2 Man Delivery Options

Discussion in 'Ecommerce Forum' started by ady berry, Feb 25, 2019.

  1. ady berry

    ady berry UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Hi -

    We are setting up a dropship ecommerce site for large and small items such as furniture, homewares etc.

    Has anyone got any recommendations for 2 man large item pick up + delivery services? National deliveries but not NI / Eire.

    I've spoken to several of the large delivery companies and they are looking for a minimum of 30 orders per week. Obviously as a new business we don't have a clear number of orders - so can't guarantee these number of orders at the moment.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance,

    Posted: Feb 25, 2019 By: ady berry Member since: Apr 11, 2012
  2. UKSBD

    UKSBD Not a real duck Staff Member

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    I don't know them myself buy a guy I do some work for uses Swiftcare in Banbury - https://www.swiftcareuk.com/

    He's used them for 15 years delivering, unpacking and setting up appliances
    Posted: Feb 25, 2019 By: UKSBD Member since: Dec 30, 2005

    JEREMY HAWKE UKBF Legend Full Member

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    Not many companies do this type of thing but XDP can help
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2019
    Posted: Feb 25, 2019 By: JEREMY HAWKE Member since: Mar 4, 2008
  4. adamuk18

    adamuk18 UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    I used nightfreight in a previous life
    Posted: Feb 25, 2019 By: adamuk18 Member since: Oct 2, 2018
  5. MBE2017

    MBE2017 UKBF Ace Free Member

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    Panther uk.
    Posted: Feb 25, 2019 By: MBE2017 Member since: Feb 16, 2017
  6. OMGVape

    OMGVape UKBF Regular Free Member

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    I’d rather sit naked on broken glass than use XDP again.

    If they loose an item (which they often do) they charge you to send a replacement.
    If that item happens to show up somewhere (which they often don’t) they charge you to return it back to you.
    And in 100’s of call attempts, I NEVER got anyone to answer the customer service number.
    Posted: Feb 25, 2019 By: OMGVape Member since: Jan 21, 2018
  7. The Byre

    The Byre UKBF Ace Free Member

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    Posted: Feb 26, 2019 By: The Byre Member since: Aug 13, 2013

    JEREMY HAWKE UKBF Legend Full Member

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    Oh here we go again :):)
    Your my favourite vap person :) but you get you what you pay for !

    If your shipping on a larger scale you are always challenged by your delivery budget and when moving things at these volumes you will always have damage .losses ,mis routes and other shananigans . You may even have to employ a full time person to chase and deal if your shipping enough
    Posted: Feb 26, 2019 By: JEREMY HAWKE Member since: Mar 4, 2008
  9. Guy Incognito

    Guy Incognito UKBF Regular Free Member

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    I have some knowledge in this area. We ship large items (circa 180cm x 90cm) in decent numbers. The difference is that our products are relatively thin (6cm) and light (12kg).

    We currently use TNT and overall I am extremely happy with their rates and ability to handle the volume we shift.

    We did use Panther for a while. I cannot speak badly enough of them. They almost destroyed our business due to an incredible list of failures. Because of experiences with them we moved away from the other operators in that area such as XDP, Tuffnells etc.

    Your best bet might well be to use Anyvan in the short term while you get a clearer idea of volumes.
    Posted: Feb 28, 2019 By: Guy Incognito Member since: Aug 2, 2016

    JEREMY HAWKE UKBF Legend Full Member

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    Are suggesting that establish companies on this site use a Dutch auction every time they dispatch an item to a valuable customer. With no phone back or person to contact
    You started this thread explaining you have some knowledge
    Posted: Feb 28, 2019 By: JEREMY HAWKE Member since: Mar 4, 2008
  11. Guy Incognito

    Guy Incognito UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Firstly I didn't start this threat.

    My company regularly ships bulky items (125 orders this month comprising approx 600 oversize items of various sizes). Not a massive amount I will grant you but we have gone through various options including Anyvan, Panther, an amalgamation site for couriers as well as TNT.

    As they are unaware of order volumes, and shipping using conventional carriers is going to be expensive, then it's not unreasonable to suggest using a service like Anyvan in the short term to fulfil orders while they get a handle on volumes / costs depending on the supplier they eventually choose to use. You get contact details of the driver and of course you can enter the details of the client.

    I would steer *anyone* away from Panther based on my experiences and from speaking to other people shipping similar sized items they have had issues with XPD and Tuffnells. I know that breakages can occur, and we have changed our packaging to minimise this, but the rate with Panther was crazy - and that is not even considering the deliveries not attempted, the misroutings etc, and that was when our volume was a quarter of what it is now. They were also more expensive than TNT.

    I would recommend TNT. We still sometimes use an Anyvan service if the item(s) are particularly bulky but we're now at the stage where we're sending enough product to get decent rates with TNT.

    Shipping oversize items in the UK is far more affordable than in the US - which is why we're not currently moving into that market. The oversize fee is $80 pretty much regardless of who you use!
    Posted: Feb 28, 2019 By: Guy Incognito Member since: Aug 2, 2016
  12. Martin Patfield

    Martin Patfield UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    The company I now work for manufacture and sell whiteboards, glass writing surfaces etc.

    Custom sizes of anywhere between 1m long - 4m long x 1.2m/1.5m high x 6cm-ish thick.

    They were using Tuffnells for many, many years with plenty of damages so product had to be re-made which meant that extra expense and delays for the end customer and delays on payment to us from customer.

    Have gone to use TNT for the past 6 months and it has been an improvement, but tend to use local same day van couriers. Deliveries all over the country from Falmouth to Newcastle to Kent.
    At least we know it will get there 99% safe failing a catastrophe.
    Posted: Mar 3, 2019 By: Martin Patfield Member since: May 3, 2018
  13. Taobao agent

    Taobao agent UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    We use EUB in China.
    If the package weight is blow 2KG, the price is would be great.
    For example: 500g, 500*0.08+10=50RMB=50/6.7=7.5USD
    Posted: Mar 13, 2019 By: Taobao agent Member since: Jul 23, 2018