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Should You Hire A Deliveryman Or Engage Courier Services?

Deciding whether they should hire a deliveryman or engaging courier service in Singapore is a common question asked by many business owners and managers in Singapore.

When you hire a deliveryman, you may appear to have more control over him or her and when you engage courier services in Singapore, you may feel like you’re paying more. However, the truth cannot be further from that.

Here’s what the truth is:

Working on weekends:

  • When you hire a deliveryman employee, you aren’t able to easily get them to work on weekends and perform emergency delivery services if that is not explicitly written in their employment contract.
  • However, when you engage courier services, you are able to get your items delivered at night or on weekends as long as you pay a tiny surcharge.

Paying of CPF:

  • Whether you like it or not, you need to pay CPF for your employee in Singapore if you were to hire an in house deliveryman.
  • If you engage a courier company for your delivery needs, then all you need is to pay them per delivery. Therefore, you do not incur additional costs that shouldn’t apply to you.

Flexibility?

  • You cannot choose to randomly increase or decrease your deliveryman’s salary just because you have differing delivery requirements from a month to month basis.
  • You will always pay an amount proportionate to your delivery requirements per month. You do not pay more or less than that and this is great for companies which have highly varying needs for deliveries on a per month basis!

Managing of couriers:

  • If you hired a deliveryman employee in Singapore, you would need to handle their leave application, their CPF payments and the many employee issues.
  • When you outsource your deliveries, it is simple to just ask the administration or sales staff in the Singapore courier company to handle your deliveries, and they will handle everything else. It is a great way to take your mind off such menial tasks such as deliveries and concentrate on the main work that you have. Putting such delivery work to a SIngapore courier company will save you lots of time and money in the long run!

Courier Services In Singapore

Courier services around the world as documented by Syndit can be vastly differing. In this case, we shall just touch about courier services in Singapore alone.

There are several very reliable and professional private courier companies in Singapore like PCA Masters Pte Ltd and ixpress647. These are local courier companies started by individual entrepreneurs in Singapore. Most of them hire both bikers as well as van / car drivers to perform courier deliveries locally in Singapore. They are also private owned and they provide door to door delivery services through the bikers and drivers they engage.

There is also the state registered mail post by SingPost. This is also a form of courier service but one of the biggest differences is that SingPost requires you to drop by their branch office to pass your goods to them before they will help you perform deliveries. This is certainly not a door to door delivery service… which is why SingPost (Speedpost) can be quite inconvenient for customers who only want door to door delivery services. There are many instances where the sender simply has no time or luxury to queue up for at least 20 to 30 minutes at the local Speedpost office. In such situations, Speedpost’s courier services would definitely not be your most preferred choice.

Finally, there are the large courier companies like DHL, UPS, Fedex, TNT, e.t.c. These are international freight and courier companies. However, one thing you might want to note is that they are very cheap and affordable for international freight and delivery services, but when it comes to local Singapore deliveries, local courier companies like PCA Masters and Regent would probably perform better and at more affordable rates.

It is important for you to fully understand the above before you decide to engage any of their services. Although analysing too much can make you feel very confused, the above information is just basic and you should ideally know them.