| 10:13 pm on Apr 11, 2012 (gmt 0)|
Anybody have experience with using 3rd party billing for shipping?
| 10:18 pm on Apr 11, 2012 (gmt 0)|
I'm just guessing, but... Easier for them? They're guaranteed a certain volume through those guys. They may not be guaranteed a certain volume through you. Easier to do accounting, rather than keep track of dozens of smaller people. Kind of like how they do domain sales with associates.
| 4:26 pm on Apr 12, 2012 (gmt 0)|
Yes, that's true!
It just seems strange to me, because sometimes I get calls from sales reps seeing when I will ship through my account number.
And I feel like telling them, why in the world would I ship through my account number if I'm getting better rates through a "3rd party provider"! lol...it doesn't make sense!
| 5:28 pm on Apr 12, 2012 (gmt 0)|
... i ship my fedex packages via a 3rd party - at considerable discount to the rates i can get myself. fedex even phoned me up about it when they noticed what i was doing, however they can't offer me a similar rate direct.
the only thing is, i had an issue with one package, and had to go through the 3rd party to get it resolved rather than direct with fedex.
| 8:29 pm on Apr 12, 2012 (gmt 0)|
Ok, but that's the thing, FedEx/UPS/DHL they can't say or do anything just because we ship all shipments via 3rd party; right?
| 9:12 pm on Apr 12, 2012 (gmt 0)|
i don't know, but they seem happy.
although i would say that my local fedex guy told me that a significant number of packages he collects are now going through a particular third party, he didn't know why until i told him about the price difference.
... i've been using the third party for a few months now without any problem
| 1:03 am on Apr 13, 2012 (gmt 0)|
Who are you using for the 3rd party? Just curious who all is out there.
| 3:38 am on May 4, 2012 (gmt 0)|
I ship about 30-40 packages a day and its sad that I cant get a rate as a good as a third party company.
I did a lot of searching and found a really good one with really good DHL rates. I've been burned far to much shipping international packages USPS.
Id be happy to get you in touch with my contact, just shoot me a message.
| 4:51 pm on May 5, 2012 (gmt 0)|
Yes, third party fullfillment is catching on. You move all your stock to a third party warehouse, that may be dealing with hundred of clients. These fullfillment companies are getting huge shipping discounts due the volume, and the fact that FedEx comes by to pickup a preloaded trailer.
This reduces your fullfillments costs to below what you can do inhouse. The only problem is that you lose control over quality. One bad picker, can result in a lot of screwed up orders. However, the better companies keep an eye on quality control, and if a picker keeps screwing up, they are terminated.
| 9:04 pm on May 31, 2012 (gmt 0)|
Me and my company have recently branched off from doing lots of SEO services to becoming one of these 3rd party shipping agents. We are an agent of England Logistics, a Fedex and DHL partner. As such, we look into the shipping habits and trends of those who contact us and set up an account for them personalized with the steepest discounts anyone can offer for their most-used shipping methods and patterns.
If any of you are interested in learning more, you can message me or send me a personal e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.