James Messer

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How to Process Holiday Returns

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 […]

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2021 USPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines

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, […]

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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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Australia and New Zealand Last Posting Dates for Christmas 2021

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 […]

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2021 Last Posting Dates for Christmas in the UK

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 […]

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Supply Chain Delays and Carrier Delays Can Impact the 2021 Holiday Season

Shoppers are going to experience a mix of old and new concerns heading into the 2021 holiday shopping season. Americans are more willing to go to in-person events, travel, and shop this holiday season than in 2020 thanks to increased vaccinations. Many Americans are ready to start buying again. While this is a good sign, […]

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Shipping Basics
5 Tips for Making Better Shipping Notifications Emails

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 […]

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Shipping News
What Slower USPS First Class Mail Transit Time Means for You

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 […]

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Shipping Basics
How to Ship a Package

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 […]

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How to Sell and Ship Car Parts

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 […]

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2021 Holiday Shipping Deadlines for Canada

Use our holiday shipping deadlines for all the major carriers in Canada to make sure you deliver packages on time for the Christmas season.

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FedEx, UPS, and USPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines For 2021

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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USPS 2021 Holiday Peak Shipping Surcharge

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 […]

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Find the Cheapest USPS Shipping Rates

Finding the right USPS shipping rate

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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 recommendations on a […]

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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 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 […]

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

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 […]

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UPS Shipping Rates & Cost Estimates

UPS shipping rates are important for businesses of all sizes. United Parcel Service America, Inc. (or UPS for short) is a parcel delivery service based in the US that delivers to almost every country on Earth with an average daily package count of 15,000,000. Because of their global network and good customer satisfaction rating, UPS […]

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Shipping Basics
How Do I Calculate Shipping Costs and Charge Customers?

Learning what to charge for shipping and how to calculate shipping costs helps you become a better ecommerce merchant.

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5 Ways to Stop Overpaying on Shipping Costs

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” This may be a convenient expression for why you refuse to get rid of your 1994 Toyota Tercel, but it is not good for ecommerce sellers. Just because your workflow isn’t broken doesn’t mean it’s performing as it needs to. It’s easy to find discounts if you know […]

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4 Reasons to Ship with 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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