There are many tips to save on shipping costs. These are sometimes dependent on the weight of the package and how the package is shipped. It is often cheaper to ship to a business than a residence. Many of these tips are detailed below.
Fragile items have different requirements. They need to be shipped with a safe and reliable service. Reducing the size of the package will reduce the price of the shipment. Some services offer better prices for a lower weight. Make certain the box is appropriate for the package and avoid bulky packaging whenever possible to save money on a quality service.
Always choose the best carrier for each package. The prices of each carrier are determined by different factors including weight, destination and dimensions. Some carriers charge a residential fee while others do not. When all the options are considered the result is a substantial savings over time.
Flat Rate Boxes
Flat rate boxes are one of the less expensive options because they offer discounted rates. This works especially well for heavy packages because the rate is based on the size of the box and not the weight.
Zone skipping is when all products shipping to a specific country and zone are consolidated and sent in a single freight shipment. This works especially well for extremely large or heavy products being shipped overseas. This method will provide a considerable savings.
Shipping by freight is an excellent option for very large orders. The customer must be in agreement because different freight trucks are often used. This means the entire order may not arrive at the same time.
Most carriers will negotiate their rates with business. Once the agents understand they are competing with other carriers they will generally offer pricing a lot more competitive. The prices are determined by the shipping volume. These carriers will provide shipping supplies including bags and boxes for free. This lowers the cost of packaging. Continue negotiating as the business grows and the volume increases.
The Professional Organization
If the business is a member of a professional organization a discount may have already been negotiated with the carrier. Make certain all carriers are checked for the possibility of a pre-established discount.
The Box Size
Knowing the size of the box is critical for both ground and freight. When the boxes are light and small it is cheaper to ship ground. The heavy and large boxes should be shipped by freight. Ship as many boxes as possible by ground because this is the least expensive option.
Outsourcing shipping can be less expensive. This eliminates any fees for warehouse rentals and personnel. The delivery is reliable and these companies receive a special bulk rate. This will help reduce expenses over the long run.
The Label Printer
Purchasing labels and packaging slips is expensive. A label printer enables a company to print their own labels, save money and increase the speed of fulfillment. Some of the carriers allow customers to print labels and offer preferred rates. The savings are nice both internationally and nationally.
Packages are rarely lost. This makes paying for insurance ineffective. The insurance costs will be much higher than the total of the few claims. It is also advantageous to ship packages with a boring appearance to deter any theft.