Entry #3: Save Money by Managing Your Small Package Deliveries

A3 Freight Payment is a freight payment company servicing large volume shippers. However, many techniques we use to manage our freight spend can also be used by small businesses to save money on their freight costs.

Spending just a few minutes with some recent invoices for small package deliveries can mean a lot in savings for a small business (“Small Pack” can encompass ground shipments as well as overnight parcels & letters).

Gather a few recent invoices from your carrier and look for the following:

Address Correction Charges: Frequently, your shipping system can have small errors in the addresses of recipients. These errors may be corrected by your carrier and delivered without your knowing it. Many carriers charge $10 and up for making this correction on a shipment.  Taking a few minutes to fix the address error at its source can save you a lot of money.

“Standard” vs. “Priority”:  For overnight shipments, you often have the choice between an early morning or mid-day delivery. The secret is many “small pack” carriers make only one run each morning to a given recipient. So, you could have your package delivered with the Priority packages even if you shipped them Standard. An easy way to check for this is by examining the delivery times of your standard shipments. If they’re being delivered first thing in the morning, there’s no need to pay for Priority.

Old Account numbers:  Check your invoicing for any old/dormant account numbers. Many small pack carriers have poor control over de-activating dormant accounts under a master account. You could still have accounts open for offices or locations you’ve closed. These can be particularly dangerous if former employees try to use them to ship personal items.

Freight invoicing provides a wealth of opportunity for data collection and freight spend management. Take a few minutes to realize some of these savings for yourself.

Thank you,

Ross Harris, CEO
A3 Freight Payment
8700 W Trail Lake DR, Ste 100,
Memphis, TN 38125-8205
T: +1.901.759.2966
F: +1.901.759.2940
rharris@A3FreightPayment.com
http://www.a3freightpayment.com
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About Dan Gallo

I'm a small business lifer, starting/running businesses since I sold seeds door-to-door as a kid in The Bronx. I've played guitar and enjoyed baseball since I was 5 (born a NY Yankees fan). Just prior to marrying Kim in 1983 I became a Christian. We have two sons; Daniel's a musician & social media expert with a smart, insightful sense of humor, and Adam who recently graduated from Brooklyn College double majoring in Creative Writing/Literature and Anthropology. Adam now works in the non-profit sector. Since 2002 one thing we love to do together is go on service/missions trips to Belize. We've collectively spent 60+ weeks in Belize with this missions organization http://twaw.org. I started my 1st company in January 1985, and been self-employed ever since. I sold my last company, Mentor Communications Group, in '04. After 2 years w/ the acquiring company I started The Allasso Group, LLC doing Small Business Consulting, Fund Raising/Capital Raise-up Campaigns, Sales Strategy, Outsourced Sales Agency work, & Digital Marketing Programs (Social Media, SEM, etc.) since April 2006. Notable projects: Hired as Small Business Advocate and Social Media Director for IBM's "Supplier-Connection" - Feb '11-Dec '13. Hired as COO to help turn-around late stage start-up software company myVRM. Jul12-Dec '13 Hired as CEO of CoupleWise.com, a Digital Health2.0 app, to write business plan, raise seed capital, & completely redesign and relaunch the app. Aug '16 I won a Finalist spot for MassChallenge UK's 2016 fall cohort in London from Sept thru Nov. Started Oct15 - Current. I enjoy helping turn-around struggling small businesses, and launching new business ventures. Feel free to contact me with opportunities.
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