The Couriers to Book for Your Next Package Pick-Up and Delivery
Need to send essential items to someone?
(SPOT.ph) The pandemic has made it harder to move around the Metro freely because of the enhanced community quarantine in place (which was recently extended until May 15). Besides, no one really wants to be outside when there’s a deadly virus going around, right? It’s a good thing that more and more places are starting to deliver essentials straight to your doorstep. But what if you’re the one who has something to send to friends, family, and loved ones?
Check out these couriers you can book for any type of package pick-up or delivery:
Widest Coverage: GrabExpress
Ride-sharing app Grab lets you book their GrabExpress service for same-day deliveries. Just open your Grab app, tap “Delivery” and input your parcel’s pick-up and drop-off points—including contact information of the receiver—then hit book! When a driver accepts your request, you can track the trip on the app to see if your parcel has reached its destination. Grab riders are also asked to practice no-contact delivery to lessen the risk of infection. GrabExpress is currently available in cities within Metro Manila as well as Cebu City.
Most Versatile: Lalamove
Lalamove continues to deliver essential items during the enhanced community quarantine. These essential items include food, grocery items, medicine, and water. You have a choice between a motorcycle, an MPV, or a light truck, depending on the size of your package. You just have to input both the pick-up and and drop-off location including the name and contact details of the receiver, then you’re all set! If you’re choosing the motorcycle option, you can opt for additional services like Insulated Box, Cash Handling, Queuing Service, and Purchase Service. They also practice no physical contact delivery which means you and the rider must be one meter apart when picking up and dropping off packages. Lalamove services cities within Metro Manila up until areas like Paombong, Bulacan, Los Banos, Laguna, and Angono and General Rodriguez, Rizal.
We all know Angkas as the motorcycle-hailing app with a really fun Twitter personality (and, okay, a hero for most commuters), however, their services were halted as it goes against physical distancing. To help their riders sustain their livelihood, they launched their Angkas Padala service. The process of booking a rider is the same (input pick-up and drop-off), but with an extra step. Just make use of the “Notes to Driver” section when booking and be sure to input the following: name of recipient, contact number, complete address, item for delivery, and additional delivery instructions.
Business-Friendly: Happy Move
Happy Move is a delivery service by the same folks behind JoyRide. Apart from those who want to send a package from point A to point B, they also cater to those who have large parcels and multiple packages to send out. Just download their app (or book online!) and choose the type of vehicle for your delivery. Then, input the pick-up and drop-off details and wait for riders to accept your requests. If your delivery requires an insulated bag, it’s free! Just make sure to mention it in your delivery details.
A-Plus Assistant: JoyRide
Initially a ride-hailing app, JoyRide has expanded their service and launched JoyRide Delivery for food and essential items to help you get your needs during the enhanced community quarantine. Just select the “Delivery” option on their app and input the pick-up and drop-off details, input all the details the rider needs in the notes section, and confirm your booking. The app will match you with a driver and you’re all set. Note that you'll have to transact with your chosen establishment prior to booking a JoyRide—your assigned rider's job is just to pick up your item and deliver to your destination.
Cheapest: Mr. Speedy
The newest same-day delivery service to pop up is Mr. Speedy, and they’re currently making waves on social media for offering affordable rates—six pesos per kilometer to be exact. This means you get to save about 15% to 20% if you opt to use Mr. Speedy’s delivery service, considering that industry standard is eight pesos per kilometer. They offer both motorbike and four-wheel vehicles and service areas within Greater Metro Manila. You can also make a booking through their website!
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