Are you always wanting to find the cheapest way to deliver your parcels? Perhaps you are a private seller or a small business looking to cut costs.
In any case, we are here to help identify the best ways that you can save money when sending items in the post.
There are a multitude of ways that this can be achieved, yet some are none the wiser in how to achieve this. In this article, we will touch on as many different cost-cutting methods as possible.
Make sure you correctly identify the packaging you require
This may seem obvious, but you would be surprised about the amount of people we hear about, who miscalculate the packaging they require, and end up needing to buy more.
Packaging for your products is the most important thing to consider before you sell them.
Where will they be shipped? Will they need to be wrapped in bubble wrap or covered with foam? What is their size and shape? How much does it weigh? Is it fragile and needs extra protection, like clothing or glass items.
It’s crucial that you know how packaging works before you start selling your product, as this can affect its price-point.
For example, if an item is fragile and needs a lot of special care during shipping then the buyer might have to pay more for shipping costs because of all the additional precautions taken on their behalf.
Do Your Research
If you’re looking to save some money on parcel shipping, there are a few ways to do it.
One way is by packaging your parcels in a way that costs less. Lots of people still package their parcels in a way that ends up costing them more.
One important reason for packaging your parcels well is because it defends whatever is inside, which might seem obvious but many people don’t bother with when they package.
So how much is postage? Well, it depends on the size and weight of your package. The more you can pack into a single box, the less money you’ll have to pay for postage. So don’t be shy about shrinking down those boxes with items in them!
People often buy packaging that is too much for the item they are sending, this is unnecessary and often happens when people try to print packing slips that you stick on your parcel.
Researching the cost and packaging possibilities before signing up with a courier or bulk buying any packaging supplies will help you save time, money, and frustration.
You should always make sure that you are up-to-date with Royal Mail regulations for postage rates and package size because if you get this wrong it could end up costing more money in the long run or even lead to your package not arriving at its destination on time.
Furthermore, if you want to keep your customers, it’s important to stay competitive. You should compare what your competitors are charging every few months because the competition is always changing.
If you’re not providing the best service at a reasonable cost, then they’ll take their business elsewhere.
Be extra careful with fragile objects
To make sure your fragile items are secure, you should line your box with bubble wrap before wrapping the product in it.
This will ensure that if a package gets knocked around on its way to its destination, the fragile item is well-protected!
Be sure to pack your box as tightly as possible to avoid any movement inside. Take the extra step and add more bubble wrap so that there is no risk of damage from a moving product.
Use newspaper in place of packing peanuts, which can be bad for the environment!
Buy in bulk
The savings you can get with bulk parcels will save you significant time and money in the long run.
Buying more than one parcel at a time saves you money because it’s cheaper per unit and requires fewer buyer transactions.
It also comes with the added bonus of saving you some time as well!
Despite the initial higher upfront costs of purchasing packaging supplies in bulk, it will save you money eventually and ensures that when your orders come in, everything is ready to go.
You also get to reuse materials which saves even more money!
While we are specialised in tube packaging here at Essex Tubes, we do know a lot about general packaging and posting.
We hope that we have been able to help you learn and understand just how packaging works and how you can save money doing it.