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APC Parcel Delivery Network

Who are APC?

APC's Overnight parcel delivery service has been built on reputation and quality! The APC Overnight network was founded by a group of experienced delivery companies committed to providing excellent service in the UK overnight market. The network's subsequent expansion has been carefully managed to ensure that the founding principles remain at the company's core. Of the 120+ depots involved, nearly one-third are shareholding members, and the majority have been part of the network from the start. All APC depots are totally integral to quality commitment, so service levels are continually monitored by a team of company auditors. Such is the network's reputation within the industry that there is a waiting list of depots keen to join us. The network currently route and deliver more than 1 million parcels every month.

Action Express are proud members of the parcel delivery network and have been since it was formed. We do our utmost to provide a quality of service superior to our competitors at a realistic price. This is only achievable due to a dedicated team of office staff, Drivers and of course, reliable vehicles and up to date technology!

Bar code and trace facility
On-line proof of delivery
Easy integration with customer IT systems
On-line processing

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Parcels: Volumised Freight

Large packages which are light in weight will be volumised because of the amount of room they take up on delivery vehicles.
Calculate Volume

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Parcels: Restrictions

Hazchem goods - please call for advice on restriction for limited quantities
No items longer than 3.05 Metres
No Single item heavier than 50 Kilos
Service Guide
Conveyorable Freight Guide
Information on Excess, non-conveyable and volumetric
Service Map
APC Terms and Conditions of Carriage.Click here to read terms.
Click here to read Insurance guide.

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Parcels: Packing Advice - Helpful Hints

Although at APC we take the utmost care of your parcels and packages, they do have to travel through a number of different processes - our careful handling is no substitute for adequate packaging.

We recommend that you always pack your parcels securely - the following hints may help;

  • Always use strong, good quality boxes or packaging materials

  • If you are reusing boxes or packaging always remove old labels including any hazardous materials information stickers

  • Always use the correct sized box for your items - if the box is too large it could collapse and, likewise if the box is too small it could burst during transit

  • Be sensible about the weight of items that you put in a box - don't overload boxes

  • Pack items in the centre of a box with plenty of cushioning surrounding, to stop any movement during transit - use bubble wrap, shreds, packaging chips, even old newspapers

  • Protect data storage media with appropriate cushioning and ideally wrap each item separately

  • Pack smaller items in larger boxes and remember that some attractively packaged gifts are not always suitable for shipping directly, they will usually require separate outer packaging and protection

  • Make sure that liquids, semi-liquids, powders or strong smelling substances are properly sealed in leak-proof containers and further wrapped in plastic bags and held upright in a strong box and correctly labelled with 'arrow up' signs

  • Always protect sharp items securely, carefully wrapping any scissors or knives to protect them from sticking through packaging materials.

  • Use strong packaging tape or a strapping machine to secure parcels, not domestic adhesive tape, making sure all flaps are securely fastened

  • Write all labels clearly (using capitals) and never cover them up with tape or film

  • It is a good idea to include both address and sender details inside your parcel so that even if the outer label becomes detached, APC can still safely deliver your parcel

APC accepts no liability for this packaging advice, but hopes it will assist customers to pack items responsibly and securely for their onward journey.

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