April 2015 Archive

Consolidation: When does it make sense to use?

April 28th, 2015

A question that comes up a lot is when it is a good idea to use consolidation (this is when you combine multiple orders from different stores into one package for shipping overseas)? Because all order have a minimum order fee (US$10) and because economy shipping is so cheap, it really only makes sense to consolidate when you are using express shipping. With economy shipping all consolidating does is slow down the shipping of your orders since my US partners have to wait for the slowest order to arrive before they can ship while not saving you any money. For example, if you consolidate two orders from different stores and one take 2 days to arrive from the store and the other takes 2 weeks then my US partner can’t ship your first order until the second order has arrived. The simple rule to follow is:

  1. Consolidation will save you money when using express shipping, but it will slow you getting your items.
  2. Consolidation make no sense when using economy shipping since you save no money and it only slows you getting your items.

Cheaper Economy + Tracking Shipping

April 13th, 2015

My US partners have been able to arrange a economy shipping with tracking. This is around 60% more expensive than economy shipping without tracking, but it does offer a cheaper alternative for smaller items that are over the normal economy mail limits. The major advantage of this new shipping method is the shipping is based on the actual weight only and not volumetric weight provided the size of the box is under the mail size limits (length under 42 inch; girth + length under 97 inches) and the total cost of the order is under US$600. The price is also the same to all countries unlike express shipping.

The only real downside with this method (apart for the slower speed ~ 14 days) is only makes sense for items under 6 lbs, or for bulky, but light items. For items above 6 lbs then express shipping will normally be cheaper.