Tips on Shipping

Published: September 10, 2015

Shipping can be a critical customer satisfaction tool when it comes to your customer service. Most shipping companies charge a higher price for residential deliveries. Did you know that UPS, FedEx and DHL add a surcharge of more than $2 per package to deliver to residential addresses? Did you also know that 91% of delivery points in the United States are classified as residential. And, 87% of new points are also residential?

How is that effecting your bottom line? There is no surcharge for residential delivery with LC Express. You can fit a three ring binder, some CD’s and a couple of small books into the smaller flat rate box.

When you’re filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to a fast mode. If you look you will see that the trigger has three (3) stages: low, middle, and high. In slow mode you should be pumping on low speed, thereby minimizing the vapors that are created while you are pumping. All hoses at the pump have a vapor return. If you are pumping on the fast rate, some other liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapor. Those vapors are being sucked up and back into the underground storage tank so you’re getting less worth for your money.

One of the most important tips is to fill up when your gas tank is HALF FULL or HALF EMPTY. The reason for this is, the more gas you have in your tank the less air occupying its empty space. Gasoline evaporates faster than you can imagine. Gasoline storage tanks have an internal floating roof. This roof serves as zero clearance between the gas and the atmosphere, so it minimizes the evaporation. Unlike service stations, here where I work, every truck that we load is temperature compensated so that every gallon is actually the exact amount.

Another good tip, if there is a gasoline truck pumping into the storage tanks when you stop to buy gas, DO NOT fill up. Most likely the gasoline is being stirred up as the gas is being delivered, and you might pick up some of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom. Hope this will help you get the most value for your money.