Half of the year has already gone by, and many companies are still having trouble accurately calculating 2012 shipping costs so they can pass them on to their clients. Now is the time to make sure that you are covering your shipping costs, before any more of the year slips away!
Most companies lack the time and expertise to accurately assess how the rate increase impacts their bottom line. It’s not hard to see why: FedEx’s rate increase schedule is 69 pages, and UPS has three separate sets of published list rates. To calculate how the increase affects your shipping profile, you have to look at your actual, historic shipments. Then, create a rate sheet by applying your discounts to the 2012 list rate schedule. Next, apply those rates to your company’s profile, and then add in all additional surcharges and fees that may apply to any or all of your shipments. Make sure you don’t assume your GRI cap, if you have one, is applied to anything it shouldn’t be!
Sound complicated? It is, which is why so many companies fail to budget properly.
There is an easy solution which may reap benefits beyond keeping your shipping manager sane. A third party shipping consultant can do an independent study to show you exactly what the increase means to you. They will take a detailed sampling at the package level, analyze the increased cost against your current shipping charges, and provide you with an accurate and usable assessment of the impact on your bottom line. What’s more, these experts have the tools and expertise to examine the details of your contract and help you make sure you are getting the best rates possible for your business. At Savii Group, the price of this expert advice comes out of the savings you reap, so you won’t pay anything for it.
If you don’t yet know what the 2012 shipping increases are doing to your bottom line, now is the time to find out!