Last year, Great Britain and beyond faced multiple supply chain issues due to global shortages in materials, staff absences and transport delays. Cast your mind back to when queues were spilling out of petrol stations as the UK suffered prolonged petrol shortages due to a lack of HGV drivers, spurring a higher consumption of petrol and diesel.
Brexit and Covid-19 has also been a catalyst for many supply chain issues. With an unprecedented number of workers isolating, services cannot continue as usual as we have seen with disrupted train timetables, restaurants and postal deliveries. Similarly, Brexit has made the shortages hitting the UK even worse by restricting the rapid movement of labour and goods. These delays can cause real panic, especially if you are a small business.
Luckily, Interparcel is here to help your small business manage these shortages. With postal depots shutting and drivers off with Covid-19, you don't want to be relying on one supplier. However, if you book your deliveries through our third-party comparison site, we can help you streamline your shipping and reduce the risk of delays to your business.
Choose from industry-leading couriers
As a booking and comparison website, we diversify our services and partner with multiple suppliers, so our customers have a large selection of couriers and services to choose from such as Economy, Express and Next Day services within the UK and abroad.
Booking through Interparcel gives you access to multiple couriers meaning you are not tied to just one carrier. If you only have an account with one supplier, you are really limited to their capabilities, whereas booking a parcel through us gives you the flexibility to choose the very best service for each of your customers. We work proactively in the background to keep our website up to date with all the latest Covid news and other delays, turning services off when they are under pressure, so you can rest assured that when you book through Interparcel, your parcel will get there safely.
Booking your parcel deliveries through Interparcel gives you complete flexibility for your logisitics needs. There is no minimum spend, minimum volume or account fees. You will just gain instant access to the industry leading courier companies and their services. Your Interparcel account is the one-stop shop for all your sending needs. You can trial services that you may not have previously used, or had the opportunity to use before, and compare prices and delivery times giving you the confidence you are getting the best possible service for your business and your customers.
During these uncertain times, instead of using your usual Economy services, why not try using a Next Day or Same Day service for those really important shipments. With Next Day Delivery prices starting from only £3.95 (plus VAT), it's cheaper than you think!
No hidden surcharges
A great benefit of booking through Interparcel is that we offer fully transparent pricing for all shipping costs. We build in the fuel, residential, congestion, covid and peak surcharges into our display price. Unlike some of the carriers who issue confusing invoices, hiding surcharges by adding them on at the end, the price you see on our website is the price you pay for the delivery. It's as simple as that!
You know where you are with Interparcel as you pay as you go, so there are no nasty bills dropping through the letterbox!
Our strong buying power gives us huge discounts off tariff prices so you can benefit from cheaper shipping costs with Hermes ParcelShop Postable starting from only £1.75 (plus VAT). Our long-standing relationship with the courier companies means we can negotiate better shipping prices so your business can keep more profits.
For example, compared to Royal Mail, you can save up to £0.60* on a letterbox parcel (under 1kg) when you book directly through us! So, not only can you save time queueing up at the post office, but you can save money too... win, win!
We understand that when you ship a parcel, you want to be able to keep track of it, especially during these uncertain times. That's why all deliveries booked with us come with free tracking as standard. You can enter your 12-digit tracking number in our Tracking Portal for an instant update on your package's whereabouts.
But who has time to refresh a tracking page, when you're running a business? Well, don't worry, during the booking process, you can also set up our free email notifications and let us keep you or your receiver up to date on the key tracking events. We can even send you SMS updates if you prefer.
If you set up an account with us, you will also have access to our free Branded Tracking. You can create your very own tailored tracking page with its own subdomain. Seamlessly theme the name, logo, colours and banner image to how you want it and we will automatically update your customer's confirmation and notification emails with your Branded Tracking URL when you send through us.
The one-stop shop for all things parcels
Last, but definitely not least is the Interparcel Shipping Manager, this allows you to seamlessly integrate your online store with Interparcel to save you valuable time (and money) on shipping. Whether you sell on eCommerce marketplaces like Amazon, Etsy, eBay or Not On The High Street we have a shipping tool for it. In just a few simple steps, we can pull your orders through into your Interparcel Account where you can then handle the shipping all in one place. If you don't currently use a marketplace platform, you can also import your order data via CSV upload or directly through our Interparcel API.
Excellent customer service
If you ever need to speak to us about your booking, shipping advice or tech support, our real-life UK based team are here to help, seven days a week. Our support team can deliver friendly, efficient and helpful support over the phone, live chat, contact form, or email, so you know that your parcels are in safe hands.
With all the big names in shipping, you can ensure that your parcels are in the safest hands with Interparcel. Get a quote for your package today!
*Price obtained on 21/01/22