Consolidation is a process through which we combine multiple packages into a single box. Where possible, we take the contents of those packages and repack them into a box that will fit all of the contents safely. This process greatly reduces postage fees and can end up saving Vyking Ship customers anywhere between 40 – 80%in shipping costs.
This is achieved in four ways:
Eliminating wasted space and finding a better fit
Removing excess packaging that may be taking up space or adding extra weight
Ensuring your items are packed safely to avoid damage
Through the elimination of fixed initial postage fees
Eliminating Wasted Space
Almost all U.S. retailers ship items in packages that contain some (or a lot) of wasted space. This is because sellers have certain box sizes available to them and they just look for a box that will fit the items they are shipping to you. Needless to say, retailers like Amazon or Target, which have a wide variety of goods, often do not choose a box that’s a really good fit.
If it’s possible, Vyking Ship staff removes your items from these wasteful boxes and puts them in an appropriately sized box. This eliminates wasted space and consequently reduces the size of the package (Dimensional Weight). In some cases, the consolidated shipping reduces the actual weight of the packages as the extra shipping box is no longer present.
Another key feature of our consolidation process is that we do remove your items from their boxes and repack them into boxes that better fit them. This may sound like a given, but some of our competitors offer consolidation services where this is not done. Instead of packing your items together into one box, they simply batch-ship all of your items together.
This method can eliminate the fixed initial postage fees, however, it doesn’t eliminate the wasted space or the excess weight from those extra shipping boxes.
Removing Excess Packaging
Merchandise often arrives wrapped up in heavy packaging material. When Vyking Ship starts the consolidation process, we replace the bulky material with lighter fillers where needed to give the cushion and simultaneously save on your final postage.
There are some very rare situations where parcel consolidation may not be in your best interest. Be assured, our experienced staff will let you know if they feel you could save more money doing things differently.
Safely Packaging Items
Some sellers thinking of domestic shipment only don’t use proper packaging. We however know your package is meant for international shipping and therefore are prepared to pack your items safely for the international adventure that awaits them.
This is where our package consolidation service can help save you money by making sure the items you paid for are better packed to survive the international shipping process.
Also during the consolidation processing, if we happen to notice any visible damage, we will contact you and provide you with details about what we saw.
Eliminating Initial Fixed Postage Fees
The first kilogram or pound of postage is always going to be much more than any subsequent kilogram or pound. This is the initial fixed postage value. Sometimes, this value can be as high as $25 to $30 USD.
For example, let’s say you have 10 packages that all weigh 1 pound and have the minimum fixed postage value of $25. This means, shipping all 10 of those packages is going to cost you $250 USD. Now, if you were to bundle packages into a single box that weighs 10 pounds, you will find that postage for consolidated shipment is much less. This is because you are able to eliminate 9 of those initial $25 USD charges and replace them with something substantially smaller.
We are experiencing exceptional delays for most US Postal Service shipments due a massive backlog in US Customs Export Clearance and insufficient air traffic for the USPS to move packages to many countries.
Some delays may be in excess of 1.5 months so we recommend that you take this into consideration and use DHL or FedEx if you need your shipment within a reasonable amount of time.