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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.

 

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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

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

FedEx and UPS Shipping: New 2015 Dimensional Weight Changes

Posted on Mon, Jan 19, 2015 @ 04:57 PM

What is dimensional (DIM) weight and how are these new changes going to affect businesses and their shipments?

Dimensional (DIM) weight billing is calculated by comparing the actual weight to the package volume.

  • UPS:  Prior to 12/29/14 UPS applied the (DIM) weight calculation to all Air packages and only to Ground packages larger than three cubic feet.  Now with the new (DIM) weight calculation in 2015, UPS will apply the new (DIM) weight calculation to all Air and ALL Ground packages.
  • FedEx:  Prior to 1/5/2015 FedEx applied the (DIM) weight billing to all Air packages and, just like UPS, only Ground packages larger than three cubic feet. Now they are charging the (DIM) weight fee to both Air and Ground packages.
  • USPS:  Priority mail charges have not changed and remain the same in 2015. The (DIM) weight calculation only applies to packages larger than one cubic foot going to zones 5-9, where the Balloon rate applies for packages going to zones 1-4.
Moving forward DIM Weight charges will be applied as follows:
DIM Weight Charges

If a shipper is shipping a women's shoulder bag, for example, with dimensions of 19" x 15" x 5" and the actual weight of the women's shoulder bag is 2 lbs. the (DIM) weight is actually 9 lbs. We calculate the (DIM) weight in this scenario by dividing the shipment volume of 1,425 by 166 which equals 8.58 and rounding up it is 9 lbs.  In this scenario FedEx/UPS would have charged $8.51 in the past, now with the new changes they will be charging $10.89 so the average cost increases 27.9%.  If the shipper ships 50 pkgs/day the increase in monthly cost in 2015 is $2,377.14.

Tips to Identify Savings

Start evaluating your shipping mix today
  • Identify common package sizes and weights
    • Pay special attention to medium and large lightweight items
    • Determine if dimensional weights will apply
    • Calculate the potential impact, including surcharges
  • Look for opportunities to pack more efficiently without risking damage to merchandise
  • Define commonly used box dimensions for ease of processing
  • Utilize settings to require input of this critical data!
  • Take advantage of ship via rules to automatically determine "best way"
  • Get re-familiar with carrier contracts and work with your carrier account representative - analyze minimum charges, DIM factor and discounts
  • Consider regional carriers such as OnTrac and Spee-Dee Delivery
  • Leverage new USPS Priority Mail prices where it makes sense for your business
  • Look at USPS Flat Rate Packaging & Cubic Volume Rates
What is needed to support USPS DIM weight and cubic volume discounts?
  • Provide LxWxH in StarShip
  • Select Flat Rate Packaging
  • Do you meet minimum volume requirements for cubic pricing?

Dealing with the new dimensional weight rules can be time consuming and costly with certain types of merchandise. Please give us a call if you would like us to ease the struggle via our automated shipping solutions - 800-462-4016 or email us! 

Tags: FedEx, UPS, USPS, Endicia

USPS rate changes planned for September 7, 2014

Posted on Fri, Sep 05, 2014 @ 04:29 PM

The United States Postal Service recently announced a rate cut ahead of the holiday season.  This latest rate change focused mostly on the Priority mail shipments, with up to 58% off certain packages. While the Post Office has always been an economical way to ship small packages, now even heavy packages are being discounted.

With rate decreases across many weights and zones, shippers can save an average of 42% over private carrier rates and up to 35% over previous Priority Mail rates, based on Commercial Plus pricing. (source). The rate decrease will especially be beneficial for e-commerce shippers that want to continue to offer free shipping on their products.

The Postal Service won approval from its regulators in August to lower prices by as much as 58% on certain Priority Mail packages for customers shipping at least 50,000 parcels a year (source). This of course aggravates shipping industry giants UPS and FedEx who have also been in the news with their plans to change their shipping rating to dimensional based pricing instead of just weight alone.

So what does this mean for StarShip users? Starting September 7, 2014, new USPS rates will be immediately available with no software update needed. StarShip customers using Endicia already automatically qualify for Commercial Based pricing for applicable Competitive mail classes for even more savings.  As part of the rate change, packages weighing 5 lbs. or less, Commercial Base rates (Zones 1-8) are decreasing an average of -0.3% or -$0.03 per piece.

For more information on the Endicia module, please visit our website at http://www.vtechnologies.com/shipping-software-usps-endicia/

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Refund changes planned for the Endicia module

Posted on Tue, Sep 17, 2013 @ 11:59 AM

 

New changes took effect on Endicia website August 26, 2013

1. eRefund Request timeline has changed

The USPS has relaxed their rules around accepting requests for electronic refund requests.  Traditionally, customers have been allowed only 10 days from the date of printing to request an eRefund.  Anything beyond that, they were forced to make a direct appeal to the USPS for a refund.

Endicia has rolled out changes to their website that will allow customers to request eRefunds for up to 30 days after creating the label request.  They also plan to have a fall release the will extend this functionality to the Endicia Label Server allowing late refunds to flow through StarShip. 

The USPS will still be waiting the full 14 days following postmark prior to granting a refund, just like before.  Since it is now possible to create a refund request after this 14 day waiting period and if there has been no scan event, in theory the request is granted immediately. However, there will be a lag time of 3 to 4 days due to processing on both sides for this refund to take effect and impact your balance.

 

2. SCAN Form acceptance scans no longer invalidate a refund request

Historically, the presence of a SCAN form acceptance scan event would automatically reject a refund request.  The USPS made changes to their side that will no longer reject a request based on this type of scan event.  This means that customers who use the SCAN form can now request an eRefund after the SCAN Form has been scanned by the USPS. 

We’ll keep you posted as to when Endicia adds this functionality to the Label Server for availability in StarShip.  In the meantime, you can log into your account page at endicia.com to submit a Refund Request for any label that exceeds the former 10 day rule.

Tags: Shipping Software, USPS, Endicia