Nowadays, increasing numbers of us are taking our small businesses online. This makes sense! Customers are beginning to prioritise convenience and shopping doesn’t get much more convenient than browsing goods from the comfort of your own home and having them delivered to your doorstep with the click of a button. But as a small business owner, operating online does mean that you’re the one who’s going to have to deal with delivery in order to get the products from A to B as quickly and efficiently as possible. To help you along the way, here are just a few different shipping options that your small business might want to offer.
Economy is the standard form of shipping and almost every small online business should offer it. This is essentially for customers who want to save a bit of a money and who aren’t in a rush to receive their goods. Economy shipping will be your cheapest shipping rate (many small business owners offer this option for free) and it will generally arrive with your customers within three to seven business days. You will decide the exact amount of time, as you can then decide how long you will allow yourself for turn around.
Next Day Delivery
An option that you should seriously consider offering if you don’t already is next day delivery. Nowadays, people tend to want their products fast and will leave their shopping extremely last minute. They will be browsing the web for gifts a couple of days before they are due to be given, outfits a couple of days before they are due to be worn, and all sorts of other bits and bobs that they need quicktime. By offering next day delivery, you open up your products to them. No matter how appealing your products may be, people aren’t going to buy them if they can’t receive them in time for when they are needed. Feel free to charge consumers more for this service, as it’s going to cost you more to turn around goods quickly and have them where they’re meant to be within twenty four hours.
Same Day Delivery
Same day delivery is a relatively new concept and caters even more to consumers’ procrastination and lateness in purchasing products. As a small business owner, nobody will expect you to offer this service. It tends to belong more to the realm of major corporations with seemingly endless numbers of staff to get work done quickly. But you may want to consider offering same day delivery in your local area – you could literally drop packages off to people who live within the town or city that your business operates within relatively easily.
These are just a few different shipping options that you might want to offer if you’re looking to maximise customer satisfaction and boost online sales!