How Can Help Your Small Business's Shipping Costs

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”

-Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Whether you are starting a new business or expanding from brick and mortar to online sales, there’s work to be done - marketing, finances, research and development, hiring and more. Too many business plans pay too little attention to an element that can dictate how successful an enterprise can be in today’s selling environment: shipping. If you have a great product and defined your market, but still haven’t figured out the best way to get that product to market, you have a wish, not a plan.

3 Key Considerations for Planning Small Business Shipping

  1. What are the best shipping options for my customers?  Most shipping and freight services are eager to develop and expand their small business customer base. Do the research on the shipping options available in your area ( has over 3,800 locations, so chances are we have a service facility near you). If you are shipping in volume, some companies discount rates below published amounts. The key is to reach out to their service representatives and discuss options. In addition, using sites such as can help you compare shipping quotes among worldwide carriers.

How can help -  Station to station or door to door, offers competitive rates for a variety of shipping needs, including multi-box, oddly shaped and oversized packages. Multiple marketing channels substantially widens our customer base, allowing us to offer considerable discounts compared to other carriers.

  1. How much should we charge customers for shipping? The best answer is probably “just enough.” Small business owners agree shipping is not the place to look for a profit. Recent research shows that more than half of consumers have cancelled a purchase due to what they perceive to be excessive shipping costs. Consider offering free shipping as an incentive for potential customers or to push a new product, if you have the volume and margin in your merchandise for it. Bonus tip: don’t charge for returns. A policy of standing behind your product will pay dividends in the form of repeat customers.

How can help - Our Instant Quote tool allows you to determine shipping costs quickly so you can factor that number into your pricing and shipping and handling (S&H) charges.

  1. Should we charge for handling? Part of the answer depends on scale. Are you shipping a dozen items a week or 5,000? How much of your own time is spent packaging and getting items out the door, time you could use on a dozen other to-dos? How much staff time is dedicated to shipping? Are your packaging costs considerable? Like shipping, handling is all about efficiency and reliability rather than profit, but it also should not be a line item where you are in red.

How can help - With our door-to-door service option, you have the option of having us do the legwork, giving you more time to focus on the business of growing your business instead of making deliveries. – Still the Best Kept Secret in Shipping

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