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What to Look for in a Courier Service; 5 Things to Consider

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When you have important items to send, near or far, you want to be sure that they will arrive in a safe and timely manner. Therefore, you need to make sure the courier you hire can meet your needs. By considering a few vital things, you will find the best service to carry your important delivery. 

How do They Deal with Special Deliveries? 

If you have sensitive information to be sent, you need to be confident that the company carrying it is trustworthy. Similarly, fragile packages need to arrive in one piece. Unfortunately, sometimes accidents do happen, which is what insurance is for, and a good courier company will offer insurance for a few dollars extra. Research what cover is provided by the companies you are considering and factor it into the delivery cost.

Service Area

Before committing to a company, check the areas that they service to avoid unnecessary delays. Look at local advertisements to find a courier service near you and then check out their delivery destinations. Choosing someone who has an office local and at your destination ensures they can fulfill the delivery from start to finish. Going with a company that doesn’t have a base near your destination means they may use another company to finish the delivery. This double handling makes it more likely to cause potentially costly issues.


Check out what sort of tracking information different couriers offer on deliveries. With some companies having bad reputations for not making deliveries correctly, a company that provides proof of delivery has an advantage. GPS tracking allows recipients to track when deliveries are near and, therefore, anticipate their arrival. Photographic evidence of delivery gives peace of mind that the correct address has been delivered to.

Customer Service

Excellent customer service is essential to any business, and as such, you don’t want to trust your items to a company that doesn’t value its customers. Speak to the company themselves as this will give you first-hand experience of how they deal with customers. Then check out online reviews to get a feel for how other people view the customer service experience provided. You should be able to figure out how you will be treated; should you experience any problems that need resolving with the company.  


Some couriers are inexpensive and reliable, and then there are cheap companies with poor reputations. The first sort of courier will get your goods to their destination at a reasonable cost, great for a casual domestic user. And perfect for a small business that needs to maximize its cash flow. A well-regarded courier company will have good ratings and be recommended by word of mouth, so ask around.

By taking into account these five things, you’ll be able to find a suitable courier for your needs quickly. Whether it’s to get a document submitted before a deadline or deliver flowers to your mom, you’ll know you’ve made the right choice.


Olivia is psychologist and entrepreneur from Brisbane. Mother of two beautiful children and proud owner of two silly boxer dogs. She is passionate writer, a traveler and conscious consumer, seeking healthy and sustainable products to incorporate into the lives of her family. Her motto is “Be the change you want to see in the world”.

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