If you have never gotten any kind of goods or documents delivered within Singapore before, what you will realize is that all couriers charge surcharges for night and weekend deliveries if you have ad hoc deliveries. Perhaps only for people (consumers or businesses) who have high volume of deliveries (e.g. E-commerce companies), courier companies might offer waivers on such extra charges.
However, for the vast majority of customers, courier services in Singapore would have a small fee for such deliveries. So please do not be alarmed if you were charged that. It is simply because most couriers do not work on week nights as well as weekends, and so the courier company would have to pay them more to keep them motivated to help deliver goods on such timings (e.g. night and weekends).
How about public holidays? Are there companies which deliver goods or documents on public holidays in Singapore? I believe there is, but only an extremely small minority of couriers would be willing to do it. Hence, be prepared to pay a special premium on that day. However, in general, it is still cheaper to pay a courier for his or her services than it is to take a cab to-and-fro. This is reason why courier services are still higher popular in Singapore – because cabs and cars are not exactly cheap, while public transport can be really crowded and slow.
All in all, even with the weekend and night surcharges for deliveries in Singapore, I can say that it is still much more efficient and affordable to get a courier service to help you out. No point cabbing around or lugging along your package or document on public transport. Just get a reliable courier service and all your troubles would be solved! You would not even need to step out of your house’s doorstep. How much more efficient and convenient can it be? :))
Most business operations do not specialize in deliveries or logistics, and actually sell services or products other than courier services. Hence, it is highly recommended for such companies to outsource the delivery operations because it is not the company’s competitive advantage. Business rule number 1 is to outsource things that is not the company’s strength. If it’s the company’s strength, then the company should do it in-house.
Here are some tips on outsourcing your deliveries operations to a courier company in Singapore by one of the top courier companies in Singapore – http://www.pcamasters.com.
First and foremost, always find out what kind of volume of deliveries are you expecting. This is because there are companies which focus on ad hoc and low volume deliveries at reasonable prices, while there are companies which could be focusing on large volume deliveries at reasonable costs while providing efficient operations.
Other than costs, another main thing about finding out the expected volume of deliveries you require before talking to any courier company in Singapore is because some companies are smaller and hence have lower capacity to engage in high volume deliveries for your business if required. However, if you are an individual consumer which only need deliveries of a few items occasionally, then it does not really matter.
Next, find out the list of places which your company needs to deliver goods to (especially if you require business re-stocking and/or weekly deliveries). Some businesses require courier to pick up documents every week or day and deliver from one branch to another. If you need this, it is unlikely that you would be offered high volume deliveries (as that is usually at least 100 and above for most companies to charge low prices). Also, finding and preparing the list of common places and addresses and appropriate timings you need the deliveries you need to be done on a constant basis will help you out greatly after the courier company replies your enquiry because they’re definitely going to be asking you about the locations.
Always take note of into and out of CBD charges. These will usually be charged to you. Hence, make sure to clarify if there will be such charges if you are not sure where the ERP gantries in Singapore are if not you might be having a rude shock.