The most awaited holidays are just around the corner. People have started buying presents – both online and in retail outlets. Surely, more orders will be shipped across the country and exported abroad. If you’re a retailer who ships to a diverse set of customers, these simple holiday shipping tips can help you survive the busiest time of the year with flying colors.
- Set your customers’ expectations about the shipping dates.
There’s no doubt that the normal arrival of parcels would stretch for a couple of days or even a few weeks. Inform your customers beforehand by posting an advisory on your website, on social media, or by sending them an email or text message. Tell them to shop as early as now. This can assure them that they’ll be able to buy the products they want for the holidays because they might receive the products later than expected if they would purchase next month or so.
- Partner with the right shipping company.
There are many cargo and shipping companies in the Philippines. You have to be meticulous in choosing the right partner, especially because your business and reputation are both at stake with your products. Choose a trusted shipping company that offers security and insurance. It must also have a good track record.
- Determine which shipping service(s) to avail in advance.
You can choose from a wide variety of shipping solutions. If you are a vehicle retailer, the best service to avail is something specific for rolling cargoes. Meanwhile, if you’re a retailer of smaller products like shoes, you may opt for Less than Container Load (LCL) solutions.
- Prepare for bulk orders.
During holidays, buying in bulk is a normal thing – both for individuals and companies – because of gift giving. Expect for a big wave of orders especially if you’re a retailer of clothes, shoes, food, canned goods, toys, bags, caps, kitchenware, and the like.
- Wrap or package your products ahead of time.
Don’t wait for the orders to come. Pack your products – especially the best sellers – in advance. Wrap them in a way that they would look holiday-ready. This way, when the customers have placed their orders, all you need to do is to bring them to your shipping partner. Less time, less hassle.
- Bring orders to the nearest shipping companies ASAP.
You’re not the only retailer in the country. Hence, it’s best to bring the orders to the shipping location as soon as possible. We can’t assume about the shipping dates because shipping companies usually accommodate hundreds to thousands – and even tens of thousands since we’re just two months away to Christmas – of parcels and cargoes every day.
Go ahead and send the advisories to your clients now. In case you’re looking for a trustworthy shipping partner, Ernest Logistics Corporation could be of help. We offer a long list of logistics and freight services. Kindly contact us for other details.