With Christmas fast approaching, time is running out to get those parcels to friends and family shipped and delivered. However, if you want to ensure they arrive safely and securely, it’s important not to rush into choosing a courier.
Here, you’ll discover some of the key factors to consider in order to ensure your important parcels are delivered safely during the holidays.
Make sure the parcels are properly secured
Before sending a parcel at any time of year, you should always make sure it is properly secured. However, this becomes even more important during the holidays; especially if you’re sending something expensive.
So, to start, make sure you’re including plenty of padding such as bubble wrap to keep the items protected. Then, ensure there’s plenty of tough sticky tape keeping the box sealed. It’s a good idea to use the H-Tape method, placing a layer of tape vertically and a layer of tape horizontally across the box. You may also want to reinforce the corners of the box to make them stronger.
Choose a reliable courier
Of course, no matter how well you package your parcels, it won’t matter if you don’t choose a reliable courier. There are hundreds of courier services throughout the UK, and not all of them are as reliable as they should be. Therefore, it’s worth reading online reviews of the courier companies you’re considering using. That way, you’ll be able to see exactly which ones are deemed reliable and which ones you should avoid.
You can also use a comparison service such as Parcel2Go.com, in order to find the cheapest courier prices.
Take advantage of tracking
Most couriers today offer a tracking service. This allows you to see exactly where the parcel is and when it arrives at its destination. Not only does this give you the opportunity to let the recipient know when the parcel will be arriving, but it also protects you in case the parcel goes missing.
If it does go missing, you’ll be able to see from its tracking information, where it was last seen. This can help the company locate it, or at least see proof of where it was and refund you if necessary. However, with tracking you’ll find the chances of your parcel going missing are greatly reduced.
Make sure the parcels are labelled correctly
Finally, it’s a good idea to make sure the parcels are labelled correctly. Even just the slightest mistake in the address could cause the parcel to be delayed. So, always double check it before posting it out.
It can be daunting sending parcels over the Christmas period. However, the tips above can help you to ensure that your parcels arrive at their chosen destination safely and securely.