James Messer

Carrier Rates
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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Carrier Rates
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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Carrier Rates
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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poly mailer padded envelope Shipping Basics
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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Try Before You Buy Ecommerce Guide Selling Channels
Try Before You Buy: The Next Ecommerce Trend

Try Before You Buy provides online shoppers a try-on experience that was once exclusive to physical retail store locations. Now, it’s taking over ecommerce.

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ShipStation Product
UPS® and ShipStation Offer Discounted Shipping Rates

UPS announced an adjustment to its UPS® Digital Access Program rates. Effective January 1, 2022, customers who sign up for a UPS account through ShipStation will now enjoy discounts of up to 86% off Daily Rates, 55% off UPS® Ground shipments, and 69% for UPS 2nd Day Air® and UPS Next Day Air® services on […]

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Carrier Rates
Domestic or International: Shipping to Puerto Rico, Guam, and Other US Territories

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

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Carrier Rates, Shipping News
USPS Media Mail Rate Increase on August 29, 2021

NOTE: The USPS raised the price of Media Mail by an average of 12.1% in January of 2022. For more information head to our updated 2022 Media Mail Rates Guide. While the new year brings the usual annual USPS rate increase, there can occasionally be additional rate increases that happen throughout the year. USPS’s financial […]

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Carrier Rates
2021 USPS Rates

The USPS has announced their annual rate increase for 2021. The following USPS rate increase is expected to go live on January 24th, 2021. Below you can find the rates available to ShipStation customers through our partnership with Stamps.com. Keep in mind that many package/thick envelopes can have varied prices depending on cubic rates or […]

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Shipping News
ShipStation University is Your New 24/7 Shipping Resource

ShipStation is all about efficiency. We know that bringing every part of your ecommerce business together—from software to printers to choosing shipping services—eases workflow. Creating a singular, simplified shipping process makes shipping easier and faster. However, shipping is not a simple process. We’ve spent years fine-tuning our product to account for all the areas of […]

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Warehouse
Oracle NetSuite Names ShipStation Its SuiteCloud Partner of The Year for 2020

Ecommerce has exploded since the start of the new year, with store doors having to shut. For businesses that had a limited ecommerce strategy or none at all, plans to make it more robust were expedited.  That’s where our partnership with cloud ERP provider NetSuite comes in. Finding a shipping solution that pairs well with […]

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Case Studies
How Logicbroker and ShipStation Help BidetKing Automate Shipping

About BidetKing In 2010, BidetKing.com launched as a dropship ecommerce site focused on bidet toilet seats. As their sales grew, their operations expanded. Over the past decade, they have grown at a steady pace and have solidified an effective, streamlined shipping workflow. Currently, they have three fulfillment warehouses where they fulfill their multichannel orders. They […]

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Shipping News
What Consumers Really Think About Shipping

With the pandemic recalibrating how ecommerce shoppers want to and are able to shop, 2020 has had a monumental impact on consumer expectations. Whereas previous years saw a shortening of expected wait time, 2020 saw the average amount of time a consumer is willing to way grow from 5 days to 8 days. However, with […]

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Case Studies
Inker Supply Ships With UPS to Get More for Less

Find out how Inker Supply used ShipStation and UPS to save big on shipping!

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Shipping News
Introducing ShipStation’s Second Annual Partners of the Year

After last year’s inaugural award, we are thrilled to introduce the next solution provider Partners of the Year. ShipStation has partnered with many of the world’s leading shopping carts, marketplaces, carriers, and fulfillment services, as well as a large network of hundreds of agency solution provider partners that provide merchants with marketing, development, and integration […]

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Carrier Rates
The Cheapest Ways to Ship From Canada to the US

The US is Canada’s largest trade partner by a wide margin. Canada exchanges over $500,000,000,000 in goods with the US each year. Because of this close relationship, shipping from Canada to the US is not particularly difficult. So, basically, if you properly document your contents, and don’t ship banned items, you should be fine. Cheapest […]

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Shipping News
What’s New with ShipStation?

ShipStation’s main purpose is to simplify shipping. The more efficient your fulfillment strategy is, the less time you have to spend on it—freeing your time to focus on more important areas of your business. We’re expanding ShipStation’s capabilities to cater to specific workflows. Whether you’ve been using ShipStation for a while or are still looking […]

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