As we have recently mentioned, Australia Post could use a bit of improvement so it's good to see the ambitious start-up Sendle come in and apply a bit of pressure. Sendle has teamed up with Toll to offer door-to-door parcel delivery for small businesses, providing an alternative to our postal incumbent. Here's how the prices stack up.
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The start-up has partnered with courier companies Fastway, Couriers Please and now Toll, borrowing on their large national delivery network to offer the parcel service across Australia. Door-to-door also means time is not wasted lining up at the post office.
In terms of pricing, this is how Sendle compares to Australia Post according to the start-up:
|Size||Australia Post pricing||Sendle pricing|
|National 2kg/8L||$12.15 - $23.95 (1-2kg)||$10.75|
|National 5kg/20L||$15.30 - $40.60 (4-5kg)||$14.75|
|National 10kg/40L||$20.55 - $68.35 (9-10kg)||$18.75|
|National 2kg/100L||$33.15 - $134.95 (21-22kg)||$24.75|
It's worth noting that Australia Post doesn't do a flat rate for standard parcels. The basic charge for parcels over 500g and up to 22kg is $10.05 for destinations in the same state and $12.85 for interstate destinations. On top of that, there is a distance charge per kilogram which can range from $0 to $6.
If you're an enterprise sending out a ton of parcels everyday, you're probably getting a better deal through Australia Posts' special business contracts but if you're an SMB or just an average consumer looking to send the odd parcel here and there, Sendle is an option that could be worth trying.