International Shipping Myrtle Beach

International Shipping: Changes Ahead

New advancements in technology are changing nearly all aspects of daily life and nearly all major industries. Technology is already shaping the shipping industry and as new innovations are available, experts predict those innovations will lead to even more changes – particularly for international shipping. Here are a few of the predictions for the future of international shipping.

International Shipping Automation Technology

In an age where driver-less cars are hitting the streets in cities across the globe, it’s not a huge stretch to anticipate how similar technology can work in shipping. Automated container ships could decrease cost and significantly increase the volume of ocean freight shipping. Additionally, increased automation at ports will streamline loading and unloading of containers using various automated equipment and drones.

Shift in Role of Freight Brokers/Forwarders

With increases in digitization and automation in freight shipping, the role of freight brokers will shift to focus deeper on ensuring compliance with national and international shipping requirements. Freight brokers’ expertise on customs requirements for both shipments coming into the U.S. and also customs requirements for shipments leaving the U.S. for other countries may shift them into more advisory roles. Of course, freight brokers will continue to play a strong role in customer service and assistance.

Decreased Competition in Shipping

The shippers who can keep up with implementing the latest technologies in the most efficient way will gain an edge over smaller shippers who can often be slower to implement expensive new technology advancements. Larger shippers are already acquiring smaller shippers and narrowing the field. New innovations are likely to speed up this consolidation process, or even give larger shippers leverage to push smaller shippers out of business completely. The options for international shipping will streamline more going forward, eventually leaving three or four very large major carriers, industry experts predict.

Changes are ahead for international shipping, courtesy of new technology and innovation. How fast these changes happen depends on several factors, however, industry insiders tend to be fairly accurate on forecasting upcoming changes in international shipping.

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Why Having A Private Mailbox Is Smart

Private mailboxes are available through local shippers, such as ShipOnSite. Private mailboxes offer so much more than a run-of-the-mill post office box. Particularly for business owners who operate out of their home, a private mailbox provides privacy, consistency and security that just makes smart business sense.

Privacy

A private mailbox delivers greater privacy by providing an official street address for your business that is separate from your home address. An official street address can look more professional in some industries than a P.O. box and the shipper providing the mailbox will sign for packages from any carrier – not just packages sent through USPS. Using a private mailbox also prevents customers from randomly dropping by your home, unaware that your business is home-based.

Consistency

Using a private mailbox provides a consistent address for your business, no matter how many times your home address changes. Not only does it add consistency to your professional reputation but it also saves you from having to repeatedly change your address on all of your digital platforms and on all of your printed materials, such as business cards and brochures. Your private mailbox saves you hassle and also money you’d otherwise spend on replacing your print collateral.

Security

A private mailbox is a great way to ensure security of packages and mail received for your business. Many residential areas have street-side mailboxes where anyone can shuffle through your mail while you’re away and steal anything of interest. Likewise, packages left on residential doorsteps are usually in full view of anyone driving by and at risk for theft. Additionally, when you go out of town, accumulating mail alerts potential burglars that you’re away. When you use a private mailbox for your business, less mail accumulates at your home. You have the peace of mind you need knowing your packages and mail are stored securely in your private mailbox and safe from thieves or tampering whether you’re gone for the day or for a month.

Having a private mailbox provides great benefits for your home-based business, such as keeping packages and mail secure and having a signer available for packages from all major shippers. You also get a consistent street address for your business, no matter how often you move, and your home address stays private.  ShipOnSite of Myrtle Beach offers great low rates on private mailbox rentals, along with convenience of location.

Local Shipper Myrtle Beach

Top 5 Reasons to go to a Local Shipper vs. the Post Office

If you’ve never used a local shipper to send a package, you might be wondering how they’re different than your local post office location. Both mail packages and letters, but that might be where the similarities end. Here are the top 5 reasons to go to a local shipper and skip the lines at the post office.

1. Assistance with proper packaging of your item.
If you have an odd-shaped or delicate item to ship and you’re uncertain how best to package it to ensure it makes it to the destination safely, a local shipper will assist you with actually packaging the item – including proper packing materials to protect the item such as bubble wrap and foam peanuts. Many also offer crating and palletizing services for large items or multi-package shipments.

2. Hours that work with your schedule.
Many local shippers are open 7 days per week. They may also offer evening hours on certain days or during certain seasons. While the post office may add service hours during the holidays, local shippers have them beat with hours on Sundays and/or extended Saturday hours – year round.

3. Help select the most appropriate shipping provider for your needs.
Local shippers typically work with the USPS as well as other major shipping providers. Whether your top concern is having your package delivered on a specific day or getting the best price for your shipment, local shippers have the expertise to help you select the right carrier to match your needs. They can also compare rates for you to help you find the best deal.

4. Domestic and international freight services.
Whether you have a large heavy item to be shipped within the U.S. or an international shipment, a local shipper is the resource you need to handle freight transport. While not all local shippers provide freight shipping services, the post office doesn’t offer freight services at any location. Whether your freight shipment requires transport by land, air or sea, your local shipper is the expert to rely on.

5. Lots of helpful services beyond shipping.
Many local shippers offer an array of helpful services that go far beyond any post office. Just a few examples of services local shippers offer include printing services, notary services, private mailboxes (and they sign for packages from all major carriers, unlike the service you get with a P.O. box), business centers with computer workstations, passport photos and some even offer auction services that help you sell items through online auction sites.

Your local shipper , ShipOnSite of Myrtle Beach, offers all the same services as the USPS and a long list of additional services you won’t find at any post office. Extra bonuses to using a local shipper – avoiding slow-moving never-ending lines and getting the hands-down best customer service.

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Comparing the Major Shippers: USPS vs. FedEx vs. UPS

Many individuals and small business owners, particularly online sellers, may be unclear what the differences are between the three top major shippers in the U.S. With so many different options from each of these shipping companies, such confusion is completely understandable. Let’s unpack how these major shippers measure up with each other on price, reliable delivery and free vs. surcharged services.

United States Postal Service (USPS)

The USPS has a lot to offer in terms of cost-effectiveness and free services. However, some other aspects of USPS shipping have room for improvement.

Price: Overall, USPS is most often the cheapest when shipping packages under 2 lbs. Additionally, their flat rate shipping services can be very cost-effective.

Surcharges: Surcharges are another area where the USPS has an edge. Because they already handle general residential mail service and deliver on Saturdays, they offer free residential delivery, free Saturday delivery and free package pick-up. They also don’t add fees for fuel surcharges.

Delivery Reliability: Reliability of deliveries is where USPS struggles compared to the other major shipping players. Even priority shipping services often experience delays, which can be an issue for time-sensitive deliveries. The USPS tracking system isn’t as accurate or reliable as it could be, particularly when it comes to lost packages (and recovering them). Another factor impacting reliable delivery in some areas is the use of independent contractors for delivery. While this practice helps the USPS keep shipping costs low, it has negatively impacted reliability and has increased incidence of incorrect deliveries and lost or stolen packages.

UPS

UPS does well in package tracking and pricing for certain package weights. But UPS falls short in other key areas that can end up taking a bite out of your wallet.

Price: UPS delivers more packages from online sellers than its competitors. This shipping volume is one factor that gives UPS the edge in having the best rates for packages over 2 lbs. However, for businesses that do a lot of shipping and want to score a better base rate for shipping for the volume of packages they ship, that requires an individual negotiation with a representative at UPS.

Surcharges: Particularly for business accounts, the surcharges can quickly add up with UPS and result in much higher costs than expected. Surcharges for fuel, residential delivery and package pick-up can result in a hefty monthly invoice.

Delivery Reliability: UPS’s tracking system is more advanced and typically more accurate than their competitors’. It also offers more options and features for both businesses and their customers. The strength of their tracking system works in their favor with reliable and on-time deliveries.

FedEx

FedEx is generally competitive for several types of packages and deliveries compared to the other two major shippers. However, they are top of the pack for reliability and guaranteed on-time deliveries. They are also the most highly-regarded for customer service among the top three shippers.

Price: While FedEx pricing can be fairly competitive for ground shipping, they offer many guaranteed options on overnight and 2-day shipping, including a.m. deliveries and Flat Rate pricing. Their reliability may be worth the cost though for time-sensitive packages that must be delivered on time. FedEx also frequently releases discounted rate options for businesses that ship a larger volume of packages each month. An extra bonus for these businesses is that they can take advantage of these discounts with a few clicks, instead of negotiating over the phone with a company representative.

Surcharges: Like UPS, FedEx does add surcharges for fuel, Saturday delivery, residential delivery and package pick-up. Business account customers will want to keep track of surcharges to avoid costly surprises on their monthly invoice.

Delivery Reliability: FedEx is known for being the most reliable of the major shippers. Their tracking system is accurate and reliable and they place a high priority on timeliness of deliveries.

Understanding how the major shippers stack up with each other on reliability, costs and surcharges can help individuals and small businesses make the most informed choices for their shipping needs. Working with a shipping service like ShipOnSite can also help navigate the pros and cons of the various shipping carriers to ensure your packages get to their intended destination on time and at the best rates.