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Global Shipping Software Helps Remove the Red Tape and Expense of Shipping to Latin America

Posted on Fri, May 20, 2016 @ 11:57 AM

Shipping_software_for_Latin_America-1.pngGlobal 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.

 

Tags: global shipping software, international shipping software, endicia global services

Global Shipping Software: 7 Steps to Expand into the Global Market Part II

Posted on Fri, Jan 15, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

global_shipping_software_part_II.jpgGlobal 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: 

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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

 

Tags: Shipping Software, global shipping, global ecommerce

Global Shipping Software: 7 Steps to Expand into the Global Market Part I

Posted on Tue, Jan 12, 2016 @ 03:00 PM

global_shipping_software_-_part_I.jpgGlobal 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: 

fishbowl integration

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

Tags: Shipping Software, StarShip, Endicia, global shipping

Microsoft Dynamics GP Warehouse Management: Integrated RFID vs. Barcodes

Posted on Tue, Dec 01, 2015 @ 07:56 PM

Dynamics_GP_RFID.pngThis 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:

RFID Primer

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.

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Michael_Burnham.pngPanatrack 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.

Tags: Dynamics GP, Optimize Data Capture, Warehouse management, Barcode warehouse management, RFID

Global Shipping Software for StarShip 16.0 - Coming Soon for Brazil and Mexico

Posted on Mon, Nov 30, 2015 @ 03:27 PM

Shipping_software_global_ecommerce_marketATTENTION: StarShip Customers: Global Shipping Software Now Available for Latin America!

As developers of leading shipping software ShipGear and StarShip, our team at V-Technologies is excited to prepare for our launch of Endicia Global Service with StarShip in December.  We hope this guest blog from Endicia is useful information for those of you who are considering shipping your products outside the U.S.  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 intimating to enter without the right tools to go about it.  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. 

We are looking for a few StarShip customers who ship to Brazil and/or Mexico.  If you are interested in signing up for our controlled release of StarShip 16.0 due to be released mid-December to take advantage of extra savings and simplification for your shipments to Brazil and Mexico click here: 

fishbowl integration

The Endicia Global Service solution is now available for Mexico and Brazil.  Our V -Technologies' StarShip shipping software solution will integrate with Endicia Global Service with the next release of StarShip 16.0 due to be released in mid-December, 2015.  By the end of 2015, the service will be offered in additional countries in Latin America and the Caribbean Islands.

Endicia partnered with SkyPostal, Inc., a parcel delivery company specializing in Latin American logistics, to create Endicia Global Service. Businesses using Endicia Global Service can have confidence that packages sent to Brazil and Mexico from the United States will clear customs in hours instead of days, typically arriving in the customers’ hands in eight to 10 days.

The Endicia Global Services solution provides the speed, reliability, ease of use and tracking capabilities that online retailers expect domestically. It offers:

  • Same-day customs clearance. Shipments clear customs in as little as six hours as opposed to an average of five days.Fast service. Shipments are delivered in eight to 10 days.
  • End-to-end tracking. Endicia Global Service provides tracking and delivery scan rates that are equivalent to what shippers are accustomed to in the United States.
  • Price transparency. All duties and taxes are known at shipment creation. Endicia Global Service allows businesses the option to deliver products duty-paid. This means that taxes are known at shipment creation and can be paid up-front rather than collected from the customer on delivery.
  • Reduced shipping complexity, with no customs forms to fill out. Shippers no longer need to fill out customs forms and print duplicate labels. They simply enter a product’s description and value, and Endicia’s software produces the proper label.
  • International address verification.

For more insight on selling overseas, check out the Endicia International Shipping page.

V-Technologies, LLC. StarShip and ShipGear integrates with Endicia for US.Postal Service integration.  We are launching our integration to Endicia Global Services for Mexico and Brazil in December with our 16.0 release of StarShip.  If you are interested in learning more about this service, please contact us at 800-462-4016.  We will be happy to hear from you and schedule a call with an Endicia representative. 

Photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net by jannoon028

Tags: Shipping Software, StarShip, Endicia, global shipping

Automate QuickBooks Order Processing with an Integrated Shipping and Customer Service Solution

Posted on Wed, Nov 25, 2015 @ 04:37 PM

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StarShip and Results CRM both work with QuickBooks and offer a better way to manage your sales, service, billing and shipping information. 

Please watch our video below to learn how to automate the warehouse sales and customer service process and provide complete visibility to your team:

  1. Connect sales and customer service personnel to Results CRM
  2. Use Results CRM to better manage QuickBooks sales and customer service:
    • Create and manage quotes and orders
    • Access customer specific pricing and inventory levels
    • View sales orders, invoices, payments and shipments
    • View customer contact information
    • View customer sales history, item sales history, invoice sales history
  3. Use StarShip to streamline and better manage your shipping:
    • View and ship your orders individually or in batch
    • Automatically select the "best way" to ship
    • Update QuickBooks with tracking numbers and shipping costs
    • Customize shipping charges based on your rules (order total, customer, etc.)
    • Build brand awareness thru custom email notifications and labels
    • Print a combined packing list + shipping label
  4.  Access shipment detail through Results CRM

Watch now see below:


Learn more about StarShip by V-Technologies

StarShip is a multi-carrier shipping system that features turnkey interfaces to gain efficiencies and streamline shipping, accounts receivable and customer service.  Amazon and ERP interfaces such as QuickBooks Enterprise, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Exct Macola, Sage 100, Sage 500, Sage 50, Eclipse and more provide the warehouse with instant access to orders and invoices. Simply scan the document number from your pick sheet to auto-populate the ship screen.
StarShip's multi-carrier mode helps you rate shop between carriers like UPS, FedEx or USPS and choose the best shipping method between small parcel (including regionals) and dozens of LTL carriers with one click. StarShip will also auto select the carrier/service based on custom parameters to ensure the best shipping rate and on-time delivery.  
To learn more, call 800-462-4016 or email us today! 

Tags: Shipping Software, QuickBooks shipping software, Sage shipping software, QuickBooks CRM

How to Reclaim 392 Hours Per Month Using an Integrated Sales Order Processing, Pick, Pack and Ship Solution

Posted on Fri, Nov 20, 2015 @ 05:04 PM

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Learn how one Sage 100 customer reclaimed 392 hours per month using an integrated sales order processing, pick, pack and ship solution.  

You may know Mad Dogg Athletics more for their leading fitness equipment such as KettleBells, Spinning bikes and Resist-A-Balls.  Mad Dogg will give us a glimpse into their before and after picture and discuss how they trimmed the fat from their warehouse process by implementing a combination of solutions.

Please watch our live success story styled webinar as we review the progression from replacing carrier-supplied systems to streamlining warehouse processes and eventually connecting to big retailers; gaining internal efficiencies to support an ever growing demand for Mad Dogg's products.

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Watch now see below:


Learn more about StarShip by V-Technologies

StarShip is a multi-carrier shipping system that features turnkey interfaces to gain efficiencies and streamline shipping, accounts receivable and customer service.  Amazon and ERP interfaces such as QuickBooks Enterprise, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Exct Macola, Sage 100, Sage 500, Sage 50, Eclipse and more provide the warehouse with instant access to orders and invoices. Simply scan the document number from your pick sheet to auto-populate the ship screen.
StarShip's multi-carrier mode helps you rate shop between carriers like UPS, FedEx or USPS and choose the best shipping method between small parcel (including regionals) and dozens of LTL carriers with one click. StarShip will also auto select the carrier/service based on custom parameters to ensure the best shipping rate and on-time delivery.  
To learn more, call 800-462-4016 or email us today! 

About Mad Dogg Athletics

Since 1991, MAD DOGG has been committed to creating the best equipment and most comprehensive training to deliver unrivaled fitness experiences. Our passion for building superior products, and our commitment to finding new ways to engage and invigorate our global community of fitness consumers makes Mad Dogg Athletics stand out as the unparalleled industry leader.  Mad Dogg Athletics is the world's largest equipment-based education company.  Mad Dogg Athletics has trained over 200,000 instructors and has reached millions of enthusiasts in ober 80 countries worldwide through a network of over 35,000 fitness facilities.  The company manufactures home Spinner bikes, Pilates and functional training equipment, DVDs, and a complete line of Spinning-branded apparel and accessories.

Tags: Shipping Software, Sage 100 ERP Pick and Pick, Sage shipping software

Shipping Software for Fishbowl : 10 Ways to Save Money on Shipping

Posted on Wed, Nov 18, 2015 @ 04:05 PM

QuickBooks_shipping_softwareShipping Software for Fishbowl and QuickBooks Integration to StarShip

11 Ways to Save Money When you Pick, Pack and Ship 

Recently, V-Technologies presented our StarShip integration with Fishbowl and QuickBooks Enterprise which was developed a few years back by our friends over at TaraByte Solutions. To show off this integration, we invited Fishbowl and QuickBooks experts at ebs Associates and TaraByte Solutions. Our StarShip customers save a great deal of time and money with this integration with Fishbowl and QuickBooks. Watch this 40 minute recorded video below and learn how StarShip and Fishbowl work together to bring you a streamlined and integrated pick, pack and ship process for QuickBooks.

In the webinar recording, QuickBooks and Fishbowl customers will learn how the our StarShip shipping software integration with Fishbowl inventory management all work together with seamless connection to QuickBooks.

Fishbowl inventory management adds extra functionality to QuickBooks with barcode technology and mobile computers to efficiently pick and pack orders. StarShip shipping software takes those details to complete the shipping process, integrating to parcel, LTL, and carriers such as UPS, FedEx, USPS and YRC. Now you can eliminate manual, duplicated entry, add accuracy and increased productivity with these leading solutions working together.

10 Ways to Improve your QuickBooks Shipping and Inventory Management Process:

  1. Use mobile RF handhelds to accurately pick, pack and stage orders
  2. Option to direct pick for a single order or enable wave picking for multiple orders
  3. Efficiently pick in bin location order and warehouse zones
  4. Stage orders while maintaining accurate views of inventory in real-time
  5. Quickly process small parcel shipments and LTL
  6. Use item information to automate international and LTL documents
  7. Connect to CubiScan scales for faster, more reliable measurements and accurate dimensional weight calculation
  8. Take advantage of discounted USPS rates and regional carriers to reduce freight costs
  9. Dashboard gives the entire office quick access to shipment history, metrics and reporting
  10. Email notifications that build brand awareness, provide item-level detail and drive traffic back to your site



Please call 800-462-4016 or email our V-Technologies' team if you would like to learn more about how to save money with our automated shipping solutions StarShip and ShipGear. 

Learn more about StarShip by V-Technologies

StarShip is a multi-carrier shipping system that features turnkey interfaces to gain efficiencies and streamline shipping, accounts receivable and customer service.  Amazon and ERP interfaces such as QuickBooks Enterprise, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Exct Macola, Sage 100, Sage 500, Sage 50, Eclipse and more provide the warehouse with instant access to orders and invoices. Simply scan the document number from your pick sheet to auto-populate the ship screen.
StarShip's multi-carrier mode helps you rate shop between carriers like UPS, FedEx or USPS and choose the best shipping method between small parcel (including regionals) and dozens of LTL carriers with one click. StarShip will also auto select the carrier/service based on custom parameters to ensure the best shipping rate and on-time delivery.  
To learn more, call 800-462-4016 or email us today! 

Tags: QuickBooks shipping software, StarShip

Microsoft Dynamics GP:  Hard Questions to Ask Automatic Data Capture Vendors

Posted on Wed, Nov 04, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

This is the third in a series of guest blog posts from our friends at Panatrack and the first contributed by Charles Rathman.  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. Charles provides further insight into the barcoding side of the equation in his guest post below:

How stable is the integration with Microsoft Dynamics GP?

How stable is the integration with Microsoft Dynamics GP? Barcode software is not an island unto itself. It collects data through scanning of tagged inventory or assets and uses that data to update the tables running under ERP software. So the stability of that connection between the barcode software and the ERP software is of critical importance. But depending on a number of factors including the number of ERP packages an ADP vendor integrates with, the openness of their technology and their investment in research and development, these integrations can become unstable.

New versions of ERP software and other changes to the architecture of one or both systems can throw a curve ball at a barcode software vendor that they may not be able to handle. Obviously, if this integration has proven unreliable, that is a significant impediment to getting value from the barcode software. A vendor will certainly not volunteer this information, so we strongly suggest people considering barcode software ask for written assurance of compatibility with Microsoft Dynamics GP during their consideration cycle. But any data provided by the vendor may be suspect. So it may be most efficient to simply watch out for specific design features that can lead to problems, including:

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Panatrack Product Evangelist Charles Rathmann helps people understanderstand the value of automatic data capture (ADC) technologies. Rathmann has more than 25 years of experience as an industrial marketing executive, journalist, analyst and researcher.

 

 

Tags: Dynamics GP, Optimize Data Capture, Warehouse management

Shipping Software Reviews: Fuel Surcharge Rate Increase Nov. 2, 2015

Posted on Tue, Nov 03, 2015 @ 11:27 AM

shipping_software_fuel_surcharge.jpgShipping Software Reviews: Shipping Fuel Surcharge Rate Increase Effective Nov. 2, 2015

While fuel prices are at their lowest level in years at the pump, shippers using carriers like UPS and FedEx will be subject to a fuel surcharge rate increase effective November 2, 2015.  This rate increase by FedEx and UPS will impact businesses' bottom line just in time for the busy holiday shipping season.  Traditionally, e-commerce companies, retailers and other shippers expect a base rate increase each year in December and January.  This unexpected increase in the fuel-surcharge index makes it difficult for businesses to accurately estimate and plan their shipping and pricing strategies going into the busiest shipping season.  

Why did FedEx and UPS make this change and not USPS?

One explanation is offered in a Wall Street Journal article "FedEx and UPS have been scrambling to boost their profits as their customers shift to email for sending urgent documents, instead of paying a premium to overnight them. Though e-commerce has taken off, margins on that business are narrower because of the higher costs of making deliveries to scattered homes."  In contrast, the USPS has the infrastructure in place to accommodate the increase of home deliveries.

What can a business do to avoid extra charges? 

Unexpected increases in shipping charges puts shippers in a profit margin squeeze especially when more and more consumers expect free shipping in many cases.  Here are 5 things businesses can do to try to reduce their shipping costs:

  1. Re-evaluate your shipping carrier mix with a shipping rate analysis
  2. Don't forget the Dimensional (DIM) Weight consideration, this could be impacting your bottom line
  3. Offer a better returns process with USPS Pay-On-Use return shipping labels
  4. Explore other packaging options
  5. Consider saving time and money with an integrated shipping software solution

Please call 800-462-4016 or email our V-Technologies' team if you would like to learn more about how to save money with our automated shipping solutions: StarShip and ShipGear. 

Watch this recorded webinar to learn more on how to save on shipping this holiday season.

Photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net by ddpavumba

Tags: Shipping Software