A 'courier' is the term that is used to call a person or company that offers delivery of messages, packages and mail. It possess various qualities such as speed, security, tracking, signature, specialisation and individualisation of services, and committed delivery times. These features are not usually present in an ordinary mailing system and is therefore considerably cheaper than a courier.
Many are the ways by which messages, documents and products are carried and sent, same goes true for the different types of courier systems.
A Standard Courier service is one which most of us are familiar with in shipping documents and packages all over the globe. Companies involved in offering such a service employ certain processes and steps to ensure the safety and security of items to be shipped. Majority of the packages are insured at a certain amount, although if additional insurance is required, extra charges may be combined to the shipping rate. Adjustments on the price of shipping is also made as per the speed or how fast the package will reach its destination. After the cost and pertinent information (names of sender and receiver, destination address) are determined, the package is then proceeded for sending via truck or plane.
Overnight and express shipping cost more dearly than a standard courier service but assures the clients that the packages are sent and delivered within a short time period. Such packages meant for overnight or express transport are mostly flown or transported through planes especially if the location of the receiver is of long distance from the sender. These parcel may be shipped on a normal or usual passenger plane but large shipping companies or courier services employ their of fleet of planes or cargo planes which are exclusively used only for shipments.
Personal Courier services send actual or real messengers from place to place. One illustration is a 'Bike Messenger' where the courier is a single person who personally delivers the message, package, or document. Obviously, these services are provided basically by small courier service to their customers of long standing on a regular and recurring basis.
A Personalised Courier service is different from a Personal Courier service. In this delivery service, more than just packages or documents are sent and there are times when there I not even a package to be sent at all. The adjective 'personalised' is perfectly illustrated by a singing messenger. In this example, if a person is having his or her birthday and one of his or her friends are opting for a different surprise, the friend may hire the service of the singing messenger. Instead of delivering a physical parcel, the singing messenger would be sent to the house or office and will sing happy birthday to the celebrant, sometimes with flowers and balloons. Mostly these services are used in special and festive occasions.
International Courier services are different from large courier companies offering delivery of packages to international destinations is such a way that the former one to two persons to travel and deliver the parcel personally. The travel expenses of someone hired as an international courier are for free or at a reduced cost.
Posted by Dave Marks. Posted In : Freight Services