If you ship goods internationally, you will know how expensive this process can be. But, with a little research and effort, most business owners can reduce the cost of shipping. Here are four tips to help you reduce your shipping costs.
1. Negotiate with multiple carriers
While it may be easier to use a single shipping carrier, this could cost you more in the long run. Most shipping companies give bigger discounts for larger, regular shipments. Take time to research which provider will give you the best price and be the best fit for your needs. Talk to shipping companies to find out what they charge and how much you need to ship to get the best deal.
2. Get Your suppliers to use your shipping account number
Once you have found a shipping company, your main goal should be getting the best possible deal. Most shipping companies provide discounts based on the volume of shipments, so ask your suppliers to use your account number for your imports too. Whether you are importing goods or shipping your goods to overseas customers, using the same account number can save you a lot of money. Most suppliers will happily use your account number if you explain why you are asking them to do this.
3. Use the carrier's packaging
One of the biggest mistakes you can make when trying to save money on shipping is using your own packaging materials. If these materials are the wrong dimensions, you can end up paying more in the long run. The best way to avoid higher charges is to use the packaging provided by the shipping company. You will also avoid issues such as breakages and ensure packages get to their destination without overspending.
4. Charge the correct shipping rates
If you sell different products, check you are charging customers the right shipping rate for their products. There's a variety of apps that you can use to accurately calculate shipping costs before a customer completes their purchase. Your shipping company can help you identify suitable apps and how they can be used to save you money in the future.
While reducing your shipping costs can be challenging, it is well worth the investment. If you are unsure about where to start your cost cutting mission, consult industry professionals who can help.
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