If you want to ensure your customers are satisfied with the shipment and delivery of their products, it is important for you to make things as seamless and simple as possible for the people who work in the warehouse. Warehouse managers want to have flexibility when deciding what shipping process to use.
You can help your warehouse manager ship orders efficiently by offering tools that will aid or even improve your current warehouse process.
The typical warehouse shipping process
The best process for product shipment can vary depending on the orders’ service level, destination country, or any additional required documentation.
If your ecommerce business only ships products domestically, warehouse managers can use a simple shipping process. For these shipments, they tend to sort orders and separate runs by carrier.
International orders, on the other hand, are a little more complex, as they typically use different carriers and will almost always require extra documentation. If your goods need to travel internationally, the shipping process will need to be a little different.
As such, your warehouse manager’s shipping process will probably follow these steps:
1. Separate domestic orders from international orders
Because of the differences between shipping products domestically and internationally, most shippers will split domestic orders from international orders. This makes sure that all the necessary steps are completed for both types of orders in a quick and orderly fashion.
2. Sort domestic orders by service level or by carrier
Your warehouse manager will likely sort orders and make runs by either the service level of the order or by the carrier if there is more than one carrier used.
For example, domestic orders may be sorted like this:
- Same Day: In-town courier
- Next Day: Express carrier
- Ground: Ground carrier
- Other, e.g. postal: USPS
3. Sort international orders by service level or by carrier
After organizing the domestic orders, your warehouse manager will sort international orders in a similar manner.
For example, they might sort orders like this:
- Express or Overnight: Express carrier
- 4 to 8-day delivery: Zenda
- Other, e.g. Postal International First Class: USPS
The shipping process your warehouse manager will choose to use depends on the shipping software, resources, and carriers you use for your company.
While there is no “right” way for a warehouse manager to batch your orders, sorting by carrier is the most common practice.
Sorting by carrier allows the warehouse to make an entire run and place the resulting orders in bags, bins, or pallets for carrier pickup. This is especially helpful for international orders that require commercial invoices, customs documents, shipping manifests, and other documentation depending on the destination country and the products being shipped.
Because this is the standard method used for shipping products, the carriers you use for your business can make a huge difference in the shipping process. In order to make product shipment as easy, hassle-free, and efficient as possible, you company should ship products using Zenda. A sister company of British Airways, Zenda is a shipping provider that can help you ship your products from the United States of America to Europe.
Integrating Zenda into your existing warehouse process
Zenda is a shipping provider that will simplify your current warehouse process. In addition to fast and reliable shipping, Zenda offers a warehouse solution called Zenda Ship.
Zenda Ship is a dashboard that connects with your ecommerce store to show you orders that are ready to ship, create shipping labels and customs documents, and generate tracking numbers for your customers.
Rather than using a single system for both domestic and international orders, Zenda Ship only shows orders that are shipping to Europe. With Zenda Ship, your warehouse manager can save time and energy when sorting and tracking domestic and international orders.
Here are some ways in which the Zenda Ship dashboard can make the shipping process easier for your warehouse manager:
Because Zenda Ship automatically syncs with your business, your warehouse manager and employees will not have to spend time updating the order status as they pack and ship your products. Your warehouse manager will also be able to immediately see which orders are ready for shipment so they can carry on with the next steps in the shipping process.
Labels and documentation
Zenda Ship takes care of all of the complicated documentation needed for international orders. Zenda first allows a warehouse manager to batch by country, and then it produces and prints three sets of documents to cover the entire batch: first mile pickup label, shipping manifests, and final delivery labels for each parcel.
If you have a parcel shipping to Europe, your warehouse manager will be able to access and print customs documents and shipping labels with ease. Warehouse managers can use the same terminals and printers that they already currently use to print required documents for their domestic and international orders.
The Zenda shipping process will integrate smoothly with your warehouse manager’s existing shipping protocol, making it simple for them to fulfill your international orders. Find out more about Zenda Ship by contacting us.