Best Postage Solutions For Small E-Commerce Store Selling UK & Overseas

Discussion in 'Ecommerce Forum' started by moorland72, May 5, 2015.

  1. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    So sounds like you need to estimate for some, weighing where you think its needed.
    Its only as you say 150+ orders.
     
    Posted: Jun 14, 2020 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
  2. Sparetoolparts

    Sparetoolparts UKBF Regular Full Member

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    Yes, I actually have my excel sheet open ATM and am assigning everything Small Parcel size and weight of 750g. When packing the orders, I'll keep an eye out for products over that weight and leave them to one side and larger than small Parcel, to be updated and the correct label generated for future orders!

    I don't see any other way around this. The 750g and Small Parcel setup should cover 90% of may orders anyway.

    If anyone has a better solution I would love to hear it
     
    Posted: Jun 14, 2020 By: Sparetoolparts Member since: Oct 26, 2015
  3. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Small and medium parcels are the same size. Same cost too.
    Limit under C&D is considerable size.
     
    Posted: Jun 14, 2020 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
  4. GuyMor

    GuyMor UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    Possibly the worst advice given on UKBF from its inception.
     
    Posted: Jun 16, 2020 By: GuyMor Member since: Mar 23, 2016
  5. Charlie Gr

    Charlie Gr UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    We are a B2B logistics services, and most provide support for International logistics - Export / Imports, you can check out our website in the profile.

    As General advice - if the parcel is less than 2 kgs and sending it within UK (aka Domestic) - go with Royal Mail, no one can beat it, in price or quality. For International (even europe) RM might not be a good option.

    For international, go with a logistics partner, who can give you great rates (both import and exports) and even more importantly someone who can support you and are a call away. Remember - 2-5 parcels in every 100 - can get stuck at one or the other place in the journey. So, if you are left on your own, it will eat up your valuable time for sales. You can negotiate for good rates in many cases.

    If you need more information, ping me.
     
    Posted: Jun 16, 2020 By: Charlie Gr Member since: Jun 3, 2019
  6. Sparetoolparts

    Sparetoolparts UKBF Regular Full Member

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    @Mr D When using Click & Drop do you put your Signed For items in the same bag as 1st/2nd class post?

    I'm also still confused by the difference between STL and BPL

    I know STL stands for- Business Mail Unsorted 2nd Class
    and
    I know BPL stands for - 1st and 2nd Class Account

    But I have no actual idea what it means and what affect choosing either will have on my costs etc.
     
    Posted: Jun 18, 2020 By: Sparetoolparts Member since: Oct 26, 2015
  7. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    The only signed for I use these days is special delivery which goes in its own sack.

    My account manager told me to use crl for large letter and parcels, bpl for letter.
    Not been told to use stl.
    Have not spoken to him in about 3 weeks though.

    Crl also gives us tracked delivery - handy when a customer claims not received. And I always check non delivery a few days later and lo it has arrived - quick invoice through PayPal and refunded money paid back to us.
     
    Posted: Jun 18, 2020 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
  8. Sparetoolparts

    Sparetoolparts UKBF Regular Full Member

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    How do you contact your account manager?

    I've never been contacted by anyone from RM since I got C&G setup
     
    Posted: Jun 18, 2020 By: Sparetoolparts Member since: Oct 26, 2015
  9. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Usually he rings me. Got a number on a letter somewhere in my files in storage.
    Couple of times a year he gets in touch.
     
    Posted: Jun 18, 2020 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
  10. Sparetoolparts

    Sparetoolparts UKBF Regular Full Member

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    ok

    So been speaking to Click & Drop again

    I can bulk update allparcel which doesn't have a weight and assign it a weight there and then, the down side is, this will over-write the products that currently have a weight and apply an average weight to everything in that batch :-(

    I have also spoke with OBA accounts, I don't have an account manager but they have confirmed that If I pay more postage than needed I'll not get flagged up, despite what C&D said previously

    So at least I have a way forward now :)
     
    Posted: Jun 18, 2020 By: Sparetoolparts Member since: Oct 26, 2015
  11. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    As and when you do get weights worked out for products then you can override the current settings.
    One by one.
     
    Posted: Jun 18, 2020 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
  12. Greg Thomas

    Greg Thomas UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Have you tried click and drop via RM depending on volume
     
    Posted: Jul 3, 2020 By: Greg Thomas Member since: Mar 10, 2020