International Shipping in 5 Easy Steps

300 million people in the US to market your product to is nothing to laugh at. However, if you are not offering international shipping you lose about 7 billion potential customers. That’s a lot of revenue. Of course, the problem is, how do you ship to customers outside of the United States? Naturally, there are some obstacles you will have to deal with, but once you do that, you will see just how beneficial this can be for your business. Here are five easy steps that can help you offer international shipping and get ahead of your competition: Decide How Far You are Shipping Your competitors might be outperforming you simply because they offer international shipping and you do not. Don’t be afraid to enter this market. Advertise that you have started shipping your products outside of America and watch the response from current and potential customers. When shipping internationally, you should also be aware that some products are not welcomed in certain countries (such as shoes in Italy). Also you can’t ship anything that’s flammable, explosive, contains toxins or chemicals. So, before you start shipping anything internationally, consult USPS’ lists to see what is and what isn’t allowed. Think…

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How We Use the Postal Service Today? Numbers Say it All

As the United States Postal Service enters the sixth month since Megan Brennan took reigns as the Postmaster General and CEO, there have been some notable changes throughout USPS. Truth be told, USPS services began growing before Brennan succeeded Patrick Donahoe, and the two partnership programs with Amazon, the “last mile” delivery program and the grocery-delivery-via-taxi pilot program in San Francisco are a testament to that. The focus, however, seems to be on expanding same-day delivery, which is not surprising, given the popular demand. After all, the Wall Street Journal recently quoted Brennan saying: Clearly, the consumer demand is such that we all want the package today. So we’re being responsive to that. The USPS Household Diary Study Of course, to understand how the USPS looks to the future, we need to figure out what is going on today. The USPS Household Diary Study is a report issued every year since 1987 and it is the best description of how Americans use the Postal Service. Here are a few takeaways from the report: Online is Now the Favored Bill Paying Method. U.S. customers have clearly moved away from paying their bills via mail to paying online. Of 11 billion different…

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Ship and Save Money Doing It

Many smaller companies are reluctant to include shipping in their offer and only deliver locally. The truth, however, is that they are missing a huge opportunity to earn more cash and are limiting themselves by not working with more distant customers. These customers are just as eager put money in your hands as any other. Finding a Shipping Service that Matches Your Needs A quick web search should show you who offers shipping services in your area. Try using keywords such as: shipping, crate, freight or international to narrow your search a little more. The trick is in finding a good shipping company lies in comparing what each of them offers. While shipping also saves a lot of time for the company or individual waiting for a delivery, you shouldn’t rush finding the perfect shipping company. Instead, take some time to read a couple of reviews and visit a comparison site to see what’s on offer. Also, make sure you are prepared for any eventuality by examining what each shipper offers in terms of insurance coverage and claim processing. That way, you will know what your options are in case of damage or loss of goods. Almost Everything Can Be…