Goods shipping are hollering on the phone that they have run out of shipping labels and the re-order for the new ones has not arrived.
(a) Tell them to write them out by hand on sticky labels;
(b) Tell them the person who usually does the ordering has fallen into the Grand Canyon and not done the re-order; or
(c) Get online and find a supplier who will deliver the new shipping labels at the right quality, right price and right now!
Pretty obviously the answer is c., but when you get online you will be confronted by hundreds of thousands of print stores offering you shipping labels yesterday!
So how do you choose which supplier to fulfill the order?
To get the labels on time and looking as they should follow these tips when ordering online.
First, deal with established print and design outlets that have a physical base in the country. Many of the internet sites are glossy fronts for overseas print companies with many offering very cheap pricing because they are based in the Far East and especially China. Your delivery will not be seen for possibly several weeks and certainly not this week. You can check this by looking for a physical mailing address and a landline telephone number; if the web site you have selected shows neither, avoid them and move on to the next potential supplier on your list.
Second, online purchasing is becoming more the norm than the exception. Modern online security is very safety conscious and you are fully protected in the event of mishap. But you do need to make sure you are dealing with a print provider who is operating a retail website and has the necessary “back-end” to provide the security. When you are looking at a payment screen on your computer, look in the browser bar where the website address is entered – you are looking for https://websitename.com – note that little “s” after http; that means it is a secure and protected section of the site which is safe for you to use with your banking and credit card information. If it doesn’t have this – move on to the next supplier on your list.
Third, look for customer reviews elsewhere on the internet. Once you have found a potential supplier, simply put their name into your search engine along with something like, “customer reviews” and see what comes up. Bad news travel fast and furious especially if the company behaves unscrupulously or badly towards customers, so in this instance, treat no news as good news though it is always assuring to read positive comments.
Fourth, if this is truly a rush order, call the company up and explain the situation to them. Be prepared to pay a little extra for the privilege but you can also negotiate with other business that you have too. Shipping labels are something you are going to use again and again, so be sure to ask the supplier questions such as will the price be the same for re-order and what are the minimum (and maximum) order quantities they are able to handle as well as typical turnaround times.
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