UK subscription box services have been around for a while, but they only really started gaining traction in recent years. With brands like Dollar Shave Club, Craft Gin Club and BirchBox leading the way, now anyone can get started in this exciting industry.
If you have a great idea for a UK subscription box business, you might be wondering how best to organise the shipping process.
The good news is that modern technology makes it easy with online software that does much of the work for you. But there’s still a lot to consider before you start promoting your subscription box options.
Keep reading for everything you need to know.
Get the Right Software
At one time, organising orders and deliveries meant relying on extensive paper files and bewildering physical spreadsheets. Thanks to automation and the internet, however, many of your business’s processes can now be done online.
To start your subscription service, you’ll need a platform that can keep track of customer information, shipping carriers, and orders. But this is just scratching the surface. The more services you can get bundled in one program, the better.
SmartConsign’s delivery management services make organising lots of orders and deliveries simple with label printing, bulk batch processing, and more.
SmartConsign RapidX Batch Processing Screen
Choose the Best Carriers
When you’re sending physical goods to customers, providing the right shipping options is key.
Your customers may prefer to have the Royal Mail service deliver their orders, or they might prefer international carriers like UPS or DHL. Most of the time, they’ll want the most affordable shipping method possible. So having options is key.
SmartConsign works with just about every major carrier in the UK and offers prepaid shipping options. You can even access key shipping features through its mobile app.
Get the Right Packaging
When it comes to selling subscription boxes, you don’t want the box itself to be an afterthought. From choosing the right size to finding a shape that will hold your items secure, packaging is a critical part of your business.
You especially don’t want to send boxes that are too large, or you’ll waste money on packing materials and shipping fees. Shop around and experiment to find the ideal type of packaging for your products.
Engineer the Best Presentation
One of the most important moments for your customer is when they open your subscription box for the first time.
Make sure the moment isn’t spoiled for them by packing items securely and setting up each parcel for a great first impression.
Start Your UK Subscription Box Business With SmartConsign
And there you have it: everything you need to know about organising shipping for your very own subscription box brand.
Managing deliveries is probably the single most complicated part of running a subscription box business. Fortunately, with a platform like SmartConsign, it doesn’t have to be.
Request a demo to see how our software can simplify your subscription box service options.