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Send a large or heavy parcel with CollectPlus

If you need to send a large or heavy parcel, then you’ll want to consider:

  • Value for money
  • Convenience
  • Speed of delivery

With the best-value rates around and convenient sending locations all across the country, sending a heavy or large package with CollectPlus can be as easy as buying a pint of milk.

Why is that?

CollectPlus is set up for customer convenience. We want to make sending parcels as easy as possible, so we’ve built up a network of convenient drop-off locations and an efficient and reliable delivery network capable of delivering parcels of various shapes and sizes.

Our rates are very competitive. In fact, we don’t charge for extra size, only weight – provided that the parcel is within our maximum allowed dimensions. So if you’re sending an item that is large but not particularly heavy, such as cushions or lightweight bedding, then you may find our rates very competitive indeed.

With over 6,000 stores in our network, you won’t need to travel far to drop-off large items, and if your item is valued at £50 or less, cover is included at no extra cost to you. Having a store within such easy reach can be particularly convenient when you want to send a large or heavy parcel.

Send a large or heavy parcel with CollectPlus

Send your large parcel

To send a large or heavy parcel with CollectPlus, just follow these three simple steps:

  • Check your parcel doesn’t exceed the maximum dimensions for our service (60x50x50cm), and doesn’t exceed 10kg in weight (find out more about parcel dimensions here)
  • Fill out your delivery details and buy your parcel label
  • Print out your label, or request to print it out in-store
  • Take your parcel to any one of more than 6,000 CollectPlus locations across the country – find your nearest CollectPlus store

Once your parcel is on its way, for your peace of mind you can track it using our dedicated tracking tool.

Tips and advice for sending a large or heavy parcel

We do our best to make sure that our customers’ parcels are transported safely and securely to their chosen destination. But when sending a heavy parcel, it’s important that they are packed carefully.

Whenever they are moved, heavy parcels that are not packed securely can shift inside their packaging with great force, potentially damaging the packaging or the item inside.

send a large or heavy parcel

Here are our tips for making sure that your heavy parcel arrives without a hitch:

  • Find/buy a cardboard box which will fit your item fully inside, still leaving plenty of space all around the item for protective packaging. A used cardboard box may be OK, as long as the corners are reinforced and strong – these will be the points that break first. For heavy parcels, a double-walled cardboard box is recommended.
  • If possible, bubble-wrap your item completely. You can add further packaging materials to the box, but your item must be securely protected and not touching any of the sides of the box to help protect it.
  • Place a layer of packing material – bubble wrap or polystyrene packing foam – in each side of the box. Newspaper or tissue paper is not suitable for heavy parcels.
  • Place your item on top and fill the space around all sides and on top with packing material. This should be firmly packed in – not so much that strain is put on the sides of the box, but enough that it should prevent your item from moving around.
  • Secure the lid on the box with duct tape. Do not use Sellotape as it has limited strength and is not waterproof. Duct tape is reinforced and waterproof. You can also secure the edges of the box with a layer of duct tape for added strength.
  • If your box has handles, make sure these are strong enough to hold the weight – if you don’t think they are, seal them off. Also, clearly mark the box as a heavy parcel – doing so will make sure the carrier and your parcel’s recipient aren’t caught out by the weight.