When businesses negotiate with new customers, usually, it is the cost of shipping that most new customers would want to get as low as possible. Unfortunately, if you are a small business, it may not fare well for you if you have your shipping costs at a low. This is also the reason why most companies would prefer the customers to pay the actual costs for shipping. For small businesses, it can be quite a challenge keeping the costs of shipping items low but luckily, there are also a number of options that are available for smaller companies. It also helps that there are a number of large companies who are willing to aid smaller ones obtain the best shipping rate they can get.
One of the things that small companies can take advantage of is the use of the shippers own packaging materials like boxes and envelopes. Most shipping companies would prefer the use of their own packaging materials instead of the client companies’ and in by doing so, they are also helping smaller companies save time and money.
If you want to save on time and money, consider the following:
- Consider the details. If you want to minimize your costs, you would have to find a shipping company that can give you the lowest rate possible. Most shipping costs are determined by a number of factors and for this, you would need to consider every detail possible. Consider the delivery time, the address of the customers, weight of the items being shipped, the packaging used, insurance and handling fees.
- Effective negotiation will be needed to get a low rate. Also, you would have to make sure that the shipping company pick-up and make deliveries free of charge. One thing you can also negotiate on is the shipping rates. If you are going to ship items many times a month, you are more likely to get a lower rate.
- Customer’s Choice. There are instances where the customer would prefer to use his/her own carrier. When shipping supplies for customers, it would be best to follow their method for shipping.