When shipping a few packages per day, a manual-entry workstation given to you for free by a carrier (FedEx, UPS, etc.) or even a multicarrier solution designed for an office can get the job done. However, systems like these aren’t conducive to productivity.
Everybody loves a pleasant surprise, but an unpleasant surprise? Not so much. Carrier back charges fall into the latter category. A shipping back charge is when a carrier bills you an additional amount after you’ve already paid freight for a shipment.
For those not familiar with warehouse automation systems, using print and apply processes typically means you are placing a label or labels on a box – in today’s example, we are specifically speaking of a small parcel shipment – that needs to add a carrier and/or box label automatically, via a print and apply mechanical process.
If you are still using a carrier or third-party shipping system that has a shipping screen, why? Perhaps you’ve never considered this question, but redesigning your system to remove the need for a shipping screen could lead to big cost savings, so it is worth evaluating for your own business.
While same-day order turnaround combines the convenience of expedited access to products with the simplicity of online ordering, making a pledge to deliver on such a service commitment can come with challenges. Complex processes and inadequate planning can greatly affect your ability to meet this level of service for your customers.
Here's what you need to know to improve same-day shipping.
Reducing your shipping expenses or streamlining your shipping costs is achievable by comparing different carriers' offers on costs. However, there are a few comparison factors to keep in mind, including the shipping prices, different weight breaks and different shipping zones. Here are a few ways to compare shipping costs.
Keeping your warehouse organized can help you to operate efficiently. However, without a plan on how to optimize your layout so that you can maximize efficiency, your efforts may be for naught. While there is no magic, "one size fits all" solution, there are a few best practices that can work to maximize operational efficiency within your warehouse.
Whether you're an operations manager or warehouse supervisor in charge of the daily flow of inbound and outbound warehouse operations, understanding if and how you can pack and ship simultaneously is vital to improving and maintaining an efficient supply chain.
Whether your company is currently experiencing a growth spurt in orders, or you've been handling a high volume for quite some time, it's likely time to reevaluate your shipping strategies for more efficient and effective solutions. Here are a few to consider.
While sending your products overseas can drive revenue growth for your business, it can also become a big headache if you don't have an efficient shipping plan in place. So how do you make the most of your international shipping options? And how do you ensure that shipping internationally doesn't become more of a problem than it's worth?