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Happy New Year!
V-Technologies, LLC. Shipping Software Providers for ShipGear and StarShip
To our customers and business partners, on behalf of our team at V-Technologies, LLC., we wish you and your family a very Happy New Year! We want to take this time to express our gratitude to all of our ShipGear and StarShip customers that help give us purpose in the work we love to do - helping shippers ship better, cheaper and faster! It's our privilege to be a part of your team! Thank you for your business. We wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2017!
In the spirit of caring and giving back, we participated in the annual Toy Drive to help brighten the spirits of local children and families in need. The donations and gifts were delivered in time for the Holidays. We are so proud to have such a generous team. Giving back to the community is an important part of the V-Technologies, LLC. spirit and mission.
A special thanks goes out to the most charitable champion on our team, Shianne Cutler. Thank you for helping coordinate this Toy Drive and for all the hard work you do to help broaden and enable our charitable spirit.
Happy New Year from our Team at V-Technologies, LLC.
Tags: Shipping Software
ShipGear Shipping Software Monthly Subscription Plan Pricing
Earlier this month, V-Technologies launched a new subscription pricing model with new service levels available when purchasing ShipGear. ShipGear is the leading shipping software solution providing instant integration between UPS WorldShip, FedEx Ship Manager or USPS Endicia Professional with business applications to: Amazon, eBay, Macola, Microsoft Dynamics GP, QuickBooks, QuickBooks Online, Sage 50 and Sage 100. There are several advantages to this new pricing model including flexible pricing, additional product features and the option to discontinue service at any time.
Find ShipGear pricing plan details HERE.
ShipGear pricing benefits:
Pay monthly or annually - The new model offers more flexibility to pay monthly or annually for one or more years. ShipGear is even more affordable for customers who want to avoid an upfront investment with a low monthly fee. Customers who pay upfront with a minimum of one year are eligible for a discount.
Scalable pricing levels - Pricing is based on the number of packages shipped per month. As a customer's business grows, ShipGear's pricing plan levels increase in service offerings. See Prima, Mezza, Suprema and Ultima plan details in chart below...
Unlimited Support - All plans include the ability to access Support via email. Unlimited phone support is available with the Mezza, Suprema and Ultima plans.
Unlimited users - Add as many users to access ShipGear as necessary.
Value-adds included - ShipGear value adds include: Dashboard, branded email and Freight Rules. These are bundled with our three top plans.
ShipGear Dashboard is a web enabled application that provides quick access to current and past shipments. Search and sort by a number of fields and track shipping information with one click of the mouse. It is especially helpful for Customer Service and Sales Representatives who need quick access to respond to customer inquiries.
ShipGear Branded Email provides all the tools needed to completely customize outbound shipment notification emails. It's simple to set-up and includes the capability to include fields from a variety of sources such as ERP/business application or carrier software.
ShipGear Freight Rules gives complete control over how and when freight charges are updated on orders, invoices or sales receipts. ShipGear Freight Rules provides total automation of freight billing.
Multi-Source - Businesses running multiple companies or using eBay and QuickBooks, for instance, may require more than one interface. All plans allow customers to use more than one of our available interfaces including: Amazon, eBay, Macola, Microsoft Dynamics GP, QuickBooks, QuickBooks Online, Sage 50 and Sage 100 (formerly MAS 90 and MAS 200).
Dedicated Account Manager - The Suprema and Ultima plans give ShipGear customers access to a Dedicated Account Manager for personalized service.
Purchase with FedEx or UPS subsidy funds - Customers with valid approval code with funds awarded by the FedEx Tech Awards or UPS Customer Technology Program (CTP) apply towards the cost for the purchase of ShipGear for one or more years.
Product Updates - Active subscribers stay current with the latest ShipGear product updates released throughout the year.
Upgrade to StarShip anytime - ShipGear subscribers have the option to upgrade to StarShip anytime shipping needs change. StarShip offers multi-carrier access from one interface, rate shopping for small parcel and LTL from one application along with warehouse management or EDI integration.
Option to cancel anytime - Customers on the monthly pricing plan have the option to cancel anytime for any reason. Customers who pay with the monthly billing option are not locked in with contracts or cancellation fees.
ShipGear pricing plans details:
Each plan is tailored to fit the shipping needs of start-up businesses and scales up to meet the needs of growing mid-market businesses. Each ShipGear license includes shipping with a single carrier* for one location. Carrier options include UPS WorldShip and/or FedEx Ship Manager.
* First carrier is included with your plan. Additional carriers can be added for $10/month
** Value adds include: Dashboard, Freight Rules and branded email.
Start your free ShipGear 30 day trial today:
ShipGear integrates with: eBay, Macola, Microsoft Dynamics GP, QuickBooks, QuickBooks Online, Sage 50 and Sage 100 (formerly MAS 90 and MAS 200). Start your free trial today. You have access to our Support department team if you have any questions throughout your trial.
Purchase ShipGear today: 800-462-4016 or firstname.lastname@example.org
StarShip Shipping Software Version 16.4 Supports Canadian Origin for FedEx (new!) and UPS
The release of StarShip Version 16.4 in October 2016 now supports Canadian origin shipping for FedEx as an additional carrier option. The UPS option was launched earlier this year with StarShip version 16.3. It's a tremendous advancement for Canadian and U.S. businesses shipping from Canada to have the power of StarShip's shipping integration and the option of selecting both UPS or FedEx. If you ship from Canada and are using Amazon or ERP systems such as: Acumatica, Epicor Eclipse, Microsoft Dynamics GP, QuickBooks Enterprise, QuickBooks Online, Sage 100, Sage 500, Sage X3, or SYSPRO, contact us. Learn how you can take advantage of StarShip's integrated shipping automation to ship items from Canada to the U.S. and beyond.
Shipping from Canada
The FedEx and UPS StarShip modules now include support for shipments originating in Canada. StarShip users with an active maintenance plan simply need to contact us with the Canadian account number(s) to make them available.
Find more information on StarShip v16 updates here: StarShip 16.x Version
StarShip Version 16.4 Highlights
In addition to StarShip Canadian origin for FedEx, this release also enhances the Southeastern Freight Lines (SEFL) module to support Pro# generation along with other previously supported features such as rating, tracking, pickup request and proof of delivery.
The StarShip FedEx module can now streamline your warehouse operations in Canada! Start taking advantage of this today!
Southeastern Freight Lines (SEFL)
This StarShip release includes Canadian origin shipping for UPS along with the new Acumatica integration.
The StarShip UPS module can now streamline your warehouse operations in Canada!
Acumatica now integrates with StarShip for the on premise and cloud-based versions:
To find out if you are on the latest version of StarShip, go to: Help > About to see your current version and build.
- If you are on the latest version, be sure to run web updates on the Server and all Client machines.
- If you are on a lower version, download and install the latest version by visiting your My Account customer portal.
Are you interested in learning more about StarShip?
Our video library below is an excellent resource to familiarize yourself on the power of StarShip. Please give us a call at 800-462-4016 or email email@example.com and one of our Sales representatives will be happy to start a conversation with you.
To register for an upcoming StarShip demonstration click here:
About V-Technologies, LLC.
StarShip is a domestic and international multi-carrier shipping system that features turnkey interfaces to gain efficiencies in shipping, accounts receivable and customer service for consolidators, parcel and LTL shipments StarShip works with FedEx, UPS and USPS and LTL carriers. Integrations are available for Amazon, Acumatica, Epicor Eclipse, Microsoft Dynamics GP, QuickBooks Enterprise, QuickBooks Online, Sage 100, Sage 500, Sage X3, SYSPRO and more. Custom development tools are available.
ShipGear provides turnkey interfaces to UPS and FedEx that are designed to make shipping more efficient, reduce errors and streamline the workflow for accounts receivable and customer service. Plug-and-play interfaces to ERP, accounting and marketplaces make integration a snap. ShipGear automatically updates the order with postage + handling fees, tracking numbers and shipment details. Branded emails, customizable freight rules and a central dashboard round out the feature list.Contact us for more information: 800-462-4016 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Simplify International Shipping Software with ShipGear & USPS Pitney Bowes
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Shipping Software for Acumatica: StarShip and New Cloud ERP Integration
One exciting integration that V-Technologies recently announced is for StarShip and Acumatica cloud ERP. For the past 25 years, StarShip has been a leading solution for Sage Software, Intuit, Microsoft Dynamics and more. Now Acumatica customers can take advantage of the power of StarShip shipping software with the advanced warehouse management and the cloud ERP functionality of Acumatica. The combined Acumatica and StarShip solutions bring together industry leaders to offer a complete warehouse management solution for Acumatica customers. StarShip retrieves and translates order or packing information from Acumatica to complete the shipping process, integrating to parcel and LTL carriers such as UPS, FedEx, USPS and over 2 dozen LTL carriers. The ability to deliver these capabilities without having to customize Acumatica simplifies implementation and upgrades.
In a recent Press Release, this quote was highlighted about StarShip's shipping software for Acumatica solution by Dawn Jaeger, Director of Partner Recruitment at Acumatica: “StarShip shipping software by V-Technologies, LLC extends the capabilities of Acumatica cloud ERP by offering automated shipping and providing a cost-effective easy-to-implement solution to capture, verify and process shipments. We’re excited to offer this additional functionality to our clients and believe V-Technologies, LLC StarShip shipping software offers an unmatched level of industry expertise and superior technology model that will go a long way to maximize our clients’ Acumatica investments.”StarShip shipping software gives Acumatica customers instant access to sales orders, shipments or customer list to reduce double entry and errors. StarShip generates branded shipment notifications, branded labels and all other documentation ultimately resulting in less calls to customer service AND repeat traffic/sales to your site.
Watch this 4 minute YouTube video!
Learn how Acumatica shipments are automatically updated with freight charges, notes, package and tracking detail for fast, accurate billing:
Contact us to learn why over 10,000 companies trust V-Technologies and StarShip to get their shipments out the door on time and with minimal effort.
7 Reasons Acumatica Customers Turn to StarShip for Shipping Software Integration
1. ERP & Amazon integration: Streamline shipping, accounts receivable and customer service. Plug-and-play interfaces provide the warehouse with instant access to orders and shipments. Simply scan the document number from your pick sheet to auto-populate the ship screen. Amazon orders can be accessed direct/in parallel OR updated as an extension to the standard Acumatica interface.
2. Multi-carrier/Multi-mode: Ship small parcel (including regionals) and LTL from one application; rate shop both modes with one click or have StarShip auto select the carrier/service based on custom parameters. StarShip has direct integration to more than 2 dozen LTL carriers.
3. Quote/Rate Shop: Give the entire office the power of rating small parcel and LTL through the convenience of a browser.
4. Multiple printing options: Print shipping labels and documents (including international forms) separately OR go for an integrated packing list + shipping label: integrated packing list and shipping label…or build brand awareness on standard shipping labels by adding your personalized message.
5. Email Notifications: Are you tired of boring carrier-generated email notifications? So are your customers! Build brand awareness, provide item-level detail and send emails out as shipments are processed. All of this while driving traffic back to your site!
6. Dashboard: No need to go back to the warehouse to gather additional detail on a shipment! Give the front office and management instant access to shipment history, metrics and reporting.
7. EDI integration: Integrate with EDI industry leaders to benefit from a full Supply Chain solution.
About V-Technologies, LLC:
Founded in 1987, V-Technologies, LLC is a shipping software development company who has developed a selection of shipping software solutions to meet the growing demand for integrated shipping. StarShip™ and ShipGear® are the two flagship shipping software products. V-Technologies, LLC offers shipping software interfaces with Sage Software’s Sage 100 (formerly MAS 90 and MAS 200), Sage X3, Sage 500, Sage 50, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Acumatica, Macola, QuickBooks, QuickBooks Online and Fishbowl. Additional information about V-Technologies and its solutions is available at http://www.vtechnologies.com.
StarShip™ shipping software for Acumatica offers a turnkey approach to processing small parcel and LTL shipments. The bi-directional interface streamlines the entire workflow to gain immediate efficiencies in shipment processing, accounts receivable and customer service for improved productivity and cost savings. StarShip is a domestic and international multi-carrier shipping system that features turnkey interfaces to gain efficiencies in shipping, accounts receivable and customer service for consolidators, parcel and LTL shipments StarShip works with Endicia Consolidator Services, Endicia Global Services, Endicia Parcel Insurance and Endicia Pay-on-Use Returns. Integrations are available for Amazon, Acumatica, Epicor Eclipse, Microsoft Dynamics GP, QuickBooks Enterprise, QuickBooks Online, Sage 100, Sage 500, Sage X3, SYSPRO and more. Custom development tools are available.
Global Shipping Software Webinar - Learn How Endicia Global Service and StarShip Helps Avoid the Risks of Shipping to Latin America
We invite you to view the recording below of this webinar we recently held to learn how you can avoid many of the risks and extra cost when shipping lightweight goods to Latin America (including Mexico, Carribean Islands, Central and South America). Latin America is right behind China as the world's fastest growing e-commerce market and it's also one of the most difficult, costly and risky.
We are excited to have Shea Felix, Product Marketing Manager with Endicia present Endicia Global Service that now serves Latin America and integrates with ShipGear and StarShip!
Here's the 40 minute recording of this webinar "Shipping to Latin America with Endicia Global Service" that took place Thursday, May 19, 2016:
Endicia Global Service offers StarShip customers:
- Low cost shipping on lightweight goods
- End-to-end tracking
- Same day customs clearance
- Advance settlement of duties and taxes
If you are facing some of these barriers to shipping internationally, you are encouraged to watch!
- Red tape
- Custom delays
- Border corruption
- Unpredictable delivery
- Lost or stolen packages
- Lack of tracability
- No address validation
- Unprofitable cost of returns
- All other unexpected hassles and costs!
It's no surprise U.S. businesses are reluctant to expand into emerging global markets. If you already ship internationally or are considering it, there's no guarantee that all your efforts to get in compliance with every country's rules and regulations will pay off for your business. Luckily, Endicia Global Service's integration to StarShip has a solution through U.S. Postal Service to help avoid these challenges when shipping to Latin America.
For more information on selling overseas, check out the Endicia International Shipping International Shipping page.
Endicia Guest Speaker's Bio: Shea Felix - Senior Global Product Marketing Manager at Endicia
With years of implementing global business solutions under his belt, he brings distinct insights into the world of shipping – literally, the world. Engaging and decisive, Shea inspires and empowers the Endicia team to take their services global.
V-Technologies, LLC.: StarShip and ShipGear integrates with Endicia for US.Postal Service. StarShip now integrates with Endicia Global Services for Latin America. If you are interested in learning more about this service, please contact us at 800-462-4016 (option 4) or email. We will be happy to schedule a call with an Endicia Global Services representative.
Global Shipping Software: 7 Steps to Get Started in the Global Economy
In Part 1 of this blog series, we covered 4 steps to help your U.S. business expand your product sales in the global market. We hope this helps you tap into the vast world of business outside of the United States. All too often, we find that the main thing keeping most businesses from participating in global ecommerce markets is the concern over the difficulties and complexities of selling to customers in other countries, with different laws, rules and regulations.
Do you already ship to Brazil and/or Mexico?
We are looking for a few StarShip customers who ship to Brazil and/or Mexico. If you already ship internationally and are interested in signing up for our controlled release of StarShip 16.0 to take advantage of extra savings and simplification starting with your shipments click here:
7 Steps to Expand into the Global eCommerce Market: Steps 5 - 7
1-4. See previous blog...Global Shipping Software: 7 Steps to Expand into the Global Market - Part I
5. Attend international trade shows.
Trade shows are not only a great way to evaluate the competition, but also to locate new partners, suppliers and agents as well as strengthen the relationship with existing ones. These shows are very important to businesses in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The SBA’s State Trade and Export Promotion Program provides grants to states in order to enable more small businesses to travel overseas. It can fund some of your expenses related to exhibiting at international trade shows or going on foreign trade missions.
6. Travel to your prospective destination.
Traveling to visit potential (and established) partners is an essential part of any internal business strategy. Meeting face to face is an essential part of building a relationship with an overseas partner. People do business with people they know, like and trust. The State Department has an excellent guide on travel advisories and advice for preparing for overseas trips.
Before you go, one essential part of meeting with overseas prospects is to research each culture's business etiquette and customs. This knowledge will go a long way in building rapport and trust with your future business partners. Even though your research won’t prepare you for every scenario, people tend to appreciate visitors making a gesture to understand their customs - don’t overlook this step!
7. Understand international methods of payment.
According to the SBA, there are four methods of international payments: cash in advance (or credit cards), documentary letters of credit, documentary collections (either payable at sight or on acceptance) and an open account. The payment method will depend on the buyer-seller relationship and what is normal in the market and competition. Credit card payments seem to be the easiest, despite the fees associated with the familiar service. To learn more about each of these methods, and their pros and cons, read more about methods of payment on this excellent blog from the SBA.
We hope this blog series is good start to help get your business ready to expand into new global markets. Fear of the unknown is easily remedied with some additional education. We look forward from hearing from you with your questions and comments.
V-Technologies, LLC. StarShip and ShipGear integrates with Endicia for US.Postal shipping. Endicia Global Services for Mexico and Brazil integrates with StarShip 16.0. If you are interested in learning more about this service, please contact us at 800-462-4016.
Photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net by jannoon028
Another version of this blog was previously posted on Endicia's blog 7 THINGS I'M GOING TO DO TO TAKE MY BUSINESS OVERSEAS THIS YEAR
Global Shipping Software: 7 Steps to Expand your Customers Globally
As developers of leading shipping software ShipGear and StarShip, our team at V-Technologies is excited to launch Endicia Global Service with StarShip 16.0.
Do you already ship internationally?
If so, you know it can be a big headache with a risk of losing your shipments. Thankfully, with a little help from shipping software technology like Endicia Global Service and StarShip, selling your products to new global markets is not as complicated as you think.
Do you ship to Brazil and Mexico?
Our StarShip customers are invited to sign up for our controlled release of Endicia's Global Service with StarShip 16.0. Take advantage of extra savings and simplification starting with your shipments, Click here to learn more:
Ready to think globally?
While the global market is attractive to businesses looking to expand their products into new growth markets, it is also a complex world that can be too intimidating to enter without the right tools to go about it. Here are 7 steps recommended to get your business ready to ship abroad.
7 Steps to Expand into the Global eCommerce Market: Steps 1 - 4
1. Take advantage of resources such as the U.S. Department of Commercial Service domestic offices.
Did you know there is a department which offers several services, including counseling on the best markets for your online business and market entry business strategies? They also provide resources such as market research, training webinars and international partner searches.
How can the U.S. Department of Commercial Service help your business expand overseas? They can arrange for you to be connected to potential partners, and even arrange for business appointments with these pre-screened partners if you are going to be traveling abroad. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Commercial Service can inform you of upcoming international trade shows and trade missions abroad.
2. Find overseas suppliers.
An important element of getting started selling overseas is building up your database for outbound marketing in order to find and attract your target market. One time honored and useful resource is the Thomas Register which is helpful to find suppliers worldwide. It’s a subscription-based supplier discovery resource with hundreds of thousands of vetted suppliers listed worldwide.
3. Find an overseas agent.
Why do I need an agent? The SBA advises that an agent operates like an overseas manufacturing representative which gets paid on commission. The Department of Commercial Services has customized programs to help you find someone who knows the territory. Another resource is Export USA, a bi-monthly publication that features new U.S. products that are available to overseas consumers. It’s designed to help American companies promote products and services to buyers in more than 178 countries worldwide.
4. Find out about the market regulations in the target country.
Take the time to properly research the regulations for foreign buyers as they will typically clear purchases through their country’s customs. The SBA is a resource. For example, if your company resells business software, you need to make sure to be in compliance with certain U.S. rules, which require validated U.S. export licenses, and also ensure that you are aware of the list of “denied parties” that cannot purchase U.S. goods or services.
For tips 5-7 Stay tuned for our next blog...Global Shipping Software: 7 Steps to Expand into the Global Market Part II
For more insight on selling overseas, check out the Endicia International Shipping resource page.
V-Technologies, LLC. StarShip and ShipGear integrates with Endicia for US.Postal shipping. Endicia Global Services for Mexico and Brazil integrates with StarShip 16.0. If you are interested in learning more about this service, please contact us at 800-462-4016.
Photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net by Iamnee
Another version of this blog was previously posted on Endicia's blog 7 THINGS i'M GOING TO DO TO TAKE MY BUSINESS OVERSEAS THIS YEAR
This is the fourth in a series of guest blog posts from our friends at Panatrack and the second contributed by Michael Burnham. We have been offering our Dynamics GP integrated shipping software, StarShip with Panatrack WMS for years. The combined PanatrackerGP and StarShip solutions bring together industry leaders to offer a complete warehouse management solution for Microsoft Dynamics GP customers. Michael provides further insight into the barcoding side of the equation in his guest post below:
First off, there are two essential types of RFID—active and passive. Passive RFID works much the way your old crystal radio set did, by harnessing electromagnetic energy in the atmosphere to generate a small electrical charge. These passive RFID tags consist of a chip and an antennae, and must be positioned just right to receive energy from a scanner and be recognized. Active RFID tags are battery-powered and a lot more expensive. They will send an intermittent signal to a receiver that will determine their position. Active RFID may be useful in a facility setting where you need to monitor the location of expensive, mobile equipment assets.
There are certainly cases where having individual items tagged with RFID will be useful. We are not the first people to realize that the cost of tagging individual items for either active or passive RFID must be justified by a high-value item. But getting item-level tagging to work the way you would like is the challenge. The location of those tags for instance must be based on the physics of what is being tagged and how easy it is to read those tags.
Literal Barriers to Adoption
Apart from cost of tags and hardware, which are substantially higher than the cost of barcoding, there are literal barriers to adoption for RFID. Metal interferes with the RFID signal. Liquid absorbs the signal. So RFID will not work consistently across all products or items.
There are also barriers in terms of practicality in a warehouse environment. When you have multiple items in a container for instance, you can’t guarantee you have read each item through RFID scanning. So you have to create choke points and ensure each item has gone through these choke points. At a choke point, an electronic eye can detect whether each item has been read.
Hoisted by its Own Petard
One advantage of RFID is that it allows a large number of items to be scanned at once. That might or might not work consistently. Unlike barcodes, you can in theory read contents of a container without unpacking it. But that is very much dependent on the physics of the product, the packaging and the facility.
Panatrack President Michael Burnham founded the company in 1996. He had previously held technology leadership positions with Pillsbury/Green Giant, Burnham is Past President of eInnovate, an organization for technology professionals in Southeastern Wisconsin focusing on economic and technology development, co-founded the Information Technology Association of Wisconsin and is former Co-Chair of University of Wisconsin E-Business Consortium’s RFID Workgroup. He holds a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota.
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