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Things To Keep In Mind When You Tie Up with A Courier Company

Puneet Bhalla

Associate Director - Marketing @ Shiprocket

October 17, 2017

4 min read

Shipping forms an integral part of any eCommerce business. Selecting the right shipping service is vital to providing your customers with a seamless shopping experience. It will help you earn the goodwill of customers and add value to your business. When it comes to delivery, the services provided by a courier service come in handy.

In most cases, eCommerce businesses tie up with a third-party logistics partner to deliver their products to customers. Selecting the right courier company can help ease your business complications to a great extent.

How to Select the Right Courier Service for your eCommerce Business

As there are lots of shipping services providing delivery solutions for online businesses with features like cod, prepaid payment modes, etc., you need to choose the one that suits your preferences and budget requirements. Moreover, it also needs to be considered whether the reach of the courier company will suffice your business needs. By examining all these factors, you will be in a better position to tie up with the right eCommerce courier franchise.

Factors to Consider When Opting for a Logistics Partner

Check the Shipment Rates of the Courier Company

You need to check the charges a courier service is asking for to see if it suits your business requirements. Many different courier companies in India have different rates and prices, so accordingly you need to weigh the pros and cons. Moreover, it is always advisable that you opt for premier courier companies that offer a seamless delivery experience such as FedEx, DHL, Bluedart, Aramex, and so on. These companies not only provide domestic shipping services but also provide international services.

If you believe that you need to have services from all these courier companies, then you don’t need to tie up with these service providers individually; instead, you can opt for shipping aggregators like Shiprocket, where you just have to reach all the major courier companies at one go.

Check the Delivery Mechanism and Hidden Costs Involved

Check the delivery mechanism of the courier service and accordingly choose your preferences. Moreover, checking the delivery mechanism process like the locations or pin codes covered by the courier company, the average delivery time, and all these aspects need to be taken into consideration. It is of no use choosing a courier service for pick up and delivery that does not offer timely delivery or does not cover the location where you intend to deliver.

Last but not the least; make sure that there are no hidden charges involved. In most cases, these hidden costs add up to your expenditure and lower the profit margin. Read the terms and conditions of the courier service and make a legal contract that would come in handy in case of any disagreement or dispute.

Check if they have Any Additional Benefits

Most shipping services offer other relevant features like inventory management and catalog sync from different sales channels. This step makes your work much more comfortable and helps process your orders faster. Thus, when you are paying a certain amount to use the platform make sure you check out what more can you achieve with the platform.

Read About them on Other Websites and Forums

There is a good chance you will find reviews about them on various seller forums and discussions. These get you an insight to their functioning and provide a fair idea as to how viable your shipping partner is. If you have already made up your mind, it is a good idea to check out the reviews and prepare yourself for any similar circumstances that may arrive.

These basic pointers may seem unfruitful, but they are critical if you want to establish a long-standing and trustworthy relationship with your shipping partner. Therefore, always lookout for the best shipping service for your pick up and delivery needs!

Shall I choose the cheapest courier partner or the top-ranking courier partner?

You must choose the courier partner which best suits your requirement. If you keep spending a lot on the top-ranking courier, you can end up spending a lot from your budget. Choose a blend of both.

Does a courier aggregator provide me with multiple courier partners?

Yes. A courier aggregator like Shiprocket provides you with 14+ courier partners. This number can vary with every shipping aggregator.

Do couriers charge extra for pickup?

No, usually the cost of the pickup is included in the shipping charges.

Is there an additional COD fee for shipping?

Yes, couriers charge an additional COD fees which can be 2% or Rs. 20.

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42 thoughts on “Things To Keep In Mind When You Tie Up with A Courier Company

  1. Hi team,

    I’m looking to come up with an e-commerce store. Does Shiprocket provide CoD and return service mechanism. Also, let me know if you have tool/s that needs to be integrated for an automated process.

    regards,
    Nitesh

  2. Dear Sir/Madam,

    I want to start franchise business in my local area. I’m very interested to start in franchise business . I assure you that I would hire competent staff member as required to operate the franchise.

    I request you to kindly schedule a personal meeting so as to discuss about the franchise application and other needed facts in greater detail.

    For so any other information that you may need from my side, please feel free to contact me on (7002100681)

  3. Dear Sir/Madam,

    I want to start franchise business in my local area. I’m very interested to start in franchise business.

  4. Hi,
    I have started my online business and I want to tie up with an courier service provider can you please guide me for the same.

    1. Hi Bharat,

      Congrats on your new venture! If you’re looking to ship with the best courier companies, we recommend you give Shiprocket a try. You get more than 17 courier partners to choose from and the rates are also cheap. Along with this, you get many other features like courier recommendation, post order tracking, etc. To get started, just sign up through the following link – http://bit.ly/2jZzzi6!
      Hope that helps.

      Regards,
      Srishti Arora

    1. Hi Mangesh,

      Wishing you the best for your new company! If you want to avail COD services across India, you can do so with Shiprocket. Just create an account with this link – http://bit.ly/2lTcNJp, and begin. Along with COD facility, you also get discounted shipping rates and a powerful platform to process your orders.

      Thanks and Regards,
      Srishti Arora

  5. Hi team,
    I’m looking for courier service for my online shopping business, please let me know if you provide CoD and return service mechanism.
    Regards,
    Sushma Cabral

    1. Hi Sushma,

      Most definitely! Shiprocket provides you COD services across the country and we also have an automated NDR panel to manage undelivered and return orders. You can signup on this link to understand the process and operation of the platform – http://bit.ly/2jZzzi6

      Thanks and Regards,
      Srishti Arora

    1. Hi Babin,

      To ship the bottles of Fresh Darjeeling squash you prepare, you can simply sign up here and begin – http://bit.ly/2JfDMaX. With Shiprocket, you can ship seamlessly across several pin codes.

      Thanks & Regards,
      Srishti Arora

    1. Hi Mr. Arun,

      To begin shipping hassle-free across the nation, you can simply follow the link – http://bit.ly/2WfScwW, and sign up today! For other queries, you can reach our sales team at +91-11-41171832.

      Thanks & Regards,
      Srishti Arora

  6. i am going to start multi vendor e-commerce product delivery Service but I confused how to partnership with any deliveries Services company for my business can u please help me to do partnership with delivery service companys
    my email- [email protected],

    1. Hi Abhishek,

      You have come just to the right place. All you need to do is sign up on Shiprocket, link it with your eCommerce store using simple APIs and begin shipping. You can ship with over 17 courier partners and deliver across 26000+ pin codes easily. Follow this link to begin right away and learn more – http://bit.ly/2jZzzi6

      Thanks and regards,
      Srishti Arora

  7. i subham lama of birpara i want to take franchises of shiprocket and want to expand my business with these courier company.please do free to contact to me im interested to take franchises of these courier service
    regretsubham lamamobile no 7550911732mail add- [email protected]

    1. Hi Subham,

      Thanks for showing interest in Shiprocket. We are looking forward to getting in touch with you around your eCommerce shipping queries. Till then, follow this link – http://bit.ly/2jZzzi6 and get started with the platform.

      Thanks and regards,
      Srishti Arora

    1. Hi Kelly,

      You must definitely ship with Shiprocket if you want both payment methods. For cash on delivery services, we have several experienced courier partners and you can also get your remittance faster. Follow this link to learn more and get started – http://bit.ly/2jZzzi6

  8. Dear Sir/Madam,

    I want to start e commerce based business. I’m very much interested to start business tie up with SHIPROCKET as our courier partner .
    Hereby request you to arrange meeting so that we can discuss in details.

  9. Dear Team,

    We have started our new business of books shipment all over India, we are looking for the best courier partners who can collaborate with us.

    Kindly find below my Contact details:
    Contact number – 7023059461
    E- mail id – [email protected]

    Regards,
    Krishan

    1. Hi Krishan,

      Sure! You easily ship books with our shipping panel. It is easy to use and we also offer several other services that can help you with an all round fulfillment solution. Get started at – http://bit.ly/2jZzzi6

  10. Hi,
    I have started my online business and I want to tie up with an courier service provider can you please guide me for the same.

    1. Hi Sukanya,

      Sure! With Shiprocket, you get over 17+ courier partners that get you coverage of up to 27000 pin codes across India. All you need to do is signup on the platform, add your order, and start shipping your orders – http://bit.ly/2jZzzi6

  11. Hi team,

    We are looking to come up with an e-commerce online business. Does Shiprocket provide us PAN India service mechanism. Also, let me know if you have tool/s that needs to be integrated for an automated process.
    If possible please inform your sales team to contact me immediately.
    regards,
    Anil Yadav

  12. Hi Team, we are starting a new comapny food domain which need to be delivered across the cities, for example bheemavaram to Hyderabad or may be to some other cities
    For that we want to tie with a courier sevice which includes customized packing delivery

    1. Hi Suneel

      Congrats on your new venture! If you’re looking to ship with the best courier companies, we recommend you give Shiprocket a try. You get more than 17 courier partners to choose from and the rates are also cheap. Along with this, you get many other features like courier recommendation, post order tracking, etc. To get started, just sign up through the following link – http://bit.ly/2jZzzi6!
      Hope that helps.

  13. Nice blog. Thanks for sharing this.

    I want to add here one of the best e-commerce delivery services franchise providers in India is Shadowfax Technologies.

  14. We have started our new business of school children project kits shipment all over India, we are looking for the best courier partners who can collaborate with us.
    Thanks and regards,
    DR Thakur

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