Welcome to the third blog in our 'How to make the most of your registration' series. We hope this will help you get your warehouse details in front of potential customers.
In Step 2 - Storage Details - we suggested you specified your whole warehouse. In Step 3, you can now choose how much of that to make available to Zupplychain customers, and at what price. Both availability and pricing can be made seasonal, as we'll explain.
So, here's some tips and explanations for Step 3 to get you on the way:
- Standard pricing is your usual, or default, pricing for a pallet type, both in terms of 'price per pallet per week' and 'In and out price' (or handling price). This is the price that will appear in customer searches that return this pallet type in your warehouse in the results (unless you add date specific pricing). The minimum required for a pallet type to appear in results - when matched to the search - is standard pricing and some availability.
- Date specific pricing is optional, but you might want to use it to price lower in periods when you expect you may be less busy and higher when the opposite is true. This may help you win more business in quieter periods, and not under-price in busy times. You only need to list the periods when you want to charge different prices to 'standard'. They don't need to be consecutive periods - in the calendar gaps you leave, Zupplychain will default to standard pricing.
- If you have several pallet types, you can copy the date specific pricing from one to the other using the 'Copy' function. This is a useful short cut for copying the dates, and you can always edit the dates and prices once copied.
- For availability of each pallet type, Zupplychain show you the total spaces from Step 2, asks you how many are in use, and calculates how many are free to advertise on Zupplychain. You can either do a single amount of availability, or make it seasonal by adding rows. For this, dates need to be consecutive. (Tip - if you don't want to make the space available for a period, put the full quantity as 'in use' so 'free spaces' becomes zero). If you have multiple storages, the copy function can be used to copy availability dates from one to another.
- Remember, we are asking for your estimated availability - the amount which you would generally expect to be able to satisfy. If it turns out you don't have as much space as you advertised when you receive an enquiry, you can turn it down if necessary (though it would be best to not over-state estimated availability too much and have to decline enquiries often!). And you can update your availability on your Dashboard as often as you like.
- Your stated prices are for the smallest quantity pallets you would be able to accept. If you want to offer better prices for big quantities, go to 'Volume Discount'. The Volume Discount applies across your whole warehouse, not a specific storage type.
In our final blog of 'How to make the most of your registration', we will say a bit more about what the customer sees of your warehouse profile when your warehouse is in the search results. Coming Soon!