Scottish courier of the year Thistle Couriers is hailing the success of its special web-software powered door-to-door parcel service for the public. Using the NetDespatch eTrader system, individuals can send a parcel to anywhere in the UK from the comfort of their own home and without setting up an account with the courier. Customers simply book a collection online and the courier collects the parcel from their doorstep. The system provides security of payment for Thistle Couriers and a competitive, high-quality traceable door-to-door delivery service for customers throughout the UK.
"We are experiencing a healthy interest for one-off and low volume next day deliveries using our eTrader facility. This provides a user-friendly interface for the general public so that they may use the APC Overnight network to send parcels from Scottish addresses to other individuals or businesses throughout the UK. It gives them the same high quality of service experienced by high-volume customers," says Ewan Ferguson, Thistle Couriers' MD.
Designed for ease of use, the customer is directed to the Thistle Couriers website where they first obtain a quote. The fully automated system walks the customer through the booking process, prompting them to fill in all necessary information. They then pay online using a credit card or PayPal. The system also provides online parcel tracking so that customers can monitor the progress of their delivery.
"Customers can do everything from home saving them time, money and the effort of a trip to the Post Office or express delivery depot. The system also promotes confidence for our customers and for our business. Payments are secure, preventing risk of fraud for them while protecting us from non-payment of fees. Customers also appreciate that their items are secured by the system, giving them a fully traceable delivery service to any point of delivery within the British Isles," says Ewan Ferguson.
eTrader is part of the NetDespatch Velocity on-demand applications platform and adds to the wide range of NetDespatch web services that courier and distribution companies can provide to their customers, depots and suppliers. These include intuitive web booking, systems integration, pre-labelling, address management, mileage and weight based pricing, manifests, event tracking, management reporting, POD management, mobile data and eCommerce solutions. The services are all provided in real-time and fully integrate with other systems such as sales order processing, warehouse management and e-shopping carts.