Best Postage Solutions For Small E-Commerce Store Selling UK & Overseas

Discussion in 'Ecommerce Forum' started by moorland72, May 5, 2015.

  1. ADC

    ADC UKBF Regular Free Member

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    At the moment we use a combination of Royal Mail, Spring Global Mail and DHL. Generally you will find Spring Global Tracked Mail is cheapest for International Deliveries, but they do take a day longer to arrive than Royal Mail. This is because it's part of the PostNL, the Netherlands Postal Service, so everything is sent from the UK to the Netherlands overnight for sorting.

    The only countries where Spring Global get beat on price are Germany by FutureProof and USA by e-tail to USA.

    The only thing that slightly puts me off these 2 services is that you don't stick the tracking on the item at source. You send your parcels to them and they email you with the tracking numbers later that day (with e-tail USA) and the next day with FutureProof. This obviously causes a slight delay in uploading the tracking numbers to the various websites. You can overcome this by changing your dispatch time to 2 days on Amazon and eBay. But as far as I can tell you have to change the dispatch time for all orders on eBay (not just international ones), so you would lose the "Get It Fast" option from your UK listings.
    Posted: Oct 20, 2016 By: ADC Member since: Jun 25, 2009
  2. KevinRockett

    KevinRockett UKBF Regular Full Member

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    Just to clarify - with the eTail-USA service the tracking numbers are released to the users of the service the day BEFORE the physical parcels are received at the eTail-USA hub - so same day as orders taken and therefore no delay of more than a few hours and certainly not a day.

    Tracking management software is also provided FREE which has an upload to Amazon/eBay facility built-in.
    Posted: Oct 20, 2016 By: KevinRockett Member since: Jul 7, 2013
  3. Anon26357

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    Yes, keep with Royal Mail.
    I did use Hermes for a while, what a waste of time and money.
    Posted: Nov 8, 2016 By: Anon26357 Member since: Jan 1, 1970
  4. cathreen7879

    cathreen7879 UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I want to sell my product in African countries, anyone advise for the best and affordable courier services.
    Posted: Nov 28, 2016 By: cathreen7879 Member since: Nov 3, 2016
  5. webprojectuk

    webprojectuk UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Contact Royal Mail OBA - open a PPI account. They ask for a spend over 5k per year. If you are taking 40 packages to the post. You should cover this without any problems. Normally they don't ask for evidence that you will make this turnover. You can drop the packages at your local sorting office or certain post offices. However, post office can be a pain in the bum - as they don't like to be left with tons of bags. It's the best option on the market for the packages you send. I can't think of a much cheaper of easier option. Believe me I have looked!
    Posted: Dec 3, 2016 By: webprojectuk Member since: Jul 8, 2006
  6. FuturePro

    FuturePro UKBF Contributor Full Member

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    FuturePro mail provide a valuable cost savings on all your International Mail, with daily collection via DPD available through out the UK.
    Tracked or untracked, pay only for what you use, no up-front costs, using the best mail providers and valuable savings everyday.

    PM me with your weekly volumes and email. I will email you back with the new 2017 price list.
    Posted: Dec 27, 2016 By: FuturePro Member since: Feb 22, 2014
  7. sahargull33

    sahargull33 UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    IT is very informative post i have a question how i improve install of my business app
    Posted: Dec 28, 2016 By: sahargull33 Member since: Dec 28, 2016
  8. Chocobiscuit

    Chocobiscuit UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    i use a pay as you go e commerce fulfillment which has been so far so good, no minimum charge per month and they dispatch generally in 24h
    Posted: Dec 29, 2016 By: Chocobiscuit Member since: Sep 27, 2015
  9. KevinRockett

    KevinRockett UKBF Regular Full Member

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    Royal Mail have slid an interim price increase in ahead of the annual RM price increase in April.

    Details are here -

    New prices start today - 3rd Jan 2017
    Posted: Jan 3, 2017 By: KevinRockett Member since: Jul 7, 2013
  10. RealDealHolidays

    RealDealHolidays UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    parcelhub are really good my brother uses too
    Posted: Jan 7, 2017 By: RealDealHolidays Member since: Jan 7, 2017
  11. japancool

    japancool UKBF Big Shot Full Member

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    Mmm. Can FuturePro beat £12 ro Ireland?
    Posted: Jan 28, 2017 By: japancool Member since: Jul 11, 2013
  12. FuturePro

    FuturePro UKBF Contributor Full Member

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    Well here are our new 2017. Tracked :
    Ireland 250g £6.99
    Ireland 500g £7.49
    Ireland 750g £8.99
    Ireland 1kg £8.99
    Ireland 1.5kg £9.99
    Ireland 2kg £9.99
    Ireland 3Kg £10.99
    Ireland 4Kg £11.99
    Ireland 5Kg £12.99

    If you would like the full International rates I would be delighted to provide them. PM me.
    Posted: Jan 31, 2017 By: FuturePro Member since: Feb 22, 2014
  13. KevinRockett

    KevinRockett UKBF Regular Full Member

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    You might like to know that eTail-USA are running an offer at the moment where you can send tracked parcels to USA through their Express service for the same price as their Standard service.

    Delivery time for their Express service is a 3-4 working days regardless of US Mainland destination. They fly the parcels overnight into New York-JFK for East coast parcels and Los Angeles-LAX for the West Coast.

    But the best thing is the price - £2.99 for a small/light parcel delivered via UPS/USPS and trackable all the way to recipient. No customs fees/import fees/surcharges are applied and they collect from your premises.

    The offer runs until the end of April.
    Posted: Apr 14, 2017 By: KevinRockett Member since: Jul 7, 2013
  14. Nico Albrecht

    Nico Albrecht UKBF Enthusiast Full Member

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    Parcel broker worked always well for me.
    Posted: May 2, 2017 By: Nico Albrecht Member since: May 2, 2017
  15. KevinRockett

    KevinRockett UKBF Regular Full Member

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    Just a quick update to let you know that eTail-USA have extended the above offer until the end of June.

    £2.99 for a small/ight parcel to USA via their tracked express service - delivery in 3-4 business days.
    Posted: May 26, 2017 By: KevinRockett Member since: Jul 7, 2013
  16. FuturePro

    FuturePro UKBF Contributor Full Member

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    The FuturePro rate to Tracked Australia presents a real benefit, this is with a full track trace and most importantly customer signature. Yes, that correct before being asked, a actual customer signature is available on request.

    Australia & New Zealand 250g £6.99

    Australia & New Zealand 500g £7.99
    Posted: May 26, 2017 By: FuturePro Member since: Feb 22, 2014
  17. Alex Watkin

    Alex Watkin UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    RM for smallest parcels, and set up business account, as you set a slight discount on bulk orders. Parcel force or hermes for larger parcels.
    Posted: Jul 26, 2017 By: Alex Watkin Member since: Jul 26, 2017
  18. Justin Smith

    Justin Smith UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    The problem with Parcelforce is they charge per item (and they have a 1.5m length limit, which I accept most propel wouldn`t find a problem) which means if the order has to be sent as two parts they charge you twice a s much. This is somewhat unreasonable in my view because the most expensive part of the collection and delivery operation is the journey at each end, and that is no more expensive for two parts as for one.

    As for Hermes, we sometimes get a quote coming up for them on P4D but it was unclear whether the service was "signed for".
    Posted: Jul 26, 2017 By: Justin Smith Member since: Jun 6, 2012
  19. DontAsk

    DontAsk UKBF Ace Free Member

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    What? If the long item can be split into two parts, then package the two parts side-by-side in one shorter parcel.
    Posted: Aug 18, 2017 By: DontAsk Member since: Jan 7, 2015
  20. Edouard

    Edouard UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Hey Guys,

    I'm looking for a cheap shipping solution to deliver Jewellery in Europe and the USA, with insurance to cover half of the jewellery value.

    The average package would be around 12cm width and length and 8cm high, around 0.15kg and average retail value of £500

    Less than 10 packages per week for starters
    Posted: Aug 25, 2017 By: Edouard Member since: Aug 25, 2017