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 Regular 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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    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.
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    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
    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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    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
  13. OnePatch

    OnePatch UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Visit companies like inter parcel, parcel monkey, wedelivertheworld etc. They will give you small amount of prices per parcel for international and as well in nation wise. For your UK stuff the best service depends on what you want.
    Posted: Oct 5, 2020 By: OnePatch Member since: Sep 22, 2020
  14. Michael Beaumont

    Michael Beaumont UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    DespatchBay have been around for over a decade now and offer the best rates I've seen for RM, DPD & DHL parcels and packets to the UK and overseas. You can get a trial of 25 credits (equivalent to £25) using the trial code
    They have a download and API to integrate into most platforms and the documentation to write your own if you wish.

    I recently asked RM for a review and the prices were nearly the same but you had to add a fuel surcharge of 9% on top so going direct can be more expensive.
    Posted: Oct 8, 2020 By: Michael Beaumont Member since: Sep 9, 2019
  15. Countrymun

    Countrymun UKBF Regular Free Member

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    This is interesting. We have been using RM click and drop and printing labels.
    Thought about OBA but our parcels range in weight from 85g to about 750g average and I thought we would have to pay based on heaviest so great to know you take the average weight. Since many more are 85g I am wondering if you can have separate consignments to avoid paying average weight when most are the light 85g weight?
    We have used pacel2go in the past for larger items but usually we are within 2kg so use RM for international. It is getting pretty expensive - especially now they have introduced a zone 3 just for USA.
    Posted: Oct 14, 2020 By: Countrymun Member since: Sep 13, 2014
  16. Accounting Controls

    Accounting Controls UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I have used a small company called Caribou - they come and collect your post and have several different options for different sized parcels. They have a big account with Royal Mail, XPD, Yodel etc so you can benefit from the discounts they receive. They have international rates too. Their e-platform allows you to integrate your postage addresses and link with ebay and amazon sites so you don't have to type in your addresses manually. They have worked well for me in the past.
    Posted: Oct 22, 2020 By: Accounting Controls Member since: Oct 22, 2020
  17. MichelleB-UK

    MichelleB-UK UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    We use Zenstores for shipping management which automatically sends data to Royal Mail OBA. 99% of what we send goes via Royal Mail to UK / Europe but we do need to find a new option for US shipping which has become really expensive since covid (due to lack of planes flying)
    Posted: Nov 25, 2020 By: MichelleB-UK Member since: Nov 24, 2020
  18. murphycobb

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    Posted: Dec 21, 2020 By: murphycobb Member since: Oct 20, 2020
  19. kjay

    kjay UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    We use RM started off going to the post office, then moved to a drop off service and now we have a daily collection, it’s by far the best service for under 1kg and I believe the cheapest. We do tracked 48 on all our parcels and have only had a few go missing at the depot which you can claim for. We ship world wide with them it’s up to the customer if they want to pay postage, depends on how badly they want your product.
    Great service and if you get good collection posties they really look after you.
    Posted: Feb 3, 2021 By: kjay Member since: Feb 3, 2021
  20. japancool

    japancool UKBF Big Shot Full Member

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    Would that be because you work for them?
    Posted: Mar 1, 2021 at 3:32 PM By: japancool Member since: Jul 11, 2013