Corrugated and Freight Savings Analysis for Apparel E-Commerce Shipping

Modern consumers are demanding more from their e-tailers than ever before. Four out of five shoppers say they're more likely to purchase online when e-tailers offer free shipping . Customers also want free returns , as they feel this shows businesses believe in their products, according to Laura Morroll of LCP Consulting. Offering free shipping and free returns are excellent ways to boost customer satisfaction, but they come at a cost. You can offset these costs with more affordable packaging and shipping solutions.

Low Cost Packing Solutions

Corrugated cardboard boxes

Corrugated cardboard boxes are fast earning a reputation as a low-cost, high-quality alternative to traditional cardboard boxes. The distinctive fluted finish ensures cardboard boxes maintain their shape and resists moisture, protecting the shipped items. As they're lightweight and easy to make, corrugated cardboard boxes are inexpensive to purchase and ship. They're also recyclable, so they are popular with the 84 percent of shoppers around the world who actively seek out businesses with environmentally and socially responsible products .

Postage satchels are another low-cost alternative. Satchels are made from a water-repellent material to protect the items inside them. They're also the most lightweight shipping alternative. Since they're not rigid, like boxes are, they're ideal for shipping clothes without wasting space.

The Impact of Packaging Size on Price

The type of packaging used isn't the only indicator of cost. The larger the package, the more you'll typically pay for shipping. Packages that are larger than they need to be are also often heavier. Heavy packages slow down the supply chain, so they can cost you more time and thus more money in the long run.

You should choose packaging that's large enough to transport your goods safely, but not so large that you're paying more than you need for safe transport.

The Impact of Packaging Size on Customer Satisfaction

The size of your packaging may also have an indirect impact on your bottom line due to changing consumer sentiments . Customers no longer believe bigger is better. They're critical of companies that use bulky, wasteful packaging and demand the most efficient, low-impact solutions. Millennials are the most concerned about sustainable and efficient packaging solutions, so if your company targets young consumers it's crucial you take packing size seriously. Your customers may decide to take their business elsewhere if they don't approve of your packaging practices.

The Benefits of a Third-Party Logistics Provider

A sophisticated third-party logistics provider, or 3PL, can partner with you to analyze your shipping needs and pinpoint areas for potential savings. At The Apparel Logistics Group , we can assess your shipping requirements and suggest the optimal package design which balances price and quality.

We can also help you further reduce your shipping costs through volume purchasing. Since we have many satisfied customers, we purchase packaging options in bulk at a lower contracted rate and pass the savings on to you.

For a third-party logistics provider with comprehensive services who understands your apparel business, look no further than The Apparel Logistics Group. Complete our consultation form to learn more about how we can help you reduce your apparel shipping costs while meeting or even exceeding your customers' expectations.

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