New Options for Outbound Package Shipments and Returns (1013)
By Donna Loyle
The following new products and services can help catalogers reduce costs and improve the efficiency of their outbound-shipping initiatives and their returns services. This is not meant to be an exhaustive accounting of the newest and most innovative solutions; rather, the products and services listed here represent a general roundup of what’s now available on the market and how they can benefit your catalog operation.
FOR OUTBOUND SHIPMENTS
Sturdy and Snug Fulfillment Packaging
Tru-Tech’s Cold Fusion packaging process forms a snug fit around a product, thus reducing the amount of air that is shipped. It uses a top and bottom web of patented materials that dynamically fuse together around the merchandise, locking it into place so the item doesn’t slide around, as it might in a box. Items can be packaged in-line, and each package can be custom-sized to the item being shipped.
The tough packaging resists punctures, tears, scuffing and water, and it’s printable. Tru-Tech is approved for use by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), and has been tested and proven using ASTM D4169 and ISTA 3 package-testing standards.
Contact: (877) 998-8324, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Get Automatic Zone Calculations
BCC Software’s new Package Services solution enables automatic zone calculations for Parcel Post shipments (weighing up to 70 pounds) headed to any U.S. entry point. Packages can be sorted by zone, thus enabling savings in the costs associated with distributing high volumes of Parcel Post mailpieces.
Package Services (which also can be used for bound printed matter) is a premium option that works with BCC Software’s flagship Mail Manager 2010.
Cost: $2,000 for current Mail Manager 2010 users.
Contact:(800) 453-3130, or visit: www.bccsoftware.com
Validate the Actual Delivery Point
Melissa Data’s brand-new Delivery Point Validation (DPV) software can confirm if an individual mailing address actually exists, right down to the apartment or suite number. DPV also can detect if an address to which you’re about to ship is a commercial mailbox service such as Mail Boxes Etc.