There may be occasions when you need urgent courier services for yourself or your business and it would be too unwise to panic only at that point in time. You should prepare yourself well before-hand if you’re in the position of a businessman who might need urgent courier deliveries once in a while. (However, if you’re an individual, then you’re forgiven).
When it comes to urgent deliveries in Singapore, you also need to have realistic expectations. Although Singapore is significantly smaller than most countries, if you consider just the city areas of other countries, it’s not that much bigger than the entire Singapore. This is because most people take into account the suburb areas of other countries and hence it is really big.
You cannot expect the courier company to pick it up and deliver in 5 minutes unless it were truly a 5 minute drive away. This is because upon calling the courier company or emailing them, they would be contacting their drivers or riders immediately which would take slightly under 5 minutes to coordinate properly. Then, they would need to drive over to your place. Usually the courier nearest to you would be dispatched to you to pick up the document(s) and/or package(s). This takes at least 15 minutes, after which they would then need to navigate down to the recipient’s address / location. In the situation that the place is nearby, then of course it would be quick; but if the location is far, then it depends on the traffic conditions as well. Therefore, most courier companies in Singapore quote their urgent deliveries as under 1 to 2 hours (although most of the times they perform it in under 1 hour).
Therefore, you should always prepare for such cases by at least mentally knowing that it takes up to 1 to 2 hours to reach your recipient. Hence, prep for that.
Also note that some courier companies might actually put a final order time for urgent deliveries of the day – take note of that in case you might breach that.