Here’s Why Japan’s Door-to-Door Delivery Services Is the Best
Did you know that they can deliver packages on the same day?
A convenient service that has been running in Japan for decades is the takuhaibin delivery services. Some of the industry’s major players are Kuroneko Yamato, Sagawa, and Japan Post. These offer a wide range of services with reasonable delivery fees. Some of them even have English websites. From small parcels to furniture, these companies deliver your goods door-to-door all over Japan. Their efficiency, speed, proper handling, and continuous innovations remain unparalleled.
The takuhaibin delivery service is so convenient that parcels are delivered on the same day or the following day—365 days a year, to almost anywhere in Japan with delivery time option windows such as 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., until 9 p.m.
If you’re a traveler who wishes to have his/her luggage delivered from one hotel to another or a resident who wants to indulge in online shopping, here’s everything you need to know about the delivery system:
Types of Packages
Anyone can send almost anything using the delivery service—from a single document, small to big boxes, furniture, a suitcase to/from the airport, and even perishables. Major players have different trucks to deliver chilled or frozen items.
Sending and Receiving
To send a package, you can simply call the hotline of your preferred courier to schedule a pick-up or bring it yourself to the nearest branch. Some convenient stores have partnered with couriers, so you can also bring your parcel to them 24/7.
To receive a package, all you have to do is sit back and relax, and they will have your package delivered at the schedule you requested. One thing that Japan has always been second to none is their punctuality. So, trust them when they say that they will deliver the package on time.
There’s no need to fret if you missed your delivery because the driver always leaves a notice on your postbox. This notice contains the tracking number and instructions on how to schedule a re-delivery.
Safe and Secured
Though they don’t guarantee that items will not be broken, delivery companies will reassure you that your package will be handled with care. Another good thing about delivery services in Japan is that even the envelopes are traceable. Each package is assigned a tracking number which you can easily check the status online. Customers who want to deliver confidential documents can also ask the delivery company to ensure that the package is only handed over to its recipient.
Rates differ depending on the weight, size, and destination of the package. However, for huge items like furniture and suitcases, delivery companies usually offer fixed rates. For unusual items, some couriers’ websites have cost simulators that give you an estimated delivery fee for your package.
If you’re the sender, you can either pay upfront in cash or credit card, which is called motobarai, or pay upon delivery (also known as COD or Cash on Delivery) or chakubarai in Japanese. If you ordered something online, the daibiki or deferred payment option is always provided. Take note though, that it usually has a corresponding fee depending on the total purchased amount.
(29 October 2019)