Top Tips For Preventing Damage During Transit

One of the biggest threats to your business is not accounting for or preventing in any way damage to stock during transit. It’s important to consider packaging as well as the methods of shipping. It’s is, however, sometimes unavoidable and you should expect some damages. Yes, this does mean that you may have an extra cost for packaging but it is a crucial method to helping prevent any damage you may get.  

It not only has an effect on your costs becasue of actual damages but it can also mean you are paying for replacements, lost products, and extra shipping costs if mistakes are made. This has the power to have a really negative effect on your customer satisfaction. 

 

Impact On Business 

 

Whilst there are other factors such as the couriers used, distance traveled and packaging, having to write off the costs of damaged goods can be detrimental to a company. How much depends on the value of your stock but either way, if preventative measures aren’t put into place it can have a huge impact on a business. Not only this when a customer receives a damaged product it can have a negative impact on your overall customer satisfaction levels and mean loss of custom in the future, but this also leads to a loss of funds into the business. 

 

What Causes The Damage?

 

 There are a number of ways that damages can occur to stock when in transit. There is a sudden impact, dropped goods, incorrect packaging, water damages etc. It’s important to make sure that your products are being shipped in the best way and protected correctly. 

 

Damage Prevention

 

Often it can be as simple as finding the right tarp fabric in order to cover your goods from harsh weather, making sure the products are loaded correctly on pallets or adding in extra packaging for fragile items. It’s a good idea to have someone who is responsible for this so it can be monitored closely. 

 

Lower Your Costs

 

Just because you are putting preventative measures into place to protect your stock from damages doesn’t mean that you can’t cut down on costs. One of the best ways to cut down on costs is to actually cut down on damages so, investing in trusted couriers, well-designed packaging and covers for your stock could save you money in the long run. 

 

Audits

 

It’s a good idea to complete a regular audit with regard to the levels of damages. This will allow you to make a comparison between costs of your transit costs and packaging against the losses you have made. You are likely to find that what you have saved with preventing damages completely outweighs the cost of the packaging. If you find that you’re still experiencing a high number of damages it may be a good idea to relook at your processes.

 

These are just a few tips to help you with preventing damages to your stock during transit. Do you have any other pieces of advice that you can share in the comments section below? 

Lisa
Lisa Besserman, Founder and CEO of Startup Buenos Aires, has been named as Business Insider’s “Top 100 Most Influential Women in Tech”, and the 2014 “Business Innovator of Latin America” by the Council of the Americas.

Lisa moved to Buenos Aires from New York City to create Startup Buenos Aires, the organization that represents the startup, tech and entrepreneurial community of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Startup Buenos Aires has been one of the main catalysts for strengthening the tech ecosystem in Latin America, by bringing global startup initiatives, development projects and investment opportunities to the region.
Under Lisa’s leadership Startup Buenos Aires has been credited as “Top 3 Growing Startup Cities” by CNBC and “5 Emerging Global Tech Hubs” by Entrepreneur Magazine.

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