It’s good to know that having your packages delivered can merely be a click away. So how would you be able to access and book an online cargo courier?
1. Search online for available couriers in your region.
Make sure that the online courier services both your pick-up point and the place of delivery. You could do this by typing in “online courier service” followed by your city name (or if your city is too small, the nearest major city) via your preferred search engine. It’s a good idea to check with the Better Business Bureau for that online courier’s service quality and reviews.
2. Determine the particular service speed that you want.
You may need more specialized services for your courier deliveries. For example, if you are planning to send parcels abroad, you can opt to view websites of a global courier or international couriers. If you’d need to have your package delivered express, you can choose overnight couriers or same day booking. There are in fact many delivery options available, such as 2, 3 or 4 hours delivery service, economy courier service, and next day service (with different delivery times, including Saturday deliveries).
3. Know the different rates.
Most courier delivery rates would depend on distance, your particular location and size and weight of any package. Also, some specialized services include medical couriers (for highly sensitive medical equipment and medicine) and technical couriers (for delivering computer hardware). Some courier websites offer an online calculator to help you computer for total costs.
It’s a good idea to have an indemnity or insurance policy on your packages, so that in the event of a lost or damaged package you’d be assured that you’d be duly compensated for it. Look at the particular courier service to see if they offer insurance on their services (you would have to pay an additional amount for that coverage), or you can choose to have your own private indemnity broker
4. Know the process.
To book an online courier, you would usually need to register an account with that website. The information you would usually need to provide includes your contact name, address and number, email address and your preferred mode of payment (credit card, debit card, bank check, etc). Once you’ve booked a courier service, door-to-door collection of packages are usually up to one hour from booking.
5. Know what information you will have access to.
Different courier services offer different management systems and services that would give you better peace of mind about the state of your package. For example, you would be able to keep track of your delivery 24 hours a day; you would be able to receive an email notification upon successful delivery of your package; and you’d be able to keep track of your accounts and billing statements. Some courier companies also let you know of unforeseen circumstances pertinent to delivery (such as a typhoon, flood, or major traffic in the delivery area) via email or mobile phone.
There you have it! These are just some basic bits of information to help you get started in booking an online courier.