Managing the Costs of Sending a Large Volume of Parcels Through International Delivery

19 July, 2018

It’s a great feeling for any entrepreneur to see a high volume of orders – including international orders – flowing in to the business. However, the reality is that this creates a shipping demand, the cost of which can be crippling. If your business is built on the need to ship internationally then there are some simple ways to manage the costs of sending a high volume of parcels internationally so that you can cut down on the expense that this could potentially create.

Find a delivery service provider able to optimise your postage

When you have a wide choice of final mile delivery options and a range of cost effective shipping means, you can save more when it comes to sending parcels in bulk. The right shipping provider will also be able to analyse your mailing requirements to identify the best combination of services to help cut costs and improve efficiency.

Look at the different types of carriers

Selecting the right international carrier for your needs is key. Prioritising a positive delivery experience for your customers is crucial, particularly when you’re trying to establish your brand in international markets. Make sure you understand your choices when it comes to choosing a carrier.

Save on packaging

The price of the packaging that you use to send your international parcels will make up a significant proportion of the overall cost. It may be cheaper to use packaging provided by the shipping service, for example. Or, you may be able to find cheaper options for mailer bags or boxes that still deliver on protection and brand values but cost less per unit.

Revise the way you pack parcels

As well as the cost of the packaging you can also save on bulk international deliveries by revising the way that you pack items. Look for innovative packing solutions that use smaller sizes for multiple items, for example, and ensure that you’re not shipping small products in boxes that are much too big and cost more to send.

Make sure you’re charging your customers enough

Generally, customers are willing to pay for the cost of international shipping even if they have a preference for free shipping domestically. So, although a competitive shipping price is essential, it also needs to be enough to ensure you’re not left out of pocket. Work out the cost of each package to you, including the shipping fees and the packaging expense. And then ensure that you’re passing on to the customer what you need to in order to leave you a decent margin on the item itself.

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