Economy shipping has been a fan favourite for many years because it is a cost-effective option for those on a budget. For all kinds of senders, economy shipping is suitable for small and large parcels, documents, pallets and everything in between. In this blog, we discuss the benefits of economy shipping and why it may be the solution for you.
What does Economy shipping mean?
Economy shipping is the cheapest shipping option offered by most couriers or brokers. Since shipping costs are often related closely to delivery speed, economy services often take slightly longer than standard or expedited shipping services.
Alongside many of our courier partners, we are pleased to offer our customers a range of economy services with a variety of brands. This way you can access cheap delivery services with couriers that specialise in a range of goods.
How fast is Economy delivery?
There is no 'one size fits all' economy shipping speed, but with Interparcel, the longest an economy service will take is 7 business days. Typically, the estimates for this type of service will range from 1-7 days depending on the destination you are sending to. For most UK domestic economy deliveries this estimate will be much faster. When sending internationally, economy delivery services may take slightly longer but this is subject to courier status and destination.
By booking with Interparcel, you will be able to compare the delivery estimates for budget economy shipping when you enter the exact delivery location. This way you can see which service will best suit your sending needs!
Standard VS Economy shipping, which is better?
Even though standard shipping can be slightly faster, the differences between the two is negligible when shipping domestically. If you need to send a parcel within the UK, standard and economy services are very similar, and typically each take between 3-5 working days.
However, these differences become more noticeable when you need to send a parcel internationally. For example, international economy delivery with Parcelforce can arrive anywhere between 2 and 7 business days.
Economy shipping benefits
If you're a business or just a regular parcel sender, it can become costly to send parcels daily. If you send internationally, economy shipping is much more affordable and does not significantly impact delivery estimates.
Our customers benefit greatly from being able to compare domestic and international shipping rates on economy services. The price can range from as cheap as £2.34 (VAT inc.) and include a variety of collection, drop off and transit covered options.
These economy solutions are ideal for customers looking to save money and ship easily. We provide competitive rates for economy international shipping as we send to over 250 countries and territories.
Can be just as fast
Economy delivery solutions can be just as fast as standard options, but often at a lower price. Having access to economy services when looking to send a non-urgent delivery is essential to keeping costs down. Our customers who have used economy services can vouch for the great experiences they've had and left us fantastic reviews to show for it!
When you ship with us you can always access full tracking to ensure you know exactly where your parcels are. We know that tracking is important to our customers and their recipients, so by using our tracking feature you can see where your parcel is throughout the journey.
We also have a branded tracking feature which allows our e-commerce users to create a branded portal that their customers can access to track their order. This way you can use our affordable economy services whilst maintaining your corporate branding - it's a win win!
Multiple courier options
We pride ourselves on offering a wide range of service options that customers can benefit from. When it comes to economy, couriers love to provide a quality, low-cost option so that delivery costs can be kept at a minimum.
Through us you can find Economy services with some of the globe's most well-known couriers, such as Evri (formerly Hermes), Collect ; DX, Parcelforce, UPS and Tuffnells. These couriers are each specialists in their field and take good care of all of your parcels.
Great for small businesses
Not only do our customers get access to cheap economy shipping, they can integrate their online store with us so that their customers can access it too! We created our Shipping Manager in the last few years to accommodate the boom we are witnessing in online shopping.
By integrating your online store with our Shipping Manager small businesses can benefit from a range of additional features:
- Free account set up
- Parcel Presets to shortcut package detail input
- Access to a range of eCommerce integrations through our Shipping Manager
- Full use of our 'Send Again' and 'Return Parcel' actions to streamline sending
- Unlimited no-cost label printing options
We've partnered with all the biggest and best eCommerce platforms such as BigCommerce, WooCommerce, Shopify, Magento, and more. Plus, all of these platforms can import/export your Etsy, eBay or Amazon listings and bring them straight over to your website.
Book an Economy service with Interparcel
We all want to save some extra money this spring so get a quote for an economy service today and see exactly how much you can save on a service you'll love!