Small business owners save time and money by shipping online
(NC) According to Statistics Canada, in 2011, small businesses made up 48 per cent of Canada's total workforce. Often referred to as the backbone of Canada's economy, it's no surprise that small business owners are always looking for ways to run their businesses more efficiently.
Many operating tasks performed by a small business, such as accounting, payroll and shipping, can be done quickly online. Shipping tasks, for example, need not be complex and can be completed in just a few clicks.
“Purolator's online shipping processes allow our customers more time to focus on other more pressing business needs,” said Alison Spehar, Purolator Inc.'s Small Business Marketing Manager. “Businesses can look forward to reaping greater efficiencies in the long run by embracing and incorporating information technology into their daily operations.”
Here are some online shipping features that some shipping providers offer to small businesses, designed to make their shipping experience pain-free:
Scheduling pickup and delivery: Schedule pickups quickly without picking up the telephone. All you need is a computer and Internet access. With online shipping, you can also get estimates and compare rates and delivery times for different services.
Track your shipments: This tool keeps you on top of things. With a tracking number or reference number, you will have visibility on where your shipments are, anytime you need it, wherever you are.
Customized reports: Want to capture your company's shipping patterns? There is no need to record every shipment you make in your books. Purolator's online shipping system for example, automatically captures your shipping activity each time you create a shipment, allowing you to create customized shipping activity reports.
Validating shipping address information: With the shipping address validation tool, you'll reduce the chances of errors associated with handwritten shipping waybills. Based on the postal code you enter, the address auto population tool will be able to auto-populate the street name,, city and province, without you having to input the data yourself.
Live agent at your disposal: Have a question on shipping? There is no need to burn your ears holding on the handset. Some shippers offer a live chat service that allows you to chat with a customer service representative in just a few clicks, in real time, so you can get the assistance you need instantaneously.More information about shipping for small business can be found on www.purolator.com.
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