Why Should You Use Courier Services?
For anything larger than a parcel, it can be more convenient and better value to arrange delivery with a courier service rather than to send something in the post.
There are many occasions where it is just too much of a hassle 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 that an item is too heavy or too bulky to move by 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).
Whatever the reason, Shiply is here to help you find a low-cost and reliable courier service.
Shiply has helped millions of people connect with couriers and move their items across the UK and Europe since 2008.
Local Collection Only - If you’ve bought a second-hand item online that is local collection only or you 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 even have one). When a situation like this happens it can be much easier to find the best professional and affordable courier services 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.
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 courier quotes whether you are on the go or 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 that needs shipping, 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.
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, as well as the pickup and delivery locations. 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 companies 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 courier quotes, take a look at the profile page of each courier service, 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 providing a a courier delivery quote, 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 courier service 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 find the best courier service for their own delivery.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Does Shiply Cover My Area?
Yes! There are couriers using Shiply all over the country and abroad, so whether you need to move a sofa across town or send a car across Europe, we have got you covered.
Does Shiply Have Different Sized Vehicles?
There are thousands of couriers on Shiply, with a wide range of vehicle sizes capable of handling any delivery. Providing the rough dimensions (and pictures if possible) on your listing will allow the delivery company to get the right vehicle sent out to you.
Can I Call Shiply?
Shiply Support is available from 9am - 6pm Monday to Friday on 020 3137 2454. You can also send an email to .
Who Will Carry Out My Delivery?
Whoever you choose! There are thousands of rated transport providers on our platform ready to make a bid to carry out your delivery. It is up to you to decide which quote to accept.
When Will I Receive A Quote?
You will typically start to receive quotes within 30 minutes. If you are worried about the lack of quotes, try adding some more detail to your listing as transport providers may be unsure of dimensions or weight and feel unable to provide an accurate quote. If your delivery is urgent, you can try our 'featured delivery' feature which moves your listing to the top of the search page for couriers.
When Will I Receive A Quote?
Whilst there is no guarantee of quotes, 98% of our listings receive at least 3 quotes, so you are likely to find someone who can undertake the delivery of your items.
Does Shiply Provide Packing Materials?
If your item requires packing materials or extra care then you should make sure this is highlighted in your listing and discussed with any transport provider whose quote you are considering. Couriers on Shiply are able to provide all levels of service and can help pack your items, just ensure you inform them of your needs.
Will My Goods Be Tied Up Securely?
Transport providers will almost always tie up an item in the transport vehicle, as the risk of damage from moving around during transit is high. You should always confirm safety precautions and packing needs with transport providers before accepting a quote.
Can Items Be Taken Upstairs?
Yes, items can be taken upstairs if needed, and can also be assembled. Transport providers on Shiply are happy to provide these services, but you should ensure that you are mentioning these requirements in your listings as it may mean a second person is required for the move.
Can I Travel With My Goods?
The majority of transport providers on Shiply are only insured for the transportation of goods, however, some are also able to take people. If you need to travel with your goods, make sure to mention this in your listing and to highlight this to any courier who quotes on your listing.
What If I Need To Cancel My Booking?
If you have accepted a quote and paid the deposit but wish to cancel the delivery, then you should first inform your chosen transport provider that you no longer require the delivery. You should then contact us at to have your deposit refunded.
Can I Change The Address Of The Delivery?
If you have not yet accepted a quote then you are able to change the address of your listing. Note that editing details of your listing after publishing will result in active quotes being voided, so you will have to wait for new quotes to come in. If you have already accepted a quote and need to change the address, please let your transport provider know and contact us at .
How Shiply Works
How Shiply Works
Request quotes from our 299,496 rated transport providers.
Compare prices and read previous customer feedback to pick the right delivery quote for you.
Sit back and relax while your item is safely delivered by your chosen transport provider.
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How Shiply Helps The Environment
By utilising spare capacity of vehicles running on the road, Shiply helps reduce the number of otherwise wasteful journeys needed to transport the item.
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"In a matter of hours, I received an offer that matched my budget from a company with very good feedback. I love being able to rely on Shiply for getting the precious finds from eBay across the country for a reasonable price."
"Shiply fills the gaps between getting bulky items collected and delivered and you having to go get them yourself. Used them many times, saves me lots of time and money."
"All went very smoothly and easily and the courier whose bid I accepted were lovely, good communication, and helpful. Couldn't fault at all and would certainly use again."