How does Cash on Delivery (COD) work?

What is COD (Cash on Delivery)?

Cash on delivery or COD is a popular form of payment for purchases made online. COD allows buyers to make payments for their purchases via cash or card at the time of delivery of their orders. Research suggests that the customers are confident about their purchases made via the COD mode. It also increases the probability of sales for eCommerce sellers.

The COD Methodology

The process of the COD mode of payment for an order is simple. Delivery agents collect the invoice amount of a consignment from its consignee in the form of cash at the time of delivery. The collected cash is then deposited at the local office of the eCommerce company that made the sale. In this method of payment, both the buyer and seller are satisfied.

From the seller’s point of view, cash handling is simple and does not involve any complex processes. The proceeds from a sale are realized instantly, and the possibilities of payment failures are ruled out. COD could only pose a problem if the order amount is too high.

From the buyer’s viewpoint, the cash on the delivery mode is preferable as payments are made only after a consignment actually arrives. Furthermore, in cases of damaged or wrong deliveries, the buyer may refuse to accept the package. There are fewer risks since the payment is made only after the ordered product is delivered. Payments can be deferred until delivery of the required item is effectuated.

COD model of payment is popular in India, and there are several reasons for this. One being that Indians are comfortable dealing in cash rather than in debit or credit cards for making payments.

Working of Cash on Delivery (CoD) and its Process Flow

The entire process of COD involves the placement and execution of order except for the collection of the payment. The cash payment is made to the supplier by the buyer after the consignment is delivered. However, the process of COD begins from the moment your order is placed.

Usually, e-Commerce companies ship via their logistics. If not, they hire a separate logistics partner for delivering consignments and collecting payment.

  • After an order is placed with an e-Commerce company, the concerned item is sourced from a supplier. Once sourced, an invoice-cum-delivery challan is prepared by the e-Commerce company. This invoice-cum-challan is in most cases attached to the consignment for easy retrieval.
  • The consignment together with the invoice is handed over to a logistics company for delivering the order and collecting payment in cash.
  • The delivery boy is authorized to collect cash immediately on delivery of the order to the customer’s doorstep. However, some companies accept card payments as well at the time of delivery. That being said, delivery executives also carry a card swiping machine.
  • After the collection of the invoice amount, delivery agents deposit it in the office. The logistics company, in turn, hands over the cash to the supplier or the e-Commerce company after deducting handling charges.
    The money ultimately reaches the merchant of the ordered product.


Cash on Delivery is a relatively risk-free process of buying products and services online. It is especially true for the first time online buyers, and for products that are expensive. COD has been instrumental in the unprecedented growth of online commerce in India. It is an easy concept for the masses to understand and accept. In India, it is a payment process that is expected to stay for several years.

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12 Comments

  1. Faheem Raza Reply

    Hi,
    I’m. CEO at https://daraz.in and this venture is started for such buyers who prefer to pay in COD form…

    This article was detailed and i have read it… Now let me know about shipping and handelling charges by product’s categories… Also

    Let me know how can i hire your company as my logistic partner

    Thanks

    • Sanjay Negi Reply

      Hi Faheem,

      Kindly drop an email to support@shiprocket.in and we will get back to you on this.

      Thanks,
      Sanjay

  2. Rohit Puri Reply

    Please call me i want to know better about it.

    • Sanjay Negi Reply

      Hi Rohit,

      Kindly drop an email to support@shiprocket.in and we will get back to you on this.

      Thanks,
      Sanjay

  3. Devendra Reply

    Hi
    I m going to do online selling n want to know about your company s. Term for shipping

    • Sanjay Negi Reply

      Hi Devendra,

      Kindly drop an email to support@shiprocket.in and we will get back to you on this.

      Thanks,
      Sanjay

  4. Lavish jain Reply

    Want to start e commerce website.please help me with the process & formalities required to be performed.also the estimate charges for shipping &other charges incurred to deliver a product.

  5. Nabonita sarkar Reply

    Sir i want to doCOD but i cann’t.plz help me that How to do COD

    • Sanjay Negi Reply

      Hi Nabonita,

      Please drop an email to support@shiprocket.in and we will help you with the same.

      Thanks,
      Sanjay

  6. Ramani Parayar Reply

    Hi,
    As I am planning to start an eCommerce business, I need more information about the COD method and looking to tie up with the company for the delivery part of my products.
    Thanks

    • Sanjay Negi Reply

      Hi Ramani,

      You can get started by signing up with us.

      Thanks,
      Sanjay

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