03 Jan 2022 By By Alice Davies
When it comes to the eCommerce world, every retailer is different, which is why it makes sense that there should be shipping rules to fulfil every request. But can multiple rules slow down the shipping process? Not if you implement the right ones.
With online shopping increasing in volume year on year, it’s essential that you have the right processes in place to ensure every customer receives their order (with only minor hiccups). After the major hiccup that has been COVID, it’s obvious that preparation is key - and being able to adjust quickly enables successful shipping.
Below, we’ve outlined the top automated shipping rules you should follow in 2022 to speed up your fulfillment process. And don’t forget, you can gain access to all these rules through our very own shipping software, Shipster. It’s almost as if there was a reason for this article...
Having failed shipments is all part and parcel (excuse the pun) of eCommerce life. Whatever the reasons for the failed shipments, it’s important to have a process in place to make dealing with them a lot more efficient. Our failed shipments rule allows you to decide what that is, whether they’re skipped and queued to deal with later, stored in a separate folder for a dedicated staff member to tackle, or printed out to give a clear overview of what’s required.
The world is becoming more digital and contactless as the years go by. This is no different for the shipping industry. Paperless trading has been in place since around 2016, with more and more countries implementing the framework. Having a paperless trading rule in place ensures custom documentation can be sent electronically, dramatically speeding up the shipping process - and is far more efficient and environmentally friendly.
Customers want their orders yesterday - and it can be extremely frustrating when only part of their order is ready for despatch and they’re made to wait for the remaining items. Our partial despatch rule allows incomplete orders to be shipped before waiting on other parts. Although the full order can’t be sent, it does mean less delays for the customer and a faster shipping time. Can’t argue with that.
The faster you can automate offers and discounts, the sooner your customers will receive them. Our offers and discounts rule allows you to do just that, and can be set to any order, whether that’s dependent on value threshold, category, or location.
Overriding data is an essential feature when it comes to efficiency in shipping. At some stage, you may need to override an attribute, which is fed between you and your courier software. At Shipster, we can override this data when it’s time to despatch, saving you time and money - and mistakes.
Nothing speeds a process up more than a clearly defined label - especially when you’re sending next day delivery shipments or on specific shipping days. Warehouse staff will receive specific instructions for shipments, speeding up your process and keeping those parcels flying off the shelves into 2022.
Although you might just be thinking about speed of shipping, what about speed of returns? The longer your stock is in the hands of someone who doesn’t want it, the slower the returns process for you. Our customer return label rule allows you to generate branded returns labels for specific orders, or every single order, if that’s what you need. If you don’t provide a returns label, instead choosing to do so online, you can include instructions in your shipments to indicate to consumers about how to do this.
If you’re looking to make your shipping faster in 2022, check out our entire rules catalogue here. Don’t forget, we can do custom shipping rules too and are always adding to our arsenal. Happy New Year!
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