What Delivery Options are Available for my E-commerce Business?

31st January 2017

It’s fair to say that most e-commerce businesses today are heavily involved in all different types of deliveries. Whether it’s sending goods to customers and other businesses, or simply managing your supply chain, there are a wide range of options that are available to your ecommerce business.

This doesn’t mean though that you should just choose any old solutions, you need to thoroughly assess these and make sure these match your business’ needs. What follows are several examples to consider to assist you when looking for new delivery and supply chain options.

National Deliveries

As the name suggests, these see your goods and items sent around the UK. This makes them a great and easy-to-manage option for any local SMEs or smaller businesses.

International Deliveries

Taking the step up from this are the businesses who send their items overseas, or who deal with imports and exports. With these you also need a solid understanding of the trade regulations that are in place between the different international nations. Otherwise you can risk your goods being held up or seized.

Express Services

You may have seen these referred to as ‘express’ or even ‘next-day’ deliveries, the latter of which makes these a little clearer to understand. These can see any items with the recipient 24-hours later, which can be more convenient for many customers.

Time-Sensitive Services

In addition to the above, there are even ways for you to make same-day deliveries where you have consignments at their destinations under 24-hours. Again, this level of convenience is something that could be enticing for different audiences and markets.

Online Services

When it comes to the ordering process, there are also automated deliveries that a business can setup online. These are useful for companies that have bulk orders, or that have a lot of goods to process as they essentially organise and categorise your deliveries and automatically have them sent out without you needing to go through each one.

Additional Advice

While you have the choice to manage all of this internally, a smart move is to use an external delivery company. Their expertise can be an invaluable asset when you’re looking to save yourself time and effort, as you can just leave your goods in their hands. Companies who are more well-established like TNT for instance are your best bet as they’re more likely to have a bigger and better choice of services.

So, take this advice and make your logistics much more effective with a delivery or supply service that matches your e-commerce requirements.

Corey is an all round tech guru who has worked at some major blue chip companies. He started Poweronemedia to share his views and knowledge with the rest of the blogging world.