Shipping for Small Business: Your One-Stop Resource
Practical Logistics Services for Small Businesses
Shipping can be challenging for any size business, but for smaller companies, it can be especially stressful. If this sounds like what you're up against, breathe easy. The logistics experts at Worldwide Express work with thousands of small businesses in all industries to help relieve shipping anxiety — and we're ready to bring that knowledge and information to you.
This Small Business Shipping Hub introduces you to our solutions for improving your supply chain strategy, helps you learn about shipping trends and guides you through making smart decisions for parcel and freight shipping. It’s one thing to say we provide innovative services; it’s another thing to show it. That’s why we like to highlight customer success stories from companies just like you that rely heavily on shipping.
Want to add more value to your business? Check out our comprehensive shipping resources section.
Create a Smart Shipping Strategy
Logistics isn't one-dimensional and your shipping strategy shouldn't be, either. As your business evolves, we'll evaluate your strategy and recommend adjustments to help meet your changing needs. Your budget, products, customer demographics and geographic reach — these all affect which shipping method to use, what trends to follow, how often you ship and the type(s) of equipment you'll need.
Learn how to create and execute a shipping strategy that will help keep your business moving forward:
Turn Small-Business Shipping Into a Profit Center
Your Guide to SMB Shipping Success
Freight vs. Parcel: Which One Is Right for You
Scale From Parcel to LTL Freight in Times of Business Growth
Continuously Improve Your Supply Chain
You can't always control your supply chain — imported materials get hung up at the ports, fulfillment centers hit snags and manufacturers deny returned products. You need to keep things on the move but knowing where to start and who to talk to when there's a glitch is half the problem. That's why you bring in a third-party logistics (3PL) provider like Worldwide Express. You can rely on us to get the ball rolling and resolve these issues as quickly as possible.
Start by understanding the benefits of demand planning, then dive into tips on how to make the most of your supply chain:
Make Smarter Shipping Decisions With a Freight Audit
Inbound Freight Management: What You Need to Know
Be Ready With a Disaster Recovery Plan for Shipping
Exploring Multiple Warehouse Distribution Networks
There's more to the cost of shipping than moving your goods from point A to point B. Shipping costs can quickly add up, but you're steps ahead of the competition when you work with a 3PL. The rates you're quoted for reliable shipping services are typically reserved for companies that ship larger volumes. That's a big plus for smaller companies like yours.
In these blogs, you'll learn what goes into your total shipping cost, plus ways to reduce shipping costs and keep your budget in line:
No More Guesswork: Shipping Budgeting Tips
How to Avoid 5 Common Hidden Freight Shipping Fees
6 Ways to Cut Small Package Shipping Rates
Tips for Keeping Shipping Costs Low
Put an Effective E-Commerce Shipping Process in Place
Does your small business dabble in e-commerce shipping or is it a bigger part of your B2B focus? Either way, you need the right tools and resources to handle orders and shipments with speed and accuracy. Look no further. Our shipping technology, SpeedShip®, seamlessly integrates with popular e-commerce shopping cart software such as Shopify, WooCommerce and Magento.
We'll also help you integrate with a full ERP system to automate more shipping functions. Eliminating repetitive tasks, such as creating shipping labels, return labels and shipping documentation, will help you reduce shipping errors. Plus, it's a surefire way to get more accomplished in less time.
Keep your e-commerce business running smoothly by applying these insights to your shipping operations:
Best Practices for Parcel Returns
How to Build Customer Loyalty Through Parcel Shipping
Simplify Your Shipping With High-Performing Tools And Technology
Accuracy and time savings are top reasons to use shipping technology. SpeedShip, our proprietary transportation management system (TMS), lets you easily compare costs and transit times, select accessorials, add shipping insurance and more. You can also use our tools, like the freight density calculator, to help ensure more accurate freight quotes.
Become familiar with how technology can simplify your shipping process:
SpeedShip for UPS: The Shipping Tool That Helps You Deliver More
Managing Freight Shipments Has Never Been Easier With SpeedShip
What Can a TMS Do For You?
Freight Density Calculator
Choose Professional Carriers With High-Quality Shipping Services
It's a carrier's market — it has been for a long while. Working with us gives you access to more than 85,000 truckload and 75 less-than-truckload carriers on local, regional and national levels. If you have specialty shipments, we have carriers that handle hazardous materials, perishable goods, tradeshow events and more. Plus, as an authorized reseller of UPS® parcel shipping services, we'll connect you to top-notch expedited and ground solutions at exclusive prices.
Get a fresh perspective on how to choose carriers and maintain a good business relationship:
9 Tips on How to Become a Shipper of Choice
Choose the Right Shipping Carrier: 5 Steps to Success
How to Start a Relationship with a New Carrier
How to Compare LTL Freight Carriers
Navigate Your Small Business Shipping With a 3PL Partner
There are so many facets to shipping, it can be overwhelming — especially in a tight shipping market. Your best resource is working with a 3PL provider that has strong connections with carriers. When you have experts at your side who have a deep understanding of how logistics fits with small businesses, you can rest assured knowing your needs will be met.
With these resources, you'll learn what a 3PL provider can do to meet your small business shipping needs:
Debunking Third-Party Logistics Criticisms
How Worldwide Express Partners for SMB Success
Switching 3PLs: 4 Steps to Success
Discover How WWEX Can Optimize Your Shipping
Shipping may be a small part of your business, but it's critical to your overall success. We can adapt your shipping strategy to support your business goals, modify your operations to minimize challenges, and create efficiencies that bring value to your bottom line.