You have an item. You sold this item to a person in another city. This item will not fit in an envelope. This item is large. It needs to be put in a box. But, which box? Which carrier do you use? How do you ensure you are getting the best rates and capturing the highest ROI for this item?
Below, I’ve listed 3 things to think about when you are beginning to build your eCommerce business.
With FedEx and UPS both announcing rate hikes last year, I wanted to take a quick moment to break down the changes in shipping rates:
FedEx’s rate hike took effect on January 2, 2017. Some of these changes include:
- FedEx Express rates are increasing by an average of 3.9% for U.S. domestic, U.S. export, and U.S. import services;
- FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery rates are increasing by an average of 4.9%, with FedEx SmartPost rates also changing;
- FedEx Express and FedEx Ground U.S. domestic dimensional weight advisor will change from 166 to 139;
- FedEx Freight rates will increase by an average of 4.9%;
- The FedEx Freight extreme length surcharge will change from $88 to $150, and will be applied to shipments 12 feet or greater compared to the prior 15 feet
Is it an antique armoire? How about an industrial washing machine or a high value piece of technology? No matter what item it is, at one point in time, it had to be shipped. Finding the best shipping method for your goods can be extremely difficult. Here are a few factors to consider to make shipping a little easier.
4 Online Shipping Solutions to Consider when Shipping
As eCommerce continues to grow, business owners look to software applications for shipping solutions to ease the complications that come with order fulfillment, tracking and managing shipments. While there are a number of online shipping solutions to choose from, options that are both versatile and user friendly seem to work the best for owners looking to manage diverse shipping needs. Below, we will compare and contrast 4 of the most popular online shipping solutions that business owners use to ship.
One of the most confusing things about shipping freight is understanding freight prices. You may think that you are paying a particular rate, only to find out that you shipped in the wrong freight class, forgot to mark your shipment as a residential delivery and didn’t include a lift gate. Read over the following factors to consider when creating an LTL shipment in order to understand how LTL pricing works and prevent any surprises for you or your customer.
Freight Class– Each shipment is rated different depending on the freight class which it ships. Freight classes are based on density and commodity. There are 18 classes that your shipment can fall under, ranging from class 50 (the least expensive) to class 500 (the most expensive). It is important to chose a class based on the commodity you are shipping and it’s respective NMFC #. If you do not know your freight class, you can typically ship based on the density of your particular shipment. ShipHawk has a great tool built into the rating process which provides an estimated freight class. Be careful that you select the correct freight class as your shipment can be subject to expensive re-class fees if not correctly noted on the BOL.