7 Ways to Make Your Ecommerce Packing, Shipping More Efficient

BRIAN BARRY | November 13, 2018

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In terms of ecommerce packing materials and costs, two recent experiences point out the importance of looking at packing and shipping functions together. To help with Hurricane Florence relief efforts our church was given a gift of 50 tarps worth $800 to help plug leaky roofs. The order was placed using Amazon Prime, and shipped from a single supplier via FedEx Ground in 23 separate cartons over a three-week timeframe. While tarps aren’t breakable, most boxes were far larger than needed and stuffed with inflated air pillows. Because of the long delivery, the tarps were not much help with initial response efforts. The second example involves a client study of packing and shipping costs. One conclusion was that didn’t take into account the total cost of labor, packing supplies and oversize and DIM weight shipping for the signature items in their assortment. This ecommerce company started out in apparel and expanded into home décor and accessories.

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