Delivery firms slammed for messing up orders – here’s how to fight back when it goes wrong

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FROM broken packages to waiting months for an order, delivery nightmares are causing major headaches for shoppers.

Online shopping is booming, with sales soaring 63 per cent last year, according to Barclaycard.

But this week, industry watchdog, Ofcom slammed delivery firms for messing up orders and failing to sort them out.

It plans to introduce new rules to improve how companies handle complaints – but they don’t come in until April 2023.

Lucy Alderson looks at the five biggest delivery blunders and explains how to fight back when it goes wrong.

POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE

A QUARTER of customers struggled to get through to firms last year to report problems, Ofcom says.

More than 100,000 people complained about delivery woes in the year to March 31, according to resolution service Resolver.

WHAT TO DO: If you ordered an item from a retailer, your contract is with it and it should sort out any delivery mishap.

When you complain, you will need to include key details like your order number.

NEXT-DAY DELAYS

SHOPS offer next-day delivery through ­subscriptions or for an extra charge.

For example, Amazon Prime customers pay £7.99 a month for this service while ASOS shoppers shell out £9.95 annually.

WHAT TO DO: Under the Consumer Rights Act 2015, you are due a refund on the extra charge you have paid.

Moneycomms personal finance expert Andrew Hagger said: “If you shelled out extra for special or faster delivery and your order gets to you later than was specified, you can claim back the extra delivery cost as the service wasn’t delivered as per your agreement.”

Claim back the money from the retailer – not the parcel firm.

An Amazon spokesperson said: “The vast majority of deliveries make it to customers without issue. In the rare case something occurs, we are sorry and we work with customers to make it right.”

MISSING PARCEL

FIVE and a half million customers had a parcel go missing last year, says Citizens Advice.

Couriers may drive off before you answer the door, or dump parcels on doorsteps or behind bins, leaving them easy prey for thieves.

WHAT TO DO: Contact the shop you bought your order from to sort it out.

Resolver’s consumer campaigner Alex Neill said: “If your parcel doesn’t turn up, is left in a place you didn’t specify or something is wrong, the retailer must sort things out.”

Before you order your package, ensure you read the seller’s delivery terms and conditions.

Some firms automatically leave items on the porch if you or your neighbours aren’t in – so leave a note outlining a safe place.

You could argue there has been a breach of contract if a package is left on the doorstep without your permission.

BROKEN CONTENTS

IT’S disappointing to wait for a ­parcel, then open it to discover its contents are broken.

Last year, Resolver received hundreds of complaints about quality issues with deliveries.

The Sun Money has heard from dozens of customers this year alone about broken goods.

WHAT TO DO: Immediately report any damage to the retailer and take photos as evidence.

Grace Forell from consumer champion Which? said: “In the eyes of the law you have a faulty goods claim, and as such you have the right to a refund, repair or replacement.”

If you struggle to get a response and you paid more than £100 using a credit card, use Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act to claim a refund.

It covers you for faulty goods, missing deliveries or the retailer going bust. Ring your card provider’s customer services.

If you paid by debit card, you may be able to use Chargeback.

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