Your guide to affordable and reliable to courier services


Between the inconveniences of store closures and the virtual gatherings like our weekly e-numans, many of us may have turned to delivery services – whether to buy pre-made bubble tea kits to satisfy our milk tea cravings, or to send a surprise gift to our Zoom workout buddy. In this time of uncertainty, one thing is certain: that delivery services are essential! 

Whether you’re emerging from the quarantine with a thriving home business or practicing social distancing by getting your care packages delivered to friends, there is no lack of delivery options to choose from. The question is, how do you know which option to pick? 

Well, fret not as we’ve got you covered on everything you need to know about engaging a courier service in the Philippines!

The 3 most common courier services 

Express/Same-Day Delivery: For the home bakers… and the forgetful folks 

For the bosses of food businesses who are dealing with perishables, or the guilty loved ones who had forgotten birthdays, opt for express or same-day delivery to ensure that your parcels are delivered ASAP! Customers may also opt for cash-on-delivery wherein they hand in cash to the delivery riders. Express courier services deliver items from one doorstep to another within a few minutes or hours. Depending on the speed and urgency of the job, and whether you have booked the service days in advance, the delivery costs may vary. With express delivery, you’ll be sure to get piping hot food to your hungry customers on time! 

Some of the courier services that are operational are GrabExpress, Lalamove, MrSpeedy, Ninjavan, and Angkas Padala.

Standard/1-3 Day Delivery: For the not-so-urgent deliveries

Not an urgent delivery, but still eager to receive your order quickly? Go for the standard courier services, which usually deliver within 1 to 3 days from pick up! This is one of the most cost-effective options which will still ensure that you receive your items safely within a short time frame. These courier services usually include tracking, delivery updates and confirmation for both the sender and the recipient as well, keeping them in the loop at every step.

Some regular parcel delivery providers are J&T Express, LBC, Fastrack, and JRS Express. 

Custom Delivery: For those bigger items or special requests 

Planning to surprise your loved ones? Have a big item that a motorcycle can’t carry? 

For times when we’re sending items that are especially fragile, require specialized equipment to move, or a bit bulky, you can reach out to courier service providers with larger vehicles such as Lalamove or Transporify. 

If you are moving large furniture or multiple bulky items from one location to another, it may be more cost-effective to engage a moving service instead. 


Need help with offline shopping?

Not everything can be purchased over the internet, and sometimes it can be a hassle to personally visit a store, shop for the goods and groceries, and then arrange alternative delivery options to get them to your family or friends who live in different residences. Save yourself the time and trouble by hiring a pabili service! Whether you’re too busy for your grocery runs, or having difficulty getting your necessities due to the COVID-19 situation, the personal shoppers on Carousell will bring the store to your door in no time.

We hope that this article has provided you with useful insight and recommendations on how you can choose a suitable courier company for your business and personal needs.

Happy selling and shopping!


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