One of the top concerns for businesses that ship items are increasing shipping costs. In 2021, especially, postage rates have gone up. Fortunately, there are a variety of ways to negate the postage rate increases and decrease shipping expenses. Just one example…by keeping shipping costs lower, it becomes possible for brands to increase their profit margins and to keep customers happy at the same time.
How to Avoid 2021 Postage Rate Increases
Don’t let 2021 postage rate increases keep you from offering to ship items. And if you happen to be on the hunt for ways to reduce your shipping costs for your business, keep reading to learn more.
The further a package has to be shipped, the more it’s going to cost you and the customer both to have it shipped.
If, however, you can’t, you can always minimize the shipping distance to save a few bucks.
And if you save a few bucks on each package that you ship, this will quickly add up. Take for example that you ship a minimum of 100 items a week. Even if you save $1 per shipped item on the cost of shipping, this equals out to be a savings of $100 a week or $5,200 a year. Now that’s some serious cash savings!
2) Weigh Packages and Try to Reduce Dimensions
Another way to potentially avoid those postage rate increases is by weighing packages and trying to reduce the dimensions of the packages.
How does this help reduce shipping costs?
Because you may be shipping items that weigh less than you think they do. This means you might be able to ship them for less money than what you’re currently paying.
Also, by reducing the dimensions of a package, you might be able to shave off a few dollars from the current shipping prices as well!
3) Leverage Discounted Shipping Supplies
It could also be really helpful to your wallet if you can find discounted shipping supplies.
Take for example you’re mailing 1,000 products a week. If you can reduce your shipping costs with discounted shipping supplies by even five cents per shipment, you can save an average of $2,600 a year. That’s a lot of money that can be directed toward other core business functions!
4) Apply for Discounted Shipping Rates
Do you ship a lot? If so, you should always check with your local shipper to see if you qualify for any discounted shipping rates.
Once again, even if you only save $1 per item, and you ship 100 items a week, you can save more than $5,000 a year. Hopefully, you see now just how important it is to save on shipping costs.
5) Use Prepaid Shipping Methods
When you take advantage of prepaid shipping methods, you can usually leverage savings to your advantage (and therefore avoid postage rate increases!).
Prepaid shipping methods are available through many shipping carriers with the savings adding up to thousands of dollars each year for even small companies.
Large brands and companies may be able to save millions of dollars when they take advantage of prepaid shipping methods.
6) Get Rid of Boxes and Use Poly Mailers
Have you ever thought of switching over from boxes for your shipping to poly mailers?
A lot of the poly mailers weigh a lot less than cardboard boxes and packages, which is why so many businesses take advantage of using poly mailers instead of boxes to ship their items.
The simple reduction in the weight by switching to the poly mailers is usually enough to help save on shipping. Of course, this tip only applies if you’re able to use poly mailers instead of cardboard boxes…
How to Avoid 2021 Postage Rate Increases – The Takeaway
Are you ready to start saving more on shipping costs? (I would think so since it would then mean more money in your pocket!)
If so, make sure to use the tips listed above. You may even find you are able to start shipping with no minimum requirements, which is key to keeping your customers happy.
Are there other ways you’re avoiding postage rate increases and saving money? Tell us in the comments below!
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