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
Expanding Into International Markets Part 3: Shipping, Delivery, and Returns

Welcome to part 3 in our four part blog series, where we highlight what was covered in a recent webinar, which you can access on-demand. The webinar was brought to you by experts from Lengow, Avalara, and of course, us here at ShipStation. Together, our three platforms can help you succeed in product feed management, […]

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Expanding Into International Markets Part 2: Key Things to Consider in Local Markets

Welcome to part two in our four-part blog series. We highlight what was covered in a recent webinar – which you can access on-demand – brought to you by experts from Lengow, Avalara, and of course, us here at ShipStation. Together, our three platforms can help you succeed in product feed management, cross-border duties and […]

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Expanding Into International Markets Part 1: Deciding Factors & Choosing the Right Channels

The global ecommerce market is expected to total $4.89 trillion in 2021. And according to Forrester, cross-border transactions will outperform domestic transactions by 17% between 2017 and 2022. So there’s never been a better time to expand into new international markets. But a profitable expansion requires a detailed and dynamic plan that considers technology, business […]

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3 Tips to Revamp Returns

In the first week of 2021, UPS accepted 1.75 million returns into its system every day. This number is staggering, though not unexpected. Ecommerce surpassed levels not expected until 2025 last year, as consumers were forced to shop differently. Embracing returns is non-negotiable in today’s competitive retail environment. Consumers expect more from their favorite brands […]

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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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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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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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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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How to Find a US Manufacturer

How to find a US manufacturer that meets your needs.

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3 Ways Your Business Can Try Green Shipping with Eco-Friendly Packaging

Your online business can implement these green shipping best practices with eco-friendly packaging to help reduce the environmental impact of ecommerce.

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How to Navigate the Returns Process

The retail landscape changed dramatically in 2020. One major consequence of the pandemic was a huge upsurge in online shopping, which shows little sign of slowing even as UK lockdown measures start to ease. And as more people have turned to home delivery than ever, it’s not surprising that returns are on the rise, too. […]

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Improve Your Emails With ShipStation & Shopify

Maintaining contact with customers and prospective buyers is a never ending task for ecommerce sellers. One of the most effective ways to achieve this crucial contact is through email marketing. Email may be an old fashioned marketing tool, but it is still very effective. It’s the easiest way to reach relevant consumers directly. And a […]

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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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5 Digital Marketing Tips for Ecommerce Merchants

This blog was contributed by Americaneagle.com. Countless reports released every month point towards a thriving ecommerce market, and the reopening of physical stores in a post-pandemic future is unlikely to slow this trend down.  Customers have become more dependent on online retail shopping for their everyday needs and they don’t plan on stopping. According to […]

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4 Things to Consider When Moving Your Retail Business Online

Ecommerce is booming, there’s no denying it. Year after year we see statistics on the rise, and more physical stores moving their business online in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. As cities continue to require businesses to operate with limited capacity, ecommerce is becoming an unexpected necessity for many looking to find innovative new ways […]

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How to Document Your Shipping Process

Documenting your shipping policies and processes may not sound like a priority. But, documentation is a powerful resource that can actually save you more time than you put into it. A lot more.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Register Your Business With Ownr & ShipStation

5 Reasons Why You Should Register Your Business with Ownr & ShipStation

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8 First-Class Transactional Email Strategies to Help You Sell More

When it comes to email marketing, most people think about promo emails — annoying, spammy, and irrelevant messages that overload their inboxes. Transactional emails, as opposed to promotional newsletters, have nothing to do with spam. They are usually sent as a result of consumer activities, such as purchases, sign-ups, and so on, to reassure customers […]

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Increase Customer Conversions with Live Chat

Live chat lets you provide product answers that aren’t explicitly stated. No amount of market research, paid social, deep dive pamphlets, amazingly detailed copy, or intuitive product design can prepare you for the left-field questions customers will inevitably throw at you. Someone may not find the info they want and then leave—causing them to buy […]

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Cash in on Valentine’s Day Sales by Not Focusing on Romance

Valentine’s Day is the first major holiday of the year. It’s also in the top 5 U.S. holidays with the most retail sales, behind the fourth quarter holidays, Mother’s Day and back to school. Flower, candy, jewelry and clothing companies rack up the most product sales, but there are opportunities for online retailers in many […]

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How to Get More Product Reviews For Your Business

In our last post, we covered why product reviews are important for buyers and sellers. One reason is that 63% of customers are more likely to make a purchase from a site that has user reviews. Once you have a system in place to capture your reviews, you may think your work is done. However, […]

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Why Product Reviews are Important for Buyers and Sellers

As an online retailer, product reviews are important to your sales. But you may not realize just how important they truly are. Here are some statistics: 63% of customers are more likely to make a purchase from a site that has user reviews 88% of online shoppers include reviews in their purchase decision 70% of […]

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