Package Delivery: 4 Types of Parcel Delivery

There are several types of package delivery methods used by last mile delivery carriers, depending on where the customer wants their orders to be placed. The customer can opt for a package delivery on the curb or sidewalk, at their doorstep, at a specific entrance, or at the exact location where they will install the ordered product. You can also offer your customers the possibility to choose a contactless delivery service. Here are the most popular delivery services that courier businesses offer:



What Is the Curbside Delivery?

Curbside delivery is a package delivery method used mostly by last mile carriers that offer heavy parcel delivery services. When a package is too heavy to carry to a customer’s doorstep or house, the driver will unload the large parcel or package at the customer’s address, by the curbside, or on the sidewalk.
Curbside delivery is also used when a vehicle is too large and not legally allowed to enter the customer’s residential area.


What Is Threshold Delivery?

Threshold delivery is also referred to as inside delivery. As the name suggests, when a customer opts for threshold delivery, they will get their package delivered inside the house, in the doorway. In case the customer lives in an apartment building, the delivery driver will usually hand over the parcel to the customer in the lobby or hallway.


What Is White Gloves Delivery?

White gloves delivery is a premium parcel delivery service requested by customers when their orders require more attention and special handling, such as artwork, antiques, fragile items, disassembled furniture, etc. The package is delivered inside the customer’s house and even installed or assembled if necessary. White gloves delivery is more expensive than the other package delivery methods.


What Is Contactless Delivery?

Contactless delivery is a package delivery method that requires no contact between the delivery driver and the customer. When a contactless delivery is required, the driver places the prepaid package at the customer’s door, rings the doorbell, and ensures that the customer is retrieving the package from a distance. In this case, signature-based POD is replaced with digital alternatives.

Contactless delivery has become more popular in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the social distancing regulations or recommendations. Contactless delivery helped last mile delivery businesses keep their employees and customers safe.

Regardless of which type of delivery services you provide, you can always expect that the Route4Me Route Planner will accommodate your unique delivery needs. With Route4Me’s proprietary routing engine and last mile delivery solutions, you will be able to automate your delivery planning within minutes.

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