The business of shipping can be complicated, especially if you are just starting out as an e-commerce shipper or enterprise.

You have to be sure that your items arrive safely at their final destination, and you have to figure out the best way to pack your item to make sure that it doesn’t break or become damaged in transit. There are other considerations, besides. For one, you also have to choose the right shipping company – one that can give you a reasonable price and a guarantee of safe arrival for your goods.

Another factor you have to think about when it comes to shipping items for your business is how you can be sure that your item is properly tracked. But you can take care of all these considerations with the right know-how and information. Here, then, is your best and simplest guide to shipping items for your business.

· Know the pricing

Of course, the prices for shipping items can vary based on the kind of item you are sending and its weight, its final destination, and the shipping company’s rates. But you can make a ‘guesstimate’ of how much it will cost to ship your item based on some general guidelines as well. For example, for dresses, the average cost of shipping is between £5 and £8, whilst you can ship tops for about £4. For t-shirts, the average shipping cost is around £4 as well, and expect to ship outerwear at a cost of approximately £8 to £12.

For jeans, the pricing can range from £6 to £7, whilst for shoes, the average shipping cost is about £10. Smaller items such as jewellery, makeup, and so on can cost around £2 to ship. But of course, this is just domestic. If you are planning to ship worldwide, factor in an additional £10 to £15. Here’s another thing: don’t forget the weight of packaging for your item as well, as this will add to the final price.

· Use the right packaging

Proper packaging for your item is essential if you want your customers to receive it in one piece and undamaged. You can make use of proper boxes or envelopes, just make sure your item is the right fit for it. It’s best to have a snug fit; if you don’t, fill in the box or envelope with packing materials such as peanuts or bubble wrap.

Choose the right packing boxes, such as white postal boxes, which are clean and neat and can offer self-locking tabs that will hold the lid securely in place. There are many guides to packing different items for shipping, so do your research on this so your item is doubly secure.

· Give your buyer the information they need

Once you have packed the item and have prepared it for shipping, you should inform your buyer with a message of thanks as well as information on when you are planning to ship the item. For shipping, a tracked parcel delivery service is always best – this way, you can keep proper track of the item, and you can let the buyer know the tracking number as well so they can track it themselves. Remember to keep the evidence of postage (such as a receipt) so if anything goes wrong, you can send a copy of the receipt to the customer and follow up the issue with the shipping company.

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