Posted by Alex Jackson on May 13, 2016
You have probably heard this a hundred times save the environment, buy local or go green but this blog is about a different type of green. We are going to show you how you can keep more of your green by buying local. Shipping costs, the bane of your bottom line, while it will not make or break your business, it’s still an important factor in maximizing your profits. Let’s do a brief comparison of shipping costs to show you how buying local is far more cost effective. Let’s say that you are looking to purchase a bedding lot, you are based in Annapolis, MD and you found a lot in our Joppa MD location perfect! But now let’s take a look at this same lot if it were coming from another location.
Table showing shipping cost from different warehouses to Annapolis, MD. Clearly showing that local warehouse has the cheapest shipping cost, yielding the best savings.
|Bedding sheets shelf pull 77 Units 1 Pallet||$1,185.20||208 Pounds||$132.54||$140.89||$169.11||$157.46||$170.05||$200.09||$198.06||$205.52||$279.57||$397.77|
Seems pretty reasonable for an in state shipment right? Not too bad coming from a state or two over? Now it starts getting pretty expensive if it’s coming cross country. Each extra dollar you are paying for shipping means another dollar that you have to add to the cost of your inventory. With a small 77 unit lot like this it’s a difference of adding $1.72 per item to your cost best case scenario to worst case from CA of a whopping $5.16 per item.
Now you may wonder what else I can do to keep these costs down well there are lots of things. See a lot of designer purses or perhaps a swimwear lot that’s one or two boxes and weighs less than 150 pounds? That’s a perfect candidate for ground shipping greatly reducing your costs. The following categories frequently have lots of one to two boxes under 150 pounds that can be shipped ground service.
Do we ever offer free shipping? Well yes, as a matter of fact we do offer free shipping on select lots during promotional periods. To receive free shipping on qualifying lots, you order has to be from the same location and $4k or greater. Most of the time free shipping is offered from OH, MO and IL facilities. If you are ever interested in seeing what’s available please don’t hesitate to call 1-888-808-4934 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Need a lot at a low flat cost? Or you need a lot in a hurry or simply interested in trying out a different category? Then why not try out one of our zero defect small lots. These lots offer a low flat rate and ship next business day.
So the next time you start shopping for a lot remember hold onto that green by buying local.