After starting up my own eCommerce Business, Hello Baby, I have been somewhat forced into the exciting world of postage. This I think is one of those things which no-one really writes about, so here are my thoughts on the most efficient way of getting things out the door.
Using Mailing sacks
Polythene mailing sacks are much quicker to use than brown paper and cheaper than jiffy bags. Most things that we send out are boxed and so don’t really need any additional packaging.
Use a Franking machine
Franking machines are expensive (mine cost about £300) but save both time in going to the post office and money (the postage is cheaper). We have just printed out address onto the end of our franking labels so that each package only needs two labels, the address label and the franking label.
Don’t Use Recorded Delivery
My experience of running an eBay Drop Shop made me start off sending everything recorded delivery. This is all very time consuming and make postage more expensive for my customers. Overall for low priced items I think it is unnecessary.
Use Labels, not Document Wallets
If your eCommerce software allows you to print address lables, this is much faster than using document wallets, which are a bit fiddley.