September 22, 2010

The king of sending

The Philippines' answer to UPS and FedEx: LBC. Its international destinations are not quite as extensive but its fees are much cheaper. It also has two services which the other two do not offer, both aimed at our large population of overseas workers. The first is money remittance, which is necessary in this country where most of our people do not have bank accounts. The second is the balikbayan (returning countrymen) box, a box of a specific dimension which is sent from another country to the Philippines and which can be filled with anything and everything non-perishable no matter the weight. It is sent by sea so it can take up to six weeks before it reaches its destination but it's usually the only way to send heavy things back home.

LBC boxes and sign

18 comments:

Louis la Vache said...

Très intéressant

No doubt the overseas workers and their families are very grateful for that service.

ρομπερτ said...

Living about 3,000 miles away from home, relate surely on such services, and their fees ...

Nice and hope providing. Please have a wonderful Wednesday.

daily athens

bfarr said...

The USPS has recently started a 'if it fits, it ships' with certain size boxes. You can get the boxes free at the post office and when you ship it, you pay a flat rate. I think it a cool idea.

Leif Hagen said...

When it absolutely, positively has to be there overnight?!

Kaori said...

Everyone must use that then! Both the weight and size factor in here and although it only takes about a day...the price is pretty high.

Randy said...

Sometimes it just has to be there in a hurry. They do get use out of sticky situations.

dong ho said...

i do send some documents through lbc. sometimes that's how low tech i am.

Olivier said...

c'est une bonne idee, surtout si c'est vraiment moins cher pour les clients.

VP said...

I'd like something like this when buying something heavy abroad...

James Mark said...

Very interesting. It can't be easy working so far from home. Glad you liked York's Whip-ma-whop-ma-gate!

Cezar and Léia said...

It's cool!I use a lot this kind of service to send gifts and other stuffs to my family in Brazil.
Hugs
Léia

Francisca said...

I've only used them locally. For gifts to people overseas I tend to buy on the internet something in their area, or at least country.

arabesque said...

the lbc and me are like this = best friends! ^0^
we usually use it around the office, sending this and that.

Halcyon said...

I like the idea of a homecoming box. That's a nice service!

Frank said...

That's a very interesting service and sounds like a perfect fit with the customer base and their exact needs.

George said...

It's good to see a company that strives to meet the needs of their customers. Thanks for a very interesting post.

Dina said...

A very important service.

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