Strategies to Reduce Shipping Costs

Shipping is a big expense in our business. We have all sorts of things we’ve done to reduce costs:

  • we always ask if better shipping prices are available

  • we shop around whenever possible… with our freight broker, with UPS vs FedEx, etc… prices change all the time and if we don’t shop around we’ll miss those changes

  • if we’re sending parcel shipments, we’ll sometimes repackage in larger boxes - as close to 50 lb as we can get so we don’t run into oversize fees

  • If we’re selling FBM items on Amazon around the $10 price point, we’ll price them at $9.99 so we don’t have to provide tracking… this keeps shipping costs down substantially and nets us more than listing the product for $10.99

What other ways have you been able to reduce shipping costs?

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Although it takes longer, we try to use LTL from our prep center to Amazon. You always have to weigh the time against the cost.

A little ninja trick I recently learned with FBA shipping plans is-
Not entering box dimensions. Only enter weight
More of a time saver but, sometimes also cheaper shipment cost with just weight and no dimensions.
Makes communications easier/quicker also if shipping direct from a supplier to FBA. No need for be asking them to provide box dimensions of shipments.

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Thanks for the tip, I will give this a try!

Here is a resource that we have used to gain cheaper shipping at times. https://vipparcel.com/