Choosing a Next Day shipping service

Compare Next Day delivery services

9th February 2023, 8:08am in Shipping Advice by Amy Newham

Next Day UK delivery is ideal for those who need to send a parcel quickly. Whether you need to send a last-minute birthday present or a customer’s order, next-day postage is a popular choice because it is convenient, fast and affordable. However, what is the best Next Day delivery service?

Of course, there is no ‘one-service-fits-all’. That’s why we think it’s important to give you the flexibility and transparency to compare courier services based on various factors including budget, carrier and delivery mode.

If you’re looking for some guidance as to whether a next-day parcel delivery service is the right choice for you, and if so which one - here are some common questions to help you decide.

What time do Next Day deliveries arrive?

Delivery driver holding parcel at door

Consignments booked on a Next Day service should arrive before the close of business the next working day. However, each courier and service have different cut-off times. Many of our next-day services will collect the following day after booking.

If you’re not in a rush, consider our cheaper UK Economy services. Alternatively, if the next day is not soon enough, we also offer fast Same Day services.

Please note: collection dates and times are not guaranteed and may take longer during busy sales periods or disruptions.

Does Next Day delivery include Saturday?

Standard Next Day services exclude weekend delivery. However, you can book a specific Saturday service such as APC Saturday, DHL Saturday, or Parcelforce Express Saturday. We also offer timed weekend and Sunday options to meet the tightest of deadlines.

How much does Next Day delivery cost?

Next Day shipping is probably not as expensive as you think it is. You can send a parcel Next Day from £3.95 + VAT with Evri Postable Next Day – ideal for lightweight items.

Which couriers use Next Day delivery?

Parcels on conveyor belt at depot

We have so many popular next-day services we can’t talk about them all in one article! However, here is the list of parcel couriers that offer domestic next-day shipping:

Next Day pallet shipping

We also offer next-day pallet shipping with Palletways which will collect your pallet from any UK address. Pallet delivery are designed for sending large, heavy or long items that cannot be sent via a standard courier service.

Popular Next Day services

If you think a UK next-day service best suits your needs, you can now start comparing all the next-day services we have on offer. So, what to consider?

Here are some questions to ask yourself before you book:

Collection or Drop Off?

Depending on your needs and schedule, we offer both parcel collection and drop-off services. Collection services are ideal if you’re sending heavier parcels because you don’t have to carry them to your nearest drop-off point. For businesses, it saves time travelling and means you can get on with the important stuff.

Whereas, Drop Off services give you the flexibility to drop your parcel off at a local drop-off point or locker. There are thousands of drop-off locations across the UK, so you are bound to find one within walking distance. Drop Off services are often slightly cheaper than collection services because you are not paying for the courier to collect from a specific address.

Level of transit cover?

Hands over yellow van

All our Next Day services come with a level of inclusive transit cover as standard, ranging from £20 - £100. However, you also have the option to pay for enhanced transit cover if your parcel value exceeds the amount of free transit cover. If you're shipping a valuable or high-value item, then adding transit cover is a no brainer!

Do you require a printer?

Again, some next-day services require a printer. Others are either printer-optional or no printer needed. The difference is some drop-off services like DHL Next Day Drop Off you can print off required labels at the shop or at home. You just select the ‘Print in store’ option at the time of booking.

Whereas a collection service like Tuffnells Express simply does not require a printer because the driver will provide the labels.

If you do choose a service that requires a printer, The Interparcel Print Manager™ enables direct label and invoice printing from the website instead of via PDF viewer. You can install our printing plugin in a few simple steps.

How do I book a Next Day courier service with Interparcel?

Booking a next-day service with Interparcel is simple:

1. Click on 'Get a Quote'

2. Fill out the form and hit the ‘Quote Me’ button

3. We will generate a list of quotes for you to choose from

4. Scroll down to ‘Next Day Delivery’, select your preferred service and complete the required fields

Start comparing Next Day services today and enter your parcel or pallet details into our online quick quote tool. Once booked, you can track the progress of your order using our free tracking portal. Our friendly customer service team are also on hand to assist with any questions or queries you may have regarding your shipment. Get in touch via live chat, email and telephone!

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