Prepare Your Parcels
If you need to move a valuable package or need to transport something urgently then you might look to the services of a parcel courier. For smaller packages you might be able to use the post office, but if you need a large parcel delivered then a dedicated courier could be your best bet.
Large parcel delivery services can be employed to send your items all across the country and Europe as well as to pick up items that you might be buying long distance, such as an item bought in an eBay auction.
Before you hand over your consignment to a parcel delivery company you need to make some precursory checks and preparations to make sure that it’s ready for transportation.
Before sending your parcel
Dimensions: Make sure that you detail the weight and sizes of your package, as this can help you to get the most accurate quotes on deliveries. Smaller firms will have a cut-off point of what they consider a parcel, so you may have to use a large parcel company.
If you’re transporting internationally you might need the volumetric measurement which is Length*Width*Height divided by 6,000. This equals the volumetric KGs when measuring in centimetres.
Dates: (Not the fruit) Knowing when you need your parcel picked up and delivered will help any driver, and because they might be picking up your parcel as part of another journey it can help to be flexible with your days.
Packing: When you’re moving something important or fragile be sure to provide it with adequate protection. Bubble wrap and boxing up are all good ideas when transporting large parcels as this helps with the handling and loading of your deliveries.
Checks: Before sending your parcel (or receiving it, if buying something online)make sure that the condition of the item is documented, including pictures – this way when it arrives you’ll be able to discern whether it has been damaged in transit.
Parcel Courier Considerations
When you need to find a large parcel courier there are number of things that you’ll want to consider before committing to one.
Things to consider
Insurance: If you’re transporting with a recognised delivery company they will have goods in transit insurance. Depending on the value of your consignment this might not cover you, you will be able to request extra cover for an additional charge.
Membership: Not expressly required of large parcel courier services, membership of an association such as the National Courier Association can assure you that you’re getting a high standard of service.
Drop off: Depending on the service, they may offer to leave your parcel somewhere secure should you not be available to collect it yourself. This might be a porch or with a neighbour, or even a local shop. Make sure that you arrange this with the firm beforehand.
Signage: When sending and receiving parcels you will probably need to sign off the package when giving it to the courier and someone will have to sign on receipt – this can be arranged to be someone other than you, just make sure that the delivery driver knows who it’s going to be.
Consolidation: Some delivery companies run specific routes, therefore if you can find one that is going near both collection and delivery points then your parcel should be able to hitchhike on the back of other deliveries, this can save you a substantial amount when sending large packages. Being flexible with the pick-up and delivery dates will usually help you get a better price.
Finding and comparing all the dedicated delivery companies would be exhausting. Getting quotes for moving your valuables is important, but you don’t want to be doing all the legwork yourself.
Shiply can help you find and compare a range of large parcel couriers, or rather we can help them find you!
Uploading the details of your consignment to Shiply will allow transporters to quote on your delivery. Make sure to include the details of your item such as weight and size, info can be imported from eBay too, if you’re buying something from there.
Firms will compete to carry out your delivery, meaning that the price can be driven down. Drivers going the same way as your package will be able to quote you significantly less than a van you hire specifically to carry out your delivery.
When you receive a quote that you’re happy with, all that’s left is to accept the quote and get your parcel moved.
Completing Your Delivery
When your goods are delivered you’ll need someone to sign for them, this can be you or another elected party. Make sure to check the package for any visible signs of damage too, any issues should be taken up with the transport provider ASAP.
Once everything’s been signed off and you’ve got your parcel, be sure to leave some feedback for your delivery driver on Shiply. Leaving feedback scores and reviews not only lets the courier know if they did a good job, it also helps future users when they’re comparing services.
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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.
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Who Will Carry Out My Delivery?
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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 .
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