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Collect and deliver service

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by agnes, 14 Apr 2010.

  1. agnes


    Joined: 1 Dec 2006

    Posts: 16,273

    Location: Amsterdam, NL

    Where does this?

    I need someone to collect a parcel and return it to a retailer.

  2. britboy4321


    Joined: 10 Dec 2008

    Posts: 4,080

    Location: London

    For just 1 parcel? Once?

    No-one that I can think of, and I work for DHL (EDIT unless you go for an uber-expensive courier).

    Your best bet would be to wait for postie to arrive and hand him the parcel in person if you really don't want to go to the post office yourself ...
    Last edited: 14 Apr 2010
  3. arknor


    Joined: 22 Nov 2005

    Posts: 38,871

    Location: Newcastle/Zurich

    er all courier services will
  4. agnes


    Joined: 1 Dec 2006

    Posts: 16,273

    Location: Amsterdam, NL

    As sarcastic as Arknor is, he is right, even DHL do it, only a couple of quid more than walking to postie my self lol.

  5. Tefal

    Capo Crimine

    Joined: 30 Jun 2007

    Posts: 66,718

    Location: Wales

    Good lord, explains a lot about my DHL deliveries.
  6. Lopéz

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

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    Location: LE9/OTK

    What I think Britboy is getting at, is that most of the established couriers (DHL/Citylink/Parcelforce/TNT etc) are not really interested in 1 off private shippers - they are primarily interested in business contracts.

    The best way round this is to use someone like Interparcel or Parcel2go who will sub the work out to a courier.
  7. sunama


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 15,968

    Location: NW London

    Lopez, I know you work for a courier company so probably know more about the state of play with couriers, as of April 2010, but 2 years ago, I went to parcelforce's website and booked in a parcel, for it to be collected and delivered. I did this 3 times and parcelforce were 100% reliable - collecting the package on exact date I specified on the website.

    Basically, you make the booking online, make payment online and then print out the label. You then stick the label on the package.

    On the day parcelforce arrive, they will scan the label/barcode and take the parcel away.

    Note: these were 1-off parcels and I my order was not part of some bigger contract.
  8. Lopéz

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 27,920

    Location: LE9/OTK

    Oh you can do it, it's just not generally worthwhile cost-wise to do a one-off shipment with most couriers.
  9. makeshiftwings


    Joined: 22 Jul 2004

    Posts: 877

    Location: United Kingdom

    Parcelforce should do collections. If you call the retailler, I'm sure they can arrange it with their courier but there may be an extra cost.
  10. Liquidfox


    Joined: 26 Sep 2007

    Posts: 4,119

    Location: Newcastle

    UPS do one-off collections
  11. Axis64

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 9 Nov 2003

    Posts: 1,138

    Location: Peterborough

    I work for parcelforce and we will do it, either go on the website and book it or call 08448 00 44 66 options 4 then 2
  12. degen


    Joined: 10 Oct 2006

    Posts: 693

  13. jwest


    Joined: 7 Sep 2009

    Posts: 462

    Location: Manchester

  14. mast3r


    Joined: 28 Jan 2007

    Posts: 2,550

    Location: Wilmslow, Cheshire

    get on yer bike to the post office
    city link
  15. robbiemc

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 30 Dec 2003

    Posts: 2,262

    Location: West Byfleet, Surrey.

    UPS do it - I had a large package collected a few weeks ago, simple.