It used to be that just about any shipping method would do, so long as the items you shipped arrived to the customer safely. However, customers now don’t just want their items to arrive safely, they want them to arrive quickly- in some cases more quickly than the time it would take to go to a brick and mortar store to get the item themselves.
Use the Best Box
If your business can’t provide speedy shipping, you risk losing customers and revenue. That’s why it’s important to take the right steps in your business to increase your shipping standards to ensure you increase the speed of delivery, while still maintaining a safe delivery, as well. Using a box or parcel envelope that matches the item you’re shipping works to increase both speed and quality in shipping. If you can, utilize a die-cut machine to customize each box to each item being shipped. In any case, always utilize the smallest box that can still effectively hold the item plus any protective packaging. Smaller boxes will ensure you’re able to fit more boxes on a trailer, meaning you can send more boxes more efficiently.
Back up the Truck
For the ultimate in customized shipping, having your own shipping fleet can make all the difference. A resource like this may seem unattainable for all but the largest companies, but the truth is that your company can enter this space by buying used. For instance, used semis are a great buy, since the tractors and trailers are built to last. Especially when properly cared for. This used equipment can offer a significant cost savings that more than offsets any increased maintenance that may need to occur. With your own semi, you can ship items out to customers right when they’re ready to be shipped, ensuring you minimize shipping time and maximize warehouse productivity.
Consider All Options
When you think of effective shipping, typically the names of three or four large companies come to mind. However, smaller couriers also do an incredibly effective job at meeting strict deadlines, while potentially saving you money on shipping fees. Since no two shipments are alike, it’s important to consider all options before sending an item off to your customer. Especially if it’s a more regional delivery, choosing a smaller courier could save you major money, while establishing a relationship that allows you to realize even greater efficiencies in the long run.
Increase Worker Productivity
When it comes to fast turnaround times for shipping packages, seconds count. Even in the warehouse, the methods used to receive, sort, and send packages need to be as efficient as possible to ensure the packages are quickly and effectively being routed through the facility. Equip your employees with materials they will need, whether that be boxes, tape, label printers, packing materials, or whatever else is necessary for your specific business, to ensure they don’t have to do a lot of walking around to find what they need. The cost of de-centralizing supplies may be greater upfront, but the efficiencies realized over the long-term will more than make up for it.
While speed is absolutely essential, don’t increase speed past the point where you can be effective at safety and quality, as well. Poorly-packed shipments will have a similar effect as slow shipments, except in the case of poorly-packed shipments, the quality issue was entirely preventable. Utilize the methods discussed above to see increases in both speed and quality, to ensure even your most demanding customers are satisfied time-after-time.
Author Bio: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on twitter:@RachelleWilber