If you live or work in Manhattan or one of the surrounding boroughs, you have surely seen plenty of couriers around the city rushing along both sidewalks and streets to deliver parcels to some of the city’s top firms. But if the majority of your experience with such individuals consists of trying to avoid a head-on collision, you may be at a bit of a loss on exactly who to call when you need to get a package from one side of the city to the other in record time. You know that there are local couriers and also large-name delivery companies, but may not know what exactly the difference is between them or which will provide you with the services you need while staying on budget.
First of all, the label “courier” is a pretty general term, meaning a person or organization that delivers messages, packages and mail. A company that provides these services may do so locally or over long distances, or in many cases, both. Although a USPS mail carrier can be described as a courier, there is a difference when it comes to some of the additional services a typical courier company may offer.
Although most NYC businesses choose to utilize the services of their standard mail carrier for their day-to-day incoming and outgoing mail, they find that quite often they have to get a document or parcel across town in a much more timely and efficient manner. The document may need to be signed and returned within the same day, and that’s simply not something that can be accomplished by using the US postal service. Most courier companies offer services that are more business-friendly and can help with many logistical issues. Again, not something you can find when using your mail carrier or even the larger shipping companies.
A courier can get your parcels from east side to west in a matter of minutes, not days, and can make sure the package gets into the right hands instead of just dropping it off at the front desk or mail room. They can pick up and deliver court documentation and even wait for the papers to be processed and stamped. These delivery professionals can provide much more personalized services that are tailored to your business needs.
In contrast to most parcel delivery companies, some companies will also provide additional assistance when it comes to the and breakdown of materials and equipment, as well as the pick-up and delivery of such matter. For example, you may enlist the services of a company in order to deliver booth and marketing materials for your next trade show, but if you don’t want to do the of such unwieldy equipment or just don’t have the time, make sure you use a company that provides just such assistance. You will be glad you did when the doors open to show attendees and you are ready to mingle and deliver your best sales pitch instead of needing to go freshen up.
Once you establish a rapport with a reputable courier service, you will be amazed at how much business assistance they can offer. Just make sure that the company you choose to work with offers services that match the needs of your business.