Parcel delivery refers to the shipment of mail or packages via postal service or private courier delivery services. While it used to take weeks to send a letter, a gift or any item to someone across the country or abroad, parcel delivery along with technological changes transformed the erstwhile system into a fast, easy and secure package delivery service.
- Postal and carrier services have different types of mailing services. Examples are express mail, priority mail, first-class mail, parcel post, economy services, same day delivery, urgent cross-country delivery, etc. The sender selects the type of service depending on the size and shape of the parcel, speed of delivery, and cost of service. Express mail, for instance, is a service where you can get a parcel tracking and insurance service of up to $100 for the merchandise you send. With Express Mail service, your package can be delivered even during weekends or holidays. Needless to say the speed depends on where your package delivery is intended. Also dependent on the location is the shipping method, which could be via vans, planes and boats.
- For added protection and peace of mind on the customer’s part, the postal or courier service provider issues proof of mailing, protection in transit, and confirmation at delivery in forms of certificate of mailing, insured mail, and signature confirmation.
- Upon sending your parcel, you can choose to drop it into a blue collection box, leave it in your home mailbox, or take it to your nearest post office or other courier services such as FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc. If you choose to leave your parcel in your mailbox, you can schedule to have it picked up by the postal or courier service. You can make your request online and indicate your specification such as the type of service, and other requirements, and the mail carrier will drop by your home to pick up your parcel with a corresponding fee. If you prefer going to the courier’s office instead, you will fill out documentation requirements to ensure parcel tracking and safe delivery of your goods. Requirements may differ if you are sending an international parcel.
- Parcel tracking or shipment status is made available for senders and recipients alike. With your tracking or reference number you can contact the courier by phone, verify from the internet, or track using your mobile phone.
- When the parcel arrives at the recipient's address, the courier or postal service is no longer responsible for the package once the recipient signs an acknowledgement of receipt. If the recipient is not at home when the package delivery arrives, he can leave the parcel with anyone at home unless the sender asked for a restricted delivery, which means only the specified person will receive the mail. In that case, the courier service representative will return the parcel to the office and leave a notice for the recipient in order to arrange a schedule for a delivery.
With so many parcel delivery companies existing today, people are given the option to compare not only the speed and cost differences but also the delivery system that people can trust.