Does your business spend more than it should on shipping and postage costs? Perhaps you routinely send packages out to customers via overnight mail. Do they really need to get there so fast? And, are you using the cheapest service?
For example, one company regularly shipped numerous packages by overnight mail and Federal Express until an employee suggested using UPS. When shipping to certain zip codes with UPS, the firm found it could get overnight delivery at regular service prices. Over time the savings really added up.
And don't forget USPS. You may find that its Priority Mail Flat Rate Box shipping service will suit your purposes. Because other shippers usually price by weight, the Flat Rate Box can be a good deal if you're shipping small but heavy items. Also, depending on when and where you are shipping, the U.S. Postal Service may provide better rates than its commercial competitors.
The best way to cut costs is simply to wait a few hours. Overnight services usually charge a premium for getting an item to its destination in the morning. Hold off until the afternoon and you can save 30 percent with some services. Second day delivery can save you 40 percent or more. In other words, slow down outgoing mail and speed up profits.
Here are seven other tips for getting express delivery costs under control, without sacrificing speed or alienating customers:
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