5 Easy Ways to Save on Parcel
5 EASY WAYS TO SAVE ON SHIPPING COSTS
Global shipping is an ever-changing industry with all sorts of variables that can keep you from running your business smoothly. Still, there are a few ways you can be sure to save money—and ultimately time—while ensuring customers receive their goods with peace of mind. Today, more than 95% of consumers say delivery affects their perception and trust of a brand. From packing to address accuracy to insurance, follow this guide to make sure you can save as much as possible for your future shipments.
1. PACKING YOUR GOODS
The smaller and lighter the shipment, the less you pay—it’s as simple as that. Most carriers charge by weight and dimensions, so make sure to choose a box to most accurately suit the size of your item. Your goods should also be well packaged; after all, they will be travelling via a mass package transport system.
And while it’s crucial you take all possible steps to pack your goods as tightly as possible, the good news is that innovation is on the horizon. Packaging efficiency is set to become even easier through automation, with projections showing an increased uptake of nearly 10% from 2017 to 2023.
2. EXPRESS OR SAVER?
How quickly do you need it to arrive? If you can spare a couple of days and ship it on a slower service, you can save even more. Make sure to have a clear line of communication with customers and ensure that their expectations line up with the given shipping circumstances. You should also take into account how providers utilize technologies that can keep your customers up-to-date from start to finish.
3. RIGHT DELIVERY ADDRESS
Incorrect addresses cause the carriers major problems, and they may make charges for Re-delivery, Address Correction or Return to Sender. A simple step goes a long way—double check your address and make sure every detail is correct. This means checking address formats and finding a backup plan if you’re unsure.
4. OUT OF AREA SURCHARGE
If you are sending to an address outside the normal delivery areas, there may be a surcharge. Now that shipping is truly global—including remote and previously-inaccessible areas—businesses need to follow their delivery locations with a careful eye. Your InXpress consultants can check which carriers cover these areas as a standard delivery area and prevent you from unexpected fees.
We all know the warning ‘Please ensure your goods are securely packaged and clearly labelled to ensure safe delivery’. You can insure your goods against loss or damage, but if you don’t pack them adequately, they may not be covered in the end. Make sure you’re fully covered in case of damages by getting the packing right.
GET ALL THE OPTIONS
At CBIP, we’ve worked across Asia and beyond to ensure clients get the best rates and most efficient services in their shipping. By following these steps, you can be ahead of the curve and make sure your customers receive their packages on time without sacrificing cost and peace of mind.
We also bring experience handling the finer points of shipping that often get lost in the mix—insuring shipped goods, adapting to more suitable warehouses, and calculating location-specific charges.
Get in touch today for a free consultation to learn how we can help you save and run your logistics more efficiently.
*Check with us to see what goods can be insured and the conditions of insurance; and don’t forget to make sure that the receiver checks the condition of the goods and notes any damage on delivery, otherwise your insurance will be invalid.