In order to maximize profit for any business, it is important to protect your goods at every stage of the shipping process -from your warehouse all the way to their destination. As your premier packing and crating company in the Lower Mainland, we would like to offer you the following ways to limit your product loss.
In the Warehouse
Limiting product loss starts way before your goods have been loaded onto a truck and are heading out on the road. In fact, there are steps that you can take to manage any product loss in your warehouse.
- Assess and communicate with personnel so that they understand their job, roles and responsibilities regarding protecting and preparing goods for shipping.
- Double check the process. Make sure that your product is labelled, properly stacked and stored. Take the time to review this process with your personnel and let them know what is expected of them.
Packaging and Packing
There can be many mistakes made at this stage that can lead to an increase in product loss, so take extra precautions to ensure that packing and packaging is done properly.
- Check your freight’s dimensions. By knowing exact sizes, you can choose the proper way of packing and protecting your goods.
- Understand the nature of your goods. If your goods are fragile, perishable or dangerous, ensure that the proper steps to protect your goods have been taken. This includes properly labelling all pallets and boxes.
- Pack pallets with care. Use shrink-wrap as well as cardboard corners to protect your freight and to prevent it from tipping or shifting during the shipping process.
- Use the right shipping materials. Pack your goods in sturdy wooden crates, and pack all materials according to their dimensions and durability levels.
- Ensure your goods won’t shift during transit by fixing it securely inside your wooden crate.
- Have your freight ready for pick-up at the scheduled time.
- Ensure that labels are properly filled out and can be easily read. If your goods are fragile, take extra precautions and make sure that no other freight is stacked on top.
- Have paperwork finished and ready to go. This will prevent your goods from being held up at customs or in a warehouse when enroute.
- Opt for shipping insurance and tracking. This will allow you to know exactly where your goods are during any portion of the shipping process. It will also ensure that your goods arrive at their destination in the same condition they left.
- Manage all customer concerns and have a customer service plan already established and in place. Be responsive, responsible, prompt and professional. Customer service is a huge part of any business.
- Have a reasonable refund or replacement plan, but take the time to ensure that the lost or damaged item truly is lost or damaged.
These simple tips should help you limit product loss from warehouse to your good’s destination and beyond. If you are interested in the shipping services that we offer or would like to see how we can help make your shipping methods more efficient and save you money, please contact us today. We look forward to working with you soon.