The first step in the process is understanding your shipping data. Carrier agreements can be confusing. Sometimes a rate or discount looks great on the surface, but there are other areas (surcharges/accessorials) where companies may be overcharged defeating the purpose of the discounts. We work with our clients reviewing their data to help understand their volume when it comes to rates, grace periods, DIM weight vs. actual weight and why they are being charged certain fees.
The second step in the process is hone in on areas to negotiate with the carriers. We understand every client has different needs. For example, product delivery location, returns, domestic vs. international shipping affect each client in different ways. International discounts really make a difference for some companies but may not be the case for others. Specific, detailed communication needs to ne relayed to the carriers to ensure great results.
The third step is to optimize your shipping rates and discounts. The goal is to make sure your adjustments are put into place and to get the best savings possible. A streamlined process is the best way to help companies achieve shipping savings.