Parcel Courier Vs. Regular Mail – Which Is Better And Why?

Posted on Nov 22 2016 - 4:38pm by Editorial Staff

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Back in the day, choosing how to send your letter or parcel was an easy choice because you really didn’t have much of a choice. The regular mail service dominated the game. However, as times have changed, the market place has grown to include a variety of private courier services, offering a range of benefits from added security to advanced tracking of your parcels. Here are some of the things that set regular mail and courier mail apart from each other.

What Are You Sending?

This is the first question you should ask yourself before deciding between the regular mail service and couriers. What you are sending, whether it is a simple letter or a huge parcel, really should help you determine what service to use. Normally, the regular mail service is just fine for anything that is not extremely urgent or sensitive. If it’s a simple letter being sent, maybe you’re fine with regular mail. However, if the contents are something of great importance to you or of an urgent matter, it may be worth your while to go for a courier service to get that extra peace of mind.

How Much Do You Want to Spend?

Think of regular mail services as a kind of monopoly in the industry. Back in the day, before the advent of courier service, your only choice was to go with regular mail service with their fixed price that couldn’t be negotiated. Nowadays, there are tons of different couriers to choose from to send your mail and packages. That means that if you choose against using the regular mail system to send your parcel, you’re able to “shop around” for the best priced courier. If you need to save a little extra money or if you’re willing to pay a little bit more for extra security or speed, the market is out there for you to make the best choice, per your needs. However, as a whole, couriers tend to be a bit pricier than regular mail services because of the extra benefits provided. So, don’t be afraid to shop around a bit and find the best prices!

How Important Is Customer Service?

An important question to ask yourself when deciding between going with the regular mail service or a courier service is how important quality customer service is to you. Whether you desire efficient parcel tracking services or excellent over-the-phone customer support, courier services generally provide better support than traditional mail services. Of course, this depends on the specific company you choose, but on the whole, you will get higher quality customer service with most couriers. This is especially important if your mail or package is of great importance and you require consistent updates about where your parcel is or any support if anything goes wrong.

Do You Need Special Delivery Options?

If you need special delivery options, you had better go with courier services. There’s no question on this one that when it comes to delivery, couriers come out on top. With regular mail services, you normally get one delivery option and that’s when the post office can deliver your parcel. And sometimes you might want to specify at what time your package is delivered, what days you can’t receive it, or if you want it held for a specific amount of time. With couriers, you are usually able to specify all of these things, which is a major benefit for anybody who needs to specify these conditions.

Is Safety and Security a Concern?

Sometimes we need to send packages that are very important to us and have to get to their destination at exactly the right time. Whether it is for a birthday or another special event, couriers are the better choice over the regular mail service if you need added safety and security during the shipping process. We all have heard stories of parcels and letters getting lost in the mail when sent through the normal mail service. Even though you might pay a little extra, couriers give you a peace of mind that you wouldn’t have otherwise.

So, the answer to which service is better than the other really depends on what your desires and needs are. If you need the extra security, better customer service, and generally higher quality, then courier mail may be the best choice for you. However, if you are not that picky when it comes to security or added services, you may be fine in sticking with the normal mail service.

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