shipping. They offer a variety of benefits over the standard options, including:


Speed


Your private courier is delivering your package and they’re doing it right now. Instead of waiting for a truck to move through the city, stopping at every address, you have a direct route to deliver the package, papers, or whatever you’re sending. This means the package will arrive in record time.


Security


With a private courier, you always know exactly who has the package. This is something that is very important when it comes to confidential papers and items of value. You need to be sure that the chain of command is clear and you should be able to check where the item is at any point in time. Not only will it arrive faster, but it is far safer with a driver than with a truck full of packages that could be compromised at any point.


Availability


When you need a courier, a private courier will be there for you. They can pick up the package and take it directly to the recipient, without any other stops. They’re also available beyond the usual hours of a standard shipping service. This can be particularly useful when you need to send vital information, test results, or other important packages early in the morning or late at night.


Bespoke Solutions


Standard shipping doesn’t work for every business. If you have a unique system and unique needs, you really need a service that will work with you to create a solution that fits your individual company. Once you’ve found that, it’s best to make that service your regular one to ensure you always get that high level of service.


Timesaving


When you use a private courier, not only does the package arrive faster, but it is also picked up faster. As soon as you need the service, they’ll arrange to come by and pick up the item for immediate delivery. This saves you a lot of time that would otherwise be spent going to the service and making arrangements. Once you’ve set everything up with the private courier, you can rapidly deploy the packages as needed.


Tracking


When you use a regular shipping service, you will usually have some general tracking information. This tells you if the item has been picked up, if it’s out for delivery, etc. However, this information is not updated instantly and if you want real time tracking, you’ll need to hire a private courier service. This is the only way to know exactly where your package is at any given moment. Any business that doesn’t require the standard parcel delivery and needs a little something extra can benefit from a private courier system.


Choosing a Corporate Delivery Courier


Now that you understand the benefits of having a private courier with your business, you need to find one that suits your needs. There are a number of services available, so choosing one means you need to look for the option that best fits your business.


Location


Where is the delivery courier? Are they close to you? It’s usually best to have someone with an office nearby so they can do rapid pickups. A courier near you will be better suited to come by your home or office at any time and will be nearby if you have questions.

 

That being said, you also want a courier that can deliver to the places you need them to. Be sure to check that they will transport your packages anywhere in the country if that’s what you require. Some companies only need to send within the city and that makes it much simpler to find a courier, though it’s always useful to have the option of sending something further away. You never know when your business may expand or you might have need of delivery in another part of the country.


Pricing


Of course, price will be a part of the decision-making process. You need to ensure that the cost is worth it for you. This is why private courier services are not ideal for everyone. Some people will find that they prefer to pay less and have their parcels shipped over time in a crowded truck. For things that aren’t terribly important, this works well, but if you want the privacy and discretion that comes with the select courier, you can expect to pay a little more for it. It’s well worth the price, which you can pass on to your clients who need their packages delivered rapidly.


Sizes


When you’re working with a private courier, you’ll almost always have different size options available than with standard shipping. Since the vehicle will be going directly to the destination and space is not a major concern, you should be able to send larger items. However, you need to confirm this with the company before assuming anything. If you regularly send larger items, such as pieces of furniture, you need to know ahead of time if it’s possible for the courier to transport such large items. Depending on the fleet available, certain items may be too large for delivery.


Restrictions


Before you hire a courier, be sure you’re aware of any restrictions they have. These may include areas they won’t deliver to or types of items that they will not transport. Ask for a full list of restrictions before you hire the company to ensure you won’t run into any issues while using their service.


Drivers


Find out how many drivers are available and what their credentials are. How long have they driven for the company and have they had their history checked? You should know exactly what type of driver will be delivering your goods. It’s also a good idea to ask about insurance and make certain anything you send along with the courier will be insured. While you should have insurance on your side of things, it’s also important that the company be insured.

 

There are many reasons to choose a private courier, but not all courier services are the right one for your needs. Take some time to do your research. You should talk to the various companies in your area and get quotes on their standard services or routes that you know you would frequently use. If more than one company appears to be well worth it, try out a few different companies before making your final decision.


Transportation Hire and Delivery Courier


Many companies that require parcel delivery also need transportation services from time to time. When your courier is also available for transportation hire, you immediately save time and money on all your business-related needs.

 

While these are two separate jobs for the delivery service, they are already handling direct delivery of packages, so why wouldn’t they also offer the delivery of a person? Provided the service has high-quality options in both areas, you can reduce the stress in your life by simply using one company for everything.

 

 

When you find the right courier company to work with, you’ll find that it rapidly becomes your go-to option for everything from delivery of paperwork to discreet and trustworthy transportation. You’ll use them for airport transfers, to pick up colleagues and bring them to your offices, and to deliver anything you can imagine. In short, a good delivery company can rapidly become your company’s right hand.

 

Looking for the ultimate courier and transport service in Coventry? Lewis Taxis offers full services for your company. We’re trustworthy and meticulous, offering the best service to your company. Contact us today for more information on how we can help you improve your business.

 

4 views0 comments

留言


bottom of page