patmat2350

Custom packing slip

Status: New Idea!
by patmat2350 on ‎02-28-2012 08:23

To save on costs and promote MORE books sales, I'd like to drop ship directly to customers (stores) who use purchase orders.

They need to receive deliveries into their system before they approve an invoice for payment. To do this, they need to see their PO number on the packing slip.

Can we include an order-specific customizable box on the packing slip? This could include thank you messages, or specific info like customer PO numbers.

 

 

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by on ‎02-28-2012 11:29

No

by abemarch on ‎02-28-2012 11:47

book stores purchase via a distributor.  Does Lulu use a distributor?  If so, can the store contact them to place an order?

by on ‎02-28-2012 12:45

That is the whole point of the ISBN system. But there is nothing for anyone to distribute until an order is placed. Lulu uses Book On Demand printing services. When an order is placed, a book is printed via ordering it from Lulu regardless of where the book/ISBN was found listed.

(Does no one read the site?)

 

http://connect.lulu.com/t5/ISBN-Distribution/What-Distribution-Services-does-Lulu-offer/ta-p/33503

(This is the area for Suggestions to be made BTW, and to comment on them ...)

 

 

by patmat2350 on ‎02-28-2012 02:24

Kevin- I remain confused about how you can speak for Lulu... you on the payroll? Did you not read MY post? Do you have a life outside of trolling the Lulu forums? 

I do business with entities who are not primarily book stores. They buy the books from me, to resell themselves. Now, I can buy the books from Lulu, ship to me, then reship to my customer... or I can have the order drop shipped to my customer from Lulu (or Lulu's printer)... this is possible today, and saves on shipping costs... a good thing.

The only thing missing is that my customer's PO number won't show on the packing slip ... the guy on the dock won't know my box from a new shipment of paper plates for the cafeteria, which is why the packing slip needs to have the customer's PO on it to be received properly, and paid (very very important, that last part!).

Lulu is an organization built on the premise of harnessing technology for the good of mankind... it seems simple enough to include a customizable text field on the packing slip.

 

 

 

 

by on ‎02-28-2012 05:03

Just curious. What do you mean by "PO" - Post-Office? Postal Order?

by on ‎02-28-2012 06:55

No I do not work for Lulu, but I have used it for years, and no I am not trolling, you do not get kudos for trolling, you get them for helping people. Some people just do not like the replies though, and not just mine.

Lulu do not print or ship anything, they contract out to printers who then contract out to shippers and your suggestion comes under the same general banner as "can we have personal notes included in the shipping" and Lulu always answers >> no.  Sorry you did not like it.

Not only that, I doubt Lulu will go for the payment in your own good time method.

Most get around the problem by buying their own books and packing and mailing them. If you wish to allow companies to open a pay at the end of the month type of account with you, that's up to you. I have seen many go bankrupt by allowing it.

 

 

by on ‎02-29-2012 02:22
PO Purchase Order.
by patmat2350 on ‎03-03-2012 09:22

BTW, I just sent a 30 book order (on a Purchase Order) to a museum book store... I used the drop ship option to save on freight, and was able to cram the customer's name and PO number into Lulu's packing slip First/Last Name & Organization fields... but this is really awkward and unprofessional.

Please Lulu, one little custom text field in the packing slip?

 

 

 

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