James Messer's posts

  • How Cotopaxi Scaled with Netsuite and ShipStation

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    About Cotopaxi Cotopaxi is an outdoors company based in Salt Lake City, Utah. They specialize in backpacks, apparel, and camping equipment. They’re dedicated to promoting social good and are a certified B corporation, meaning they balance profit with mission. They give 1% of their annual revenue to charity. From combatting poverty, to distributing mosquito nets, […]

  • UPS® and ShipStation Offer New Rates on Shipping

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    UPS now offers ShipStation users access to ecommerce discounts on domestic and international shipping with UPS. Ship more for less with rates of up to 45% off UPS® Ground shipments and up to 55% off UPS 2nd Day Air® Daily services on eligible packages. To receive these discounts and much more, all you have to […]

  • ShipStation’s Holiday Prep Guide

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    The holiday season is the busiest time of the year for many retailers. And this increased order volume can create some chaos. But we’re here to help. With input from shipping experts from ShipStation, our partners, and our users, we have compiled a guide to help make sense of this chaos. We’ve got helpful hints […]

  • What Consumers Really Think About Shipping

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    Ecommerce is booming now more than ever. In fact, there are expected to be over two billion online buyers by 2021. It’s an entirely different world out there for retailers; one where shipping logistics strategies can make or break an entire brand.  Thanks to ecommerce giants like Amazon, it’s now easier than ever to have […]

  • Logicbroker’s Connected Commerce Recap

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    Logicbroker‘s third annual Connected Commerce summit has come and passed. It was an incredible mix of educational, fun, talking shop, and networking for brands, retailers, and industry solution providers alike. The keynote speaker was Adam Strum, Founder and Chairman/C.E.O. of Wine Enthusiast Companies and Editor and Publisher of Wine Enthusiast Magazine. While wine and winemaking […]

  • 2019 USPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines

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    The USPS has released their 2019 holiday shipping deadlines! Below are the final dates to send envelopes and packages domestically and internationally. For more carrier deadlines, click here. USPS Domestic Shipping Deadlines Service  Shipping Deadline Retail Ground™  Dec. 14th First Class Mail®  Dec.  20th Priority Mail®  Dec. 21st Priority Mail Express®  Dec. 23rd   Other […]

  • 5 Returns Strategies That Can Win Holiday Shoppers

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    As we approach the holiday season, there’s a lot of things we need to prepare for it. From stocking up on shipping supplies to hiring some seasonal workers, there’s a lot of different things you need to consider. One thing that you should be working on is your returns strategy. According to Allbusiness, 91 percent […]

  • Which shipping option wins? Standard Delivery vs Express Delivery

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    As trends in ecommerce rapidly shift towards instant gratification, and Amazon and its rivals see who can offer the quickest shipping options, how can a SMB etailer compete? A company like Amazon can offer ludicrous shipping options—losing profits for a few quarters to grow their market share. If you or I took this approach, we’d […]

  • 4 Reasons to Ship with Poly Mailers and Bubble Mailers

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    Shipping with boxes can be cumbersome and isn’t always necessary. If you ship non-fragile items, how important is it that you ship them in big bulky boxes? Ecommerce shipping requires you to cut costs wherever possible, not corners, and one way to do this is to cut back on high packaging costs. And poly mailers […]

  • How to ship international, return, and express parcels with Australia Post, ShipStation, and StarTrack

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    How to ship express parcels domestically with Australia Post Australia Post’s StarTrack services offer expedited shipping services to many of Australia’s major metropolitan areas. They offer a range of services such as Freight and same-day delivery, even helping deliver organ transplants. However, with ShipStation we focus on the more B2C services. Their Express, Premium, and […]

  • What Amazon Australia Means For Your Multichannel Strategy

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    Why Selling on Multiple Marketplaces Will Grow Your Business The Current State of Ecommerce in Australia Consider Amazon For Your Marketing Strategy How To Sell On Amazon Australia Amazon Seller Strategies That Work What Australian Marketplaces Can I Sell On? Why Selling on Multiple Marketplaces Will Grow Your Business Amazon has established itself in Australia […]

  • What is USPS Flat Rate and When Should I Use It?

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    USPS Flat Rate is a commonly used shipping service. A major reason it’s sold so frequently is because it’s a very easy parcel size for the USPS to fit into their trucks. It’s also a good way for the USPS to make money. As a result, they’ll usually suggest it when you go into a […]

  • 6 Tips for Winning Shipping Insurance Claims

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    Insurance tops the list of things that fit the description of “Can’t live with it. Can’t live without it.” We all throw money at different types of insurance knowing that the best-case scenario is “I haven’t had to use any of that money I’ve spent!” When we do have to use insurance, the process can […]

  • 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: It doesn’t support 4” x 6” labels. Its maximum supported width is 2.2”.  For printing 4” x 6” labels, you […]

  • Can I Offer Same-Day, Next-Day, and 2-Day Delivery Like Amazon?

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    Ecommerce has, as we all know, changed how we think about shopping. And the way we’ve changed shopping has changed the world. In some ways, our online buying habits changed the world for the better. For starters, carriers consolidating parcels for delivery greatly offsets the environmental impact of individual consumers going around to different stores […]

  • How to Choose a Shipping API

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    What is a Shipping API? Carriers Scalability Support Technology { 1 } What is a Shipping API? A shipping API offers a robust, customizable solution to the challenges of shipping. Ultimately, a shipping API is a group of APIs that can be used individually or together to accomplish tasks such as generating labels, retrieving rates, […]

  • How to Reduce eCommerce Shipping Costs

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    Ecommerce shipping costs are a major expense for any business selling online. When you’re first starting out, you may be buying your labels at the post office—hoping to one day have a driver instead hop down out of their truck and come to you to scan in your outgoing parcels. And, honestly, getting from “next […]

  • How to Choose the Best Shipping Software

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    A Guide to Help You Find the Best Ecommerce Platform For Shipping Table of Contents Integrations Features Support Scalability Integrations A shipping software, at its core, helps you print shipping labels for your online orders. To do this (without copy and paste), you’ll need strong, reliable integrations with your selling channels and shipping providers to […]

  • How to Implement an Ecommerce Shipping Strategy

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    Regardless of where you sell, be it Amazon, eBay, Magento, Jet, or Shopify, you’re going to need to ship your merchandise. You may start off just bringing orders to the post office and buying labels and supplies there. Then you migrate to copy/pasting shipping information into a carrier’s website or shipping app, but that doesn’t […]

  • What Does USPS’s New Dimensional Weight Pricing Mean for Me?

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    As of Sunday, June 23rd, 2019, the USPS increased rates for large, lightweight parcels. This new Dimensional Weight Rate increase is in conjunction with the 2019 USPS rate increases that went out back in January. It increases the shipping rate of parcels deemed too large to be rated solely on its weight. The divisor in […]