Freight costs are some of the most significant expenses that all apparel brands incur. Accordingly, it makes sense to analyze shipping fees when you're tightening your clothing business budget. Consider the following strategies to reduce your freight costs without compromising the customer service for which you're known.

Negotiate Lower Freight Rates

A conversation with your transport providers is the most obvious place to start trimming your freight costs. If you're shipping a large volume of clothes with just a small number of transport providers, you'll have the greatest leverage.

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The concept of a customer-centric apparel supply chain sounds solid, but companies disagree on how to achieve this. While some focus on meeting the customer's every request, others step back to focus on strategies that will satisfy the majority of their customers rather than the one squeaky wheel. Creating a customer-centric supply chain in the apparel industry requires a careful analysis of your situation with targeted strategies to satisfy customers at each stage.

Perform a Cost-to-Serve Analysis

A cost-to-serve analysis is a valuable tool for analyzing how much you're spending on each product and customer, as well as how much each customer spends on you. A solid cost-to-serve analysis will include expenses associated with warehousing, transportation, sales and marketing staffing, and order management. This information will help you spot areas where you're overspending so you can streamline the process and reap big savings.

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Transparency is a key concern for many online shoppers, according to the Dotcom Distribution eCommerce Packaging Study 2016 . This report found more than 45 percent of consumers have ceased shopping with an online retailer due to lack of transparency. Learn why transparency is so important and how your third-party logistics provider can help your business operate more transparently.

Professional Transparency Reflects Personal Transparency

With the rise of social media, people are living their lives with more transparency than ever before. They're connecting with friends and strangers and sharing candid photos and opinions, along with their deepest thoughts on all manner of things. Individuals don't just feel they need to share everything; they also feel they need to know everything. When so much is laid bare in their daily lives, customers struggle to accept companies operating under a shroud of mystery.

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Billions of purchases are made around the world every day. These purchases fall into two major categories: transactional and relational. Read on to understand the differences between these purchases and what they mean for your organization.

Understanding Transactional Purchases

Transactional purchases are the most straightforward. When shoppers make these types of transactions, they focus only on acquiring their goods in the moment rather than future transactions. Transactional shoppers typically shop around and negotiate prices to ensure they get the best deals. For example, a transactional shopper might want a black dress. The potential customer would compare the prices and quality of black dresses in several retailers to find the one representing the best value. Logic and reason drive transactional purchases.

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