If you need to send items to customers outside of business hours, or want to try reducing your spending on short distance deliveries, this might be of interest.
CouriersPlease is encouraging businesses in metropolitan Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to use GoFetch, which allows them to deliver items to customers outside business hours.
GoFetch uses a similar model to Uber, with a smartphone app to request and track nearby deliverers. GoFetch says it has several thousand “Fetchers”, some of whom are also Uber drivers.
CouriersPlease has expanded its delivery options with a co-branded CouriersPlease and GoFetch portal, which states that users receive exclusive CouriersPlease rates.
The service’s key selling point is speed and price. GoFetch doesn’t own delivery vehicles, which it says allows it to charge rates that are often lower than other couriers. It also provides a way to deliver goods 24/7, if a GoFetch driver is available.
The GoFetch web site suggests the service is suitable for deliveries of flowers, ink cartridges, documents and dry cleaning. That said, it doesn’t deliver food.
Parcel delivery company Sendle has also added new around-the-clock options. Inside Small Business reports that Sendle customers can now drop off items at some BP service stations for delivery, and their customers can also pick up items at some BP service stations. The service uses the parcel shipping service Hubbed.
Unlike GoFetch, Sendle offers flat-rate deliveries and markets itself as carbon neutral.