1.Why should you use courier services?For anything larger than a parcel, it can be more convenient and better value to arrange courier services rather than to send something in the post.
There are many occasions where it is inconvenient to transport or pick up an item yourself, and where you might prefer to consider arranging an expert courier to do the legwork for you. It might be an item that is too heavy or too bulky to move yourself, or you might need to send something somewhere that’s too far for you to travel without using up a lot of your time and fuel costs. Whatever the reason, Shiply is here to help you find a low-cost and reliable courier service.
Shiply has helped millions of people move their items since 2008 across the United Kingdom and Europe.
Local collection only - if you’ve bought a second hand item online that is local collection only or need to have an item brought to you from a distant location, like a shop that doesn’t offer delivery, you can use a courier to get the item delivered to you without having to collect it yourself. If you’re a seller, you might find it more convenient to use Shiply to deliver items rather than have an in-house team to make occasional or irregular journeys.
Heavy/bulky items - if you need to get a large, awkward or heavy item somewhere, it’s not always possible to fit it in your car (if you have one). When a situation like this happens it can be much easier to find a professional and affordable transport company on Shiply to make the delivery and do the heavy lifting for you.
Safe handling - you’ll know your item is in safe hands without having to blow your budget. Check all the insurances of the transport providers before accepting a quote so you know your item will get safely from A to B, and that you’re covered in the very unlikely event that it doesn’t.
Convenient - If you need something delivered at a certain time when you are not available, for example whilst you’re at work, you might prefer to have the peace of mind that your item will make it on time to its destination without having the stress of having to change your plans, or rushing around last minute to make your deadline.
2.Why should I choose Shiply to find courier services?Shiply helps you to compare courier services. You can avoid the hassle of calling multiple couriers in your area or where the item is located and instead have quotes delivered straight to your inbox with minimal effort.
Shiply is easy to use and only requires filling out one form with as much information as you like before waiting for quotes from transport providers.
Easy to Use - you can use Shiply on a desktop or on your mobile. The website is clear and easy to use on any device so you can create your listing, respond to messages from transport providers and accept quotes when you’re on the go, or when using your computer at home.
Environmentally-friendly and low-cost - Our registered companies are often already in the area, so your item will be filling space in a vehicle that would otherwise be wasted space. Using Shiply means your item’s journey is not negatively impacting the environment as it will not be the only item in the vehicle. Instead the journey of your item will be factored into existing routes with other deliveries which is more efficient and kinder to the environment.
Affordable - Using Shiply could save you up to 75% off standard delivery items, as the vehicle will be carrying other items as well as yours. Using up spare space in vehicles means that you will not be paying for the fuel costs of an empty vehicle’s travelling to you before pickup, and for an empty vehicle travelling back to company headquarters after completing the delivery.
eBay-compatible - Shiply is an eBay-compatible application, so if it’s an item you have purchased on eBay, you can put in the link to the item and your Shiply listing will be generated automatically. This saves you filling out details of the size, shape and weight of the item, as this information is taken from the eBay listing. This could save you a lot of time so you have one less thing to worry about.
Thousands of registered companies - On Shiply there are 100,000 registered companies waiting for listings. The trusted companies on Shiply offer a wide range of services and on their individual profile pages you’ll be able to see feedback, past deliveries and details of insurances and accreditations/awards.
3.How does Shiply work?If you haven’t used Shiply before, you’ll need to register with a username and password. Once you’re registered, all you need to do is make a listing on the Shiply website under the appropriate category (courier services). Enter the details of the item you need transported, specifying the approximate weight and dimensions of the item to be delivered. If it’s possible for you to be flexible with delivery dates, this may help attract more companies, as they will typically be fitting your delivery in with their existing jobs.
Once your listing is on Shiply, transport companies with the available space can log on and send you free competitive quotes based on the information you’ve provided. Try and give as many details as you can so that courier services can quote accurately for the load and so they can be confident that they have the appropriate space for your item.
Once you’ve received several quotes, take a look at the profile page of each transport provider, and decide which one you’d like to go with. We recommend that you check the insurances, accreditations and feedback scores of each company on their individual profile page so you can make the most informed decision, knowing what to expect and what is included with your quote, as well as seeing testimonials from the company’s previous customers. Some transport companies will reach out to you before quoting, potentially asking for more details to work out how best to help you. Once you’ve decided which company to go with, just accept the quote on Shiply.
If there are any changes with your delivery that may affect the transport provider, make sure you keep in contact with them via the Shiply messaging service so they can make any necessary amendments to the booking.
Once your courier is booked, make sure you inform any third parties involved so they know when to expect the delivery and which company will be making the delivery.
If you’re the one sending the item, make sure it is packed carefully and securely, to help prevent any damage occurring during its journey. For fragile or delicate items, try to pack using bubble wrap or newspaper for extra protection to ensure it arrives safely at its destination.
Once your courier has completed your delivery, be sure to leave feedback about your chosen transport provider for others to read. Feedback is important for other users to make their decisions and help them know what to expect when choosing a courier for their own delivery.
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