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Ship It Good: Tips For Finding Small Business Shipping Services

One of the hardest parts of starting my manufacturing business was finding the sources to ship products out. I spent a lot of time researching packaging, shipping companies, and rates. It took a lot of time to get everything sorted out and get price quotes that were accurate, relevant, and comprehensive. I decided to detail the path I followed and the information I learned in this blog. My hope is that I can help other entrepreneurs to learn how best to source their shipping services. Before you waste weeks researching about your shipping needs, look at some of the posts here for more information.

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Ready to Sell Your Products Online? What to Know About Shipping Materials

If you are expanding your business to ship products from online purchases and you will be shipping items all around the nation, there are things that you have to take into consideration. When you are shipping items, your customers expect that the products are going to be in top condition when the products arrive. Here are some of the things to know about shipping materials and products, so you can be smart with the money that you have to spend.

Buy in Bulk

The more you buy the more you save, and you want to buy the shipping supplies in bulk to last for a year. Not only does the cost go down the more you order, but when you plan for a year in advance, with your shipping needs, you have your spending out of the way and you won't fear that you will run out and not be able to get more of the things you need. Everything will be used eventually so it's best to save when you can.

Pay for Protection

It will cost more to get shipping supplies that protect the items that are being shipped, but this additional expense is one worth paying. Things that protect your products can reduce the costs of replacing items, and paying for return shipping. Get these items:

  • Corrugated boxes
  • Foam inserts
  • Bubble wrap
  • Packaging tape

You want to know that your products won't be damaged by impact or moisture while they travel through the mail or shipping carrier.  You don't have to pay as much or for insurance if you trust the packaging.

Print Smart

You want to print invoice labels that have the invoice on half, and then a spot for the return shipping label if needed. This way you aren't wasting paper, and the customers can peel and stick their return shipping labels if necessary.  Look at the different packaging label options and software.

There are a lot of different ways that offering shipping can improve profits and help you expand your business, so make sure you do it in the most efficient way possible. The more efficient you are, the lower the costs will be and the more you will profit when you are making the sales. Get estimates from services like Huckster Packaging & Supply and then determine what you will charge for shipping and handling when people make their orders online, so you can ship without losing money.