Can someone collect my parcel from my home or business? The answer is yes! You might think that when you want to dispatch a parcel your only option is to drive to the Post Office and stand in a long queue before being able to arrange delivery and pay for it over the counter, but parcel companies will come and collect the parcels from you, saving you precious time and money in the process.
Finding a company that can collect your parcel and deliver it at a price that suits you no longer means having to ring round or send lots of emails to get your quotes. You don’t even need to have an account with them. All you need to do now is enter the information on what you want to send, where to collect the parcel from and where to deliver it on our website.
You will then see a list of options in front of you on the screen. You’ll see that we’ve got quotes for you from all the big name parcel delivery and collection services, such as TNT, DHL and CityLink. Have a browse through and when you’ve decided which one you prefer, simply click through, complete the order process and then prepare for the company to collect your parcel.
Parcel collection times depend on each company. Most collect from your home or business address between the hours of 09:00 and 18:00 on working days. It should be noted that working days are Monday to Friday only and don’t include Bank Holidays.
For the standard collection and delivery serviced you won’t be able to specify a pick up time. This means that you will have to be available on the collection day to sign out your parcel when it is picked up.
However, you can pay for premium services with many of the companies on our website, for options including morning collection, afternoon collection or a Friday collection for a Saturday parcel delivery. But if you’re happy to be flexible, the standard services offer fantastic value for money and parcels will be delivered usually within three days for addresses in the UK.
When you complete the order process online, in most cases you’ll be able to print all the shipping labels and paperwork you need to be able to get your parcel ready for collection for a swift handover with the driver.
Remember to include any necessary paperwork with the goods before you package it all up. And for a smooth handover, make sure you prepare your parcel before it’s due to be collected. Use sturdy packing cartons, polythene parcel bags or Jiffy pages that are in good condition and don’t forget to pack out boxes to protect the contents.
A standard parcel collection service assumes your parcel is to be collected from a normal address in a an urban area of the UK. In some instances, your quote may be a little higher or the service promise different, due to where you collection is. If you are in a very remote area for example, same day or next day collection of your parcel may not be possible, or the delivery time offered may be slightly longer.
Some companies charge more for delivery or collection of parcels in Northern Ireland, the Scottish Highlands, some parts of Wales and off shore islands, or the collection delay will be longer. Most will only accept parcels going to full street addresses and not to a PO Box.
It’s important to be aware of what a parcel collection service includes. If you’re looking for the most economic way to get your parcel to its destination these services are great, as the high volumes all the carriers deal with day in, day out mean you as an individual can benefit from the lowest prices, even if it’s just one parcel you want to dispatch.
If you’re a small business regularly sending out to customers using our quote comparison finder means you can be sure you are paying the lowest price possible as you can choose whichever carrier has the best quote that day – you’re not stuck with using just one and no need for an account.
The driver will come to collect your parcel from you and you must be in to sign. This is essential as if you’re not around the driver will return to the depot empty handed and you will lose your slot and there is no refund.
It’s also worth bearing in mind that with the basic parcel collection service, collection is not guaranteed, however it is vary rare for the parcel not be collected within the date window you’ve been given.
The same conditions can also be applied to delivery. If the person receiving the parcel is not in, it will either be left with a neighbour or returned to the local depot, in which case an advice note will be left at the delivery address and they will have to arrange a new drop off date, or they can collect the parcel from the local depot.
If you know how parcel collections work and are prepared to be a little bit flexible and organised, these services will work a treat for you, with thousands of individuals and small businesses using online parcel collection sites to book discounted parcel collection services.
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