Trying to track down a professional courier service is nowhere near as simple or as straightforward as it seems on the surface.
In fact, it can get to be downright frustrating.
This usually isn’t because there are so few top-of-the-line courier services in a given area – but precisely because there are so many! It gets to be pretty difficult to determine one from the other, and pretty soon you don’t know which benefits to pay attention to, which is better than the other, and who you should be giving your hard-earned money to.
Hopefully by the time you’re done with this quick guide you’ll be able to choose the right courier services for your needs!
Reputation is everything
Because you are going to be trusting someone else (someone outside of your business, organization, or operation) with sensitive documents, products, or other things that need to be delivered you need to make sure that you are working with the most reliable and reputable courier services of them all.
Reputation is everything in this business. Spend a considerable amount of time researching all of the courier services that you are thinking about, and also make sure that you perform your due diligence during the hiring or interview process as well.
Speed is essential
The main reason that you are probably looking for a courier service (aside from the extra layer of security and the “hands-free” delivery benefits you’ll enjoy) is because you want a quick and speedy way to get one thing from one destination to another – just as quickly as humanly possible.
Well, some courier services are much (MUCH) faster than others. Not only that, but there are certain courier services in most major cities that know all of the “shortcuts”, when to kick it into high gear, and when to advise you to send high priority packages so that they don’t head traffic and cause a delay.
Those are the kinds of courier services that you want to work with.
What are their delivery schedules like?
Finally, you want to know whether or not your courier service is going to be able to deliver your packages or documents when you need them to – and not just when they are business hours are open.
24/7 courier services are still pretty rare, and you can usually find (with a bit of taking) services that will be flexible in their delivery hours to accommodate their customers.