Advantages of door-to-door pick-up and delivery
There are many benefits of door-to-door pick-up and delivery. Above all, saving time and effort - there is no need to go anywhere and carry the shipment around, since it will be taken from the stated address. Most logistics companies serve even remote areas, to make it as convenient as possible to send and receive a parcel. Besides, shipments are much more secure this way. Door-to-door package delivery helps to ensure the safety of transported goods, being handled entirely by the logistics service provider.
Door-to-door courier services are also a popular choice for businesses, as all transportation costs are covered - including fuel surcharge, custom fees or other expenses that may be incurred along the way. As long as the shipment meets the requirements of the chosen service, no additional charges will apply.
Door-to-door delivery options
The areas covered by courier companies can range from a single town, entire country or the whole region. Depending on the distances and the size of shipments being transported, couriers use cars, trucks and even bicycles or motorbikes to collect and deliver parcels. Typically, they follow a different, predetermined route each day.
Regardless of the vehicle and method used, last-mile delivery has been receiving a lot of attention. The cost of global delivery is said to exceed 70 billion EUR, being largely influenced by the growth of e-commerce. This tendency creates more opportunities for faster deliveries and more comprehensive solutions, such as SMS or email notifications.
Nonetheless, the cost and variety of delivery options continue to be significant for choosing one seller over another by online customers. Having this in mind, vendors aim to provide the customers with the best experience possible and start experimenting with faster deliveries. But surprisingly, not many buyers are willing to pay more for an instant delivery - a standard shipping service remains the most popular choice among customers.
The same applies to door-to-door courier service. Home delivery proves to be more convenient than unattended delivery (i.e. to parcel lockers or drop-off locations) especially since the price of both services is often comparable. Still, consumers seem to appreciate having the flexibility and greater choice of delivery options. That may be the reason behind the development of new delivery models, including the use of drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) and droids (small autonomous vehicles) in distributing shipments. Although their implementation in logistics industry is still in progress, future delivery models are likely to be characterized by a much higher degree of automation.