M5-3: Shipping Packaging
When you’re packaging your products or packing them up for shipping try to get creative.
Try to leverage free (USPS, etc.) shipping supplies wherever possible. When designing your own branded products, consider its dimensions and how it will fit in the shipping packaging. [ Share the story about my client who will be redesigning his product (1/4” smaller) so that it fits in a USPS flat rate box as it will save him a considerable amount of money ]
Think how you can leverage the free shipping supplies and look professional. Some examples: 1. USPS flat-rate padded envelopes hold more so test them out with your products to see if it will save you money with a great trackable service. 2. You could also use the padded envelopes to wrap and protect your products and then insert it into a USPS Tyvek envelope. 3. Why not use a USPS customs form envelope to insert your printed shipping label to slip your paper shipping label into which will look more professional than taping it down onto the package? Check out the online USPS shipping supply store and you will find lots of free supplies with many more options to pick from than your local US Post Office has in stock - and they will ship it to you for free.
Thermal printer - Dymo 4XL (compatible with Shopify) save money on ink, look professional and quick and easy process.
Scale - 5 or 10lb capacity depending on the weight of your products. Be sure to weight your products without the shipping packaging when creating your product listings!