Summer: That Time of Year to Start Planning for Holiday Shipping
August 1, 2016
You don't want to get caught off gaurd during the busiest shipping season of the year. That's why we recommend preparing for the holiday rush now. But don't take our word for it. Check out this list of tips from the master of holiday shipping himself, Santa.
- Make a list. Make sure shipping supplies are fully stocked and extra support is available—not just boxes, but box fills, tape, labels, packing materials and other items.
- Note important delivery deadlines. Be aware of carrier policies regarding their service guarantees during the holidays—some carriers change them during the busy holiday shipping season.
- Check (everything) twice. Double check addresses to make sure you aren’t charged address correction fees. Software that helps you check addresses can help avoid these costly fees.
- Examine your shipping costs and make sure you’re using the most economical rates for ground and air delivery. Take a look at Flat Rate shipping options to save money, especially on some heavier shipments.
- Find out who's naughty and nice. Avoid shipping services that charge extra for Saturday delivery. Need delivery on a Saturday? USPS® does it for free. Note: This year, Christmas is on a Sunday.
- Determine what the billable dimensional weight will be from your carrier (they’re not all the same). Don’t worry, there’s a calculator for that.
- Educate your team about preferred services and carriers. Create a matrix for every product and shipping scenario detailing the lowest cost/most reliable shipping method for each.
- Monitor your company’s shipping costs to account for employees who might be using your shipping account.
- Start planning for next year. Review your data to see what worked and what didn’t. Make a note for next year.
Check out 10 Ways to Gain Control of Shipping Costs Today for more ideas to help you save this season.