The shipping of goods is an art, no more nor less! It is important not to leave anything to chance and to master all the steps. Some tips to make sure that the system set up is optimal.
- adequately protect the Merchandise
Depending on the nature of the goods to be shipped, pay particular attention to the packaging chosen. In order to ensure the preservation and the safety of your goods, choose a quality packaging and, above all, adapted to the type of items to be shipped. This will help you to avoid the risk of premature wear or damage that may result from weather, shock or any other unexpected event that may occur during transport.
- Clearly identify the goods
Indicate all the information relevant to the precise and complete identification of your merchandise, as soon as it is released from the warehouse. This helps reduce the risk of loss and ensures that goods are shipped to the right place. Do not forget to provide the appropriate pictograms in connection with the handling of your merchandise. They are useful for advising that an item is fragile or that it should not be exposed to heat. Supplies that may present a hazard or risk are also subject to specific pictograms. You should also be aware that certain references are mandatory in respect of the applicable safety measures.
- Carefully control the goods to be shipped
Before your goods leave your offices, plan a control mechanism by competent and well-trained employees. This check will help you to ensure that the transport documents have been properly completed, that the identification of the items has been done correctly and that the packaging is adequate.
- Choosing the right way to transport
This is an important step that has a significant impact on time and costs. Select the safest and least expensive means of transportation depending on the delivery location of your merchandise.
- Set up performance indicators
After reviewing your process and constantly improving it, we recommend that you set up performance indicators that will allow you to track and evaluate:
- The costs of your shipping management system
- The quality and effectiveness of the latter, for example in terms of the desired timeframe;
- The percentage of losses and errors.
L ‘ Expéditio N of your merchandise is done internationally?
Even more attention needs to be paid to the different delivery stages in place, in particular the rules to be respected in terms of international sales conditions. In addition to the choice to be made with respect to the means of transport, evaluate whether, for the shipment of certain items, the option of mandating a freight forwarder specialized in freight transport could be advantageous. Depending on the risk associated with the loss of your goods during transport, the subscription of an insurance could also be useful to you and protect you.
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