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Get Holiday Ready: Seven Tips to Reduce Shipping Loss

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The holiday season is fast approaching. Start refreshing your holiday shipping strategy for your business now. We understand that navigating the shipping landscape during its busiest season can be overwhelming, which is why we’ve outlined 7 best practices to follow to ensure your shipments make it into the hands of your customers safely and on time.

1: Be discreet with external packaging

Criminals are more likely to steal packages when words like “gem”, “jewelry”, or the name of a jeweler are listed on the outside of a package. Words like these or trademarks like GIA®, Hearts on Fire®, or Pandora®, not only increase the likelihood of a loss, but they likely void your insurance coverage completely. Instead, try using acronyms, abbreviations or even a person’s name to help keep criminals at bay.  

Another great way to protect the package through the packaging itself is by using pressure-sensitive packaging tape on both box ends. This will provide additional security to the self-adhesive closures on most carrier boxes.


2. Avoid drop-boxes, third-party businesses and non-carrier drop-off locations

Third-party alternatives, such as The UPS Store®, PostalAnnex®, Walgreens, CVS®, may be convenient during the holiday rush, but may leave you short on insurance coverage. 

Insurance typically begins with the carrier receipt scan and ends with the carrier delivery scan (third party scans are not considered a carrier scan). That leaves a gap in coverage when the third party has possession of your package. Instead, ensure packages are handed directly to carrier personnel and get a system-generated scan receipt since coverage commences upon scan by the carrier. 


3. Personally contact your recipient to confirm the package arrived as expected

Increased shipping volumes during the holidays can lead to relaxed carrier and scanning protocols, which increases the chance of human error. Reach out directly to the recipient either by email or phone to confirm the package was delivered. This personal touch can further strengthen your relationship with the client and build trust. 


4. Consult your carriers to identify ways to secure your account

Depending on the carrier, measures can be taken to restrict access and prevent fraudulent redirects of your shipments which means added peace of mind for you and a reduced chance of stolen packages.


5. Opt for expedited service

As shipping volumes increase, services such as Priority Mail, Ground and 3-day services tend to slow down and leave expectations unmet. Upgrading to 2-day services or even overnight will likely provide the client experience you desire and statistically increase delivery success rates.


6. Double-check recipient address for typographical errors or missing suite numbers

You already know the holidays can be hectic. What you may not know is that carrier turnaround on address changes typically slows shipment by a full 24-48 hours. We recommend taking a few extra seconds while preparing a package to double-check that all needed shipping details are included. This simple, but often forgotten step, can make all the difference when working to meet holiday shipping deadlines. 


7. Report losses as soon as possible

If you’re using JM Shipping Solution, it’s important to report potentially lost or stolen packages to our team as soon as you suspect a problem. The JM Shipping Solution team will work swiftly and diligently with the carrier for possible recovery. The sooner our team gets involved, the higher the chance of recovering your shipment. 

Not already signed up? Register for JM™ Shipping Solution on the Zing® marketplace to compare shipping options side-by-side, save shipping labels for future use, receive loss prevention guidance in real-time, intelligently insure your packages, and much more. 


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About Jewelers Mutual Group

Jewelers Mutual was founded in 1913 by a group of Wisconsin jewelers to meet their unique insurance needs. Later, consumers began putting their trust in Jewelers Mutual to protect their jewelry and the special memories each piece holds. Today, Jewelers Mutual continues to support and move the industry forward by listening to jewelers and consumers and offering products and services to meet their evolving needs. Beyond insurance, Jewelers Mutual’s powerful suite of innovative solutions and digital technology offerings help jewelers strengthen and grow their businesses, mitigate risk, and bring them closer to their customers. The Group insurers’ strong financial position is reflected in their 37 consecutive “A+ Superior” ratings from AM Best Company, as of November 2023. Policyholders of the Group insurers are members of Jewelers Mutual Holding Company. Jewelers Mutual is headquartered in Neenah, Wisconsin, with other Group offices in Dallas, Texas and Miami, Florida. To learn more, visit