Costly Shipping Mistakes And How To Avoid Them
Getting products safely and quickly to customers is a major concern of E-Commerce businesses but it can be a complicated process for entrepreneurs who have not explored every option available to them. Here are a few costly (but common) shipping mistakes and how to avoid them.
Not knowing all available shipping options
It’s good if you figured out your daily transactions and shipments but what happens if you suddenly get a huge order and have to ship it somewhere new in less than 12 hours? In this kind of situation, most entrepreneurs guesstimate. This practice can cost a business a lot of money. Instead of gaining profits, the business might end up eating the added cost of shipping. What good is the new bulk order if you cannot gain from it?
Be familiar with all shipping options especially for large orders so you don’t scramble at the last minute. This way you will have a more accurate estimate for future bulk orders.
Not knowing international shipping rules
International shipping rules for ground, air and sea differ from country to country. Shipping internationally should not be left to chance as it can be a tricky and costly thing. You might lose your items in transit or they might get held in customs.
You should also familiarize yourself with terms used in international shipping so you don’t get lost in translation. Pay attention to details. Know and understand the terms before accepting any orders. Better yet, get a consultant who is an expert in international shipping rules in the country you are shipping to. The cost of paying this person is way cheaper than paying for all those extra international fees.
Not double-checking figures
Measurements, weights and postage values should be double checked before letting your packages out the door. One way to avoid miscalculations is to invest in a franking machine with scales. Manual processing of mails has a higher chance for errors.
These errors can be costly and you can end up over or underpaying. There are several things that can go wrong with manual mail processing. You also need to have a buddy system when processing mails manually so that someone can double check if the figures are correct. This wastes a lot of time and is costly in terms of overhead. Take advantage of the technology available to you to automate your mailing process and be more efficient and productive.
Be sure to do your due diligence before committing to a shipping strategy. A good shipping strategy will make your customers happy and give your bottom line a boost.
Hi, my name is Lucy B. I am an online entrepreneur. I starting working full time online 5 years ago buying and selling many website properties. My portfolio includes: eBay shops, affiliate promotion, lead generation and marketing. I studied media studies at university and enjoy blogging about my online experience.