Not sure if you’ve ever tried to order courier services when a festive season is in full swing or just around the corner. If you have, you may meet similar circumstances as the people in the above video met. Most courier companies will experience a large surge in deliveries required during and right before a festive season such as Chinese New Year and Christmas in particular, in Singapore.
Therefore, regardless of what you’re delivering and what you’re ordering, make sure to always place your order way in advance with the courier company instead of leaving things to the last minute and hoping that things will turn out just fine because often, it won’t. You may have a chance of either receiving your package late or your item being slightly squashed due to the extreme amount of items to be delivered during the festive months in Singapore.
However, working with a reliable courier company will ensure that 99% of the time, it won’t happen to you. Always only work with a courier company which has great reviews online as well as with good word of mouth marketing working for them. You don’t want to work with an unreliable or unstable company. That’s the last thing you want to happen especially when the item you’re delivering is of high importance of significance to you and your intended recipient.
Most courier companies allow you to place orders early, therefore, you should always strive to do that as well to lower the chances and probability of your package arriving late to your intended recipient. This is especially the case if you’re talking about corporate gifting. It’s a terrible first impression if your gift only arrives at a person’s office 1 to 2 weeks later after the holiday itself (e.g. Christmas or Chinese New Year in Singapore). Although sometimes it’s the courier firm’s fault, you want to reduce the chances of that happening as well as you’re the one who’s going to live with the consequences, not them.
Just like businesses conduct their operations slightly differently and price their services slightly different in every country, this is also the case for parcel deliveries in Singapore, and here are some things you need to know about parcel couriers in Singapore.
First of all, parcel delivery services in Singapore can be conducted by both deliverymen on bikes as well as deliverymen driving vans. This is due to the high cost of vehicle leasing and acquisition in Singapore. Most deliverymen in other developed countries would simply drive a van around, as it’s relatively cheap to own a van. However, due to sky high COE prices for vehicles in Singapore, many delivery companies simply get their couriers to purchase a bike, which is significantly cheaper. This means that bikers will take all small to medium sized parcels and courier these items instead of using a van to do it.
Second of all, parcel deliveries in Singapore would therefore have different prices. This is because some items can be delivered on a bike, while others like a big printer or a TV screen can only be couriered via a van. Because a van leasing cost significantly more than that of a bike, it means that costs would usually be higher for a deliveryman in a van to perform your parcel deliveries versus that of a bike courier.
Third of all, when it comes to parcel courier in Singapore, it is delivered as a as-is basis. You’re couriering the item, and not selling your E-commerce product. Therefore, the courier company will not be wrapping up your entire parcel only to deliver it. They’ll simply pick up whatever you have and deliver it.
Fourth of all, there are many courier companies in Singapore. Some will use cars, some will use vans while others will use bikes. Not a concern. Most courier companies are reliable .