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4 Ways to Reduce Shipping Costs for Small Business

Finding ways to reduce shipping costs is crucial for all small businesses. There are enough expenses required to run a successful business that you shouldn’t have to worry about paying too much for shipping. You can look at cutting costs in four areas: Finding lower shipping rates, using the right shipping services, affordable packaging, and […]

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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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USPS 2022 Holiday Peak Shipping Surcharge

USPS 2022 Holiday Peak Shipping Surcharge

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Shipping Basics
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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Carrier Rates
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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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 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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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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Carrier Rates
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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Shipping Basics
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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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 Ship Vinyl Records 

Selling and shipping physical media is usually pretty straightforward. However, talk to any record sellers and you quickly know which one requires the most care. Knowing how to ship vinyl records is a skill that every record store, dealer, or label has to learn. They require a little bit more care than other media do. […]

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Carrier Rates
How to Get Cheaper International USPS Shipping Rates

The USPS is frequently considered the gold standard for national carriers. Many merchants across the world find shipping to the US to be a breeze because of how well our postal service deals with delivering parcels. Additionally, the USPS has built up a delivery network with other national carriers and international carriers like DHL to […]

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Shipping Basics
Why Was I Charged a UPS, USPS, or FedEx Billing Adjustment? 

Billing adjustments can be a shock at the end of the month. Luckily there are ways to minimize and avoid them. Find out how for UPS, USPS, and FedEx here.

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Carrier Rates
Why You Should Use Multiple Carriers: UPS, USPS, DHL, and FedEx 

Merchants typically look at shipping as a necessary evil: It cuts into your profit margins and you just have to deal with it. Yes, shipping costs money. But there are many ways to make fulfillment more affordable if you know what to look for. Sometimes, merchants make assumptions about which services are the most affordable. […]

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UPS, FedEx, and USPS Overnight Shipping: What’s Best? 

UPS, FedEx, and USPS overnight shipping services are now our familiar friends. As demand for quicker shipping times becomes standard, the most urgent of shipping needs have become more commonplace. Next-day delivery is a popular option for many items now. It’s not just for ice cream or medical supplies anymore. As merchants adapt to the evolving […]

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Carrier Rates
How to Schedule a Carrier Pickup With ShipStation

Running an ecommerce business means dealing with carriers. Logging into different carrier accounts to buy and print postage can become tedious though. And the only thing worse than having to print postage in all your different carriers’ interfaces is having to drop of packages at the post office or carrier facility. Luckily, ShipStation makes all […]

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Carrier Rates
Shipping to China: A US Merchant’s Guide

China is the US’s third largest trade partner, behind Canada and Mexico. Beyond manufacturing in China and their place as a central figure in world economics, there is a big demand for American goods in China and vice versa. As with any international market, China has its own set of rules and regulations regarding what […]

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Carrier Rates
The Cheapest Way to Ship Books 

Shipping books doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. But you do need to make sure that you are shipping books correctly. Books are heavy and if you’re not careful, they can jostle loose and tear open boxes. This can cause headaches for postal facilities, as well as damages and additional fees to return the […]

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Carrier Rates
Save Money on Shipping with ShipStation Carrier Services 

Shipping can be expensive. It can be time-consuming. Managing your carrier accounts alongside your selling channels can also be a headache. Simplifying how you select a carrier service for your different orders doesn’t have to be difficult. Because our major goal is to let you manage the shipment of all your orders, ShipStation Carrier Services […]

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USPS Cancels Priority Mail International Service to China

Starting January 28th, 2022, the USPS will suspend Priority Mail International shipments with a destination address within China. This will impact all non-military or diplomatic USPS Priority Mail International mailpieces destined for China.  For Priority Mail items that entered the mailstream prior to 1/28/22, the Postal Service will transport them to their destination. However, delays […]

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Carrier Rates
2022 USPS Rate Increase

The USPS has raised rates as of January 9th, 2022.

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USPS Shipping Delays Explained

Beginning October 1, 2021, many senders and recipients of USPS first-class shipments began to face delays and extended delivery times. This is no accident—these mail delays are strategic and self-imposed as part of a plan set forth by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. Originally proposed in March of 2021, DeJoy implemented the new system as USPS […]

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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 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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