With an innovative delivery solution from Newgistics, the e-tailer keeps its customers happy—and its shipping costs down. Aleva Stores is a rapidly growing e-tailer of home health and wellness products ranging from nutritional supplements to running socks. Aleva Stores operates 10 niche sites that each focus on specific healthcare product lines and are fully supported by a team of knowledgeable customer service professionals. Aleva Stores is committed to delivering a great customer experience and providing a level of service that is unique in the segment, and this dedication is evident in the merchant’s informal motto: a “fresh idea on shopping.” For Aleva, one fresh shopping priority is to ensure orders arrive within five business days after they’re shipped. “It’s about keeping the customer happy—getting them to come back,” explains Derek Gaskins, President of Aleva Stores. “If they order something and it takes 10 days, then that’s probably the first and last shipment you’re going to have with that customer.” Aleva Stores says Newgistics Select offers the ideal combination of price and performance. In the ultra-competitive online marketplace, e-tailers need delivery solutions that are both fast and affordable. Aleva simply could not strike the right balance between speed and cost until the company turned to Newgistics. Now, Aleva Stores ships with Newgistics Select(TM), a postal-based uniquely designed to deliver within Aleva’s target delivery window—and does so affordably and competitively. Because Aleva Stores was finally able to find the right balance between its two competing priorities, its president Derek Gaskins says Newgistics Select is “obviously the way to go.” The Pain Points Aleva Stores values fast delivery times so much that its company vision promises its customers delivery within five business days of leaving the distribution center with standard shipping. However, a previous shipping provider’s poor performance made it difficult for the merchant to deliver on that promise. The carrier had approached Aleva Stores with rates that Gaskins called “incredibly aggressive,” but the delivery metrics did not meet expectations. Packages were often late or, even worse, lost, which in turn cost Aleva Stores in other areas. To meet Aleva Stores’ delivery needs, Newgistics Select can be adjusted based on performance reports the merchant receives regularly. “We were re-shipping daily, multiple orders,” recalls Gaskins. “And there’s a pretty steep price associated with that, not only in absorbing the cost of the product and shipping it again—you’re quite possibly losing that customer.” Aleva Stores then switched to a shipping company that promised reasonable rates and delivery within five business days. However, the carrier shut down without warning in 2012. Aleva Stores was left scrambling. The Plan Newgistics stepped in almost immediately, offering what Aleva Stores had a hard time achieving with other carriers: the ideal combination of price and performance. Aleva Stores selected Newgistics Select, a postal-based solution that provides estimated average transit times of 3-5 days at substantial savings over national parcel ground carriers. What’s more, Newgistics Select offers merchants the flexibility to meet their individual needs for delivery speed. Based on frequent performance reports from Newgistics, Aleva Stores can request any adjustments that may be needed to continue achieving its delivery objectives. “If you come to them and say ‘I want to hit a certain metric,’ they’ll build a Newgistics Select solution to accommodate that,” Gaskins explains. “And that’s pretty unique. I don’t think there are too many carriers—if any—out there that are going to build all these custom matrices to meet the customer’s goals.” Success! Now that Aleva Stores ships with Newgistics Select, orders reach customers within the merchant’s target timeframe of five business days. What’s more, the daily re-ships that ran up costs are no longer a significant problem and the volume of pricey calls and emails to Customer Service is down as well. “With the other options that are out there, either somebody can deliver a quality product or somebody can have a price- competitive product,” observes Gaskins. “Truly, I feel Newgistics is the first time I’ve found a quality product that’s still hitting on a price point that makes sense.”