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

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  1. Will Wright

    Will Wright UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Royal mail, their new online portal is excellent and never had an issue with deliveries
    Posted: Oct 22, 2017 By: Will Wright Member since: Oct 21, 2017
  2. Justin Smith

    Justin Smith UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    Posted: Oct 23, 2017 By: Justin Smith Member since: Jun 6, 2012
  3. synotio

    synotio UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I use Yodel and when you set up an account you get assigned an account manager, I find that you can negotiate with these for a better rate especially for over seas
    Posted: Nov 15, 2017 By: synotio Member since: Nov 15, 2017
  4. Chris Salmon

    Chris Salmon UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    I'd do RM OBA and Click and Drop all day long. they've made the process really easy and intuitive. I ship both RM24 and RM48. If you send more than 20 parcels a day you'll get volume discounts.
    Posted: Dec 7, 2017 By: Chris Salmon Member since: Dec 6, 2017
  5. Alexander Sadlier

    Alexander Sadlier UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    We use royal mail 2nd class like you. £2.90 for a parcel does seem steep when you are sending multiple parcels to the same location. It's cheaper for us to send 4 parcels individually than to send them as 1 large parcel. That seems wrong to me ...
    Posted: Dec 14, 2017 By: Alexander Sadlier Member since: Dec 13, 2017
  6. Anders Jorgensen

    Anders Jorgensen UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    My supplier has developed a shipping solution with DPD in the UK. Maybe that can help you?
    Posted: Feb 13, 2018 By: Anders Jorgensen Member since: Feb 5, 2018
  7. Mixture

    Mixture UKBF Regular Free Member

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    As others have said for small volume international shipments at speed, a service like Parcelmonkey or similar would be best until you get volume. Our rates to the USA are cheaper with UPS on a 2 day service than with Royal Mail (signed) but we do have volume discounts.
    Posted: Feb 26, 2018 By: Mixture Member since: Jan 12, 2012
  8. antropy

    antropy OpenCart Experts Full Member - Verified Business

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    I can't wait until autonomous drones do this haha!
    Posted: May 3, 2018 By: antropy Member since: Aug 2, 2010
  9. iDigLocal

    iDigLocal UKBF Regular Full Member

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    Set up a Royal mail OBA account. This is a very cheap option, prices are worked out on average weight. You simply frank them yourself and bag them up. It will take a bit of trial and error to find your way around it but it works well. If you use the Click and drop functionality then they also means to link to various common ecommerce CMS for easy import of order details.

    Once you start getting to larger items, especially international shipping then you would probably want to use a different courier. Generally speaking for an ecommerce site you would set up accounts with several couriers to manage costs for different services.
    Posted: May 9, 2018 By: iDigLocal Member since: May 9, 2018
  10. fallschirmjaeger

    fallschirmjaeger UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Now this bit is good advice I need to start applying!
    Posted: Jun 27, 2018 By: fallschirmjaeger Member since: Jul 17, 2014
  11. Parcelhub

    Parcelhub UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Or a single provider that will grant you access to discounted rates from a range of carriers, with a single monthly invoice ;););)
    Posted: Jun 27, 2018 By: Parcelhub Member since: Feb 9, 2015
  12. AlexMDS

    AlexMDS UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Royal mail or hermes but hermes can be hard work sometimes
    Posted: Jul 14, 2018 By: AlexMDS Member since: Dec 10, 2017
  13. Julie Knight

    Julie Knight UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Our customer base (we're an Order Management software solution provider) tend to use Royal Mail and Hermes. From the feedback we've received, these both seem to provide an excellent balance between price and service level. Check them out.
    Posted: Jul 15, 2018 By: Julie Knight Member since: May 23, 2018
  14. ThePropertyServices

    ThePropertyServices UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Ask for Discounts, DHL may also help if you set a certain minimum number of packages per day/week
    Posted: Jul 17, 2018 By: ThePropertyServices Member since: Mar 21, 2018
  15. Julie Knight

    Julie Knight UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Interparcel are also a very popular broker for many different couriers. Worth a look.
    Posted: Jul 20, 2018 By: Julie Knight Member since: May 23, 2018
  16. Pish_Pash

    Pish_Pash UKBF Ace Free Member

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    Bearing in mind the OP asked his question back in 2015...he probably couldn't hang around for this latest input ;-)
    Posted: Jul 31, 2018 By: Pish_Pash Member since: Feb 1, 2013
  17. JudeN

    JudeN UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Parcel2Go is a really good parcel-broker service - covers all the major couriers and many I've never heard of. Used to use Hermes all the time now I always go to this site first. I usually go with whoever is offering the fastest and most economical service, always choose signed for and insured, and have never been let down yet
    Posted: Aug 2, 2018 By: JudeN Member since: Jul 30, 2018
  18. Rob @ Love2night uk

    Rob @ Love2night uk UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I use Royal mail tracked & signed for international (EU Only) mail, find them extremly fast and reliable getting the items to customers very quickly. I do have a business account with them and printer to print my own labels but find it a pain at times. Been let down by other so called couriers.
    Posted: Nov 16, 2018 By: Rob @ Love2night uk Member since: Jul 15, 2017
  19. Mixture

    Mixture UKBF Regular Free Member

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    UPS have been excellent for our international shipments, however, after speaking with Royal Mail the Tracked service is actually much faster than the Tracked and Signed service. We shipped a lot of items to the USA, and one major problem with Tracked and Signed was when the customers were out, so they had to leave a card (which I don't think they did) and the item was never collected so returned to sender.
    We stopped using Tracked and Signed and switched to the International Tracked service, which resulted in more deliveries being made, less return to senders, and no item not received reports so win-win.
    Posted: Nov 16, 2018 By: Mixture Member since: Jan 12, 2012
  20. ProjectOcto

    ProjectOcto UKBF Regular Full Member - Verified Business

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    Take a look at Parcel2Go who aggregate their clients needs and get cheaper rates from the major providers
    Posted: Nov 30, 2018 By: ProjectOcto Member since: Aug 1, 2013