There are several types of couriers in Singapore, namely local ones such as Regent, international ones such as Fedex and state ones such as Speedpost. With these 3 main types of courier companies you can work with, you need to figure out which Singapore local courier service is most suitable for your needs.
- Let us first talk about the local courier companies such as PCA Masters, Ixpress647 e.t.c. These are basically local and private companies which operate islandwide and usually have a mixture of contractors as well as full time employees in the company and deal with both regular as well as ad hoc courier services. The services provided by such private companies usually involve pick up from your specified location and delivery to the intended recipient himself or herself only. It is basically a concierge level service where you wouldn’t need to leave your location at all.
- When it comes to the international companies like Fedex, they actually deal mostly with international deliveries. If you need a delivery to a recipient in another country, you’re best off working directly with such an international freight company like Fedex or DHL. This is because even if you were to work with a local forwarder in Singapore, they will still pass the items to Fedex or DHL in the end, resulting in only more hassles, change of hands for your item and potentially cost.
- Speedpost is a cost efficient delivery, but like as I mentioned, it’s more of a very basic drop off at their location and they will deliver within a few days. It is one of the slowest form of deliveries. Think about it, if I can deliver an item within a few days, why should I deliver it through Speedpost? I’ll just deliver it myself! However, if I need something delivered urgently on the same day to another location in Singapore, then I would need it to be performed speedily – both of which Speedpost is incapable of. Therefore, I don’t use Speedpost anymore.
Although there are lots of courier companies in Singapore, there are only really a few truly respectable and trustworthy ones. Here are some of them.
1. PCA Masters
A young but fast growing courier company in Singapore, they perform courier services for both large businesses, individual business owners as well as end consumers. You can check out their company page on LinkedIn if you’re intending to join their company as a courier or deliveryman. In any case, I have only used them once, but it blew me away. There was once when I needed an urgent delivery at night and no one was responding to my calls. At that time, PCA Masters was surprisingly still around at 8+ pm and they picked up my call and I managed to arrange my delivery with them. I think it’s when companies that serve their customers as well as PCA Masters that they’re able to generate word of mouth (yes, like through this post). Anyway, they served really well, and their delivery guy was really punctual. I would highly recommend you to use them if you need trusted courier services.
2. Poh Tiong Choon Logistics
An old logistics company in Singapore, they have been established in Singapore for quite a number of years. Dealing with general goods transportation, warehousing and freight management PTC Logistics is an old household name in the business to business industry in Singapore. Founded originally by Poh Sin Choon, it is now headed by Poh Choon Ann. You can more or less call it a family business. If you need any heavy deliveries, Poh Tiong Choon is definitely one of the companies you can consider. They’re not cheap, but they’re trustworthy so I think it’s alright.
If you need international deliveries by plane out from Singapore, I would suggest you to still use international corporations’ services such as those by Fedex. When it comes to deliveries by air, there is no one better than Fedex at the moment. With both branding, service and price advantages, Fedex is definitely the king of the air transportation services industry around the world, in Asia, and definitely in Singapore too. Due to their vast network of logistics planes, it is always possible to squeeze in a last minute overseas delivery out of or into Singapore by air with Fedex. This may not be the case with other companies like TNT or DHL whose capacity still far underwhelms… especially when it comes to punctuality. I realized that Fedex, though not the cheapest service in the world, is one of the most punctual air transportation companies in the world.