Best Courier for Large Parcels and Pricing

Discussion in 'E-Commerce Forum' started by Wilson1973, Feb 9, 2011.

  1. Wilson1973

    Wilson1973 UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I've seen a few threads on here about courier services which mainly discuss small packages.

    I'm looking at a new business with packages of about 200cm x 60cm x 40cm, from 20KG up to 50KG.

    I've rang 2 so far today and they are going to call me back tomorrow.

    Wonder what costs I should expect.

    Does anyone have any experience of dealing with courier services for larger products ?

    Over to you....
    Posted: Feb 9, 2011 By: Wilson1973 Member since: Jan 19, 2011
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  2. JTSystems

    JTSystems UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Calling back to quote? who did you call? they should have a price list readily available?

    Are you looking for collection from your home/place of work?

    I used to work in a company that used to sell servers, we used to be charged 9.95 from Amtrak, this was a few years back and they were not very good.

    I'd try TNT and City Link and see what they quote?

    should be done over the phone, there is also parcel2go.co.uk (IIRC) which are a great company to work with...
    Posted: Feb 9, 2011 By: JTSystems Member since: Apr 15, 2006
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  3. Wilson1973

    Wilson1973 UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Just tried APC and Interlink. I was suprised to have to wait for a call back.

    Will cross off Amtrak then if they weren't to good.

    Trying to get a list together now for the morning to call, hence the post.
    Posted: Feb 9, 2011 By: Wilson1973 Member since: Jan 19, 2011
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  4. APC Nexday Overnite Ltd

    APC Nexday Overnite Ltd UKBF Regular Full Member

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    Hello Wilson1973,

    Just thought I would apply one of my customer's rates on this item you're sending out. It's a customer's pricing who uses us not in a big way but here goes:

    If it's a 20KG parcel 200cm x 60 cm x 40 cm (Volumetric weight is 80kg )
    Length x width x height
    / 6000 =
    As it is only 20kg in actual weight though the only surcharge that applies to the consignment is our conveyorable charge of £2.50.

    So 80kg volumetric (20kg actual) is priced as follows

    First 20kg = £8.75
    The next 60kg is £0.30 a kilo = £18

    £8.75 + £18 + £2.50 = £29.25 + vat

    If it's a 50kg consignment it is no longer classed as Non-conveyorable but would have to travel via our XS service (for items over 2.5 metres or single items over 30kg)

    It still however has to be charged according to it's volumetric weight which is 80kg

    So the first 30kg= £14.00
    the next kilos 50kg@ £0.50 a kg = £25
    overall £39 + vat

    Again I must stress this is what we would charge a customer who doesn't use that often or in great quantities. If you send a lot of these out STRESS THIS! to your carrier you may be able to get a reduction.
    Posted: Feb 9, 2011 By: APC Nexday Overnite Ltd Member since: Nov 17, 2008
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  5. APC Nexday Overnite Ltd

    APC Nexday Overnite Ltd UKBF Regular Full Member

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    Sorry for the double post.

    But when contacting your local APC depot ask them if there is discount if you drop the parcel in.
    Posted: Feb 9, 2011 By: APC Nexday Overnite Ltd Member since: Nov 17, 2008
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  6. Wilson1973

    Wilson1973 UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Assuming you represent APC then, so be interested to see what my local APC comes back with tomorrow. I've given them 2 size references

    199x64x43 & 213x75x60

    All my parcels should come in within those sizes from 20KG to 50KG - the vast majority will come in under 30KG though. So will see what they say in the morning and report back here.

    Thanks
    Posted: Feb 9, 2011 By: Wilson1973 Member since: Jan 19, 2011
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  7. APC Nexday Overnite Ltd

    APC Nexday Overnite Ltd UKBF Regular Full Member

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    Yes there pricing may be different to mine though as we are all independant companies. If you live at the very edge of their postcode area that will also perhaps have an effect.
    Posted: Feb 10, 2011 By: APC Nexday Overnite Ltd Member since: Nov 17, 2008
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  8. Wilson1973

    Wilson1973 UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I've been out all morning and just arrived back to find no calls or messages. I guess my parcels are not that attractive to couriers.

    I don't make a habit of having to chase people up for potential business but given the size of my parcels and the limited suitability to some companies I guess I'm going to have to.
    Posted: Feb 10, 2011 By: Wilson1973 Member since: Jan 19, 2011
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  9. jamie1183

    jamie1183 UKBF Regular Full Member

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    Citylink always been good with us, not had any problems for our retail sites
    Posted: Feb 10, 2011 By: jamie1183 Member since: Jan 13, 2008
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  10. KidsBeeHappy

    KidsBeeHappy UKBF Regular Full Member

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    DPD freight do 300cm x 100cm by 99cm. These are account type services, so your price will be dependant upon volume etc. Prices normally start Mid £20's without vat for 20kg, and then perkilo charge after.
    Posted: Feb 10, 2011 By: KidsBeeHappy Member since: Oct 9, 2007
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  11. dynamic08

    dynamic08 UKBF Regular Free Member

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    you will wait for ever for call backs I can assure you! they dont want big heavy boxes they only boxes full of fethers!
    Posted: Feb 10, 2011 By: dynamic08 Member since: May 19, 2008
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  12. SamStones

    SamStones UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    Amtrak: Don't bother crossing them off your list, they shouldn't be on there in the first place! They went bust a couple of years back.

    City Link: As your parcels are over 1.8m you may find it difficult to get a decent price but they may still take them.

    Due to the size / weight I suspect you would be better looking at NightFreight or TNT as their networks are more geared up to this size of package. They won't be cheap, but the prices you have been quoted here by APC etc seem reasonable given the size.
    Posted: Feb 11, 2011 By: SamStones Member since: Mar 1, 2010
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  13. Sky Racer

    Sky Racer UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    We send quite a few large items (approx 180cm x 60cm x 70cm) with Parcelforce. They have a large parcel service for account holders. We do about 150 per year (all under 30kgs) and pay £24 incl VAT
    Posted: Feb 15, 2011 By: Sky Racer Member since: Dec 27, 2010
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