Over recent decades the explosion in global online retailing has encouraged the development and growth of very efficient, low priced express parcels systems and these services provide an excellent means of delivery for national and international consignments, with rapid delivery, low cost and online tracking.
However, these huge systems are only viable if the service providers are able to secure large volumes of business. Perhaps it’s not surprising, therefore, that these large corporations don’t exactly roll out the red carpet for shippers who have smaller, less frequent quantities to send, as they are really much more interested in companies who move big quantities. If, eventually, an account is made available and a service offered, the standard tariffs then proposed are usually pretty eye-wateringly expensive.
Westhaven is able to benefit from bulk trade price discounts and can arrange express delivery for documents, parcels and some larger packages at very competitive rates through systems offered by the world’s leading operators. We principally route consignments through DHL, UPS, TNT or FedEx, depending on the weight, size, urgency and destination involved. Collection can be arranged very quickly (even the same day as the booking is received) and consignment labels are then emailed immediately to the sender. Once collected, the progress of the shipment can then be easily tracked online, including proof of delivery.
Courier services – using automatic handling and sorting equipment, conveyors and chutes – are not necessarily the right solution for all urgent goods, especially larger or heavier items. Indeed, such consignments are known as ‘ugly freight’ in the courier industry. If you tell us the size, weight, destination and urgency of your goods, we will tell you quickly what kind of service is the most practical and cost-effective solution, even if you have larger, heavier packages.
We are not tied to one particular courier or express service provider and we will propose the most appropriate routing only after giving consideration to the customer’s priorities. We invite you to call us to discuss your own particular requirements for urgent parcel services and we will respond quickly with our best proposals and recommendations.