OK – you have set up your business online and you want to get your products out to your customers? Great! You have plenty of delivery options locally – but how about shipping over to the mainland UK, Channel Islands or to the Republic of Ireland?

Our clients often ask us “Who is the best courier to go with for shipping?” and “The cost from NI is more expensive than shipping from the mainland UK. What are our options?”

We have reviewed some of the best options for UK and Ireland shipping out there that provide value for money and put together some information to help you choose the right one for you:

 

Weight (kg)
Couriers up to 2kg 2-5kg 5-15kg 15-25kg 25kg+
DPD
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(Next day)
£32.34 per parcel £32.34 per parcel £45.32 per parcel £45.32 per parcel From £45.32 per parcel
(Contact for more info)
DPD
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(Two day)
N/A N/A £34.92 per parcel £34.92 per parcel From £34.92 per parcel
(Contact courier for more info)
UK Parcel Connect
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(1-2 days)
£7.32 per parcel £9.76 per parcel £12.20 per parcel £16.26 per parcel From £16.26 per parcel
(Contact courier for more info)
Parcelforce
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(Next day)
£16.49 per parcel £17.48 per parcel £20.90 per parcel
(up to 10kg)
£27.64 per parcel
(up to 15kg)
£33.01 per parcel
(up to 20kg)
£44.14 per parcel
(up to 25kg)
From £48.28 per parcel
(Contact courier for more info)
Parcelforce
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(Two day)
£11.99 per parcel £12.98 per parcel £16.40 per parcel
(up to 10kg)
£23.14 per parcel
(up tp 15kg)
£28.51 per parcel
(up to 20kg)
£39.64 per parcel
(up tp 25kg)
From £43.78 per parcel
(Contact courier for more info)
Nightline*
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Express Freight*
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*Nightline and Express Freight will require the volumetric weight of individual parcels before providing a quote. This is common with many courier services.  Volumetric weight can be calculated using this formula: length x width x height (cm) / 5000.
drop shipping 2

Drop shipping is another option you could consider. Instead of having to stock all items and ship from your location, you can purchase the item from a third party supplier in the region you want to deliver to. The advantages to this with your e-commerce business include:

– Less immediate investment on a large volume of stock required, buy to suit demand instead
– No fixed location as you can operate your business from anywhere with an internet connection
– You can offer a larger variety of products and have freedom to test which are more popular than others

Outsourcing fulfilment is one more to consider and is similar to drop shipping. Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA) is a popular service for this option.

There are a number of comparison sites available when it comes to shipping. However, the best local service we have seen is NI Parcels who work with some of the courier services mentioned above. They can offer exclusive discounts on shipping costs to local businesses here and they have an easy to use online service with dedicated customer support.

 

To help you get you set on the road to e-commerce success with a bespoke website and explore the best options for you, talk to us today – Dungannon 028 3754 9025 or Belfast 028 9002 5050 or shoot us an email.