- They would also tell you that it's an unavoidable expense. Nowadays, a lot of companies are finding ways to make it less and less; and, fortunately for the rest of us, they aren’t keeping their secrets to themselves:
- 1) Multiple Carriers. Some companies swear by sticking with on carrier for all of their services and reaping multiple discounts in exchange. However, there is a good chance that using multiple carriers might wind up being a better option, especially if there is a disparity in the size of the products you normally ship. Some carriers might offer better deals on heavier loads, and some for lighter. The most important thing to remember about any carrier, though, is to negotiate a discount. You can usually get what you are asking for if you point out what their competitors are willing to do.
2) Avoid dimensional fees. A good way to avoid some hidden fees is by using the shipping boxes your carrier offers. This way they can’t charge you for awkward dimensions of dimensions that don’t meet their standards.
- 3) Pay online. One of the most simple and best ways to save on shipping is to pay for shipping online.The US Postal Service will do free pick-up and even deliver shipping boxes and other shipping supplies to your door if you pay online.
4) Prepaid shipping. If you are shipping the same products that are the same size and weigh the same, than you know that shipping essentially costs the same with a slight disparity depending on where you are sending off to. In cases like these, you can buy prepaid shipping labels from some major carriers like FedEx and receive a discount upfront.
- 7) Association discounts. Ask your service carrier if they have any associations your business can become a part of, and therefore receive discounts for participation. For example, if your business is a member of a certain nonprofit organization devoted to ethical consumerism, you could get a certain percentage off your costs.