Keeping Down the Cost of Delivery
Challenge: Decrease cost and improve efficiency of delivery options
Solution: Adopt a new postal delivery system for packages of one pound or less
Result: Operational improvements and approximately 35 percent net savings on overall delivery expenses
Cost-efficient, timely product delivery is at the heart of any successful mailer’s operation. Empi-Compex Technologies, a division of orthopedic device marketer Encore Medical, is no exception. The New Brighton, Minn.-based pain management and rehabilitation products marketer wanted to lower the cost of shipping its medical devices, particularly those weighing one pound or less. These lighter weight products make up approximately 42 percent of all packages sent by the company, and more than half are sent directly to patients at their homes.
“Our business model is a little different than most [medical supply companies]. Instead of going business to business, we go business to residential with maybe 55 percent of the packages we send out,” explains Bruce Brown, executive director for Empi-Compex, which sends out medical supplies directly to patients on a bimonthly basis. The company had been using U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail for these deliveries, but this was proving too costly. “Every company is always trying to reduce costs,” says Brown. “We were looking for [a service] that would be economical to go from business to residential.”
The company explored alternative delivery methods for all of its shipping needs and switched to UPS Mail Innovations mail processing service for its lighter product deliveries. By switching to UPS Mail Innovations, the marketer now can deliver supplies directly to its customers at their residences at a much more economical rate.
As part of a work-share program with the Postal Service, UPS Mail Innovations picks up, processes, sorts, encodes and prepares Empi-Compex’s mail for final delivery by the Postal Service within 24 to 48 hours. The benefits of the service are reduced mailing rates for the marketer and more flexible delivery options. For example, Empi-Compex now can deliver to P.O. Boxes—something it couldn’t do with Priority Mail. It also avoids paying any additional charges for residential delivery that UPS tacks onto its ground service. However, UPS Ground service remains the most economical choice for deliveries greater than one pound, says Brown.