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3 Timesaving Small Ecommerce Business Shipping Tips

3 Timesaving Small Ecommerce Business Shipping Tips

By Mike Reilly, August 18th 2020

Completing your to-do list can be quite overwhelming, even more so when things don't go as planned and you end up waving goodbye to more of your precious free time. The following timesaving small business tips will help you optimise your time and get your parcels out of the door much quicker. 

Use an Ecommerce Platform 

A good ecommerce platform will save you hours of time! It will complete those thankless tasks you don't enjoy like updating tracking information on marketplaces, but also make your life easier by helping you manage your orders and delivery from one place.

Psst, Despatch Bay does all of this and more. One of our unique features is our support team. They're on hand to chase couriers on your behalf whilst updating your customers on delivery enquiries. 

There are many ecommerce platforms out there and it can be difficult to choose the best one for your ecommerce business. This article talks about the considerations you need to keep in mind; if you know what you need to look at, take a look at some reviews. Here are some reviews of popular ecommerce platforms.

Streamline Your Order Picking & Packing 

After you receive orders, it's important to pick and pack them as efficiently as possible – and of course, remove them from your to-do list.

Some ecommerce platforms will provide you with a picking list (hopefully your chosen platform will). Picking lists stop you running backwards and forwards from your computer to your stock room, you know exactly what your customers have ordered because you have it in your hand. 

To send your orders to your customers quickly, you need to have boxes and protective materials in stock. You don't want to give your customers a negative impression by sending a tiny item in a huge box so make sure you have the right sized boxes too. Not only does the chances of your item arriving damaged increase, your environmental impact isn't great either.

Bringing organisation to your stock/packing rooms and processes will have an impact on your turn around times too. You won't be looking for your stock and if you get into a routine with packing, you'll be flying through packing!

Make sure that you undertake regular stock checks too. You don't want to run out of parcel tape or labels. There's never a convenient time to run out of them is there? These are those tasks that can creep up on some and quickly add 30 minutes onto your day as you pop to the shop.

Taking all of these points into consideration, and having the added bonus of picking lists and other automations ecommerce platforms gives you, you will soon be minimising the amount of effort you have to put into packing your orders.

Schedule Courier Collections 

Stop waiting at the Post Office juggling your parcels and schedule a courier collection. At Despatch Bay, our parcel collections are flexible so don't be fooled into thinking you have to have a one everyday. Arrange a collection for twice a week if that meets your needs or simply when you need one. 

Our drivers coming to you rather than you driving to the Post Office might give you the opportunity to watch that Netflix documentary everybody's been talking about.

Conclusion 

With these 3 timesaving tips shipping, you will be able to focus on other parts of your ecommerce business like marketing that you can't yet automate or create strict processes for. 

Save valuable time managing your ecommerce orders and delivery with Despatch Bay.

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