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Jake Rheude

Jake Rheude is the Vice President of Marketing for Red Stag Fulfillment, an eCommerce fulfillment warehouse that was born out of eCommerce. He has years of experience in eCommerce and business development. In his free time, Jake enjoys reading about business and sharing his own experience with others.

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Packaging Materials

By: Jake Rheude
July 12th, 2022

The packaging and containers you use for shipping products have direct fulfillment cost implications and lead to revenue generation.   While we all want to cut costs, thinking about that entire picture can help you optimize packaging and keep leadership happy when they look at your department costs for the next quarter.    Shipments cost more as they grow in size/weight, move farther from the origin point, go faster, and need special care. Think about these as the five common factors that impact shipping costs:   Package/shipment weight Package dimensions Shipping zones to travel Delivery speeds Insurance, hazmat, and special requirements   Packaging typically only impacts the first two characteristics of a shipment. However, the final destination can add elements to our “special requirements” bucket. Packaging can tackle two significant areas: increasing or potentially decreasing your shipping rates.   In this article, we will explain how packaging impacts your shipping rates and what you can do to negate the negative effects of these impacts.