You may be familiar with online shopping and delivery services, but there’s a concept in the world of logistics that guarantees that you’ll get your items collected from your home or business location and delivered directly to your buyer or customer! This is known as a door to door service and falls into several different categories.
So, what is door to door shipping service? Read on to find out more…
Door to door delivery service
A door to door delivery is simply a service provided where the courier will arrive at the pickup address of your consignment that you request and then deliver it to your specified location. This avoids you having to travel anywhere at all.
There are so many advantages of using this service that saves you time. All you need to do is fill in your order details with your chosen courier and confirm your shipment. You’ll receive an email tracking number and your courier will do the rest. Anything can be collected and delivered to almost any location, from a single item to an entire house clearance.
If you need a same-day delivery this can be the ideal shipping method, and due to flexibility, it can be arranged for every day of the week and weekends. You may have to pay slightly more for this service, but it may be a perfect solution for your door to door shipping needs for the extra convenience and how simple it is to schedule.
Door to door domestic freight services
Door to door freight services are designed to accommodate larger shipments that are heavier than 40 kg and obviously exceed the dimensions for a standard door to door delivery service.
A domestic freight forwarder will deal with goods that are found within the borders of the same country, and help ensure that the process of moving your cargo goes smoothly. Domestic freight may be transported by ground or air by a vast network of common carriers that specialise in domestic shipping.
Although ground shipping by truck is slower it’s actually the most economical form of transport. Ground shipping by rail is a fast and green alternative to transporting goods domestically, with air freight being the fastest but the least eco-friendly option.
The cost of door to door domestic freight shipping is determined by:
- Delivery time
- Value of the shipment
- Location of pickup and delivery
- Weight and dimensions of the cargo
- Packaging requirements
Door to door shuttle service
A door to door shuttle service is the most cost-effective way of transporting you and your belongings from an airport to your hotel for example. Shuttle transfers operate in different ways depending on the location, and most shuttle transfer vehicles are typically minivans and minibuses, and you travel with other passengers who may be picked up on the way.
A low-cost door to door shuttle service is your best choice if you want to avoid using public transport, getting you from the airport to your hotel in comfort. Bear in mind if you need regular shuttle services you’ll get on-time guarantees with professional, highly trained drivers, and the utmost reliability when travelling with trusted transport companies.
International door to door shipping
International door to door shipping is slightly different in that the pick-up door is typically the warehouse and the drop off point may be an office, storage unit, or another warehouse.
Some freight forwarding companies will pick up your shipping container from your warehouse and bring it to the port, and then it can be retrieved from another specified warehouse. Other companies will deliver directly to your customer’s door, so you’ll need to determine this before you schedule your collection.
Freight forwarders specialise in moving cargo and are responsible for the transportation of goods from one destination to another. They act as an intermediary between you and the transportation services and liaise with many carriers to negotiate the best price for the most economical and fastest route.
Freight forwarders will also help with customs clearance, international export and import documentation, insurance, packing, storage, and inventory management. This can be extremely advantageous in that you’ll be assured that your goods will arrive at the correct destination on time.
Shipping delays are outside the responsibility of your freight forwarding company as delays can occur due to bad weather, breakdowns, delays at ports, or unforeseen changes in the route. Any of these issues will be resolved as quickly as possible to get your goods back on track.
DRG Solutions can help with any international courier services in Barcelona. By coordinating multimodal transport solutions – air, sea, and ground, and incorporating different providers for shipping and warehousing, this one-stop-shop is perfect for providing you with the ideal solutions for your individual international door-to-door needs.