Shipping Basics

Shipping is more than the last step in an order lifecycle. A good shipping strategy can set you up for success in many other areas of running a business. Learning the basics of shipping and ShipStation will help you save time and money on far more than just order fulfillment. A good shipping workflow touches and integrates with many ecommerce softwares. We’ll help you figure out how shipping fits into the bigger picture of your business. 

Whether you need to discover more about new carriers, automating your shipping workflow, discover new places to sell, or understand customer demands a little better, these are the resources to help you get ship done! 

Shipping Basics
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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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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Shipping Basics
7 Expert Tips for Starting Your Own Clothing Line

If you’ve got an eye for fashion and have always wanted to try your hand at starting a clothing line, now might be the time to shoot your shot. Doing so has never been easier. Thanks to advancements in tech and the democratization of commerce—in a few clicks, you can buy stock from wholesalers, launch […]

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Selling Channels, Shipping Basics, ShipStation Product
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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Shipping Basics
5 techniques de personnalisation pour votre e-commerce

La personnalisation en e-commerce repose sur l’expérience. L’objectif est de proposer à chaque client ou cliente une expérience sur mesure. Cette flexibilité constitue l’un des grands avantages de votre boutique en ligne par rapport à un commerce traditionnel. Vous pouvez ajuster votre vitrine en fonction des préférences de vos visiteurs, et leur suggérer des articles […]

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Shipping Basics
Communication client : jouez la transparence

La communication avec la clientèle est un défi de taille pour tous les e-commerces. Votre objectif est de mettre à la disposition de vos clientes et clients toutes les informations qu’ils souhaitent connaître. Optez pour la transparence : ne cachez rien sur votre boutique en ligne. Cet axe stratégique majeur vous permettra de vous forger une […]

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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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Best thermal label printers for shipping labels Shipping Basics
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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Case Studies, Shipping Basics
5 conseils pour commencer à vendre en ligne

Que vous ayez ou non une boutique physique, vendre en ligne est aujourd’hui de plus en plus accessible. Si vous souhaitez vous lancer dans le e-commerce, de nombreux outils sont à votre disposition pour créer votre boutique Web de A à Z, et pour en assurer la logistique. Des plateformes spécialisées comme ShipStation vous accompagnent […]

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Shipping Basics
Livraison écoresponsable : un impératif moral et stratégique

Avec l’essor du e-commerce, le nombre de colis livrés aux quatre coins du monde est en constante augmentation. Ce nouveau mode de consommation a des avantages, mais aussi des impacts importants, notamment sur l’environnement. Les consommateurs en sont conscients. S’ils ont le choix, ils opteront pour une entreprise soucieuse de cette problématique. Vous en préoccuper […]

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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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Shipping Basics
Ecommerce : les meilleures pratiques d’expédition

L’expédition constitue un aspect crucial de la gestion logistique en ecommerce. Ces dernières années, les grandes enseignes de commerce en ligne ont placé la barre très haut, avec pour conséquence directe d’augmenter les attentes des consommateurs. Désormais très exigeante en matière de livraison, votre clientèle s’attend à pouvoir choisir entre différents lieux et modes de […]

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Carrier Rates, Shipping Basics
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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Shipping Basics
Questions to Ask Before Selling Internationally

No matter what your ecommerce activities or what you sell online, one of your priorities will be to find and attract new customers. The good news is that you can count on product interest from international customers. In the era of ecommerce, 25.5% of European online purchases are made abroad. Therefore, there is no reason […]

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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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Shipping Basics, ShipStation Product
How to Find a UPS, DHL, FedEx, or USPS Drop Off Near Me

Finding a place to drop off your parcels can be easy—so long as you already have a label printed! If you haven’t printed the label, you’re going to need to head to a carrier facility or a self-service kiosk to get one printed. You can also use a program like Shipbot to print a label […]

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Shipping Basics
ShipStation: How to Create and Print a Shipping Label

A quick, effective shipping process is not just an advantage for ecommerce businesses anymore, it’s a necessity. Customers expect their packages to arrive on time and at the right destination. Planning your shipping and fulfillment process in advance will set your team up for success. Creating and printing accurate shipping labels is a critical part […]

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Shipping Basics
Eco-Friendly Shipping Practices

Ecommerce has the capacity to make our shopping habits greener. When we have items delivered to us instead of us driving around to stores, it minimizes our carbon footprint. With the omnipresence of ecommerce, you may end up getting a different package delivered every day. Sometimes multiple packages a day! During lockdown with people shopping […]

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Shipping Basics
Comment offrir une meilleure visibilité sur l’expédition de vos colis ?

Lorsque votre clientèle veut connaître l’état d’avancement de sa commande, n’espérez pas la satisfaire avec un simple « livraison en cours ». Les exigences des consommateurs e-commerce ne font qu’augmenter, tout particulièrement en ce qui concerne la livraison. La transparence maximale est donc de mise, car une mauvaise visibilité peut affecter l’expérience – en mal. C’est pourquoi […]

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Shipping Basics
5 Ways to Personalise Your Ecommerce Website

You’ve set up your website, and jam-packed it with your products, but what’s next? How do you get customers to visit, and more importantly, how do you get them to return for additional purchases in the future? Today’s online shoppers expect the same enticing experience they receive when they shop in-store. Engaging with your customers […]

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Shipping Basics
What To Do About A Damaged, Stolen, or Lost Package

Shipping is not without its share of unknowns. Lost and damaged products are something any ecommerce business has to worry about and will eventually confront. Dealing with this process with customers that may live on the other side of the planet can be challenging, but there are (luckily!) ways to make it simpler.  Why Packages […]

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Shipping Basics
Returns Management Solution For Ecommerce

Returns and returns management have become trickier than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic. As shopping in brick-and-mortar stores has dropped, product returns have become even less common. In fact, many stores are temporarily halting returns to help curb the spread of COVID-19.  However, many online retailers still accept returned merchandise and consumers expect them to. […]

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Shipping Basics
Tax Compliance for Ecommerce Sellers

Optimizing tax compliance with your shopping cart or ecommerce platform Since the landmark decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. (June 2018), the world has become a very different and complex place for online sellers. The obligation to collect and remit sales tax is no longer controlled solely by a physical footprint. Over the past three […]

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Shipping Basics
Going Global: What You Need to Know About Customs and Duties

Is your business ready to take on the world? Reaching international customers can take your business to the next level, but it’s important to know what to expect ahead of time. Customs and duties are part and parcel of selling internationally, and they can be incredibly complex. Educating yourself on the intricacies of global ecommerce […]

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