Most people understand the need for international couriers, but rarely think to use domestic courier services when shipping something from one area to another in the same country. However, you can get many of the same benefits from using domestic couriers as you can with international couriers, so it is definitely something to consider.
Speed of domestic courier services is important and they definitely deliver. While many people want same day delivery, there are other options, as well, including next day delivery and regular deliveries. The choice you select will depend on the types of items you are sending and how much you want to pay. For example, same day delivery will likely cost the most because it is shipped the very day they pick it up. This option works well for rush items and for food, medication and other time-sensitive needs.
While not everything can be a flat rate, many domestic couriers are offering a flat rate option for items that are up to about five kg. This is extremely helpful for those who routinely ship small items, whether for business or personal reasons. Flat rates may not be available for items of a dangerous or perishable nature, no matter how small the package is. Therefore, it is important to find out beforehand how much postage will cost.
However, another way to save money is to ship items in bulk as many domestic courier services offer discounts on bulk shipments.
Packaging services are available to you through the domestic courier, so you can take your items to the drop-off point and they will use everything required to pack your items properly for shipment. However, you can also do your own packing to save a little extra money. If you want to ensure your packing materials are solid, consider buying your packaging materials from the courier, as well. You can have padded bags, bubble wrap, mailing boxes, reinforced boxes and more. Many couriers offer a discount when you purchase these items in bulk.
Couriers are online, just as most businesses and you will likely be able to create an account with the courier to pay for postage, order materials, create delivery reports, import customer addresses, and get proof of shipment, along with proof of delivery if required. This allows you to be more in control of your shipments.