For most people, Singpost is all they ever use for deliveries in Singapore. However, for those business executives or entrepreneurs, there will be instances where postal services or registered mail simply doesn’t make the cut at all. This is where delivery and courier companies come in.
First of all, there are various types of courier services in Singapore. The biggest difference between courier services and postal services in Singapore is that the courier firm will dispatch a driver or rider to pick up the items directly from you. Additionally, the items are usually delivered on the same working day. However, there’s also another type of delivery service in Singapore, used mainly by E-commerce companies. Such delivery companies aggregate orders for 1 or 2 days, and then redistribute out the goods from their warehouse over the next 3-5 working days. Both types of services are ideal for different types of needs.
Generally, the first type of courier service is meant for corporate customers which need urgent document and/or parcel deliveries to their customers or suppliers or even to the banks. This type of courier firms in Singapore specialize in same day or urgent local courier services. Naturally, due to the urgent and ad hoc nature of such courier services, they usually cost the most at around $10 to $25 per delivery. Your delivery is guaranteed to be completed within 1 to 2 hours maximum (usually between $20 to $30) or before 6pm the same day (usually between $10 to $20).
Next, E-commerce delivery companies aggregate orders and redistribute out over the next several working days. Because of this non time sensitive deliveries, they are similar to postal services – except that they will pick up the products you sell from you and charge you rates cheaper than if you had delivered with Speedpost. This clearly shows you that Speedpost and Singpost is going out of business soon (declining due to its irrelevancy in keeping up with business environment in Singapore). The only thing they’re good for is postal services. Nothing else is as good as other courier and delivery companies in Singapore. Anyway, E-commerce delivery companies usually charge around $5 to $10 per delivery as a result of their ‘postal’ like services – e.g. not same day and usually not next working day also.