2 April 2013 Comments Off on Parcel Delivery in 2013: Here’s How Delivery Companies Work

Parcel Delivery in 2013: Here’s How Delivery Companies Work

parcelsIt’s safe to say there are very little things in our everyday lives that haven’t been affected by our obsession with computers and progress. One of the ways this is most evident is in the way we communicate. Whereas in the past we waited for weeks for letters and months for packages, these items can now reach their destinations within days. Thanks to today’s courier companies and their sophisticated, advanced operation system, no destination is too remote and no distance too far.

Changing Snail Mail One Parcel at a Time

Gone are the days of waiting impatiently for a parcel to come, only to find it’s been lost in the mail without a trace. These days parcel delivery is safe, speedy and secure thanks to the new technological enhancements that have been adopted by courier companies worldwide. In fact, today a parcel delivered by a company like Rapid Parcel can easily reach over 80% of the globe within 48 hours with the ability to follow its path every step of the way from mobile phones or computers. Parcel delivery has become so efficient and so very popular that approximately 14.8 million packages and letters are sent every single day worldwide.

Step One: Choosing Your Company

When you have a parcel or letter to send, you have a wide variety of options to choose from. Depending on its destination and your time frame, you can choose express or parcel post, urgent cross country, international, economy, same day express and much, much more. Once you know where and when you want your item delivered, you then have the monumental choice of which company to employ. Some prefer to utilize their country’s postal services, which although not as glamorous as some of the better-known couriers, offer just as many options and security as the competition. The majority of people however, prefer the superior track record of world famous companies such as UPS, FedEx and DHL. Convenient, cost effective and technologically advanced, these companies excel at making your delivery as easy as possible.

Step Two: Prepping Your Parcel

After selecting a courier company, your second step is to fill out all the important information in order to allow your parcel to be successfully delivered. If you choose your local postie, you will need to make a trip to the office to have the package weighed and to fill out all the necessary forms. If you choose to utilize a courier company such as http://www.rapidparcel.com/, you can fill out all the crucial information online and arrange for both payment and pick up. No matter how you choose to send your item, when you have entered your parcel into the system, it receives a code that allows the many machines involved in sorting to determine it’s proper location and route. These codes contain all the information you entered about the parcel from your name and address to the contents and destination. Like an ID card, these codes are used throughout almost every leg of the journey by both employees and the many automated machines that help sort the millions of packages sent through each day.

Step Three: Pre-Launch at the Sorting Station!

Packages and letters are all shipped to a major sorting facility where they are separated according to their final destination. These sorting facilities range in size but the majority of them are exceptionally large and complicated due to the sheer volume of items they must process daily. For example, the UPS sorting facility is over 4 million square feet and contains over 17,000 different conveyor belts. Once the parcels have reached these sorting ‘cities’, employees separate them according to size with the labels and their all important codes facing upwards so that the many computers that process them can do so accurately. Before the systems were so automated, employees were required to memorize thousands of zip codes and work at a manic pace to ensure all packages were on track. These days the only times humans touch parcels is to separate them into small, medium and irregular and then allow the artificial intelligence to do the rest.

Step Four – The Last Leg of the Journey

After the parcels and letters are all sorted into similar destinations, they are then repackaged and prepared for transport. Destinations that are less than 100 kilometres require nothing more than a quick ride in a van, but anything over that amount will travel by air. Taking off from the sorting stations, the packages are then delivered to local offices where they are again scanned and sorted. Trucks then deliver the parcels to their final destination where they are signed and delivered at long last.

Your Parcel is Never Alone

Although it is certainly impressive to have a package delivered internationally within days, one of the most welcome advances in today’s courier companies is the ability to track and insure your package. It used to be that you could do little but bid your mail a fond farewell and wish for the best, but these days you can follow your parcel every single step of the way. Thanks to the code technology used to sort and deliver items, you can access the system and see the time and date your item was processed for every step of its journey. This can be particularly comforting if you are sending sensitive, fragile, or expensive items. Adding what is often complementary insurance on your parcel is also an excellent idea. Most companies will insure items for up to 1,500 liability for no extra cost and even provide the sender with signed confirmation cards when delivery is accepted. This is welcome peace of mind for those who send important documents or rare items as part of their daily tasks – and let’s not forget those all-important birthday presents!

As technology grows, our world will only get smaller. We can fly across the world in days. We can instant message friends across the country in seconds. We can ship a box of real New York bagels to someone in Japan if they happen to get a craving. Although it can be a little shocking to see our world shrinking in such a manner, the benefits of such convenience are undeniable and not only in a business sense. Being as close as we are means we can learn more from each other and stay intimate when life inevitably separates us from our loved ones. If we can’t afford a trip across the world to visit our parents, at least now we can afford to have a care package sent within just a few clicks of a keyboard.

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