So you’ve made a sale from your online store. Congrats!
Now, you’ve got to get your product into your customer’s hands safely and quickly. At the same time, you don’t want to overspend on postage.
Stamps.com shares a 3-step process – complete with tips to save money – that will streamline your small business shipping program.
Step 1: Decide on a shipping carrier
If you always use FedEx or UPS, try using USPS.
In fact, Stamps.com conducted a study that evaluated the three shipping carriers on tracking, delivery times and overall costs. The USPS outperformed FedEx and UPS on delivery times and costs.
For small packages in particular, the USPS offers significant cost savings.
Compared to other carriers, with the USPS, there are no fuel or residential surcharges, which can quickly add up. Moreover, the USPS free Saturday delivery feature means 52 days additional delivery days.
Also, when your package needs to get to its destination quickly, remember USPS Priority Mail typically delivers packages within 2 business days.
Step 2: Determine costs
The cost for shipping your package depends on the size and weight of the item along with its destination.
Here are some of our shipping tips on saving money when shipping your products…
Tip #1: Use First-Class Package Service for Small Packages
If you’re sending a small package that weighs less than 13 oz., the cheapest, quickest way to ship it is with USPS First-Class Package Service. The service provides next-day delivery to local destinations and includes free USPS tracking.
Tip #2: Try USPS Parcel Select for Heavy Packages
When cost savings are all-important, USPS Parcel Select is your best option for shipping heavy items. You can save up to 42% compared to Priority Mail rates and ship packages that measure up to 130″ in length and girth.
Tip #3: Media Mail works great for Books, CDs and DVDs
If you regularly send books, CDs or DVDs, USPS Media Mail is a cost-effective mail service. Rates are based on the weight and size of your mail piece, not the distance to the destination. This makes Media Mail particularly valuable for packages being sent long distances.
Step 3: Protect your shipments
Attention to packing is an absolute must, and your buyers take notice when you take extra care to ensure that their purchased items reach them in good condition.
Use a new, preferably corrugated box that’s spacious enough to accommodate both your item and plenty of packing material on all sides.
Start with at least 2″ of cushioning material before you even put your item inside the box and if you’re sending multiple items in the same box, make sure to wrap each separately.
Finally, before sealing your package, close and shake it. If you hear items shifting, add more filler until everything stays in place. And you’re all set!
How Stamps.com can help
Now let’s talk about how Stamps.com can save you time and money.
With a Stamps.com account, you can completely eliminate trips to the Post Office. Print your labels and schedule carrier pickups from the comfort of your office.
Stamps.com’s BestRate Shopping Engine identifies the optimum mail class and shipping rates for each package, based on your pre-set requirements. In addition, Commercial Base Discounts are automatically applied.
You can also easily batch print labels that pull information directly from all your e-commerce stores, whether it is Amazon, eBay, Etsy or another site. The automatic USPS Address Verification also enables you to send your package to a correct address every single time.
Looking for more features that can further streamline your shipping process? Visit www.stamps.com.