What should you look for in a Tampa courier service?

We take a lot of pride in being a local business. As a Tampa courier service, we’re allowed to roll up our sleeves and work up close and personal with the people and places that matter most in our community – and that’s the best part of the job.

If you’re a small business looking to get a little bit of an edge in your market – you might be wondering what makes courier services something worth investing in; or perhaps more specifically you’re already in the market for one and are wondering what qualities you should be looking for. That’s what we’re here to discuss today.
Here are a few qualities you should always be on the lookout for in a local, dependable courier service. Let’s jump right in!

Dependability 

Dependability is the most important quality any business can have in any industry. Period. If you can’t deliver on your promises in an exceptional way, you’re going to get beat. If you can’t do what you say you can do, you’ll lose to competitors. And in a business like ours? It’s a death knell. Dependability is valued over speed, cost and convenience. Be sure to read google reviews. Be sure to ask for references. Do your homework. 

Flexibility 

A good Tampa courier service is going to be able to adapt to a wide range of circumstances and situations on a dime. In fact – that’s really our calling card. Need something valuable shipped? They’ll do a better job of taking care of it. Need to get a package delivered same-day? Courier services do that.

Now that being said – lots of courier services say they can do a lot of things. But do they have a big enough fleet? What kind of schedule do they have for delivery routes? Just like we said above – ask questions and do your homework.

Transparency

One of the biggest reasons customers choose our service is rarely because of price – it’s because they have more control and insight into the status of their delivery. Courier services can sometimes track your package down to what street it’s on and what specific time something will arrive. They’re also up front about pricing and what takes what to get from A to B. If a courier service isn’t empowering you, they’re probably not for you. 

Efficiency and convenience

The other distinguishing quality of a Tampa Courier service is its ability to get things from A to B quickly, efficiently and without you having to do much of anything. Always look for ways that a courier service goes out of its way to provide you with good service and a little added convenience. The one thing most people don’t have an unlimited amount of is time – and if you can save that and spend more time focusing on what’s more important to you – it can make a difference to you in your life and in your businesses’ bottom line. 

Hopefully you found today’s blog helpful. Should you need a Tampa courier service, don’t hesitate to give us a call today and we’ll be happy to help you with whatever you need. Until then good luck and we’ll see you in 2022!

How to manage challenging delivery conditions

2021 has been a weird year for folks in the shipping industry and truth be told – we’re not exactly expecting things to get back to normal in the immediate future. 

Supply chains are slowed, manufacturers are taking longer to pump out products and just in general, things are moving around the world at a slower pace – the obvious ripple effects of the global pandemic. For businesses that rely on speed and efficiency – that can be a huge problem and everything they can do to mitigate these circumstances and make a big difference in their bottom lines. 

With that in mind, today, we’re going to talk about a few of the things you should and shouldn’t do when it comes to shipping items in today’s world. While it’s virtually impossible to overcome these circumstances – you can help take the edge off by doing a few things. Let’s jump right in. 

Being patient 

Our first word of advice above all else – be patient. Things are almost never going to move as quickly as you want them to in normal times, never mind times like these. There’s a lot going on that no one can control – us, you or them; so there’s always going to be an element of having to roll with the punches. 

Don’t leave items in a loose box

Chances are – whatever it is you’re shipping will likely be out on delivery for a longer period of time than usual. Be sure that whatever you’re packing is ready for the trip ahead. Make sure it’s packed securely and always use new boxes. That way any potential wear and tear or damage can be mitigated over the duration of delivery. So if you have to wait a little longer, that’s fine so long as what’s delivered is in good, working condition. 

Check what you can ship

Before you send anything – particularly through us – make sure it’s something that can actually be shipped. We live in a world of tightened restrictions today – and the same goes from the delivery and shipping of goods – so before your goods go, make sure they’re good to go!

Plan well in advance

If you know you’re on a backed up schedule, we implore you to schedule earlier to get out ahead of things. This year we saw a massive uptick in the volume of Christmas gifts shipped early – and that’s because people planned in advance and ordered gifts earlier in the event they got tied up somewhere along the supply chain. Don’t leave things to chance – get out ahead of it and while these circumstances are far from ideal – you won’t find yourself white knuckling a delivery deadline – or at least as many of them.

Hopefully you found some of today’s tips helpful. If you need help getting your good from point-A to B, give us a call and we’ll be happy to put our Tampa Courier Service together for you. Good luck in the new year!

Tips for shipping in a truly unique holiday season

It’s safe to say this year’s holiday shopping season is going to be quite unlike any before it and with the after effects of the COVID-19 pandemic still lingering, customers are going to face a lot of issues shipping their things from one place to another. 

Supply chains are backed up, which means certain things will be harder to find or at the very least – much slower to get to where you want them to go. This year, we’ll need to be a little bit more on-point when it comes to knowing deadlines and being out ahead of the game, so to speak. 

This month, we’re going to discuss a few holiday tips that you can abide by that will hopefully take the edge off your holiday anxiety. Let’s jump right in.

Find shipping deadlines early

You might have the perfect gift in mind, but you’re going to need to get it to where it needs to go in time. Be sure that you check with local postage services to understand what everyone’s deadline is for getting things from A to B. Plan on both shopping and shipping earlier than normal this year because even with some of these liberal deadlines, things could be backed up even more than these services are anticipating. 

Evaluate strategies in order to ship faster

In our world, the quicker we can get something in a truck and on the road – the better. If you’re a small business owner – try to get orders out the door within 12 hours of the order. Speed yourself up on the fulfillment end. These minor improvements in workflow can make a colossal difference in your ability to keep customers happy.

For individuals – look at a Tampa Courier service. Courier services are smaller -but more nimble and particularly if you’re not sending something far away – they can oftentimes be a much faster, direct way to get your things from A to B. 

Package your things safely and sensibly

This has less to do with speed and deadlines and more to do with safety. It doesn’t matter if you meet or blow through a deadline if your package is damaged or broken – due to either the service provider or your own negligence. Buy strong, correctly sized boxes for what you need and make sure you package items appropriately and use the correct materials. Using approved packaging materials (packing peanuts, bubble cushion) is a good starting point, but all in all – make sure that your goods aren’t rattling or banging around the bog. That way if they do encounter a dangerous situation – they’re more likely to be safe. 

At the end of the day, be creative, be on the ball and consider all your options. It’s never been a better time to get a leg up and use a Tampa courier service – as you’ll be able to have a little bit more added certainty. Not only will things move a little bit more quickly, but you’ll have the peace of mind knowing you can track your package and the like. However, we hope you found these tips helpful. Enjoy the holiday season and of course if you need anything, give us a call today!

How advances in technology have impacted the courier service industry

As is the case with any industry, technology has changed a lot of things with respect to how people receive goods and products. Whether it’s delivered from a retail establishment, brick and mortar business or life changing lab samples, courier services are always changing. 

Here, today – the team at Affordable Couriers is taking a look at how technology has changed our business and how those changes have made life better for our customers. Let’s jump right in!

Tracking

Back in the day, shipping anything was a ‘spray and pray’ proposition. You packed something up, shipped it and hopefully it got to wherever it was supposed to go. With today’s St Petersburg Courier service, you get the benefit of having some of the most sophisticated tracking technology anywhere. First it was rough estimates as to delivery dates and times – but now, you can track your deliveries to the minute and route. 

On the company side, this allows for greater productivity, logistics planning, predictability and most important – accountability. For customers, you’ll have the simple peace of mind that comes with knowing where things are and when. 

Logistics

Back in the old days, drivers would pick up on local traffic reports and use their best judgement in terms of mapping routes for the day. Today – we have route planners that eliminate the guesswork and kick our efficiency up a notch. 

St Petersburg courier services live and die on information on things like constructions detours, traffic, accidents and any and all route planning information they can get. That way before we even leave the building, our customers are at an advantage – especially when it comes to certain medical deliveries where minutes and seconds count for everything. 

Here at Affordable Courier Services – we take pride in offering the best St Petersburg courier service in the area as well as the importance of keeping up with the times, changes and advances in our industry. If you are looking to ship your next package, give us a call and we’ll be happy to help. Until then – good luck!

Tips on shipping fragile packages

There are plenty of things out there that we know are fragile. They include TV’s, glassware, computers and the like. We ship them, they get a ‘fragile’ label slapped on them and they’re sent off to handlers with a warning to use caution so as to prevent any kind of significant damage from happening. 

That being said – if we’re shipping with a generic delivery service, you might want to try to be a little bit more careful with the packages that you’re shipping out. Lamps, anything made of wood, appliances – if they can’t handle much in the way of impact – they should be considered fragile and you should give more careful consideration as to how you’ll be shipping them. 

That being said, even if you use all the caution in the world, there’s no guarantee that the handlers will take the warning to heart and some may even disregard the heads up. To avoid this, you’ll need to put in a little extra elbow grease. 

Doing research

Always go with companies that closely monitor deliveries and almost overtrain their delivery drivers. Find companies who have employees that are trained and certified to handle a wide range of materials. These will be companies that will obviously be more receptive to your requests, but also will allow you to keep an eye on the progress of your delivery and give you the peace of mind that your package is being delivered safely. 

Think local

Give local delivery companies a chance. They depend on killer service to generate business as they don’t have the benefit of a national brand. For fragile/specific deliveries, these local companies can be the best options because their success means so much more. Big companies like FedEx and UPS can’t match their levels of customized services. 

Help yourself out

Always err on the side of caution whenever shipping fragile goods. Use the proper packaging for any shipment. Follow company and delivery service guidelines as to how to mark and pack your shipments. Use common sense as well – like not using old, worn boxes, using the proper packing materials and remembering your labels. You can’t always control what happens with a service, but you can certainly control what you can – and packaging your shipments the correct way is one of them. 

Hopefully these tips are helpful and will take the edge off when it comes to sending fragile packages. If you have any questions or need help getting something delicate from point-A to point-B – give us a call today and we’ll be happy to help you. Until then – good luck!

How courier services save money for small businesses

If you’re a small business owner, you’re probably well aware of the challenges you face every day – whether it’s a matter of resources or logistics. If you’re a business that deals primarily in getting good from here to there, then we’re positive you’re constantly grappling with shipping costs – as it’s one of the most significant factors in meeting your bottom line. 

Today, we’re going to talk about some of the ways that courier services can help take the edge off and make your expenses both more manageable and predictable. Here are some things a courier service can do to help keep your costs down and help you deliver better service to your customers. Let’s jump right in!

Trustworthiness and dependability 

Any time you work with a local courier service, you don’t have to worry about your shipment getting lost in the shuffle. Courier services depend on customer service to generate future business so you can rest assured that they’ll take extra special care of each package and shipment that you have. That’s more control over the process, that’s greater transparency – and above all – the dependability that your customers can depend on that what they need will get to them safely and on-time. 

Discounted shipping

If you’re looking to save money on packaging and postage costs, than courier services are the way to go. The way they save money is that they consolidate shipping into one, single shipment, saving as much as 50% on both packaging and overall postage costs. Plus, courier services will manage the entire process for you – they can pick up packages from multiple locations, sort them and get them to wherever they need to go. 

Same day shipping

Courier services can deliver packages within a day or two within a specific geographic range – something the big national companies can’t do. So if your customers need something fast-  you can better meet their expectations. This will give you an agility advantage over your competitors. 

If you’re looking to gain an advantage over the competition, add agility and speed to your business and save money doing it – then courier services are for your business! To learn more about us and the services we offer, you’re welcome to contact us at any time. Until then, good luck!

 

The most common mistakes people make when using a courier service

Everyone makes mistakes, but when it comes to getting important things from point A to point B, those mistakes can be really costly. Your customers getting their packages can make or break your business with them – and in some industries, people’s lives can even depend on it. 

Today, we’re going to share a few of the more common mistakes we see our customers make as well as how you can avoid those same mistakes so they don’t happen to you! Let’s jump right in!

Using the wrong packaging

Using the right kind of packaging matters. Not only does it affect the cost of your shipping, but it can also impact the safety of whatever it is that you’re shipping. If your box is too big, you’ll have to add extra materials, which adds to the cost. Long story, short – you’re paying extra money for empty space when you could have just paid for a smaller box to begin with. 

Make sure you plan ahead and if you have questions -ask your local courier service. It sure beats being wasteful and paying for something that does nothing for you!

Poor instructions regarding delivery. 

If your shipment needs a particular sense of detail, then be sure to be abundantly clear when placing your order with a courier service. Where do you want the package left? Does a person need to sign it? Are there any discreet or off-the-beaten path entrances we need to know about? Knowing these things in advance isn’t so much about the assurances of the delivery itself, but rather about making sure delivery drivers have as many obstacles out of their way as possible to make sure your delivery is made on time and as intended. 

Lack of attention to detail

It doesn’t SEEM like delivery services should require a lot of detail, but they definitely do. Not having the right packaging, instructions, weight estimations, timeframes – can all impact not only the quality of the delivery – but how much you’ll pay to get said goods delivered. Knowing that the receiver’s address is correct, estimating mileage and instructions upon delivery are other important aspects. Don’t waste money because you didn’t have the time to take a minute to double-check things. If you don’t have the time to do it right, you won’t have the time to do it over!

Choosing the wrong service

This mistake is pretty understandable – as there’s lots of services out there for folks to consider when it comes to your deliveries. But we definitely think you should pick up the phone and ask what service is best before randomly choosing one. We see people overestimate delivery times (comes out more expensive), overbuy on precise services or sometimes the opposite. They’ll need to have something urgent delivered and they’re choosing standard delivery options. Make sure your do your homework on what service you need and if you’re not sure – pick up the phone and ask!

Hopefully these tips will help you save some money and time the next time you use a courier service. And of course – if you’re in the Tampa area and looking for an affordable courier service, give us a shout today and we’ll be happy to help. Until then – good luck!

What makes courier services so important anyway?

Courier services like ours are nothing new. In fact, courier services have been operating for hundreds of years – helping everyone from business owners to nobles get things from here to there. Delivery of goods will always be a part of our life. 

Today, we’re going to discuss some of the reasons that courier services have stuck around and what’s made them important over the years. Let’s jump right in!

24/7 Service

Courier companies are always going, no matter what. Holidays, weekends and every other busy time of the year you can think of. Especially when critical things need to get from A to B – courier services have ensured that people’s goods get to where they need to get to – and at the right time. 

Specialized delivery

The cool thing about courier services is that most companies have some sort of specialty – whether that’s international shipping, exotic goods, medical/legal, speed, you name it – the chances are there’s a courier service out there that can do the job well and exceed expectations. 

Lean and mean

Especially if you’re a business owner, a lawyer, doctor, etc – it’d cost you a fortune in time and money to be out there making deliveries to all your customers and clients. That would be added cost in vehicles, time lost doing other activities, fuel, repair and other overhead. Courier service allows businesses to operate lean and mean – getting their goods from A to B without breaking the bank. 

Streamlining services

Like we mentioned, getting things from point A to B is costly in time and money – but really what ‘time and money’ means is ‘quality of service.’ You’ve got plenty to deal with as is. You have customers to keep satisfied. Employees to keep happy. And plenty of problems in between that need your time and attention. All of these things add up towards making sure your service standards are met and that your business keeps growing. Outsourcing your delivery services keeps you focused on what matters the most – running your business to the best of your ability. 

Without a doubt, courier services have carved themselves out as an essential service in the modern world. If you need help with how your firm or business gets your goods from one place to another, give us a call and we’ll be happy to help. Until then, good luck!

All about emergency courier services

Whether we like it or not, emergencies can and do happen. And when one hits your business or service and you need immediate help, overnight courier services might not cut it. That’s why a local courier service like ours can make the difference between a critical hit to your bottom line and getting you back up and online quickly. 

Today, we’re going to tell you how emergency courier services work, what kinds of things they can do and how they’re of benefit to you. Let’s jump right in. 

Every second counts

If you have an emergency delivery, then it’s important to not waste any time and get your delivery booked as quickly as possible. The great thing about working with a courier service is they can service you immediately – but they also give you a lot of control over the process – meaning you can track the package minute to minute and will have an idea of where it’s at and when it’s enroute. This means you’ll have the peace of mind knowing exactly where your package is and that it’s on its way to its intended destination. 

What kinds of things can be shipped?

Most emergency deliveries involve legal documents, time sensitive medical deliveries or simple, everyday life essential things that were left behind, lost or needed to get to a different destination like car keys or a passport. Whatever it is, you can arrange for them to be delivered within a day, or simply within literal hours. Sometimes, even faster than that. 

Who benefits most from these services?

If you own a pharmacy, or are a drug distributor, work and run a medical practice or medical lab – emergency courier services can be invaluable. In these situations, there are instances where quite literally every second counts – whether it’s delivering lab results, a life saving drug or even organs for a transplant. Traditional delivery service simply won’t cut it and companies with a track record of getting the job done immediately is going to be needed. 

At the end of the day – the most important thing our business does is make sure that your life goes on as normally as possible day to day, week to week and year to year. Making sure the stress of last minute crunches, emergencies impact you as little as possible is a huge part of the reason as to why businesses like ours exist. So if you don’t have a courier service signed to help your business yet, you should consider one soon. Why? Because you never know when a situation arises where you’ll need them – and fast. 

The cost of a courier service vs. doing it yourself

Small businesses are busy places with limited resources and lots of demands. For many businesses, it can always seem like they’re perpetually one step away from disaster. There’s always a situation that requires a reaction – whether it’s a crazy customer request to something you never thought you’d ever have to do. 

And as the owner of a business, you’re invested in the idea of ‘getting it done.’ If something needs to get done, you’ll just do it yourself or delegate it to one of your employees. Problem is – this doesn’t always work. And ‘keeping it in-house’ can prove to be overwhelmingly costly. 

Deliveries are one of those areas where we frequently see companies try to do just that – save money by doing it themselves; but when in reality, they’re spending more than they should. So, today, we put a list of the costs that you’ll be incurring should you choose to make deliveries an in-house service.

Productivity cost

The simple fact of the matter is that if you’re doing something, then you’re not doing something else. And that also applies to your employees. If you or your employees are delivering goods, then what are the things they’re not doing? Are you taking them away from their original job? Is delivering more important than them doing the aspects of their job they’re used to doing? This is called productivity cost – and from just the cost of things not getting done to paying overtime or asking for other employees to cover – it can get pricey. 

Fuel and mileage

Gas ain’t cheap these days and realistically – it won’t be getting cheaper anytime soon. If You use your own car maybe it’s coming from your pocket. If it’ an employee using theirs, then well – someone’s going to have to compensate them for it. 

Parking

You can’t just leave cars wherever you want in a big city. Cars need to be parked – whether on the street, in a garage or a lot. And parking in a city almost always costs money. And then if there’s a ticket or a tow? These are expenses that can add up quickly.

Insurance

This is the big one. If you use a vehicle for business purposes, the cost of insuring it goes up. And insurance isn’t inexpensive either. That’s not even factoring in maintenance, repairs and the like. Long story, short – every vehicle on the road is going to cost you money to put it there. 

So while these things seem like small expenses, when you add up the expenses, its becomes a lot more difficult to do business in the way and manner that you want to. And that’s going to make it more difficult for you to eke out a profit. 

If you’re thinking about outsourcing your delivery services, give us a call today and we’ll be happy to discuss options with you. Until then, good luck!