Note: This blog article does not apply to Merchants who ship via a Yakit Hub. In that case you simply send each shipments to the Yakit determined nearest Hub partner to do the Yakit Boxing - so you get the benefit of logistics cost-lowering - without the cost of doing it yourself.
For those Yakit merchants who have the volumes to take on Yakit Boxing, read on..
A critical component of being able to provide the highest value for both speed and price, is your ability to have your shipments be contained within a ‘Yakit (master) Box” or Bulk. The Yakit Box allows your shipments to be processed quickly on to the aircraft and through final customs clearance. Yakit Boxes are also used for B2B bulk services.
This is not a standard box that Yakit provides. It is a procedure whereby your warehouse personnel or your outsourced fulfillment company takes the your shipments and places them into one master box (could be a skid or pallet) or in some cases several boxes depending on the geographic distribution of the individual shipments. We call this container for your shipments a Yakit Box.
The benefits of Yakit Boxing/Bulking are many. Here are three:
Individual ‘dimming of shipments’ is much less likely to occur and you can take advantage of getting as many shipments into a Yakit box as physically possible. This aggregation is what allows Yakit to provide excellent shipping costs to you.
To many countries you can use non-machined “polypacks” for your shipments. This reduces your “dim weight” considerably and your overall cost.
Lessens handling of your packaging and shipments. This means fewer losses or damages.
Of course your end-to-end “no gaps” Yakit Tracking is unaffected by this process.
What is a Yakit Box?
A Yakit BoxTM is a large master box, a pallet, skid, or a receptacle which consolidates a group of individual packages that you are shipping at the same time. Typically, these packages are all headed for the same country (although a Yakit Box can, for instance, transport packages headed to different countries in the EU).b Yakit Boxing reduces your shipping costs; your ecommerce shipments travel in a single Box until they reach the last mile carrier, who will open the Yakit Box and deliver the individual shipments.
By consolidating your shipments into Yakit Boxes, Yakit helps you take advantage of favorable shipping rates. Normally, if you had ten 1-lb packages, you would need to pay for each individual shipment. By consolidating these packages into a Yakit Box, you end up paying for one 10-lb shipment‒this costs substantially less than ten packages. Yakit takes advantage of these rates up until the last mile carrier receives the Yakit Box and opens it for individual distribution.
In addition to reducing the cost of delivery, Boxing adds increased security by dramatically reducing the possibility that an individual shipment will get lost or stolen among a large number of other shipments.
Choosing the size of your Yakit Box
A sturdy corrugated cardboard box like this one (we love “double walled”) is best for protecting your shipments during carriage. To reduce your shipping cost, choose the smallest Yakit Box that can hold your individual shipments.
In the United States, there are many stores that offer a wide variety of boxes for your needs. For India-based customers, this is a great box resource: http://unitedpackaging.in/
If you can’t find a Yakit Box that fits optimally, you can resize a larger box as follows:
A box size reducer such as this one will make your boxing chores easier and more fun.
Labeling your Yakit Box
After packing your international shipments in a Yakit Box, you will need to affix the Yakit Box labels (2 copies are printed) and the first mile carrier label.
Your Yakit Box must not contain any other previous shipment labels on it. For example if you are a drop shipper and reshipping an originally packaged item via Yakit, please make sure any origination shipping labels have been removed or blacked out.
Make sure that Yakit Box labels are placed away from the seams of the box. This is important in case your Yakit Box needs to be opened by government authorities to verify its contents. The best place for a Yakit Box label is on a side of the box where it won’t get damaged if opening the Yakit Box becomes necessary.
Affix the 3 labels as follows:
Happy international shipping. If you need help, remember we are just a away!