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Applicability to Canada
December 24, 2010
12:23 am
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SydK
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I would appreciate if you could guide me as to the rate I should charge for getting mail for a company with a P. O. Box No. I know there are several variables like the distance from the post-office, the weight, etc. But how much are you charging your customers? Do they give you the keys to their Post Box?

Also, if this same company wants mail delivered to the post-office, what should be the charge? Let

December 24, 2010
12:24 am
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Bob Lavendusky_1
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Hi Syd,

You are right the rate you charge for this will be based on all the variables you mentioned.
I will tell you what I charge my clients for picking up their mail. First of all I have organized it so I pick up all their mail at the same time in the morning. This allows me to charge pretty low rates for this service since i am killing several birds with one stone as it were. I am also in a smallish college town of about 80,000 people so you can get anywhere in town in 10-15minutes. most of my clients are actually extremely close to the post office(less than 1 mile) I charge them $6.00 per day to pickup their mail which is typically a handful of letters for each one, so we are not talking about lots of heavy tubs of mail here. I have a couple of clients who are 4 or 5 miles from the post office i charge these clients $9.00 per day and they typically have a couple of tubs of mail each. Some give me keys to their PO Box and some have mail that I get from the business pickup service area of the post office. typically the ones with just a handful of mail have actual po boxes and the ones with multiple tubs of mail you have to get at the pickup service door because they cant fit that much mail into a po box so they just hold it in back.

I also go to these same clients every afternoon (3-5pm) and take their outgoing mail to the post office, again I do them all on the same run. Once I get to the post office I just put all the tubs of mail on a cart at the loading dock and wheel it inside the receiving area and leave it there. I don’t have to sign anything or talk to anybody I can just drop it off and go, so its very quick and easy to unload the tubs and get out of there. I charge them exactly the same rates as I charge to pickup from the post office. This makes sense to me since it is pretty much doing the morning routine in reverse. Yes all these clients are on a regular contract basis and for most of them I have been picking up their mail for many years. My only other tip is this is a great niche to get into as a new courier service. It’s easy, it’s everyday, lots of businesses have po boxes and you can pickup for multiple clients at the same time which lowers your expenses and increases your profits. I love finding mail run clients, it is the perfect niche!

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