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Mastering the Holiday Shipping Season: The Power of Carrier Diversification

Let’s explore the importance of carrier diversification during the holiday shipping season and how DesktopShipper can be your secret weapon for success.

With e-commerce holiday sales projected to increase over 3% compared to last year, shipping efficiently has never been more crucial. So, how can businesses ensure their products reach customers promptly during this peak season? 

The Holiday Shipping Paradox

The holiday season presents both opportunities and difficulties for e-commerce companies. While there's potential for increased sales and profits as customers search online for the perfect gifts, it also comes with logistical hurdles like delivery delays, lost packages, and carrier congestion, which can impact the customer experience. The solution for navigating these holiday challenges? Carrier Diversification.

The Power of Carrier Diversification

Carrier diversification is the practice of using multiple carriers to fulfill your shipping needs. It allows e-commerce sellers and 3PLs to mitigate disruptions, service limitations, or carrier congestion from any single provider, leading to more consistent order fulfillment and improved customer satisfaction. It's a strategy that can help you mitigate risks and ensure that your customers receive their orders on time, even during the busiest time of the year. 

Benefits include:

  • Service Flexibility: By relying on multiple carriers, your business can avoid disruptions in case one carrier experiences issues such as delays, strikes, or service outages.

  • Competitive Pricing: Different carriers offer various pricing structures. Diversifying your carriers allows you to compare rates and choose the most cost-effective option for each shipment.
  • Geographic Reach: Some carriers may have better coverage in certain regions. Using a mix of carriers can help you reach customers across the country or even globally.

  • Scalability: As order volumes fluctuate during the holiday season, you can scale your shipping operations up or down by utilizing carriers that can accommodate your needs.

DesktopShipper: Your Multi-Carrier Command Center

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DesktopShipper isn’t just another tool; it’s your strategic partner, integrating with an array of carriers to offer a centralized shipping solution, providing instantaneous updates on rates, delivery times, and service areas. Not only does it grant businesses the ability to onboard new carriers through a self-serve platform, but its advanced rate shopping feature also ensures the most cost-effective choices are always at a shipper's fingertips. 

#ShipTip: Don’t have previously negotiated rates? No problem. Through curated partnerships, businesses without direct carrier accounts can access new accounts with negotiated rates based on volume and commitment. View all of our carrier integrations here.

Here's why DesktopShipper is essential for your business:

  • Streamlined Operations: DesktopShipper simplifies label purchasing, order processing, and pickup scheduling, enabling fulfillment companies to process orders faster. This can lead to quicker order turnaround times, a critical point for peak season.  

  • Diverse Carrier Options: With DesktopShipper, you have access to a wide range of carriers and access to big discounts on shipping. All those who ship with DesktopShipper have access to up to 84% off USPS retail prices and up to 82% off on UPS® services*.

    *Discounts off UPS daily rates. Rates are limited to shipping from the U.S. only. Rates and any applicable discounts are subject to change at any time without notice.

  • Enhanced Customer Satisfaction: Ensure customer satisfaction with fast and dependable shipping. DesktopShipper offers prompt and effective support, available 10 hours a day, 5 days a week, to help you deliver exceptional service!

  • Maximized Savings with Rate Shopping: DesktopShipper empowers you to optimize your savings by proactively rate shopping for the most cost-effective shipping options that align with your business needs. Benefit from real-time quotes, enabling you to choose carriers based on factors like cost-effectiveness, delivery speed, or service excellence. As a result, leveraging Rate Shopping with DesktopShipper can yield average savings of $3.57 per order! 

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Elevate Your Holiday Shipping Game

The festive shipping season, with all its challenges and opportunities, is upon us. By adopting DesktopShipper's diversified carrier approach, businesses can not only meet but surpass customer delivery expectations. Embrace the power of multi-carrier shipping and leverage the efficiency of DesktopShipper to seamlessly navigate the holiday shipping rush. 


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