How to Handle Shipping
Each store owner is responsible for all costs associated with shipping the product(s) to the customer. All items must include a valid tracking number and must be uploaded to the portal immediately after dropping package off at shipping carrier.
*Please note that it may take up to 48 hours to receive notification of the shipment’s movement
Strategies to Maximize Shipping Costs
Let’s discuss the three types of shipping:
The most basic way to begin calculating shipping is to take measurements of the products before listing them for sale. Measure the weight and dimensions of the package. From there, the shipping charge is automatically calculated based on the package measurements and the customer’s location.
This particular method of charging for shipping requires a bit of preparation as you need to figure out your average cost of shipping a package. This is a best practice you should be doing anyway to make sure that you don’t drastically undercharge or overcharge your customers.
Offering free shipping is a sure-fire way to get your customer’s attention. However, depending on your margins, it can also potentially cut into your profits. That said, the marketing punch that displaying ‘Free Shipping’ on your website provides can be a significant advantage over any competitors that don’t offer the same perk. Deciding to offer free shipping will require you to either absorb the cost or slightly increase your prices to cover it.
What are Shipping Supplies?
Shipping materials include envelopes, mailers, packing tape, postage stamps, shipping boxes, scales, poly mailers, bubble wrap, etc.
Where to Purchase Supplies?
Before spending money on actual supplies, it is a good idea to decide which shipping carrier you prefer because you may be able to get your hands-on free materials. For an example, the United States Post Office (USPS) free shipping supplies if you are shipping Priority mail. You are able to obtain these by visiting your local post office or you can order them online via usps.com Free materials may also be available with the other shipping carriers. Do your research to get the best savings.