Courier services are great for both businesses and individuals looking to have packages picked up or delivered, when they don’t want to use Royal Mail or Royal Mail are unable to carry a package. However, with the expansion of the courier industry over the last couple of decades and the fact that just about anyone with their own car or van can offer courier services, it is harder to choose one and to be sure you are going to get a good deal.

So, if you are facing the mountainous task of searching through the numerous courier companies in London, we are here to help. We have gathered together 3 incredibly helpful tips that will hopefully make the process less painful and stressful.

Consider How Urgent Your Delivery or Pickup Is

One way to separate the wheat from the chaff so to speak is by looking at how urgent your delivery or pickup is. Find a courier service that offers the timeframe you are after, and if you find that several them offer the same, choose the one you trust most and who offers a price plan that falls within your budget.

Consider How Precise and Detailed Their Tracking Software/Tools Are

It has become standard practice for modern courier companies to offer a digital tracking service so that you can keep an eye on where your package is and other important details such as the estimated time of delivery etc. The problem is that the tracking software and tools used by one company can vary in terms of precision and details to another. So, you need to make sure the courier you choose provides a tracking system that you are comfortable with and feel confident about.

Insurance

When you post and have things delivered through the Royal Mail, you are covered by a level of insurance that means if anything happens to your package in-transit, you are compensated. When you go private and choose a courier company to handle your deliveries and pickups, you need to look at the level of insurance they offer as a standard and if you need to pay extra for additional protection.

It may even be worthwhile taking out some additional insurance, particularly if the thing you are having delivered or pickup is of value or time-sensitive.

There are many other things you can do to make sure you pick the best courier company. Obviously, you should never just accept the first deal or company you come across. You also need to look at online reviews and take onboard the recommendations from friends, family and colleagues who may have used a company’s services as a way of ensuring you are going to get a reasonably good deal.

Over and above everything else mentioned in this article, you need to take precautions at every stage of the process and never rush into anything and remember the adage – if something seems to good to be true, it probably is.