Getting shipping wrong is easily done and can cause you many headaches. It can also be costly if things get lost or damaged. But these mistakes can be easily avoided with detailed planning and consideration.
Here are 5 of the most common shipping mistakes businesses make and how to tips on how to avoid them.
- Using the wrong packaging
This is one that is often overlooked. By using the wrong packaging for your items greatly increases the chances if it getting damaged in transit. The best thing to do here is to get advice from professionals.
Avoid reusing boxes as the quality will greatly decrease after each use making it more likely to get damaged. Always choose a box that will allow for some padding but as already mentioned when in doubt, get advice.
- Using the wrong service
Don’t just choose the first service you come across. Shop around and always check reviews online etc. One way to find a variety of couriers and freight services is by using online delivery comparison websites like http://www.shiply.com . Here you can compare companies on the type of service they give, prices and you can read previous customer reviews before you decide on who to use.
If you have a very heavy shipment, then you need to make sure the company has the right tools for the job e.g. hoists or two men etc.
- Inspect on delivery
This is a rookie mistake to make. Always inspect the item upon delivery and raise any issues immediately. If you don’t note and mention damage etc. while receiving the shipment it may be difficult to claim back later. Photograph and document all and any damages so you do have some evidence should you need to make a claim.
- Mislabelled packaging
Attention to detail is crucial. Mislabelling your package is one to ensure maximum confusion and lost packages. Check and double check all labels before you send it anywhere and get a second party to check it.
- Inaccurate package dimensions
The more accurate you are with the dimensions and eight of your packaging the more accurate your shipping quote will be. So, pay careful attention to the dimensions when asking for quotes.