UK parcel delivery services

The following is the list of the main UK organisations that provide parcel delivery services  for  ‘1 man’ parcel shipments, from UK based fulfilment centres to delivery addresses across the UK. These services include, delivery to the door of a customer specified delivery address, or the ability to offer an delivery to an alternative delivery point such as to a locker bank or to a local convenient store.

The qualification for being on this list is that they typically carry post or parcels, operate on a national basis and are most commonly in use by the larger retailers or online only businesses.  

Post and Parcel Carriers

These parcel couriers and carriers offer a delivery to a specified delivery address. While these all can carry a 1 man parcel, they may have preferences or restrictions as to parcel or consignment weight and/or dimensions. You will need to check with the carrier as to what levels of service they offer by specific parcel attributes, delivery area or delivery option.

Organisation Level of Service Days of Delivery Typical Parcel
City Link Same day
Next day
Mon – Fri
Sat also avail.
City Sprint Variety of weekday timeslots.
Next day delivery.
Saturday incl. timeslots.~
Mon – Fri
Sat also avail.
DPD Variety of weekday timeslots
Next day delivery
Saturday incl. timeslots.
Mon – Fri
Fedex Variety of weekday timeslots.Next day delivery
Saturday incl. timeslots.
Not provided
Hermes Next day service
2 – 3 day service
Mon – Sat Up to 15kg
Interlink Express Variety of weekday timeslots.
Next day delivery.
Saturday incl. timeslots.
Mon – Fri
Sat also avail.
Up to 30kg
Nightfreight Variety of weekday timeslots.
Next day delivery.
Saturday incl. timeslots.
Mon – Fri
Sat also avail.
Up to 30kg
Also do 2 man delivery.
Parcelforce Variety of weekday timeslots.
Next day delivery.
Saturday incl. timeslots.
Mon – Fri
Sat also avail.
Up to 30kg.
Royal Mail Variety of weekday timeslots.
Next day delivery.
Saturday incl. timeslots.
Standard
Confirmed
Guaranteed
Mon – Sat
TNT Variety of weekday timeslots.
Next day delivery.
Saturday incl. timeslots.
Mon – Fri
Sat also avail.
Not specified
UKMail Variety of weekday timeslots.
Next day delivery.
Mon – Fri
Sat also avail.
Up to 6kg.
UPS Variety of weekday timeslots.
Next day delivery.
Business days only
Yodel Variety of weekday timeslots.
Next day delivery.
Mon – Sat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

1. Where a carrier offers a Saturday service, incl. timeslots – this maybe priced differently to their regular next day service.
2. Those designated timeslots is where the carrier either offers a delivery by service or a specified time window for delivery.

 

 

Alternative parcel delivery and collection points

The use of alternative delivery and collection has grown significantly in the UK as both retailers/shippers and consumers see the value in having a convenient location to either collect an parcel or to drop off a parcel for returns.

Below is the list of the main networks that currently operate in the UK:

Organisation Type of Service Hours of service Typical Parcel
Collect+ Parcel collection from next day at local convenience stores Collection possible 7 days: early -late Up to 10kg
Bybox Parcel collection from locker bank. Dependent on service chosen by consumer. Collection anytime Up to 15 kg
Hermes Parcelshop Parcel collection from local convenience stores 2 days after despatch Collection 7 days: early -late Up to 15kg
Parcel Motel Locker bank. Dependent on service chosen by consumer. Available in IRELAND ONLY Collection anytime Up to 10kg
UPS Access Point Parcel collection from local convenience stores 2 days after despatch Collection 7 days: early -late Up to 20kg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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