James Messer's posts

  • How to Process Holiday Returns

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    As the holiday season comes to an end, we get ready for the new year. But ecommerce merchants have one last bit of business to clear up before moving fully into the new year: Holiday Returns. As unpleasant as dealing with returns can be, there is a silver lining. Customers that experience a good returns […]

  • 2021 USPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines

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    The USPS has announced their 2021 holiday shipping deadlines. Below are the final dates to send items to be delivered prior to December 25th, 2021. For more carriers’ deadlines, head to our 2021 holiday shipping deadlines blog. USPS Domestic Shipping Deadlines USPS Service Shipping Deadline Retail Ground™  Wednesday, Dec. 15th, 2021 First Class Mail®  Friday, […]

  • Australia and New Zealand Last Posting Dates for Christmas 2021

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    Jump to deadlines for: United States | Canada | United Kingdom During the holidays, there’s one thing you need to take care of: your shipping and fulfilment process. A big part of that is communicating to your customers your last posting dates for Christmas delivery. You need to find out the holiday shipping cutoff dates […]

  • 2021 Last Posting Dates for Christmas in the UK

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    Jump to deadlines for: United States | Canada | Australia One of the most crucial parts of holiday shipping preparation is knowing which carrier services to use and when. Accommodating last-minute shoppers is vital, and knowing which services are available until which dates is crucial for cart conversions. We’ve gathered the most popular carriers and their […]

  • 5 Tips for Making Better Shipping Notifications Emails

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    Customers read shipping confirmation emails—they’re the only email you send that you can almost guarantee each of your customers wants to read. Having a good shipping experience is one of the main contributing factors to a customer buying from you again. Almost as important as quick, affordable shipping is keeping your customers informed. Because customers […]

  • What Slower USPS First Class Mail Transit Time Means for You

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    Consumers and merchants alike have likely experienced delayed shipments since the onset of COVID. The USPS, FedEx, and UPS have each felt the stresses of increased demand on their operations. USPS has been hit especially hard by the stress ecommerce has placed on carriers. Delivering to every address every day is demanding. Even down to […]

  • How to Ship a Package

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    To ship a package you really just need to make sure that the package is accurately weighed, sized, and packaged. If the parcel uses a service that allows for its size and weight, you’re good to go!  How to Weigh a Package Weight is typically the major factor that determines a package’s shipping rate. In […]

  • How to Sell and Ship Car Parts

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    Figuring out the best way to ship car parts is crucial for a good customer experience. It allows you to get expensive, time-sensitive, frequently heavy auto parts to your customers. This leads to higher ratings and allows you to stand out in a somewhat crowded market. Luckily ShipStation and Simplepart.com are joining forces to make […]

  • USPS 2021 Holiday Peak Shipping Surcharge

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    The USPS has announced a peak shipping period surcharge for the 2021 holiday shipping season. The charges will apply to commercial and retail domestic competitive parcels in the following classes – Priority Mail Express (PME), Priority Mail (PM), First-Class Package Service (FCPS), Parcel Select, USPS Retail Ground, and Parcel Return Service.  When will the Surcharge […]

  • Recommended Thermal Label Printers For Printing Shipping Labels

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    ShipStation is all about efficiency. Which comes in handy as the holiday rush ramps up. This is the time of year to make order fulfillment as streamlined as possible. And one way to fulfill orders even more effortlessly is to invest in a shipping label printer such as a thermal label printer. If you are looking for a recommendations on a […]

  • Can I Use the DYMO 450 to Print 4″ x 6″ Shipping Labels?

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    The DYMO Label Writer 450 is a great printer that can print name tags, stamps, and address labels. However, for 4” x 6” labels, this printer WILL NOT work. The reasoning behind this is simple: The DYMO Labelwriter 450 doesn’t support 4” x 6” labels. The DYMO Label maximum supported width is 2.2”.  For printing […]

  • UPS Shipping Rates & Cost Estimates

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    Shop UPS Rates via your ShipStation Account ShipStation is a UPS Ready® application. This means you can quickly connect an existing UPS account to your ShipStation account and start shipping orders. But, even better is that ShipStation has a partnership with UPS that gives you deep discounts on many UPS services. It even can reduce […]