If you live or work in NYC, you have likely seen hundreds or maybe even thousands of foot and bike couriers hurrying across town on their way to make a delivery, but how can you tell if the company they work for is reputable or if they work for a fly-by-night operation? Some clues should be easy to recognize and some you will have to dig a little deeper to unveil.
If you’re the one doing the hiring, make sure that the courier service you choose to transport your goods, no matter the value, is reputable and professional and knows how to get the job done right. Here are a few reasons to use a reputable firm with years of experience…
As we all know, depending on the day, time, mode of transportation and section of Manhattan that you are trying to navigate, it could be a smooth journey or it could turn into a congestion nightmare. But seasoned couriers are trained and experienced in the best ways to get around the city with ease. Road closings and construction are no match when well aware of what’s happening in the city beforehand. Short cuts throughout NYC can take years to cultivate and are the secret weapon of navigation in this sometimes over-congested island. Veteran couriers know the best ways to get through midtown traffic, when to avoid the subway rush and the fastest routes from one location to the next. This means it’s more likely that your packages will get to their destination when needed.
Licensed and Insured
It is imperative to use a local courier service that has a valid business license and is fully insured. Your company is handing over urgent documents and valuable goods to someone that they don’t know and is relying on them to deliver the goods in the same shape that they received them in, but as we all have experienced, accidents do happen. Make sure that the firm you choose to handle the delivery of your most prized possessions has your back and is on the up and up when it comes to providing coverage for possible losses.
Wouldn’t you prefer to hand over your important documents and parcels to a professional courier who well represents the firm for which he works? Choose a courier service company that employs a professional staff of employees who takes their job seriously. As your packages are delivered to your top clients or to unusual locations such as the court house or special charity event, you want a courier to present themselves in a professional and respectable manner. Their appearance and manners can be taken as a reflection of your business decision-making skills, so be sure to choose a company that can represent your firm in a positive light.
It is sometimes hard to discern a company’s reputation by the information gathered on a two minute phone call so you may want to do a little more research when choosing a reputable courier service. Take a look online to see if the firm has a professional website chock full of pertinent information. Most transitory companies will put up a novice site with very little detail about their experience and services offered. Also, don’t be hesitant to ask for industry references and referrals. Any company worth their weight will be happy to oblige the request.
Most NYC couriers that have been in the game for a number of years have expanded their services to offer more than just local delivery. A good indication of a firm that is experienced and thriving is to see what other related services they offer that can make your life, and that of your business associates, easier.