Pitney Bowes enables Clean Boutique to exceed customer delivery expectations while saving both time and money— helping the retailer stay competitive and continue its upward trajectory.
- Online retailer with one of the largest selections of natural and organic skin care products available on the internet today.
- Also offer vitamins, supplements and other products— 30,000 in all.
- Products are sold through various online marketplaces, including ebay.
- Find reliable, responsive shipping partner.
- Provide fast, cost-effective order delivery.
- Be able to charge less for shipping than competitors.
- Save time and money on shipment preparation.
- Orders delivered in 3–5 days to all zones.
- Up to 25% savings per parcel on shipping costs.
- Internal package preparation time down 25%.
Clean Boutique always aims to exceed customer expectations. However, “it costs more money to exceed expectations sometimes,” acknowledges Amin Harari, cofounder of the rapidly growing online retailer.
Since Clean Boutique opened up shop in 2009, the company has expanded from its original focus on natural and organic health and beauty care merchandise. Today, the retailer also carries vitamins, supplements and other products—30,000 in all—which are sold through various online marketplaces, including ebay.
Much of that growth has come since Clean Boutique made Pitney Bowes its primary partner for parcel delivery. Pitney Bowes enables Clean Boutique to exceed customer delivery expectations while saving both time and money— helping the retailer stay competitive and continue its upward trajectory.
Clean Boutique is committed to providing stellar customer service. When it comes to shipping and delivery that means ensuring customers receive orders quickly— no matter where they live. At the same time, Clean Boutique prides itself on charging less for shipping than competitors.
Even when Clean Boutique was a fraction of its current size, the fledgling retailer knew it needed a better shipping partner. The company faced many challenges with its previous carrier, such as unmet requests for daily pickups. Seeking a partner who was “attentive to our needs,” says Harari, the merchant spoke to Pitney Bowes and just about all of its competitors in the parcel consolidator space.
“It’s a great service that gets product there in a short period of time, but it’s not as expensive as some of the second-day or priority options.” Amin Harari, Co-Founder, Clean Boutique
As a result of their search for a new shipping partner, Clean Boutique began partnering with Pitney Bowes for the majority of its parcel volume around the start of 2012. “In the end,” Harari recalls, “their transit times would be longer than Pitney Bowes’ and their costs would be higher.”
Delivery from Pitney Bowes is a postal-based shipping solution with delivery times comparable to the ground services offered by national parcel carriers—3-5 days on average—but without the high price.
“It’s a great service that gets product there in a short period of time, but it’s not as expensive as some of the second-day or priority options,” Harari says. “We pass the majority of that savings along to our customers to drive more sales.”
While Clean Boutique reduces its shipping costs with Pitney Bowes, the partnership also helps the retailer save time. Pitney Bowes doesn’t require clients to pre-weigh parcels before pickup, unlike other carriers. To ensure accuracy, Clean Boutique weighs about 25 parcels weekly to compare against Pitney Bowes’ billing files. “From an operational perspective, that has saved us a significant amount of time,” Harari says. “So we batch-print hundreds of labels at a time as we take orders throughout the day, and process the same day as well.”
Nearly half of Clean Boutique’s shipments are under a pound, and that’s the weight class where the merchant has seen the greatest cost reduction with Pitney Bowes. Overall, Harari says his company saves up to 25% per package, depending on the zone.
Clean Boutique also shaves at least 25% off the time it takes to prepare shipments since they’re no longer pre-weighed. And as Harari notes, “time is money.”
“We’re extremely happy with just about every single aspect of the partnership,” he says. “Pitney Bowes helps us stay competitive in an industry that is defined by tight margins and high efficiencies.”