Shrink Your Time & Cost

Packaging  can sometimes be time consuming and costly.

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In some cases, Time = Money. Money you could be making in the time it takes you hours to package up individual items to be shipped to FBA or any where. There are some who will slap a bar code sticker on the back of a book or game and toss it into a box to be shipped “as is” to the warehouse or even directly to their customers.That little bit of time they save by being careless, only comes back around sometimes… costing them more time and money.

What’s wrong with that? Nothing.

Well, nothing to you if you don’t care about your items being returned & received damaged, customers requesting more frequently refunds due to damage, and the quality of service you can provide for your customers satisfaction…oh, and there’s the negative or neutral feedback you could receive that could damage your reputation.

Think about it…your new or very good book, gets handled by someone before you. Then by you. Then by the unpackers at the warehouse. Then probably placed in storage…or even on a conveyor belt. Then handled again by the guy placing into yet another box to be shipped to the customer. Then finally by the customer. Mmm… I wonder what condition it was received in?

Oh it’s a small price to pay , you may say…worth not having to spend hours packing. That small price adds up over time. Pennies become dollars. That negative feedback adds up too. I have seen a book store’s reputation that was 100% fall to 90% on Amazon in a year. So, you say…it’s still 90 %!

Well, believe it or not, I had a customer tell me that the reason she was willing to pay a dollar fifty extra in cost … because our reputation was 100% and the last book she bought from us was shrink wrapped. She said she knew the next book would be care for and preserved in the same way.

Yes, Shrink wrapped. Oh, it only took us mere seconds to place her book into a pre-sized bag and seal it with our sealer. A dollar fifty more profit for a few seconds of caring. The feedback she left increased reputation and made us personally smile. Also, she was a return customer!

“….careful packing that justifies the price…A+Thx.”

Shrink wrap is not as expensive as you may think in the long run. Especially if you buy it in bulk and in sizes that are common. A penny or two a bag usually. It pays for itself.

shrink2-1A sealer can cost you, but it pays off in the long run. You can even find them on Amazon or eBay…sometimes even on Craigslist cheap. In most cases, you don’t even need a sealer. Just a sticker or a clear piece of tape will do. Sealers cut time with scissors and just makes your product look neater. You could use a blow dryer to shrink games and hardback items…or simply leave paperbacks and bendable items looser in the bag without hitting it with the heat.shrink1-1

Not only can you help ensure better shipping and handling when using shrink wrap, but you can make an item that was in just “good” condition to almost “like new” or “very good”. This means you can price higher. Taking a few seconds to shrink wrap some game pieces or cards…and the game box itself can improve the quality and increase your profit. Honestly, who wouldn’t want their game to look in great shape when they get it instead of spread out loose and bent up cards that got shifted and bent during shipping?

How am I shrinking my time if I am taking time to wrap items like this?

Well, lets see… It’s less of your time dealing with customers messages if you don’t have complaints. Less time trying to build up good feedback to cover bad feedback. Less time figuring out if your item is worth paying for the return cost and then waiting for it. Less time & money than saran wrap or in somecases ziplock bags and bubble wrapping….dealing with tape & scissors. Less time & money packing materials needed to pad boxes for shipments. AND…if your like me who cares perhaps too much about my customers satisfaction, …Less time worring about the quality of your products and the condition they are received in.

changeShrink wrapping our products is definitely shrinking our cost & time. It’s a pretty site and definitely will make you some pretty pennies & positive feedback  in the long run.

 

 

 

Combining FBA shipments that are in the Amazon Queue

We tend to buy a lot of our items at garage sales, thrift shops, Goodwills, and storage auctions. As we carry a lot of single items, when we make shipments, sometimes there are several warehouses to ship to. If there are only one or two items going to a warehouse, sometimes we will not ship those right away. Scanpower allows you to add to an existing shipment when you click ship. What do you do if you have already clicked ship?

Reviewing our outstanding shipments today, we realized there were 2-3 shipments going to the same warehouse. Unfortunately, Amazon does not allow you to combine shipments from the shipping queue. I would like to show you an easy way to combine those shipments, and save yourself some money on inbound shipping.

First, determine if you have outstanding shipments going to the same warehouse. The easiest way to do this is to filter the results on your “Shipping Queue” page.

See the attached pictures for screenshots of how this will look.

Select “Filter Results”, and under the “Status” drop down menu, select “WORKING / READY TO SHIP”. This will show you all of your outstanding shipments.

As you can see from the screenshots, we have several shipments going to the same warehouse.

Under the “Merchant SKU” column inside your shipment, copy the merchant SKU for each item that is in that shipment.

Now for the easy way to re-add them to a batch in Scanpower, so that when you ship out the batch you can combine the shipping.

(A “batch” is just a list of the inventory you are currently working on.)

In Scanpower, either load the batch you are working on, or start a new one.

Click the “Restore” button.

Type in the Merchant SKU (paste) and it will restore the listing, with your description and price to the current batch.

Repeat this process for every item in the batch you want to combine.

In your Amazon Queue, delete the shipment that you are no longer using.

When you are done with the batch in Scanpower, click “Ship”. It will ask you to pick a warehouse, and create a new shipment or add to an existing one.

Copy the “Shipment Name” and “Shipment ID” of the remaining shipment in your Amazon Queue that is going to the same warehouse, and select the checkbox in the top corner of the shipping screen that says “Add to Existing Shipment”.

All done!! Now all of the items that are going to the same warehouse can be shipped in the same shipment.

I hope this post was helpful. If you have any questions about this technique, please write us at amusingtreasures@gmail.com.