The Game Crafter News: New Shipping System

Posted: October 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

Shipping is perhaps the worst and most complicated part of any online retail business. It’s an area that we have put a considerable amount of effort into to ensure that you get what you order speedily, efficiently, and cost effectively. That said, there’s always more to be done.

We’re pleased to announce our new shipping system. A lot of what it does is behind the scenes that you’ll never see. For instance, you won’t notice that it does over 100,000 calculations in less than a second to provide you the best shipping configuration and price possible.  That said, there’s a lot that you can see:

The system now supports much larger orders. Before we had a 70 pound weight limit, and often if you placed a large order, the shipping price that was calculated was not even close to accurate. 

If you have a very big order, the system now calculates how many packages will need to be shipped to you to hold all of the games you’re ordering. It also will display the package count to you.

Sometimes there are handling fees on orders because we have an extra expense like having to fill out customs paperwork, or we have special packaging requirements. We used to just show them as part of the shipping price, but now we break them out as their own line item so you are aware when it happens. 

The system now also picks the best box for your order based upon what is in your order. For example, if you have a small deck of cards, then it knows you only need a small shipping box. This will reduce the dimensions and weight of the shipment, which also opens up extra shipping options and reduces the price of those shipping options.

Speaking of shipping options, we now are supporting First Class and Priority Flat Rate both domestically and internationally. In addition, we’re also supporting Parcel Post domestically. These new options mean that you have more choice in price and features about how you receive your order.

For the vast majority of orders, you’ll now have much cheaper shipping options. Sometimes this can be quite dramatic. Here are two examples:

Let’s say you want to ship a deck of playing cards to Minnesota. The cost on that in the old system used to be $8.05 via USPS Priority. In the new shipping system that will be $5.20 (a  $2.85 savings). Not only that, but you’ll now have a First Class option for $3.31 (a $4.74 savings).

Let’s say you wanted to ship that same deck of cards to Hungary. In the old system that would have been $35 for USPS Priority. The same cost still applies in the new system. However, you now have a Flat Rate option for $16.95 (an $18.05 savings). In addition, there is also a First Class option for only $6.85 (a $28.15 savings). 

As you can see the price difference can be fairly dramatic. However, it will not always be less expensive. In extremely rare cases it may even be slightly more expensive. The big difference is that the new shipping system is far more accurate about the size, shape, and weight of the shipping boxes, which means that all of our shipping prices are far more accurate. We’ve worked hard on this new system to give you the best shipping options available. Enjoy!

from The Game Crafter News


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