Zones refer to the geographic areas a particular carrier services — generally, the more zones a given package passes through, the more expensive it is to ship said package.
Zone skipping refers to the practice of bundling shipments together in order to move inventory closer to their final destination, allowing for a cheaper price per shipment, as the smaller shipment will end up traveling through fewer of these zones.
This is, essentially, the way Packsmith works — we use the data we gather from your Shopify store to move the right products in bulk to distribution nodes that match where your customers are at, and then ship individual orders from there. This allows for faster shipping times for your customers, and lower shipping costs per order for you.
Yes, Packsmith does support zone skipping – and we enable it to work better than ever for e-commerce brands of all sizes! Zone skipping is a way to save money on shipping fees, by moving inventory and packages closer to final customers in one bulk shipment instead of individual shipments. This helps to cut down on last mile delivery fees which can mean major savings for brands.
Delivery zones are the geographic areas a carrier ships packages. Typically, the more zones a package passes through, the higher its shipping cost. While the general structure of shipping zones is similar across carriers, they aren’t the same for every delivery. A package’s origin is designated as Zone 1, with the zone numbers increasing as the delivery destination gets further away. For example, if you shipped an item from San Francisco to St. Louis, San Francisco would be considered Zone 1, and St. Louis would be considered Zone 7.This is why online brands can provide benefits like free shipping to customers in their warehouse’s immediate area.