Shipping & Fulfillment

  • What is an ERP and When Do I Need One?

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    Startups and newer SMBs don’t usually plan the growth of their information technology systems. Over time, they usually acquire a collection of individual apps and interfaces to manage different functions. While this usually works fine in the beginning—allowing the business owners to learn new processes—it tends to become too tedious to keep up with. For […]

  • Upcoming International Changes: USMCA, Packet Rates, and More

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    New changes are reshaping international shipping. As part of the Universal Postal Union’s (UPU) Extraordinary Congress in late 2019, the framework for what countries pay each other to deliver inbound packet shipments has changed. This change better reflects cost structures. Inbound shipments entering the United States will now be set at a rate of 70% […]

  • UPS® and ShipStation Offer New Rates on Shipping

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    UPS now offers ShipStation users access to ecommerce discounts on domestic and international shipping with UPS. Ship more for less with rates of up to 48% off UPS® Ground shipments and up to 62% off UPS 2nd Day Air® Daily services on eligible packages. To receive these discounts and much more, all you have to […]

  • 8 Ways to Make Shipping Automation More Efficient

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    Time is money for business owners and entrepreneurs—spending it wisely saves money. For e-commerce merchants, growing your business can transform simple tasks into a daunting time suck. Without Shipping automation, there can be such thing as too much of a good thing. Increase in order volume and demand can quickly overwhelm a growing small business—leading […]

  • 4 Reasons to Ship with Poly Mailers and Bubble Mailers

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    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 […]

  • What is USPS Flat Rate and When Should I Use It?

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    USPS Flat Rate is a commonly used shipping service. A major reason it’s sold 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 go into a […]

  • 6 Tips for Winning Shipping Insurance Claims

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    Insurance tops the list of things that fit the description of “Can’t live with it. Can’t live without it.” We all throw money at different types of insurance knowing that the best-case scenario is “I haven’t had to use any of that money I’ve spent!” When we do have to use insurance, the process can […]

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

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    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: It doesn’t support 4” x 6” labels. Its maximum supported width is 2.2”.  For printing 4” x 6” labels, you […]

  • Can I Offer Same-Day, Next-Day, and 2-Day Delivery Like Amazon?

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    Ecommerce has, as we all know, changed how we think about shopping. And the way we’ve changed shopping has changed the world. In some ways, our online buying habits changed the world for the better. For starters, carriers consolidating parcels for delivery greatly offsets the environmental impact of individual consumers going around to different stores […]

  • How to Reduce eCommerce Shipping Costs

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    Ecommerce shipping costs are a major expense for any business selling online. When you’re first starting out, you may be buying your labels at the post office—hoping to one day have a driver instead hop down out of their truck and come to you to scan in your outgoing parcels. And, honestly, getting from “next […]

  • How to Implement an Ecommerce Shipping Strategy

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    Regardless of where you sell, be it Amazon, eBay, Magento, Jet, or Shopify, you’re going to need to ship your merchandise. You may start off just bringing orders to the post office and buying labels and supplies there. Then you migrate to copy/pasting shipping information into a carrier’s website or shipping app, but that doesn’t […]

  • Brother QL-1100 Label Printer for Ecommerce

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    First Impression The Brother QL-1100 is a thermal label printer with a sleek black-and-white design. More than most printers, particularly Zebra or Rollo printers, you have everything you need to hit the ground running—easy setup, a roll of 4″ x 6″ labels and a ribbon roll of 2″ labels. The closest printer I’ve seen to […]

  • 5 Ways to Stop Overpaying on Shipping

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    “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 […]

  • The Cheapest Way to Ship From the US to Canada

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    Other than China, Canada is the US’s largest trading partner. And since China has a population that is 40 times larger (1.4 billion more citizens) than Canada, some could reasonably consider Canada to be our largest trading partner. We exchange over $500,000,000,000 in goods with Canada each year. Because of this close relationship, shipping across […]

  • eCom Logistics: A 3PL Solution for Australia

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    3PL and fulfillment solutions are often geared towards larger businesses with more volume to ship. However, these solutions can be beneficial to start-ups and small businesses as well, especially those in the ecommerce space. Budding ecommerce companies may find themselves quickly running out of room for their products in their home or small office. Instead […]

  • How to Make Shipping Insurance More Efficient

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    What is Shipping Insurance? Shipping insurance is a service that reimburses some or all of the delivery fees and the value of a shipment should it becomes damaged or lost in transit. It can be a complimentary service included by default with shipping charges or as an additional charge through the carrier or a third-party […]