A Beginner’s Guide to DHL SmartMail

Aug 9, 2022

6 min read

An Introduction to DHL eCommerce Solutions

DHL eCommerce Solutions provide international and domestic shipping for businesses that send large volumes of orders and other B2C shipments. Its network stretches across America, Canada, Europe, and Asia, offering multiple shipping service levels (like DHL SmartMail parcel ground and DHL SmartMail parcel expedited) and return options.

DHL SmartMail is a full-service residential shipping solution provided by DHL eCommerce, designed primarily to meet the shipping needs of eCommerce businesses. It involves picking up, labeling, sorting, real-time tracking, and delivery of packages through a delivery service provider. In addition, it offers direct integration with popular eCommerce platforms through its APIs and web-based shipping options.

In this article, we’ll review the different service levels offered by DHL SmartMail, and discuss its benefits for eCommerce shippers.

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The Difference Between DHL SmartMail and DHL Express

DHL doesn’t offer express courier services in the US and uses SmartMail to handle its US domestic services (mostly first-mile delivery). DHL uses USPS to execute its last-mile delivery services.

The DHL SmartMail delivery service is offered by DHL eCommerce. DHL eCommerce and DHL Express are owned by the same parent company, Deutsche Post DHL Group.

DHL SmartMail (DHL eCommerce) is a go-to option for shippers that need a cost-effective 2-3 day domestic and international shipping solution for lightweight parcels.

DHL Express shipping service is ideal for businesses that need to make time-critical deliveries to both domestic and international destinations (e.g., scheduled door-to-door deliveries or next-day deliveries). It also offers dedicated customer support with end-to-end tracking.

 

DHL SmartMail Services

In this section, we’ll review the service levels offered by DHL SmartMail and discuss their standout features.

DHL SmartMail Parcel

This service is for shipping lightweight parcels weighing under one pound. It offers complete tracking visibility through the Customer Web Portal, flexible pick-up times, and doesn’t charge extra for deliveries on Saturdays or to residential areas. Click here to learn more about delivery area surcharges

Service DHL SmartMail Parcel
Maximum Weight Limit 1 lb
Maximum Dimension

Length 27”, width 17”, and height 17”

and
Length + Girth less than or equal to 50”

Transit time: DHL SmartMail Parcel Ground 3-8 business days
Transit time: DHL SmartMail Expedited 2-5 business days
Transit time: DHL SmartMail Expedited Max 2-3 business days
Shipment Value Protection Yes (up to $100)

 

DHL SmartMail Parcel Plus

DHL SmartMail Parcel Plus is meant for eCommerce businesses that want to ship heavier parcels (up to 25 pounds). It offers the same features as DHL SmartMail Parcel, including tracking numbers and flexible pick-up times.

Service DHL SmartMail Parcel Plus
Maximum Weight Limit 25 lbs
Maximum Dimension

Length 27”, width 17”, and height 17”

and

Length + Girth less than or equal to 50”

Transit time: DHL SmartMail Parcel Ground 3-8 business days
Transit time: DHL SmartMail Expedited 2-5 business days
Transit time: DHL SmartMail Expedited Max 2-3 business days
Shipment Value Protection Yes (up to $100)

 

DHL SmartMail Parcel Return

DHL SmartMail Parcel Return service offers an affordable solution for shippers to process customer returns. Customers can return packages by placing them in their mailbox or at any USPS post office. In addition, businesses can track and manage returns using DHL’s Customer Web Portal.

Service DHL SmartMail Parcel Return
Maximum Weight Limit 70 lbs
Maximum Dimension

Length 27”, width 17”, and height 17”

and

Length + Girth less than or equal to 84”

Transit time: Light 2-4 business days for packages up to 1 lb
Transit time: Plus 1-3 business days for packages up to 70 lbs
Transit time: Expedited Max 3-8 business days for packages up to 70 lbs
Shipment Value Protection Yes (up to $100)

 

DHL SmartMail Bound Printed Matter

This service is the go-to option for businesses that want to send shipments (weighing under fifteen pounds) containing direct materials, publications, manuals, and catalogs.

Service DHL SmartMail Bound Printed Matter
Maximum Weight Limit 15 lbs
Maximum Dimension

Length 27”, width 17”, and height 17”

and

Length + Girth less than or equal to 50”

Transit time: DHL SmartMailParcel Ground 3-8 business days
Transit time: DHL SmartMail Expedited 2-5 business days
Shipment Value Protection No

 

DHL SmartMail Flats

DHL SmartMail Flats service is for shipping lightweight promotional materials, documents, reports, and newsletters weighing under one pound.

Service DHL SmartMail Flats
Maximum Weight Limit 1 lb
Maximum Dimension Length 15”, width 12”, and height 0.75”
Transit time: DHL SmartMail Parcel Ground 3-8 business days
Shipment Value Protection No

 

DHL SmartMail Tracking Services

DHL offers complete tracking visibility through its Customer Web Portal. You can get details like current location, source, destination, delivery status, dispatch and delivery date, and any information about delays. Similarly, you can find the status of your SmartMail Shipments by entering tracking numbers on DHL’s website.

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Benefits of Using DHL SmartMail

Here’s a look at some of the key benefits of shipping your parcels with DHL SmartMail:

Simple Market Integration

DHL eCommerce integrates with the biggest eCommerce platforms like WooCommece, Shopify, Amazon, Etsy, eBay, and Magento. This means you can automatically import and manage customers’ orders, allowing you to run a more streamlined and efficient shipping operation.

Quicker Transit Times

DHL SmartMail offers multiple service levels to meet your shipping needs. For example, the DHL SmartMail Parcel Plus Expedited Max service offers 2 to 3-day transit times at a cost-effective rate.

DHL operates distribution centers in strategic locations, enabling it to deliver packages with speed and reliability. You can put your customers in control of their delivery with options like email status updates and collecting packages from a convenient location.

Accurate Tracking and Reporting

DHL SmartMail allows you to track packages from anywhere, using your smartphone or computer. Its eCommerce integrations enable you to automatically relay accurate tracking information to your customers. Similarly, you can quickly check the status of deliveries using DHL tracking numbers.

Strong Customer Service

DHL eCommerce gives you access to a robust Customer Web Portal that lets you create shipping labels, schedule pick-ups, and track shipments. In addition, you can reach out to DHL’s customer service team via email, live chat, and call center support.

For more information on DHL SmartMail services, check out DHL’s International and Domestic Shipping Services page.

 

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