James Messer

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ShipStation Users Can Now Save up to 77% on UPS® Ground Shipping

ShipStation is proud to announce that you can now enjoy savings of up to 77%* off UPS® Ground shipping when you open a UPS from ShipStation account! While other carriers are increasing their rates, UPS is offering deeper discounts on its popular UPS Ground® service. These rates are available to ShipStation users shipping in the […]

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2022 USPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines

The USPS has announced their 2022 holiday shipping deadlines. Below are the final dates to send items to be delivered prior to December 25th, 2022. For more carriers’ deadlines, head to our 2022 holiday shipping deadlines blog. USPS Domestic Shipping Deadlines* USPS Service Shipping Deadline Retail Ground™  Thursday, Dec. 17th, 2022 First Class Mail®  Saturday, […]

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5 Ways to Prepare for the Holiday Rush

The holidays are fast approaching. Is your packing and shipping area ready to handle the incoming avalanche of orders?

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2022 Holiday Shipping Deadlines for USPS, UPS, and FedEX

The 2021 Holiday Shipping Deadlines for USPS, and UPS are now here. Be prepared for the holiday season now by clicking here.

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6 Reasons to Try ShipStation’s “Split Ship” Feature 

Whether you don’t have all the items for an order in inventory or you need to ship from multiple locations, ShipStation’s Split Ship feature gives you the flexibility to fulfill orders how you want. While splitting orders may be commonplace to some businesses and rare for others, we’ve found that nearly half of ShipStation users will […]

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How to Automate Shipping and Label Printing

Automating shipping doesn’t require you to have robots picking items off your shelf. With a few tweaks to your workflow, you can reduce manual clicks, data entry, and guesswork that comes with shipping. The fewer steps it takes to pack a box and print a label, the sooner your customers receive their package, and the […]

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How to Ship Clothing: A Merchant’s Guide to Apparel Fulfillment 

Shipping clothes isn’t the most complicated thing. However, there are some key features that make it unique when compared to other types of merchandise. For instance, you may ship some items in poly bags. Whereas heavier parcels require more rigid packaging. With a variety of shipping services to choose from, the right one can be […]

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How to Ship Poly Mailers and Bubble Mailers

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 […]

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How to Create a Return Policy That Works 

Let’s be honest, nobody likes dealing with returns. They are expensive and time-consuming. While physical retailers deal with them, they are much more of a nuisance for ecommerce merchants. However, since shipping plays a large part in an online business’s brand identity, there are a lot of reasons to have a solid return policy. The […]

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Do USPS, UPS, and FedEx Offer Saturday Delivery?

The global network of carriers is constantly moving, from trucks to planes to conveyor belts to homes. Despite this hectic pace, deliveries aren’t made around the clock. Most carriers offer Saturday delivery, however, it can be at a high-cost surcharge. Sunday delivery, on the other hand, is a lot less definite. USPS Weekend Delivery Does […]

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ShipStation Connect: The Best Cloud Printing App for Ecommerce

If you’re in a time crunch and putting the shipping labels on your parcels, you need your printing to keep up. This is where ShipStation Connect helps. Instead of having to go through the tedium of downloading a label or going through the rigamarole of choosing a printer on the PDF viewer, you should just […]

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

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

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USPS Flat Rate vs USPS Priority Mail: Flat Rate Boxes, Prices, and Services

USPS Flat Rate is a commonly used shipping service. A major reason this shipping method is used so frequently is that 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 […]

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How the Amazon SP-API Update Impacts Merchants 

The way many apps communicate to each other is through API (Application Programming Interface) integrations. API integrations send and receive data between apps, websites, servers, etc. For instance, when your Amazon orders import into ShipStation, this is done through an API integration. It is how the order data is automatically sent to ShipStation from Amazon. […]

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Shipping to US Territories: Puerto Rico, Guam, and More

Shipping to territories can be complicated, let us remove the guesswork!

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6 Ways to Make Amazon Prime Day Simpler and More Affordable

Amazon Prime Day is a great way to get your products in front of a larger audience. And this year there will be a second Prime Day! It can be a great advertising tool, and while profit margins can be thin, it’s a lot more affordable than other marketing efforts. The drawback, though, is that […]

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Shipping Discounts for USPS, FedEx, UPS, and more

Save the most money on shipping by leveraging carriers, how much you ship, and what software you use. Our tips are inside.

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Recommended Thermal Label Printers For Printing Shipping Labels

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 recommendation on a […]

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The Cheapest Way to Ship to Canada in 2022

Finding the cheapest way to ship to Canada is important for any growing business. Whether you ship to Canada with UPS, FedEx, or USPS, there are many affordable options depending on what you’re selling and how much your orders weigh. This blog will help you find options for cheapest shipping to Canada. Why Canadian Shoppers […]

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USPS First Class vs Priority Mail

The two most common USPS services a merchant uses to ship with are First Class and Priority Mail. Generally, the deciding factor in making a decision in First Class vs Priority Mail comes down to weight. If a parcel weighs less than 16 ounces, it makes the most sense to use First Class Mail. However, […]

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The Cheapest International Shipping Services

Finding the cheapest international shipping method can be difficult because of the number of great services available. Some will work better for some packages in certain situations than others. So, while something like USPS First Class Mail International will generally win the title of cheapest international shipping rate that doesn’t make it the best fit. Learning […]

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Cheapest Way to Ship a Package in 2022

Shipping can be expensive. In this guide, we offer tips & solutions that show you how to save money on shipping, order fulfillment, & packaging.

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Media Mail Shipping Rates for 2022

USPS Media Mail is the preferred way to ship books, records, and movies. There are some exceptions to what can be shipped with Media Mail. However, we will get into that later. It’s a good thing that shipping Media Mail is affordable because the contents within can be fragile and need extra care and packaging […]

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How to Use ShipStation to Ship Ecommerce Orders

Figuring out how to ship your ecommerce orders can be a challenge. A common side effect of a growing business and increased order volume is realizing that some of your processes now take longer than they should. Thankfully, ShipStation is here to help. For instance, before Homefield Apparel found ShipStation they weren’t shipping as efficiently […]

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