6 ways to reduce your postage costs in Australia
Postage costs can be one of the largest expenses facing Australian ecommerce businesses. If you offer free or flat-fee shipping, spiralling postage costs may be taking a significant bite out of your profit margin. And even if you’ve opted for variable-rate shipping, high postage costs passed on to your customers could price you out of the market.
The good news is that there is much you can do to take control of your shipping and send your postage costs hurtling downwards.
How to set a postage pricing strategy that works
Free, flat-fee or variable postage? Find out which is best for your ecommerce business.
The method you have chosen for charging for shipping could be killing your online sales. According to research by Statista, 56 per cent of online customers abandon their shopping carts when they encounter unexpected costs.
So if your ecommerce business is experiencing high shopping cart abandonment rates, your problem could lie in unexpected shipping costs sending customers running for the virtual door.
Common import restrictions for international shipping
Thinking about taking your e-commerce business international? Find out what you can’t send overseas.
Individual countries restrict and prohibit a range of goods for import – and some may surprise you.
For example, you can’t send cameras or bicycles to China, New Zealand says no to motorcycle helmets, sending batteries to the UK is a no-no, the US bans products made from cork, and Singapore won’t accept chewing gum.
Restrictions vs prohibitions
Most countries have a long list of import restrictions and prohibitions,