Setting up a business requires a lot of hard work, especially during the initial stages. Beyond the fun and exciting part of designing your website and spreading the word of your business on your social media handles, you will have to decide on the not-so-exciting task of choosing a shipping carrier.
First of all, you shouldn’t restrict your shipping carrier to one as it’s always nice to have some option as regards your choice of shipments, so you are never left stranded. Depending on the type and size of products you will be carrying, you can use around 2-4 shippers to attend to your business needs, both from the supplier to the eventual consumer.
So how do you decide on the ideal shipping carrier for your e-commerce business? Below are three things you should keep in mind.
Reputation counts in business and in choosing to ship, it is particularly important. It is feeble-minded to pick a shipping carrier plainly because they offer cheap rates. You might just end up in trouble if your item gets lost or it takes longer than usual to be delivered. This is why you have to do a background check on your shipping carrier before making use of their services because an excellent track record is of utmost importance when choosing a shipper.
For example, the most popular, well-established and reputable international shipping companies include DHL, FedEx, UPS and the United States Postal Service (USPS). However, there are several other shipping agents which may not have as much fame but are good at what they do, and if you are looking to run a lean business, you will do well to consider these other shipping agents.
Most likely, you will want to get your goods as early as possible and so too will your customers. Hence you should check out the expected speed of delivery from local to international carriers. You might want to consider shippers that offer same day delivery for a slightly more expensive rate.
When the shipments are international, you should expect a delivery time of 3 days to 2 weeks, depending on the country you are shipping from/to. Compare the delivery time between countries; this will play a role in deciding on where you make your orders from.
3. Tracking services
When choosing shipping carriers, it is always better to go with those that have exceptional tracking services. Most big shipping companies have an online site where their customers can track the status of their deliveries using unique tracking numbers. This way they can find out if a package is on its way has been delivered or has been picked up. It is also a great way to monitor how well the shipping agent does their job and coordinate your customers on shipping and delivery concerns.
There are several other factors which you have to consider when choosing a shipping agent but the ones above a good in coming to a quick and considerably accurate decision.