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Cord Transportation & Shipping: How to Lower Freight Costs

Transportation and shipping for power cords, data cables and similar types of freight can often be a hassle, especially as costs rise and profits drop. In this article, you’ll find some simple, effective tips for lowering shipping and transportation costs.

Important Aspects of Cord Transportation and Shipping

There are a number of hidden costs associated with purchasing cords that most customers aren’t equipped to navigate. At Stay Online, we help our customers avoid hidden costs by optimizing and leveraging preexisting supply chains.

For example, the cost to ship a box of cords could be much higher than the cost of the cords to begin with, after factoring in the weight, size and number of cords being shipped. By leveraging our preexisting supply chain, we can drastically reduce the cost of freight and have cords delivered in a timely manner.

There are many factors to consider when transporting and shipping cords and cables, including the following five:

  1. Type of transportation—ground, railroad, vessel or air
  2. Transportation features—climate controlled, insulated, liftgate and more
  3. Length of shipping or transportation—overnight, same day, 3-5 days, 5 days or more
  4. Shipping and transportation costs—distance to the final destination, quantity of items and weight of cargo
  5. Supply Chain Flow—ordering enough to fill a container, or piggyback on our supply chain flow.

All of these factors affect the final freight cost of your cord shipment. For StayOnline customers, we provide a rundown of all the shipping and cord transportation details you’ll need to know when purchasing cords through us.

Reduce Costs

Shipping and transporting cords can become extremely expensive as the size and weight of your cargo and the distance traveled increases. The best way to minimize your shipping and transportation costs is to conduct a freight analysis.

The key to conducting a freight analysis that will help you reduce costs and increase efficiency is to review past freight data.

Start by looking at your recent history of shipping and transportation costs. Include everything from shipping routes and locations, modes, costs, carriers, volume and quantity. Many original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and distributors discover that some of their biggest costs associated with freight come from surcharges and incidentals that carriers charge them after shipping rates are changed.

Shipping Restrictions

Every supplier has their own set of shipping restrictions which will affect the cost and arrival time of your cargo. Make sure to check your suppliers’ restrictions for both domestic and international shipments so you know what to expect.

At StayOnline, we have four domestic shipping restrictions:

  1. We ship via USPS only to U.S. Military (APO/FPO) addresses.
  2. We do not ship to post office boxes under any circumstances.
  3. We do not ship to construction sites or undeveloped land.
  4. Some items we sell are not eligible for certain carriers and/or services, usually because the item exceeds the carrier’s weight or dimensional limits for a particular service. Products of this nature usually ship via common carrier (trucking company) and may require extra time to arrive.

Managing your shipping and transportation needs is a task that constantly fluctuates with changes in the market. However, it’s also one of the best ways to identify opportunities to reduce freight costs and increase profits.