Looking for a new Tampa courier service? Here’s what to prioritize!

So you’re a small business owner. You’re considering switching to a local Tampa courier service. Maybe it’s because you’re trying to scale your business. Maybe you’re looking for a better rate. Who knows? All you know is what you’re doing isn’t working as well as you’d like and you’re looking for something better.

When it comes to choosing a Tampa courier service, everyone seems to know the end game, but can struggle identifying the right place to start. Today, we’re going to discuss some core characteristics you should look for in a courier company and why they’re so important. This way, you can be assured that you’re working with a reputable business that will provide you with the service you need. Let’s jump right in.

Experience

Capabilities are great, but capabilities in the hands of practical, real life experience is better. And truth be told – there’s been a lot that’s changed in this business the last 10 years, never mind the last 20. If you have a company that’s been around the block and has been in business for a long time – there’s probably a good reason for that. Experience counts.

What are their restrictions?

We’ve always said that sometimes a surefire sign of a really good business is one that knows exactly what it CAN’T do. Tampa Courier services aren’t necessarily a one-size-fits-all proposition and while many feature many of the same services, others don’t and some may be better in specific areas than others. So what are their specialties? What are their restrictions? What can’t they do? What can’t you do?

Technology & capabilities

Customers have more control than ever and especially in industries where knowing where something is, whether it’s on time or not can have significant meaning to your success or failure. Does the company have same-day delivery? Can you track packages? If it’s a medical courier – do they have refrigerated trucks? Are their drivers HIPAA certified? Can you get info on real-time arrival? What do they provide for proof of delivery? All these things can matter!

Prices

Clarifying price structure up front is really important. While some of us are looking to save a few shekels, some of us are looking for a little more value and value CAN sometimes mean that you pay a little bit more for improved service. Just be clear about what the structure is and how a company’s fees work. This way, you won’t be surprised by any out-of-the-blue fees or or costs down the road.

Hopefully you found this blog helpful. If you’re looking for a Tampa Courier Service, give us a call today and we’ll be happy to help. Until then – good luck!

Understanding Shipping Costs

Inflation has hit everyone and every business in some way, shape or form and while the effects are beginning to recede a bit, everyone’s always looking for a deal. The same holds true when they’re using a courier service.

Today, we’re going to talk about what goes into pricing at a courier service so not only do you have a better idea as to how things work – but can also better help you to anticipate costs down the road and be more prepared as a business. Let’s jump right in!

The basics

Shipping costs refers to both the postage of the item at hand and the transportation it’ll need in order to get there. This price is calculated through four basic measurements: the size of the package in area, the weight of the package and then the distance between the place it’s being shipped from and its designation.

It’s important to remember, everyone’s rates are a little different, so be sure you discuss prices upfront so there’s no wild surprises when you drop a package off for delivery.

Labor costs

Not only is there transportation and the goods themselves to consider, you also need to factor in that there’s gotta be someone to drive it, carry it, drop it off, get a signature for it, etc. That’s call labor costs. There can be additional fees in here as well depending on what’s requested and/or needed for the delivery – including bundling, gift wrapping, or custom inserts to make the package more stable.

The extras

Once there’s a cost- there’s also the TYPE of delivery you’ll be making and whether or not you want to purchase protection. Same day deliveries and other quick-drop options generally will cost you more, so be aware of that. Expanding the timeline can help though – as the added time can take a little bit off the top in terms of the cost.

Another extra some people opt to use includes shipping insurance. Especially when it comes to valuables – this will basically make sure that your package will be replaced or compensated for if its contents get broken, damaged, etc. This isn’t really necessary for most deliveries – but it’s a must in certain cases. Check with your courier for rates and to learn what’s covered and what isn’t.

Hopefully this helped give you a little bit more understanding of how courier costs are put together. If you’re looking to use a courier service in the Tampa area, don’t hesitate to reach out. Until then – good luck!

Why using a courier service for specimen delivery is a smart choice

The cost of healthcare is at an all time high, not only for the public, but also for hospitals as well. Healthcare organizations all over are running deficits and costs continue to pile up. One of the most important and common things that happens at any healthcare facility is the use of specimens.

Delivering these from A to B is a delicate but vital task and transporting them is important. Outsourcing these services is not only an effective way to trim cost, but also enhance the quality of the delivery as these services are often highly specialized. Today, we’re going to talk about some of the reasons to use a medical courier for specimen delivery. Let’s jump right in.

Experience

Most medical couriers tend to specialize in that one, specific area. And when they don’t – they’re still qualified and have the usual HIPAA and Bloodborn Pathogen certifications. This means you can rest assured knowing your deliveries are getting to where they need to get to safely and are being handled by people who really know what they’re doing. 

Punctuality and accuracy

Whether it’s specimens, lab results or something even more meaningful than that – time is everything and when it comes to delivering medical materials – can sometimes mean the difference between life and death. Not only is it important to get the delivery from A to B as quickly as possible, but it’s crucial for it to get exactly to where it needs to get to. Using a medical courier will make sure what’s needed will get there, especially when it’s needed the most. 

Technology

Most medical couriers have considerable technology at their fingertips, making for not only as safe a delivery as possible – but also a transparent delivery. For one, customers can track the delivery throughout the chain of custody and know exactly where a specimen is at a given point in time. Not only that, but trucks are decked out in the best possible storage options, enabling them to be able to handle any kind of delivery needed. 

If you’re looking for more advice on medical couriers, feel free to give our team a call today and we’ll be happy to help. Until then – good luck!

Why businesses outsource their deliveries and logistics

Managing your business is tough enough – but one of the most challenging aspects of something incredibly challenging is managing the logistics of said business. Getting things and people to places at certain times is involved, complicated and unbelievably time-consuming.

Because of this, many businesses opt to outsource their fleet management to courier companies entirely. Especially when you begin to scale your operation, the logistics of running things will only get more complex. Today, we’re going to discuss some of the reasons businesses owners outsource and why it might be a good option for you.

Let’s jump right in!

Focusing on your actual business

Look, you can talk logistics all you want – but if your core product or service stinks, there won’t be anything to drive anywhere. With your logistics outsourced, you can spend the bulk of your time developing your business and refining what you offer. In other words, spending time on the things that matter the most to you. 

Lower investment cost

Trucks, drivers and the like cost a lot of money. Then it’s training, insurance, permitting and then managing them. Plus having a physical place to park everyone, operate out of and the like. To put it simply- you can burn through globs of cash quickly – without REALLY knowing how profitable any of this will really be – and that’s BEFORE we get to the management aspect we discussed above. Every business has a bottom line and outsourcing your delivery drivers can help strengthen yours.

Flexibility 

One thing business owners will all acknowledge is that there are very high ‘high’s’ when you run your own business. There’s also times where things are at an all time low. And whether you’re growing, maintaining or trying to jumpstart your business – you can adapt your logistics needs more approximately to what you need. Need more drivers to meet a seasonal demand without huge upfront investment? You got it. Need to scale back because demand isn’t as high? You can do that too. All in all, it’s an easier, more efficient way to do things. 

If you’re interested in what outsourcing your deliveries could look like, feel free to give us a call today and we’ll point you in the right direction. Until then – good luck!

Getting value the next time you use a courier service

While we’re pretty bias about how great courier services can be; the old saying goes ‘you get what you pay for.’ Are courier services cheap? While there are certainly exceptions, many are not. However the speed, control and accuracy you get is more often than not – worth it. 

Today though, we’re going to discuss some ways you can more or less maximize your investment and get a little more bang for your buck. Here are a few things you can do to better manage your courier costs without breaking the bank. 

Let’s jump right in!

Be smart about how you pack

Simply packing something the right way can actually save you a decent hunk of change. Weight and dimensions have a major bearing on the overall cost of your delivery – so figuring out how to keep your package in as efficient a space as possible can help a lot. 

Make sure you’re using the right sized box or package when packing up your merchandise. Try to avoid excessive madding unless it can’t be avoided. If you do have to use packing materials, use lightweight material like bubble wrap and sturdy cardboard. Both are more durable and lighter. 

Time things the right way

Make sure you schedule your deliveries on-time. Rush deliveries can cost an extra fee and the efficiency you’re paying for will still be there – but your merchandise won’t get to where you want it to as quickly as it would have otherwise. Be aware of what cutoff times and schedule your deliveries appropriately. 

Get full coverage

Accidents do happen – even with the most careful of courier services. Many times they’ll cover up to a certain amount of loss or damages, but this will likely be capped at a certain limit. While in a lot of cases insuring your package can be an extra fee – in this case it can be a real value. You’re not using courier services for just any, old delivery – whatever it is that you’re paying a premium for to be delivered is important! It’s worth the extra couple bucks for the extra peace of mind. 

Use these tips and you’ll certainly get more value next time you use your courier service. Take a little extra time to pack, make sure you’re on time and make sure you’re insured and you’ll have a more affordable and worry-free experience. Best of luck!

The essential characteristics of a good medical courier service

Whenever you need a medical delivery, it’s not simply a delivery – it’s impacting someone’s or your own health. In many cases, medical services or private clients need things and they need them fast. Unfortunately that’s sometimes easier said than done. 

Courier services are like any other business. Some have specialties and others don’t. When it comes to medical deliveries, you’ll want to make sure you’re working with a medical courier. It might run you a little more money – but trust us when we tell you it’s worth it – especially when there’s something at stake. 

Here are some things you should consider when choosing one. 

Punctuality

This should go without saying but there are certainly times where time is absolutely everything in the medical field. There’s no room for error, being late or getting the package to the wrong place. The best medical couriers will have optimized routes to quick and efficient deliveries. Make sure you ask them about their on-time rate and how they guarantee it. 

Logistics

In addition to running more efficient routes every good medical courier should have the technology to allow you to track the package in real-time and send you real-time updates as to delivery completion and other milestones so you know exactly where your delivery is at all times. 

Additionally – make sure your courier runs nights and weekends. This isn’t a ‘put it on in the morning and take it off before you go to bed at night’ industry. Some patients simply can’t wait until Monday. Make sure any medical courier worth their salt has deliveries on nights and on weekends. 

Safety and discretion

Medical couriers should all be trained in HIPAA regulations as well as be properly trained in all the precautions that must be undertaken in order to ensure a successful medical delivery. Ask these companies what their certifications are. Not only is handling a package safely important, but so is protecting your patient’s right to privacy and confidentiality. 

Some other odds and ends include making sure they have insurance, that they have experience handling specimens and blood. Some couriers are even specialists within a certain specialty; so be sure to know what they’re best at. 

Hopefully this blog was helpful in terms of giving you a better understanding of what to expect from a medical service courier. If you need help or direction, feel free to give us a call and we’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation. Until then – good luck!

Why going local for your courier service has its advantages

If you’re in the business of shipping products – it’s really important that the process goes smoothly. Some reasons are obvious – others not so obvious – but at the end of the day the foundation of any business relationship is trust that you can deliver a service or product. 

With so many options out there, why should you go with a local courier service? Aren’t the national brands more dependable and less expensive? Well yes and no. While local couriers might not be able to do everything these businesses do and might be a little more expensive; they do serve a purpose and can afford your businesses some significant benefits. Here are a few:

More specialized service

When it comes to the big boys, they’ve essentially got a caravan of customers coming through the door no matter what. If they boot your package out the delivery truck door? Doesn’t really matter. Even if they lose you yesterday, they’ll snag someone else tomorrow. 

But for a local courier service? Success is everything and not only delivering that service successfully – but also doing it above and beyond – is what will ultimately keep the lights on. They’ll do what they can to give you the kind of personalized service you need. 

B2B couriers get their industries better

Many to most courier services actually specialize in a very specific industry or thing. Some companies specialize in medical deliveries, some in large-scale items; some are just into local, speed-deliveries. Whichever your business needs, you can pick a courier service that can get things done just the way they need to be.

It’s easier to get problems solved

Especially in today’s world – communication is everything. When something goes wrong, it’s nice to not have to navigate through fifteen automated prompts, touch tone menus and secret number surfing in order to get a human to help – assuming they want to even do that. With a local service, you won’t just have a more direct line to get help or explanations if you need them – but also if you need to change plans, reroute something or speed something up. Life frequently throws us curveballs, so it’s nice to know that someone is prepared if need be.

In today’s era of big box, big brand one size-fits-all retail – it’s nice to know that the local guy can give you a distinct advantage when you need it. If you’d like to learn more about what a local courier service can do for you, give us a call today. Until then – good luck!

Tips for shipping medical supplies and goods

Shipping medical supplies can be one of the more challenging categories of goods to ship. Precision is everything and proper, prompt delivery is essential. In some cases, lives are on the line. 

Today, we’re going to share some tips your company can use to pack and ship your medical supplies and goods so that they’re more secure, safe and have a better chance of getting to their intended destination and in as good working order as possible. Let’s jump right in!

Machinery/equipment

When we’re talking blood analyzers, microscopes, surgical equipment and the like, you’ll want to make sure these items are properly packed for shipping. First thing you want to do is make sure everything is in its original packaging. This includes the motor, power supply and any other components that come with the machine. 

Second, make sure all cables and wires are secured – preferably with packing tape. This’ll prevent any tangling or damage while enroute. Last – make sure everything is bubble wrapped. At first, this might seem a little excessive, but the extra layer of protection can go a long way. 

Medication and prescriptions

We definitely recommend that the first thing you do when you pack and ship meds is to label it correctly. Even if there’s a label – label it again to make sure it’s more obvious. This will help avoid any confusion or potential mix-ups that might occur during delivery. 

Second – make sure you use insulation or temperature controlled packaging. Believe it or not, temperature can have an adverse effect on a variety of medications so we recommend that you avoid that issue but getting insulated and temperature controlled packaging. Many boxes and packaging materials are designed specifically for keeping medications at a consistent temperature so make sure you do your homework. 

Lab Materials

If you’re a practicing physician, you’ll want to take a few extra steps whenever you pack lab samples. First – just as was the case with medications – pack them with insulated and temperature controlled packaging as too much heat/too much cold can ruin your sample. Second, make sure everything is labeled with the proper clinical information on it. Name, DOB, and any other important information. This helps so that your sample is tested and identified correctly. 

And last but not least-  keep proper records of your shipments. Especially when it comes to lab samples, this will help avoid future confusion and keep delivery staff honest and upfront about what is going where. 

We hope you found today’s blog helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call today. Until then, good luck!

Same-Day Delivery services and their impact on small business

The days of brick and mortar businesses aren’t extinct quite yet – but more and more – businesses rely on the timely delivery of products to their customers from one destination to the next. The biggest business in the world isn’t Wal-Mart – it’s Amazon and part of what makes Amazon such a powerful business is its ability to get things from here to there in a timely fashion.

Reality is though – is that none of us are Amazon! Imagine that! Yet still – understanding the delivery of goods and services and the logistics, cost, monetary and intangible value of those decisions – is vital to success in the modern economy. Today, we’re going to discuss some of the reasons people are choosing same-day delivery services, how it makes things easier for small businesses like yours and what you can do heading forward. Let’s jump right in!

Less worry and risk

The post office is fine. It’s great, in fact. But it’s not always dependable without costing you an arm and a leg – at least insofar as counting on them to be on time with your delivery with a certain degree of precision. 

Same day delivery services may be your answer, particularly for deliveries that are more local/regional in nature. By working with a company that can guarantee service – you won’t have to worry about potential delays and hiccups. And faster deliveries that experience fewer delays and hiccups? Well, they translate into happier customers.

Streamlined services

So if you’re delivering goods faster, you might be able to deliver more things and boost your sales. This is a business after all and growth is everything. Additionally, using same day delivery is fast – even by today’s standards. Many businesses are often the victim of expectations that they set, themselves. Same day delivery service can help to not only help fuel growth but also help keep your customers happy and wanting to come back for more. 

More time to get better where it matters

As important as logistics and deliveries are, hiring a courier service and deploying same-day delivery services takes the A to B off your table and allows you to focus on the things that really mean something – like product development, expanding your services, streamlining your business and everything else you should consciously be focused on when running and growing your business. 

Working with low-cost, same day delivery services can make a big difference in your business. If you’d like to learn more about how our service can help you in the Tampa area, give us a call today. Until then – good luck!

Who uses courier services the most?

While it’s generally true that courier services businesses like ours can help any kind of business, there’s plenty of truth to the idea that certain businesses benefit more than others – or may find more value in using a service like ours. 

Today, we’re going to talk about the three types of businesses that typically benefit the most from employing a courtier service and why. Let’s jump right in. 

Hospitals and Doctors offices

Healthcare has a lot of specialized needs. Whether it’s delivering confidential items and records to transporting extremely sensitive things like organs, medicines and samples – there are a lot of reasons for healthcare professionals to need a specialized kind of service. Most courier services that engage with healthcare facilities are specialized specifically in that field or at least offer a team dedicated to it. There’s no messing around here – people’s lives are at stake, so healthcare professionals need people with specific training who can deliver with great care as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Manufacturers

Speed and efficiency is the name of the game in the US manufacturing sector. Doing more, faster and with less is the line that these businesses need to surpass every single day. Once it’s off the line though, there tends to be a great deal of variation in terms of a company’s ability to get what they’ve made quickly to its desired destination even faster. This is where courier services come in. 

Courier services are of particular help to smaller manufacturers who don’t have their own in-house logistics team in place and need help with transportation. And don’t fool yourself – larger manufacturers regularly walk the line between sustainable growth and moving too fast for themselves – meaning that during periods where they’re experiencing the latter – that they need someone to come in and throw some lead blocks. That’s where we come in. 

Printing companies

People think print is dead, and while in some specific ways it’s not doing well- printing companies are doing just fine. Sometimes it’s signs. Sometimes it’s specialty materials. Sometimes it’s a specific order in bulk – which is simply too big for one employee to move on their own. When that’s the case, printing companies frequently rely on courier services like ours. 

If you think our courier service might be of benefit to you, give us a call today and we’ll be happy to help. Until then -good luck!