The last thing you might be thinking about during the summer is holiday shipping prep, but everything is easier when you give yourself enough time to do it…and also add in a margarita. So, break out the salt and a pen then check out this list of tips from our shipping experts.
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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.
Be aware of carrier policies regarding service guarantees during the holidays. Some carriers change them during the busy holiday shipping season.
Double-check addresses to make sure you aren’t charged address correction fees. Our e-Validate address validation software helps check addresses can help you avoid those costly fees.
Make sure you’re using the most economical rates for ground and air delivery. Check out our USPS® Rate Guide to see the current rates as well as make sure you’re saving money, especially on heavier shipments.
Avoid shipping services that charge extra for different options such as Saturday delivery. USPS® has free Saturday delivery hours. So, no matter what day the holidays fall on this year, make sure your presents get to their home right on time.
Make sure your team is well acquainted with your preferred services and carriers. Create a matrix for every product and shipping scenario detailing the lowest cost and most reliable shipping method for each.
Keep an eye on your company’s shipping costs to account for employees who might be using your shipping account. That’s a direct route to the naughty list!
Review your data to see what worked and what didn’t. Make a note for next year or contact us and we’ll do the review for you!
Whether by the beach or by the pool, we’ll help you get started on planning your holiday shipping season. Contact one of our experts to get started today!