Post Office Comparison

Interparcel vs. Royal Mail services

14th September 2022, 10:10am in Shipping Advice by Amy Newham

Long Post Office queues, restricted hours and strike action- parcel delivery doesn't have to be this way!

At Interparcel, we believe sending a parcel should be simple, flexible, and most of all, affordable. That's why we offer an alternative range of fast, convenient and cheap courier delivery services in comparison to Royal Mail.

Not so sure? Continue reading and see for yourself!

Cheaper parcel delivery

If you need to send a parcel or packet, our courier comparison site displays some of the lowest UK postal rates – even cheaper than Royal Mail. Our collection and drop-off services come with comprehensive tracking as standard and many include a level of free transit cover. We've researched some of Royal Mail's and Parcelforce via Royal Mail's shipping prices against our own to show you how much you could save.

Domestic delivery savings*

Weight Royal Mail Price Interparcel Price You save
0.5kg Large letter £2.15 inc VAT £2.10 inc VAT £0.05
1kg Small Parcel £3.35 inc VAT £2.70 inc VAT £0.65
20kg Medium parcel £10.45 inc VAT £9.12 inc VAT £1.33

* Compared against Royal Mail Second class on 06/09/22 for nearest comparative size and service. Price excludes enhanced transit cover. Large letter 35.3 x 25 x 2.5 cm / Small Parcel 45 x 35 x 16cm / Medium parcel 61 x 46 x 46cm 20kg.

International delivery savings*

Country and Weight Parcelforce via Royal Mail Price Interparcel Price You save
France 5kg £17.35 £14.25 £3.10
Germany 5kg £34.65 £12.40 £22.25
USA 5kg £65.80 £41.20 £24.60
China 5kg £48.40 £29.35 £19.05

*Compared against Royal Mail Second class on 06/09/22 for nearest comparative size and service. Price excludes enhanced transit cover. Parcel size: 50 x 20 x 20 cm at 5kg.

Wide choice of services

As an online booking and comparison site, you can choose from a diverse range of carriers and services to find the one most suitable for your business and your customers. Having the flexibility to pick and choose your preferred shipping means you're not tied to one supplier or limited to their capabilities. Hence, you have complete flexibility to book with another courier or service if there are disruptions or strikes.

Reliable tracking

Knowing when your package is safely making its way to its destination is peace of mind. That's why all deliveries booked through our website come with free tracking as standard. You can opt into our email or SMS tracking notifications to monitor your parcels' journey during the booking stage. Alternatively, you can type in your 12-digit tracking number into our tracking portal to check the progress of your shipment whenever you wish- all for free.

Convenient collection and drop-off services

Door to door courier delivery

If you don't live or work near a Post Office, finding the time to send your packages can be tricky. That's where our courier collection and drop-off services come in. If you book a door-to-door collection service, you don't have to move a muscle as the driver will come to you, which is very useful if you regularly send heavy, large or multiple parcels. No more lugging packages to a Post Office, less money spent on petrol, and more time to get on with the important stuff!

Equally, there are just as many drop-off locations as Post Offices making it a convenient way to send parcels. Our drop-off locations are ideally situated in local convenience stores and ParcelShops all across the UK so you can always work parcel-sending into your busy schedule. Many of our drop-off locations also offer 'Print In Store' facilities so you can print your shipping labels in-store for convenient sending.

A real-life customer service team

If you're unsure about booking online because you're worried you can't speak to an actual human – rest assured we have a real-life customer service team who can assist seven days a week with any queries you may have. You can contact our parcel experts via telephone, live chat, email or contact form. Our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn accounts are also great places to message us if you prefer. So, if you're more of a tweeter than an emailer – we can still assist!

Business integrations

We consistently work towards streamlining the shipping process and equipping businesses with the tools they need for their company to the next level. You can easily connect your online store or website platforms such as Amazon, eBay, Etsy, Shopify and WooCommerce with our Shipping Manager to manage your orders in one place. It's easy to set up and you can even connect multiple stores within an eCommerce platform.

Additionally, our advanced Shipping Manager also includes many other benefits for both individual senders and small businesses, such as:

Send today with Interparcel

As you can see, we offer competitive advantages over traditional Post Office services, including greater flexibility, free business tools and discounted prices on domestic and international delivery services. Enter your parcel details into our comparison tool and filter the results by price, speed and courier to find the best courier service for you.

If you have any queries regarding your order, speak to our helpful parcel experts, who will be happy to assist.

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