Everything you need to know about parcel delivery
How parcel delivery works
For the customer, parcel delivery is designed to be as efficient as possible, enter your delivery details, compare quotes and choose the best option for you. Behind the scenes there’s a little more to it than that, there are a lot of steps that take place to ensure your parcel gets collected and delivered to its destination safely and as quickly as possible:
- Courier collects parcel either from a specific address or drop off location
- Your parcel and hundreds of others then get taken to the nearest depot
- Your parcel is then sorted with others that are addressed to similar areas – these will then be sent to another depot closer to the delivery location
- The parcel will then be assigned to a driver based on their area of coverage
- This driver will then deliver your parcel to the recipient along their delivery route
How to track a parcel delivery
Tracking your Parcel2Go delivery is easy, simply enter your tracking reference number, which can be found on your confirmation email into our postal tracking tool and click ‘Track This Parcel’. You can track your parcel at various points along its journey, so you know where your parcel is at all times, giving yourself and the recipient peace of mind.
Parcel tracking will begin once the parcel is scanned upon collection, drivers with a handheld terminal will scan the item immediately. Other parcels may only be shown as collected once scanned at the courier depot.
Can you track standard parcel delivery?
Yes, there’s free tracking on all our standard deliveries. This can be done the same way you’d track any other delivery service with Parcel2Go. Enter your tracking reference number into our postal tracking tool and click ‘Track This Parcel’. Your parcel can be tracked as soon as it has been collected and scanned in by one of the drivers, or once it has been scanned in at the courier depot. The parcel can be tracked at various points along its journey right up until it reaches its final destination.
Which parcel delivery service?
Knowing which parcel delivery service to use isn’t always easy, as there’s no straight forward answer. The service that you choose will be the one that best fits your needs, there are a few things you should consider when choosing the right service for you, the first being whether you will require a collection or drop-off service.
If you are in one location for the majority of the day; maybe you work from home or can get items collected from the office, then a collection service would be easy and convenient for you.
However, if you have a busy schedule and can’t allocate a full day or even a few hours to sit at home and wait, then a drop-off service will be the most ideal. There are thousands of drop-off points across the country, so you’ll be able to find one near you.
The next thing you’ll need to look at is how quickly you need the parcel delivering, if it’s urgent you may want to look at booking same day or next day delivery. If there’s no rush and you want a slightly more affordable option, then look at 2 or 3+ day delivery.
Who is the best parcel delivery company?
As with choosing the right service for you, choosing the right parcel delivery company can also be a bit of a question mark. The courier you choose to book will depend on your needs, you’ll want to think about time scale, budget, whether you want collection or drop-off service and where the parcel is being sent to (UK or international). To make things a little easier, we offer a courier comparison service that gives you access to the widest range of couriers in the UK. We only work with the very best couriers, so you can rest assured that no matter which carrier you choose you’ll receive the best service. Below we have listed some of our more popular services.
- MyHermes Parcel Shop
- DPD Drop-off
- UPS Standard
- Parcelforce Worldwide 48
- TNT UK Express
- Letters and Small Parcels by Whistl