Shipping can be a big expense for your eCommerce business, but it’s also a necessary cost. Having a good shipping system in place is very important for both you and your clients. Because we at ParcelDirect understand how important shipping is to businesses, we want to give you some pointers to optimize your logistics system and make the most of your business!
Offer Free Shipping
Being able to offer your customers free shipping can be a fantastic perk for your customers’ satisfaction; it increases the ease of access and makes purchasing from you that extra bit more lucrative to your customers.
Offering your customers free shipping has its ups and downs. The more you ship, the more likely you are to get a good deal on shipping from a courier. At the same time, this could mean that smaller businesses might struggle to compete with big ones, as they wouldn’t be able to offer free shipping. That’s why offering free shipping after customers have spent a certain amount is so common among online stores, and makes so much sense. This way, the increased profit from the larger sale will help offset the price of shipping.
With ParcelDirect eCommerce, you’ll have access to super-low flat rates and equally low international rates. When you pay less for shipping, you’ll be able to offer your customers better deals on shipping! Another great tip is to set your threshold for free shipping just above your average order value (AOV), since your customers will prefer to spend money on your products rather than shipping!
Use an all-in-one Platform
Some items require different solutions from others; for example, you may opt to process and ship out small domestic parcels daily and ship out bulk orders going abroad only once a week. Of course, this would normally require some arranging on your part, and when things are complex, they risk going wrong.
The best way to make sure you get the right courier service for each shipment is to use an all-in-one eCommerce platform that is fully compatible with your platform. Whether you are using WooCommerce, Shopify, Ecwid or any other shopping cart plugin, your all-in-one logistics platform should help you process orders.
ParcelDirect eCommerce is an example of an all-in-one logistics platform which enables you to process orders as you receive them. With our multiple-platform compatibility, ParcelDirect is proud to present a groundbreaking solution to streamline your logistics solutions!
Use Label Printing Software
Printing off labels and getting them right is yet another ‘moving part’ when it comes to managing your logistics. That’s why it’s important that you are able to generate your labels correctly from the get-go. Good management of labelling will boost your customer satisfaction and contribute to the growth of your business.
There are many solutions offered when it comes to labelling parcels, including for example pre-paid labels. However, the drawback with these when compared with a pay-as-you-go system is that it requires some investment up-front, and sometimes predicting the down- and upturns of orders is difficult.
With ParcelDirect eCommerce, you can leave behind difficulties with generating and managing your parcel labels. Labels can be printed in multiple formats, including 4 labels on a single A4 sheet, or as A6 standard labels using a label printer. The payment system is pay-as-you-go, and you can make use of ParcelDirect PrePay to top up your account; this way you don’t have to spend any more time than necessary with making payment.