Today marks the first article in a series we are calling “The Specialty Shipping Series.” The point of this series is to highlight various products that are both lucrative to be a part of and also require special shipping and storage needs.
Being in the warehousing and shipping industry, we’ve stored and shipped just about anything you can think of. One of the most lucrative markets out there for any warehouse and/or shipping company is the fitness and supplement markets. These types of products are not only worth a lot of money to you as a warehouse/shipping depot, but it’s also a lucrative market because nutritional supplements are a product that people reorder often, meaning the demand stays high and there is business year round.
In terms of your role as a warehouse/shipping depot, you are to provide the best storage facilities that you can and also ship their products so that they arrive on time and in prime condition. This is something that isn’t as easy as it sounds at times when it comes to shipping supplements. Here are some things that you need to keep in mind when shipping both types of products.
The main thing to remember when it comes to storing nutritional supplements is that they need to be in an air controlled environment and stay dry at all times. This requires the product be stored or stocked higher than some products in case of an occurrence of a spill or flooding. Some manufacturers require certain specific needs that must be meet before they will even speak to you about storing their product. One of our customers makes a highly rated testosterone booster that requires us to not only keep it in a high place at our facility, but we also have to store it in airtight containers to ensure moisture stays out and the product stays good longer.
It’s also important to store the products where the older ones goes out first. This is necessary so that products don’t go bad simply because they weren’t shipped out when they should have been. This may seem like a lot of work to just handle one customer, but these customers have a potential to bring in a lot of money and recurring business, so it’s well worth it.
We have many customers who make and sell fitness products like knee sleeves and ankle braces. One of our bigger customer’s claim to fame is that they make the best powerlifting wrist wraps in their industry. While these products don’t require as much specialty storage and shipping as nutritional supplements do, you still want to ensure that their product stays completely dry and the products are kept off the ground as well. This is because most of these products are made of cloth or cloth-like material. In the rare occurrence of a rodent infestation, you don’t want to report a loss on inventory because product was destroyed by rodents. That’s embarrassing for your company and a quick way to lose customers.
Also, keep in mind that sometimes when you are shipping nutritional supplements, they will also have to be shipped in a certain type of container. This is because of the chance of moisture effecting the product and ruining an entire batch if water begins to seep into them.
Hope you found these tips helpful. Stay tuned for more in our this series and good luck in your shipping endeavors.