or a retail business, freight cost is a very crucial aspect. It decides your price point which then decides your market positioning and sales. Freight rates in India can vary depending on various factors such as the mode of transportation, distance, volume, weight, and the specific route involved. While India has a competitive logistics and transportation industry, it's important to note that rates can fluctuate based on market conditions, fuel prices, and other factors, as in most countries. However, there are several strategies that you can employ to reduce freight costs and optimize your supply chain.
As India’s pioneering and one of the biggest marketplaces for sustainable, artisanal and consciously crafted offerings, Qalara.com suggests a few ways in which you can effectively lower your freight cost.
Qalara advantage: Qalara consolidates your orders into larger shipments rather than dispatching multiple smaller shipments. Consolidation reduces the number of individual shipments, which in turn reduces freight cost.
Qalara advantage: Qalara has predefined lead times for all its order types.
For example, Ready to Ship (RTS) products are dispatched in 10-14 days of the order confirmation, after being quality inspected by us. QBazaar merchandise ships even faster, in 3 – 5 days! Ready to Make items are often the next best alternative to RTS products, since the lead time ranges only from 3 to 5 weeks!
Made to Order and Design to Order products typically have the highest lead time, owing to the complexity of the process that involves design, procurement of raw materials, production, and inspection and approval at every stage. Read more about Qalara’s order types here.
Qalara advantage: Qalara uses experience and technology to determine the best freight mode for your shipment.
Qalara advantage: Qalara has tie-ups with major air and sea freight service providers like DHL, FEDEX etc. Such tie-ups help you avail corporate rates which are significantly lower than the market rates.
At times these rates may be at a discount of more than 50% when compared to open market rates! What’s more, Qalara retains the price shared in the quote sheet at the time of placing an order. Any increase in freight, duties, or taxes (if DDP mode is opted) is absorbed by Qalara and you don’t have to pay a thing. Additionally, there are absolutely no hidden costs.
Qalara advantage: Qalara optimizes freight by clubbing shipments from multiple customers region-wise, helping you get the best rate possible.
Qalara advantage: Qalara takes care of all documentation, from start to finish, so you don’t have to worry about customs compliance.
~ Written by Dhanush Dandu