2. Control Package Weight

If there’s one factor that contributes most to sky high shipping costs, it’s package weight. To keep this in check, have tools such as floor scales, truck scales and digital scales readily available. When every package is accurately measured prior to shipping, it’s crystal clear exactly how much you will need to spend on shipping and how much to charge the buyer.

With this information in hand, you can also employ creative strategies to control or cut down package weights. Even a small reduction in weight can help you save a lot of money in the long run, so don’t be shy when it comes to investing in scales and thinking “outside the box”!

3. Keep Tabs on the Industry

The shipping industry, and the supply chain in general, is ever-changing. It’s crucial to review and update your protocols regularly — these include your preferred carriers, costs that are being passed to the customer, and the levels of service you offer. Re-check your locked-in shipping preferences at least once a year. Tracking your actual outbound shipments and calculating when you should be spending more or less will also put you on the path to cost-effective shipping.

4. Buy in Bulk

Because the cost per unit is usually lower, buying in bulk is a surefire way to save money on your business’s operational needs. This principle applies to packaging materials as well: buy them in bulk and store them at your distribution centers, so you’ll always have supplies on hand. You can even look into custom packaging options, if you get a good deal on them.

Think beyond just typical mailing boxes — to truly maximize savings, you can buy a number of other shipping materials in bulk, such as labels, shipping forms, scales, rubber stamps, and envelopes.

5. Embrace Automation

As technology advances, automation is becoming ingrained in nearly every industry, and shipping is no exception; by automating different processes, you can increase accuracy within the facility and decrease overall delivery costs. One example of the transformative power of automation: while customer and parcel details once had to be manually entered for every shipment, now you only need to do it once, and the information will be automatically populated for future shipments.

Automation can also reduce processing charges from shippers, which lowers overhead costs and saves on both labor and the restricted use of shipping materials. You can even use automated scales, which allow for a greater degree of accuracy.

You can help your business grow by employing the best shipping practices in your facility. So don’t wait another minute: increase your savings by implementing the above mentioned practices, if you haven’t already.

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