Friday, February 18, 2011

Final Notes for Your Shipping System Annual Update

Final Notes for Your Shipping System Annual Update
Last time, the topic was updating your shipping system software and getting ready for the new year. Here are a few additional notes to make sure your shipping system is ready to profitably help you this year.

The start of the year is a great time to test your battery backup and be sure it's still ready to save you if your power goes out. Here is a “quick and dirty” test. With your computer turned on but not running any programs, unplug the battery backup from the wall outlet. If the computer turns off, you need at least a new battery or maybe a new battery backup unit. Your battery backup can prevent you losing data and time in your shipping department. Next, if your shipping computer is giving clues it's about to stop working, this relatively less busy time can be the ideal time to replace that aging system before it causes real trouble. In our CPS shipping software, there is a backup and restore option that makes moving the shipping software from one computer to another much easier than performing a fresh installation "from scratch". Use it all the time so your shipping system backup is always up-to-date. If you do not use CPS, your shipping system may have a similar feature. Just these two easy steps can go a long way towards shipping system reliability for the year.

Now some hints to optimize what you pay for shipping. This is a great time to take a look at your overall shipping costs for the past year. Maybe you sent out packages by a premium next day or second day service although the packages would have arrived on time using the less expensive ground service. Maybe you have a lot of address correction charges (Wow! Those add up fast, don’t they?) or you paid unexpected residential delivery surcharges although you did not get paid for this by your customers. Look for features to help with these situations in your shipping system. Our CPS shipping software has great tools to shop for the best way to ship in all of these situations. Put these features to work for you in 2011 and put the savings on your bottom line.

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