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Discussion in 'Ecommerce Forum' started by moorland72, May 5, 2015.
In business, both in uk and in Poland, we use DPD services.
I have clients that use so many different ones. From a consumer preference, I have always found DPD & Royal Mail the best
I'd use a smaller company to do it until you build it up to a sufficient quantity
Bit late to the party, apologies if I've missed some key details from the thread. Definitely do a search for the 'Royal Mail Business Price Guide 25 March 2019'. I'll reference some key pages below.
- For low value items (<£30), Royal Mail untracked is typically the cheapest option by far
- If you're sending 1000+ parcels per year to the UK, Royal Mail 48 would be a decent option, which would cost £2.26 for parcels up to 1kg. See page 16 of RM price guide.
- For your international orders, Royal Mail Business Parcels (Zone Sort) would be a good one to look at. Approx £5.50 and £8 for Europe and Rest of World respectively. See page 33 of RM price guide.
- If your items are worth more than £30, then it might be worth considering a tracked service.
- For the UK, Royal Mail Tracked 48 would probably be best and would cost around £4 - you'd need to contact them directly for an accurate quote on this.
- For Europe, Royal Mail Business Parcels Tracked and Signed is best. See page 29 of RM price guide - cost would be approx. £10
- For USA, Fedex do a next day service for around £15 - you'd have to enquire with them directly to get an exact price.
Hope that's useful,
Just joined. Thanks for the info @Joe Tagg - Most people throughout this thread lean towards RM for UK delivery for small parcels. 30 minutes of reading here has saved a lot of time. Thank you.
Agree small volume = Royal Mail, larger volume DPD etc.
I would definitely consider Royal Mail. They have the best prices and a fantastic nationwide infrastructure and in my view, a great customer service.
Lots of info here: https://www.royalmail.com/sites/default/files/royal-mail-business-price-guide-25-march-2019_1.pdf
The only issue with rm is that they no longer have delivery confirmations on standard services so every parcel we send via RM is signed for which is not the best for customers who work and yes I know there website says they do give delivery confirmation but they simply don't click and drop control panels simply says no tracking available
I use my hermes yes you have to watch them like a hawk but if you put a rocket up there backside they do sort things out with carriers you will have parcels lost no matter who you use as yet my hermes can be difficult but keep a file on what goes missing and reference the different ref numbers they give you to the original but they payout and value proof wise just upload the sales invoice try doing that with rm they want individual component receipts and only pay the cost of materials
We always use Royal Mail for items under 2kg for UK and have a fixed rate around £6.00 for Parcelforce UK (mainland).
Royal Mail 2d Barcodes give delivery confirmation and you can contact business support for GPS location confirmation which we find suffices in 9./10 cases. However, I do appreciate that this is not delivery proof i.e. no signature. (ebay and Amazon accept it more often than note which is excellent and it has helped multiple customers when tracking shows item is awaiting collection from delivery office).
What do your competition use? If you have the margin to offer a better delivery service and you are building regular/loyal customers then you should use the best service you can afford. I think anything with SMS/1 hour slots is great.
Interparcel.com are competitive and so is wedelivertheworld.com for outside UK bigger parcels.
Like others said before me, for small and low value go with Royal Mail. Anything else you need to research in more detail.
I use click and drop with royal mail.
Delivery confirmation is what I am after. And that I get on standard 2nd and 1st class parcels and large letters.
Sounds interesting, since small E-commerce store selling can help some businesses to make money with those solutions. Thanks
I think UPS, DHL, and Royal mail are also ok for you. You can also find a third party to do the postage. The price will be lower than you said.
Same here! RM 2d barcodes give delivery confirmation at the very least and in my experience when you contact RM business support they can also use their internal GPS geo location tracking with the 2d barcode.
I need to start shipping a subscription box (think a small pizza box for size and weight) worldwide. I will be shipping all of my boxes on the same day so would need them collecting from my location and then delivering to all of my customers. Numbers will be small but then scale up as the business grows. I'm looking for quotes for prices to UK, EMEA and USA. Ideally tracked too!
Normally people build their online store by subscribing to Shopify or WooCommerce. It is easy to setup & starts with your selling.
Further down their online business, they need to integrate something into their store to make it better for usage, then they buy a few plugins. When everything else fails, they tend to migrate to another platform which is also Saas. This keeps ongoing.
TO cut back on all these difficulties in your online store, I have a better solution for you, you should get your online store built from scratch.
Don’t worry I’m not asking you code. All you have to do is find the customized eCommerce solution providers who can help you build your very own store site from the latest technology & features requirement.
The tools needed to sell online don’t come cheap. But using open source software can delete at least one monthly fee. Plus you’ll have greater control over your online presence.
Some of today’s most popular carts are open source solutions, including the most widely-downloaded and used platform on the web – WooCommerce.
If you’ve got the tech skills and time to play with CSS, HTML, and even Ruby on Rails while hanging out in code forums, you’re probably the right candidate for an open-source eCommerce platform. And if you don’t have the time but you do have the funds and desire to hire someone who can manipulate almost every aspect of your eCommerce site, you might also be interested in open source eCommerce platforms.
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The Royal Mail is still the cheapest solution.
Except when others offer cheaper.
DPD is goo for the larger parcels, however small parcels up to 2kg Royal Mail is the winner.
Unless wanting it cheaper. In which case look around.
Hermes were last time I looked undercutting royal mail for under 1kg parcels.
RM is definitely the best solution when you're sending packages within the UK. I'm not too familiar with overseas delivery so I can't really comment on that.