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How Much Does It Really Cost to Fulfill Online Orders?

If you’re a business owner, then you know how much responsibility that you have.  You need to produce the products that you’re going to sell, hire a great team, create a sales strategy, even organize your finances.  The last one, organizing your finances, can be tricky; you need to be very realistic about your expenses so that you don’t accidentally overspend.  Although there are many areas (employee salary, production, rent) that you need to consider, one of the things that people often forget about is shipment.  In order to consider every expense, here are some of the factors to consider. 


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Shipping Fees

When you charge your customer for shipping, make sure that it’s accurate or something that you feel comfortable with.  For instance, some people offer their customers great incentives to spend more, such as free shipping when you spend $100.  If you offer free shipping for purchases that are too low, however, you may be losing money.  In addition, you should compare prices from different shipping companies and even try to make a deal in order to get the best price.

 

Protective Packaging

In order for your packages to arrive in great condition, you need to use protective packaging.  Protective packaging is super important because it keeps your products safe during storage and shipment, meaning they’ll arrive in great condition to your customers.  Some of the popular packaging you can purchase include desiccant packs, anti-static bags, moisture barrier bags, protective labels, and more.  Although this is an extra expense, it will save you money in the long run since you won’t have to worry about replacing broken products.

 

Extra Staff Members to Help with Online Orders

When you’re putting together a team of employees, consider whether or not you need to hire someone for online orders.  This really depends on your company.  If you only get some orders, then your team can probably handle it.  If you’re getting tons of online orders every day, you may need to hire someone that focuses on fulfilling orders because they will need to communicate with the customer and also put together the package.  This will be an extra expense to hire someone, so consider that when you’re putting together a team.

 

It’s important to consider every expense when it comes to shipping.  That way, you can adjust the prices of your products so that your customers are still paying a good price, but you’re also receiving a profit.  By considering the three factors stated in this article, you’ll have a better idea of how much it truly costs to fulfill online orders.

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