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COURIER FOR LARGE ITEMS

Discussion in 'Logistics - Payment & Shipping' started by modernkingdom, Jan 29, 2004.

  1. modernkingdom

    modernkingdom

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    Can anyone recommend a good courier service who is able to deliver large consignments up to 100kg to residential addresses. I'm finding that most couriers have a max limit of 30kg or will only deliver to business addresses.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks

    Steve *********************************************************************
  2. muttley

    muttley

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    For deliveries of upto 100KG and over a courier is the wrong type of Distribution company. You either need to start dealing with parcel companies (e.g. parcel force, etc - who are not a courier. rather then parcel force express.)

    If it is domestic deliveries only then you have a bit of a prob as this is an area that is easier internation. Also at this weight you are moving into the area of palletized shipments (this is why many only do B2B).

    Directly I can not think of anyone, although try looking for some smaller companies in the area around you, they may jump at the oppotunity.
  3. modernkingdom

    modernkingdom

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    I should have been more specific. I already have an account with Parcelforce and I also deal with a logistics company to transport palletised stock.
    However, neither company is able to send a single large parcel to a domestic customer cost effectively. The only company I have spoken to who can ship parcels of that size are TNT, but they will only deliver B2B due to problems with PODs.
    I've contacted every courier company I can think of, including some small local organisations. The only services I have found that would allow delivery of these parcels would be sameday services utilising dedicated transport which isn't cost effective.
    My last hope is that someone may know of a company I haven't yet tried. I'm assuming that there must be someone out there offering this kind of service.
  4. Martin

    Martin

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    I can't help except to comment.

    100kg is about 16 stone isn't it?

    That's way over the weight permitted to be handled by one man so I'd guess that you are going to pay for a two man crew and possibly a wheeled truck as well. Hence the cost.

    "Same day" is sensible because that obviates the extra handling required to offload the item for overnight storage then reload it for delivery.

    The B2B rule is only sensible. If the truck/van arrives at domestic premises that don't have a reasonably smooth, flat driveway for easy access then delivery can't happen. And there's never any guarantee that the deliveree will be at home or available. I've had a number of aborted delivery attempts where the recipient has "popped out to the shop" or "had a quick bath" or "didn't hear the doorbell". They don't understand the gravity of the situation till they receive the £25 invoice for repeat delivery!

    I've no idea what you consider "a fair price" for such a delivery but work on the basis of £7 per 10kG.

    You may be expecting too much.

    Anyway, I recommend you contact Terence:
    http://www.terencedove.co.uk/

    He knows the business and most of the Couriers in the UK. If he can't help you, nobody can. (Tip: buy his eBook - you'll get a more helpful response!)

    Disclaimer: I'm not on a backhander. I only know of him through a friend and HE's not on a backhander either.

    Martin

    Just found this: http://www.ukbusinessforums.com/viewtopic.php?t=916
  5. Jon16

    Jon16

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    Hi, just looking threw the forum sory if its an old post.

    try www.parcelflash.com very cheap rate.. [​IMG]
  6. Martin

    Martin

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE </div>
    Thanks. Nobody warned you about the resident spellchecker, then? [​IMG]
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