Tag: shipping costs

3 Important Tips For You To Save On Shipping In 2019

By now we are well aware of the price increases from FedEx, the USPS, and all the rest.  We do understand prices going up.  Inflation, especially when the economy is expanding, is to be expected.  But did you know that the shipping carriers have been increasing their rates at about 250% over the cost of inflation! That’s right, inflation for the past three years has been 2.1%, 2.1%, and 1.9% respectively, while the average rate increase for shipping and postal …

Kickstarter Fulfillment: Here’s How To Choose The Right One For You!

Deciding on the right fulfillment center is never easy. Trying to compare pricing, services, and capabilities between various order fulfillment companies can be downright bewildering! Add a timeline-constricting crowdfunding campaign into the mix, and things can get pretty overwhelming. Sal Briggman of CrowdCrux decided to spend some time with us and get to the bottom of Kickstarter fulfillment. His excellent podcast has been a valuable resource for crowdfunding creators from the novice to the Kickstarter expert. He chronicles the trends, …

How To Lower Your Shipping Costs And Improve Your Bottom Line

Pat Walls of StarterStory.com and I got to talking after a forum post we had both contributed to. Pat created StarterStory to help entrepreneurs create successful ecommerce businesses through interviews with peers who went through the struggles of starting their own businesses and found success. One of the issues that seem to vex even the most thought-out entrepreneur seems to be order fulfillment. Pat asked me to address his audience and talk to that concern, and see how we can help …

Packaging & Fulfillment: A Three-Part Series for Product Designers, Makers, and Entrepreneurs. Part 2

Part 2: Hidden Costs In our last post we discussed using packaging to not only protect, but promote your product. A great logo is a statement (think the iconic Apple on the iPhone box) that really helps sell the product, and packaging will help you do that. Where your goal is to give the recipient a unique experience when the package arrives, the unboxing should be special too. However, the bottom line is also a consideration, and there is more …

Packaging & Fulfillment: A Three-Part Series for Product Designers, Makers, and Entrepreneurs

Part 2: Packaging Priorities We try to make it easy to understand the costs of fulfillment and shipping before you start. We really do! We’ve noticed, however, that no matter how much planning goes into it, the actual cost of order fulfillment and shipping can leave some business owners frustrated. For some reason, once you actually start shipping, the shipping costs seem just a tad higher than you had originally estimated, and you’re left scratching your head. You mentally go …