James Messer's posts

  • How to Sell Food Online During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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    The recent social distancing measures in response to COVID-19 has led to the closing of restaurants and bars—quickly changing how many of us shop. It has also dramatically impacted those with careers in the service industry sector. As we navigate these changes and try and establish just how long these measures will be in place, […]

  • DropShipping Pricing Strategy

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    Dropshipping can be competitive, so figuring out how to price your products can be the difference between winning a buyer or even making a profit. Finding the sweet spot of being competitive while still protecting your profit margins is one of the most important aspects of starting a dropshipping business.  Choosing a Dropshipping Industry Before […]

  • Dropshipping 101

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    The traditional ecommerce practice of selling items that you keep in your warehouse or storefront is not the only way to become a successful ecommerce merchant. Some people have successful businesses that never even see the items they sell. This is known as dropshipping.  Dropshipping is a business model where the person selling the item […]

  • How Do I Ship Dry Ice?

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    What is dry ice? Dry ice is carbon dioxide in its solid form at or below -109º F. Because it converts from a solid state into a gas, it doesn’t thaw and risk ruining the packaging or contents. Apart from fog in Halloween punch bowls, dry ice is used to keep items such as medical […]

  • 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 42% off UPS® Ground shipments and up to 62% 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 […]