Before sending packages through USPS there are a few steps you can take to help make sure your packages arrive as soon as possible. This frequently requires a little planning ahead. By taking just a few precautionary measures, you can ensure you’ve done everything you can to help your packages get to where they need to go.
Determine shipping speed:
One of the first things to figure out is what speed you need your package shipped. Find out how fast the various shipping methods are estimated to arrive. Learn more about shipping speeds and which one benefits your situation the most.
Use proper packaging:
Use a firm and non-flimsy box or package holder. Make sure you use packing tape on all areas that can open. USPS offers free packing supplies for your convenience. If for some reason the box becomes open or items begin falling out during the shipping process, the post office will need to reseal and reprocess your package.
Make sure you put both your address (the return address) and the recipient's address on the package where they are visible. This ensures that if your package doesn’t make it to its final destination the return address is very clear. Cover the addresses with clear package wrapping or packing tape to make sure the information is never subject to stains or made difficult to read. If you ship from multiple warehouses but only one accepts returns, ShippingEasy allows you to have a different return address than the one where the package was initially shipped.
Use the full 9-digit ZIP Code. The 9-digit ZIP gives a more accurate and specific point of reference for the post carrier to deliver your package, helping to avoid a mix up of similar addresses. Utilizing the full 9-digit zipcode can really help prevent many delays.
Avoid missing drop-off deadlines by scheduling a pickup:
Making it to the post office in time for packages to be shipped that day can be difficult when you are running a business. Simplify your routine by scheduling USPS package pickup directly from your shipping location. This free service can be easily schedule online up to three months in advance.
Utilize Shipping Software
Shipping software allows you to organize your orders and streamline your shipping process, which can ultimately save you time and money. ShippingEasy integrates with most online stores, quickly downloads orders and posts tracking information in real time to help you stay on top of your business. They also offer discounted shipping costs, ready-to-print labels and so much more.