Couriers can be expensive, especially if you are sending something overseas or if you have a large/heavy package. Sending merchandise and other documents regularly can add up to considerable costs for your business.
At FreightCom we believe in giving our customers value for their money. So, here is a handy guide on how you can manage you courier costs without breaking the bank:
1. Be clever about your packing
You’ll be surprised at how much of a difference you can make by packing in the right manner. This is because weight and dimensions have a major bearing on the cost. Keep your parcel as small as possible. Get the right sized box or packet when packing up merchandise. Avoid excessive padding unless it is delicate and the padding cannot be avoided.
Similarly, weight is also an important criteria. Since you cannot compromise on the weight of the merchandise, be clever with your packing. Use lightweight packing options, like bubblewrap. Instead of plastic cartons, use sturdy cardboard. It’s not just lighter, it can actually withstand more damage than plastic. If you use courier services regularly, buy your packing material in bulk. You can get discounts from wholesalers.
2. Give accurate measurements
Courier services manage their shipments on the basis of the dimensions and weight of the packages. So, be specific in your measurements when placing an order. While this does not apply for small and light packages, large packages should be measured carefully. It could be worthwhile to buy a weighing scale if you use a courier service frequently.
3. Go for pickup services
When calculating courier cost, you have to also factor in cost of taking the package to the courier service. This is why pick-up services make more sense. This is a door-to-door delivery where the package is picked up from home and delivered to the specified address.
4. Get full coverage
Understand that accidents can happen even with the most careful courier service. Courier services usually offer some coverage for lost or damaged items, but this would be capped at a certain limit. For instance, Freightcom carriers cover up to $100 for any damaged or lost items. So, if you are transporting valuable merchandise, it is recommended to insure your package.
5. Time it right
If you are planning a pick-up, try to schedule it in the most efficient manner possible. Every courier service has a cut-off time for pick-ups. Any order after this time may get picked-up, but there would be on guarantees on the same. Orders after the cut-off time are usually picked up the next day. If you need urgent pick-up services after the cut-off time, contact your courier service to see if such facilities are offered.
6. Look for additional costs
Even if you have a proper cost tab, look for any additional charges that may apply. Details like taxes or pick-up services can add to the overall costs. This is especially applicable when you are looking for international shipments. Similarly, expressed deliveries are bound to cost more.