Tuesday November 24, 2015
The run up to Christmas is one of the busiest times of year to send and receive parcels. With many of the parcels being sent containing Christmas gifts, it’s also an important time to be mindful of security when you send a parcel containing something of value.
To help make sure your parcels are delivered safe and sound, here are 5 tips you should follow when using a courier collection service:
1) Always check the ID of the person collecting the parcel.
If you’ve used a delivery comparison service like My Parcel Delivery, you have access to a choice of different couriers including Hermes, Parcelforce, DPD, DX, UPS and Collect+.
Be sure to check the ID of the person collecting your parcel and make sure it matches up with the courier you booked.
2) Make sure the parcel is scanned at the point of collection
The courier who collects your parcel will usually have a hand-held scanner. Check that the barcode on the delivery label of your parcel is scanned by the driver when they collect it from you.
3) Get a collection receipt or confirmation
Some couriers, such as Parcelforce, will give you a receipt to confirm the parcel has been collected. Keep this safe as you may need to refer to it up until your parcel has been delivered.
4) Track your parcel online
You’ll be able to track the progress of your parcel’s journey online. Be aware that there can be a delay with some online tracking systems to register the initial pick-up of your parcel, but after this time you should be able to log in and view the status of your parcel.
5) Don’t make it obvious what’s in the parcel
The final tip is to avoid showing off what you’re sending. For example if you’re sending the latest Xbox, Playstation or other games console which has an obviously branded box, it’s advisable to put the console box into a plain brown box, or to cover up the original packaging. We wouldn’t advise attached your delivery label to a branded box. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to items like this.
Follow these steps to help keep your parcels safe and secure for sending this Christmas. For more advice on posting Christmas parcels, read our blog post on sending Christmas presents by courier.
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