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11:16 pm on Nov 13, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Currently, we only ship USPS but I have been considering adding FedEx as another shipping option.

My only concern is mixing up packages at pickup.
Packages being shipped FedEx getting misplaced with the USPS packages.

Does anyone use multiple carriers for shipping?
If so, how do you handle it?
11:35 pm on Nov 13, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Won't Fedex boxes have Fedex labels and USPS boxes have other address labels?

Designate separate pickup/storage areas for Fedex/USPS.
11:38 pm on Nov 13, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Do you currently ship with multiple providers?
Yes, there would be different lablels. FedEx and USPS.
Yes, we would have separate pick ups.

I guess we just have a FedEx stack and a USPS stack. I was just wanting to make sure dont have any errors.
11:44 pm on Nov 13, 2012 (gmt 0)

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We don't ship anything. But I consult for a client that ships with UPS and another regional shipper as well as several other distribution companies. They have separate designated storage areas for each shipper.
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You should also setup two different label printers. The FedEx one closer to the FedEx pile and the USPS on the other side closer to the USPS pile. You will still eventually have an issue. Hopefully, your driver will bring back the package and if not that your costs savings will allow you to cover it.
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What we did in our warehouse since we use usps and fedex is that we contacted usps and they give us postal bins to put mail items in and the fedex items are placed in a box we taped out on the floor so that anything within the red tape fedex can pickup and just educate the drivers.

Fedex does have a pick up weekly fee which really annoys me, but depending on your volume you could drop it off and save the fee.
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We ship with 4 different carriers - our packing system "announces" by way of a WAV file who the parcel has been allocated to. We ten stick the parcels in different cages accordingly.

BTW - it's not 100% foolproof - somewhere in the 3 metres from the weigh scales to the cages the parcels sometimes still go into the wrong cages... Oh well that's the human element I suppose.