Reducing Shipping Expenses

Five Reasons Why Same Day Delivery Makes Sense

A new trend in retail and B2B delivery is the advent of same day delivery in major metropolitan areas. Such service, once only offered by local businesses like florists and pizza shops, is now being offered by national retailers as well as a larger cross section of local merchants. It’s not difficult to see why. Offering same day delivery to your customers can help improve your customer satisfaction, enhance your profitability and help reduce the number of returns you receive. Benefits of same day delivery 1. Enhanced customer satisfaction. Most consumers want to get their products sooner rather than later, whether they are retail or business customers. After all, the copy machine may be about to run out of ink or you might need that new pair of shoes for a dinner tomorrow. Of course, there’s always the scenario where the boss is bellowing for a product as soon as possible. Planning ahead is just not something most people are good at. 2. Higher sales. Many consumers will purchase more from you when they can get their items right away and don’t have to wait. This is especially true of consumer products, where being able to use the product quickly adds to the excitement of the sale. 3. Less customer confusion. When it takes days or longer for consumers to receive their order, they are more likely to forget or be confused about what they ordered, increasing the incidence of customer service calls and exchanges. 4. Fewer returns. In addition, when it takes a while for a order to arrive, the consumer may decide that he or she doesn’t really need the item he or she ordered or can’t really afford the item. If the delivery takes too long, he or she may go out and purchase it from a local retailer. In such cases, your business is likely to receive the item returned for a refund. 5. Extra profit. Since same day delivery requires extra labor and attention, most companies charge a fee for this service. By charging more than your actual cost, this can develop into a new revenue stream for your business and help bolster your company’s bottom line. While offering same day delivery isn’t necessarily the right decision for every business, giving your customers the option to choose this service can help you boost sales, increase customer satisfaction and lessen your returns. It’s certainly something that […]

Important Bases To Cover When Moving Heavy Manufacturing Machinery

There are many reasons why you might be looking to move the machinery in your manufacturing plant. You could be in the process of remodeling your industrial building, for example, and could be looking to move your machinery from one part of the premises to another. Alternatively, you could be moving from one property to another and could be looking to take your manufacturing equipment with you. Either way, working with a rigging service is the best way to do so. Regardless, there are still a few bases that you will need to cover to ensure that things go smoothly. Ensure Employee Safety First and foremost, you have to make sure that no one who works for you gets injured during the process.This means leaving the job up to professionals, marking off the area where the moving equipment will be used and letting all of your employees know about the big machinery move before it happens. Also, make sure that anyone who will be working in the area is wearing proper safety equipment, such as hard hats. Prepare Your Machinery Another thing that you’ll want to think about is ensuring that your machinery is properly protected for the move. Choosing a reputable rigging service that will take the necessary precautions and that is properly insured is a critical step. You’ll also need to check the owner’s manual for your equipment to ensure which steps you should take before moving your machinery, such as potentially draining out all of the liquids. Follow Local Laws Depending on where your manufacturing business is located, there is a chance that you will have to have a permit in order to move your equipment, even if you’re moving it within your building. If it is being transported from one location to another, you’ll need to check with every jurisdiction that it will be moved through. The right rigging service should handle all of these things for you, but it’s still a good idea to check to ensure that these bases have been covered. Otherwise, you could be stopped on machinery moving day, or you might face a hefty fine for moving your equipment without going through the proper channels first. Your local business office should be able to give you more information about local laws. As you can see, there are a few bases that you need to cover when moving heavy manufacturing machinery, regardless […]

4 Questions To Ask When Looking To Work As A Driver

Working as a driver can be an enjoyable experience. It allows you to see the country and explore places you never would have imagined. While some people enjoy the freedom of working as a driver, others aren’t cut out for the line of work. It takes a special person to work in this particular field. Instead of jumping into a career that isn’t going to work for you, spend a little time going through the information below to help you make an informed decision. Here are four questions you need to ask before settling on this particular career choice. How much time is spent on the road? You need to know how much time you are going to be on the road and how much time you will have at home. This will help you better determine if you are going to be able to handle the job or not. If you have a family at home, you aren’t going to want to be gone for weeks at a time. It needs to work for your home and family life too. Do you have to deal with a lot of customers? Some individuals prefer not to deal with a lot of customers. They like to keep to themselves as much as possible. It is important that you know if you can handle communicating with customers for the job or if it is going to be too much for you. Will a vehicle be provided to drive? Make sure to find out if a company vehicle is going to be provided or not. You need to know if you have to bring your own as this will cost you extra up front when working for the employer. Is a special license required for the job? Ask if there are any special licenses needed to do the job. For some, you only need a chauffeur licenses. Others require a commercial license with endorsements. You need to know what you need so you can get your licensing in order beforehand. By asking the four questions above, you can make sure you have a firm grasp of whether this is the right career for you. Knowing what you are stepping into can help eliminate some of the fear and frustration that comes from trying to choose the perfect job. If there are any other questions you have, make sure to ask the potential employer […]

How To Make Your Move An Easy One

Whether you are moving across town or to a totally different city, moving brings mixed emotions with it. While your family is probably looking forward to new experiences and to making new friends, it is also sad to be saying goodbye to beloved friends and family. It’s often even hard to leave doctors, dentists, your pharmacist, and others who were a major part of your life. Packing up and doing the actual move can just add more stress. Here are some ideas that might make your move an easy one. Establish A New Comfort Zone – Even before you move away, get yourself established with new people who will provide services to you and your family. Ask your present dentist, your doctors and other providers to give you names of colleagues they can recommend. Besides that, find clubs and organizations that your family would enjoy. For example, if your kids love to swim, find out if there’s a swim team in your new area. If you love flower arranging, find out if there are classes you can take where you would meet individuals who share your same interest. Make Packing Easier – Have a family meeting. Ask all of your family members to go through their personal belongings so they can determine what stays and what moves with you. Set a place for items that will go to charity and another place for things that may be sold at a yard sale before you move. Remind everybody that whatever is left in the house will be packed. That means that, even if your son didn’t mean to take his dirty old sneakers, they will be ready to be unpacked at the new house. Also, it’s a good idea for each person to have a small suitcase, a backpack or simply a box of things they want to keep accessible during the trip. Of course, an adult needs to supervise, especially when it comes to packing medications. Moving Day – If possible, be at your home when the movers come. That way you can give them special directions on specific items. However, even if you’re not present, the movers will be trained and will have the experience to pack everything in a professional way. Delicate items will be placed in protective wrapping and art work will be placed in secure crates. If it’s a rainy day, your furniture will be protected, too. If something […]

Seven Benefits Of Using Clamshell Packaging

Clamshells are an eye-catching type of package that showcase your products, while keeping the items secure and sanitary. Named for their distinctive, shell-like shape, this type of packaging is widely-used in the food, hardware and cosmetic industries. However, clamshells can be adapted to most any small to medium-sized product. In addition to the attractive appearance, clamshells offer a number of advantage over other types of custom packaging. Advantages to custom clamshell packaging 1. Transparent. Clamshells make it easy for potential customers to get a good view of the product without actually handling (and potentially contaminating) it. With this type of packaging, customers can also easily see that the product is in good condition before they purchase it. 2. Uncomplicated. Clamshells are easy to open without a lot of fuss or having to use scissors. The user simply breaks the seal and pops open the top. 3. Versatile. Clamshells can be made in a variety of sizes and shapes as well as in virtually any color. They can also be embossed with your company logo or name, if desired. Clamshells can be designed to hold a single product or a group of products. They can be formed to sit on a shelf or hang from a rack. 4. Protective. Customers, retailers and manufacturers all want to keep products safe from handling and the environment as well as from possible tampering. A clamshell does all of that without any added hassle for the buyer or seller. Clamshells can also help protect products from temperature changes during shipping and handling. 5. Compact. The clamshell’s stream-lined design fits closely around the product, wasting little shelf space. That means retailers can stock more of a product in a given space. 6. Recyclable. One of the chief oppositions to clamshell packaging from both a customer’s and a manufacturer’s point of view has always been that they are less environmentally-friendly than paper packaging. However, many of today’s clamshells are made of recycled plastics. In addition, the packaging can be recycled yet again once it is opened and no longer needed. 7. Theft resistant. Though they aren’t difficult for consumers to open, you have to break the seal to extract the product from a clamshell. Therefore, potential thieves can’t just reach in and snatch the product quickly as you can with many other types of packages, thus making clamshells more resistant to theft and pilfering. While clamshell packaging […]

Shipping & Delivery 101: Showing Your Courier That You Care

Couriers are expected to deliver a client’s or merchant’s goods intact and on time, but as the sender or requester, what is expected of you? Understand and implement these ways in which you can make your day or business operate more proficiently by facilitating a smooth transfer of goods between you and your courier. Know what you want. The more detail, the better. If you know of a quicker route to get to the destination or how to bypass a busy office, advise the courier of such to make the job more efficient. If ordering a prepared food item or meal, provide the courier with alternatives in case your desired option isn’t available. Doing so eliminates time spent following up with you to clarify the order. Consider the type of service you need when selecting the courier for the job. All couriers are not equipped equally. A bicycle messenger is likely not able to carry two large boxes of goods to a delivery point, but can get through traffic quickly to fetch a meal or drop off documents. Don’t place more on the carrier than what was originally addressed in the initial delivery order. Be punctual. Have your documents signed, sealed, and ready to deliver before the courier arrives for pickup. Couriers are typically paid to carry items from one location to another, not wait while you gather and prepare what needs to be sent. Allow ample time. As a worker or resident of your community, you are likely aware of commute times and traffic patterns. Don’t set an unrealistic timeframe. Be mindful of time constrictions when assigning a required delivery period for your courier. Take into account the transit time during rush hour or the distance from your location to the destination point.  If you’re in a time crunch, explore ways in which you can work alongside your courier to get a package to its destination that much quicker. Protect your package. Protect important documents in sealed envelopes or folders. For better organization and safeguarding, hand documents off to your courier in an expanding file folder when sending documents to multiple recipients.   Compensate appropriately. If you’re on the receiving end of a food order previously placed, tip the courier accordingly, especially if you receive a meal that’s still warm in the middle of the lunch rush. In instances where more than one stop is required, such as an […]