8 Benefits of Value-Added Services | R&S Logistics

Here at R&S Logistics, we are proud to be a true 3PL partner. That’s why we offer a full menu of services, including “value-added” logistics. What are value-added logistics services? Simply put, value-added services are customized to your particular business needs, granting a competitive edge.

Consider just some of the ways value-added logistic services can benefit your business:

Sell more products.
Give your customers more buying options by expanding your product offerings–like gift baskets, variety packages and twin-packs.

Get your products on store shelves faster.
Certain value-added services like price marking, tagging, and display building all help streamline the process of getting your products on store shelves because they’re shelf-ready.

Stay on trend with personalization.
Customers today expect customization, and value-added services can help you deliver the goods. From offering a choice of embroidered logos on apparel, the face plate for a cellphone, or the design on a water bottle–your customers will prefer the ability to personalize products.

Reduce inventory costs.
Product customization allows for less SKUs, which means you pay less to carry and manage that inventory.

Save on supply chain steps.
Value-added functions allow you to streamline your supply chain and reduce your total number of suppliers–not to mention steps in the supply chain. Many materials can be shipped directly to your 3PL partner to get sent out with customer orders.

Keep up with ever-changing business needs.
Customer demand changes constantly, and with it, your business needs must follow. Value-added services can allow you to delay your product configuration until the last possible moment.

Save on transportation costs.
Value-added services allow you to select packaging facilities, manufacturing operations, and distribution centers which are close to each other to help you better manage transportation costs.

Reduce labor costs.
Value-added services often use automation and supply chain review to help eliminate downtime. These also reduce touch times in the packaging process—ultimately saving money on labor.

Are you ready to optimize your logistics with value-added services? R&S Logistics can help you get started right away. Visit our website today for your FREE quote on such services.

4 Free Shipping Strategies for Retailers | R&S Logistics

It’s no secret that online shoppers love free shipping. Online retailers may not love it so much. R&S Logistics has some tips to help your business get through the holidays with a free shipping strategy that works.

Click here to discover how customers became so obsessed with free shipping.

First and foremost, look at the shipping rates you currently pay. Businesses which handle their own order fulfillment and shipping often pay too much. Along the many benefits of having a third party logistics partner is the ability to cut shipping costs.

For most businesses, the best free shipping strategy is a conditional one. Thoughtful limits can help protect your profit margins:

Establish an order minimum.
One popular way that retailers handle free shipping is to set an order value minimum. One the one hand, it helps avoid abandoned shopping carts. And on the other hand, it can encourage customers to place a larger order.

Offer free shipping on specific items.
Some retailers find it more cost-effective to apply free shipping only to their products with a low shipping cost and a wider markup. Small, lightweight items like jewelry are inexpensive to ship. Heavy or bulky items like multiple books or furniture typically cost more.

Run a limited-time free shipping promotion.
Here’s a way to excite potential customers and turn more profit. You might choose to do this over a certain holiday, but whenever you decide to run the promo, make sure you spread the word so everyone knows what you’re doing!

Limit free shipping to economy class.
Low-cost shipping options like USPS Parcel Post are often cheaper than Priority Mail for some packages. When you choose to offer a “slow” but free delivery option, you’ll cut down the costs of shipping free orders, and a good deal of customers will willingly choose to pay for faster shipping. Choice is a powerful tool.

Did you know that there are real perks for retailers who offer free shipping?

Are you thinking about offering a free shipping incentive for your online customers? R&S Logistics can help you with a variety of decisions including the best way to approach your free shipping conundrum. Visit our website today to request your free quote for our 3PL services.