Amazon recently reported that it's making changes to its regulations that will allow customers to take advantage of more free shipping opportunities.
Customers used to be able to receive free shipping on orders over $35 only if all the items in their cart were fulfilled by the same merchant. Now, however, Amazon is allowing customers to reach the $35 shipping minimum by buying from multiple merchants, even those that don't ship through Amazon.
According to the company, this is expected to more than triple the number of items that are eligible to contribute to free shipping. Products eligible for free shipping on Amazon are delivered within five to eight business days after the item is available to ship.
Most online retailers are striving to offer an increasing number of free shipping options for their customers in order to compete with Amazon, which has been opening new distribution centers around the United States to speed delivery. Today's consumer expects an unprecedented combination of cost-effective and quick shipping options on an ever-widening array of products. Many companies, especially smaller ones, are finding it difficult to keep up with this competitive business environment.
If your company has shipping needs, you may want to consider hiring a third-party logistics firm to handle these matters for you. The shipping industry is a highly complicated one involving factors that are constantly changing, making it difficult for small businesses to keep up. Reliable Runners has years of specialized experience in this arena, and we'll gladly make sure your business is operating at the most efficient level, so you can focus on other things, knowing your customers are taken care of.
Reliable Runners is much more than Northeast Ohio's premier expedited delivery service provider. From our new corporate headquarters just outside Cleveland, our goal is to provide a total logistics solution for every one of our more than 1,500 clients, regardless of size or need, from envelopes to truckloads.
We work with clients across the United States, providing them with 24/7/365 service, while meeting the highest standards they have come to expect. The services we provide to entrepreneurs and e-businesses are just as effective as those that our Fortune 500 clients expect, so we're able to help all of our clients achieve a competitive advantage by driving down their inventory expenses, reducing their transportation costs and improving customer service.