There are several reasons why e-commerce companies should use multiple carriers rather than relying on just one. The recent Royal Mail strikes have shown this.
When selecting a 3PL or fulfilment centre you should always ask what carrier options they have available both domestic and internationally.
Here are some of the most important reasons:
1. Reducing risk: By using multiple carriers, an e-commerce company can reduce its risk of disruptions to its shipping operations. If a company only relies on one carrier, any issues that carrier experiences – such as a strike, a system outage, or a natural disaster – can bring the entire shipping process to a halt. However, if the company is using multiple carriers, it can switch to another carrier in case one carrier experiences a problem.
2. Increased flexibility: Having multiple carriers gives e-commerce companies more options when it comes to shipping. Different carriers may have different strengths and weaknesses, and by using a combination of carriers, the company can take advantage of each carrier’s strengths. For example, one carrier may be particularly good at shipping large items, while another may be more efficient at delivering to rural areas.
3. Cost savings: E-commerce companies can save money by using multiple carriers. By negotiating rates with multiple carriers, the company can choose the carrier that offers the best price for a particular shipment. This can result in significant savings over time.
4. Improved customer satisfaction: Using multiple carriers can improve customer satisfaction by providing faster and more reliable shipping options. If a customer needs a product quickly, for example, the company can choose a carrier that offers expedited shipping. Additionally, if a customer has had a bad experience with one carrier in the past, using a different carrier can help rebuild their trust in the company.
If you are looking for a fulfilment partner who works with clothing, accessory and footwear brands that can provide multi carrier fulfilment then get in touch today.
Here at TIVE Fulfilment we work with all the major providers both domestically and internationally.
Contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org