Do You Have to Have a Courier Account to Ship With a Courier?

People who ship with couriers for the first time, whether they’re going into a physical location or visiting a website are sure to be bombarded with information telling them how to open an account. This leads to the question for someone using an Albuquerque courier for the first time: “Is it absolutely necessary to open an account in order to ship with a courier?” The answer is, it depends on who you’re shipping with.

Some couriers have a policy of only shipping with people that have an account already opened with them. These types of couriers are mostly business couriers, and they are usually very corporate oriented. Since it is in a company’s best interests to open an account with a courier anyway, this rarely causes any problems.

There are couriers out there with a wider client base though that will ship for someone without an account. However, there are a number of services and options which are extended to account holders which usually won’t be to those who are shipping without an account. This includes a lot of online functionality such as the ability to place orders online, or to receive online billing statements.

Sometimes opening an account with a courier will even earn you a preferred rate. They may also extend other payment options to you with an account making your entire shipping operation a little easier to handle. There are certainly ample reasons to encourage you to open an account, but there is also something to be gained by shipping without one, for a time at least.

This is the evaluation of the courier companies. It is very important that you make sure that you are going to want to do business with a particular company before you go through the hassle of opening an account with them. One of the best ways to do this is to actually ship a few orders with them without an account. This can also help you first hand better evaluate the different pricing structures that might be available to you from differing courier companies.

By shipping with more than one company without an account, you have access to the absolute best way to decide which company you should actually open an account with. Mention that you are doing this to the couriers as well, and see if you can possibly negotiate a preferred rate in return for opening an account.