Not for you though, because you have a lot of orders to fill! The holiday season is upon us, and in a country like India, that could mean every month!
And if your business catches the eye of excited customers, you are going to suddenly face a huge number of orders. This is, fortunately, a good problem to have, but is your small business ready to handle it?
In this blog, we can explore how your business can handle huge bulk orders when you are just starting out. It’s important to keep customers happy, and if you are in luck to receive large orders for the holidays, here’s how you make sure your products are shipped to your customers safely, and on time.
Keep your business ready for the orders coming in with these tips:
Make use of a reliable shipping partner:
Think like a customer. If you want a product delivered to you in 3 days, would you buy from a website that delivers in 2 days or one that delivers in 5-7 days?
There you go.
Faster shipping will give you an advantage over your competitors. Customers want their products faster and they would always go to a website that has shorter delivery time.
If you are looking for something like that, check out mojoXpress: Instamojo’s premier shipping service.
mojoXpress is uniquely designed to help thousands of MSMEs solve their last-mile delivery problem. It takes entrepreneurs an average of 240 minutes (about 4 hours) in a working day to pack, and send a shipment to customers. With Instamojo’s mojoXpress, it takes just 1 minute.
Stock up on shipping supplies:
Sure, if you rely on a shipping partner, you need not worry about keeping shipping supplies ready.
But just to be safe, it’s always good to have a process in place. Keep a list of all the physical items you need to fulfil each order. Keep a surplus of shipping inventory such as:
- Packaging tape
- Markers and pens
- Shipping labels
- Extra boxes
- Protective wrap for fragile products
Reduce shipping costs:
Shipping costs are often the most common reason why people abandon their carts, so offering free shipping is a smart way to use a compelling offer to improve conversion rates, without solely relying on percentage or dollar value discounts. After all, it’s the holidays.
For example – Flat rate shipping: Flat rate shipping has great indirect value with regard to cutting down your shipping costs. It also means having a standard charge no matter how big or small the customers orders are.
This could get customers to order more to avail maximum benefits from purchasing on your store. Besides this, flat rate shipping helps promote your business’s order size.
Keep your working capital flow positive:
Every business needs to keep positive cash flow running. Irrespective of the season, make sure you have enough money to handle last-minute bulk orders. What are the possible reasons to have extra working capital?
You will need to keep a little extra money in the bank account for:
- Last-minute bulk orders
- Possible Refunds/returns for damaged goods
- Bonuses for daily wage workers (if any)
You can also apply for a small working capital loan in case you run short on immediate cash.
Why you need to use mojoXpress during the holidays:
No Minimum Commitment: mojoXpress helps support businesses of all sizes and requirements. With mojoXpress, there is no minimum commitment to the number of shipments that need to be shipped whether it is 100 packages a day or 1 package in a month.
Doorstep Pickup (Flexible Pickup): MSME businesses ship light and heavy products to different parts of the country. Most times, business owners carry the packages to the local hub to get it delivered. With mojoXpress, delivery representatives ensure packages are picked up from your address and successfully delivered. Moreover, you can update the pickup/delivery address every time you send a courier.
Easy Reconciliation: mojoXpress reduces the hassle of managing accounting books for reconciliation at the end of the month by providing automated systems which directly deduct the charges from the payouts, thus avoiding any accounting mishaps. Our shipping and payout reports provide complete information about the delivery details and charges incurred.
Send Packages on the go: What if you receive an order when you are away from your computer? Luckily, mojoXpress is available on the Instamojo Payment app. You can enable shipping, manage your orders, send packages to customers and track the shipment – all directly from the app.
Calculate your shipping price before you ship: mojoXpress’ shipping calculator helps you get an estimate of the costs you will incur for each shipment. This will help you plan better for all your sales and deliveries.