Choosing a parcel courier might seem simple or so you would think, however not all parcel couriers are the same at all.
Indeed there are same day parcel couriers, next day parcel couriers, and motorbike parcel delivery companies. Then there are different divisions within these groups, as you can have local parcel couriers, nationwide couriers and international ones.
Or you can find some that will offer a local, nationwide and an international service as well.
So when it comes to choosing your parcel carrier you do need to do some research, as an example if you were to choose one that offered a truly international service, but only used them to deliver your parcels locally then you could end up paying far more for your deliveries than you need to, as an international courier will have a large transport network, and hence have larger infrastructure costs to cover and this will be reflected in the prices they charge for delivery. Send Parcels to USA
Where as a local courier will only have a small transport network to cover the costs of, and hence the prices a local courier charges for local deliveries should be cheaper than those of an international one due to smaller overheads.
So as it is plain to see you need to use the right parcel carrier for the right job. Simply put, use a local one for local deliveries, a nationwide one for national deliveries, and an international one for Worldwide deliveries. Each of them has their own plus and minus points.
As an example a small local parcel courier will most likely come out at any time that you choose to call them, and offer a lot more flexibility over pick up times, where as a nationwide carrier will probably give you a set time each day that they will come and pick your parcels up. Miss this time and they will not wait for your goods to be packed, where as a local carrier may well do so.
Yet when it comes to shipping your parcels nationwide the chances are that your local carrier may well sub-contract the work out, and this adds a little more risk to the situation when it comes down to tracking your goods whilst they are in transit.
The same applies if you use your local guy for shipping international parcels, they maybe able to offer the service but again they will have to sub-contract it out.