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International Shipping Software with ShipGear

Posted on Thu, Nov 03, 2016 @ 11:58 AM

Global_Servoces_webinar.bmpSimplify International Shipping Software with ShipGear & Endicia's GlobalPost

Are you thinking about shipping internationally?  Are you concerned about the complexity, risk of theft, customs clearance, regulation and compliance issues.  It's true that many U.S. businesses avoid expanding internationally due to the headaches, expense and red-tape. 

Are you already shipping internationally?  Do you want to simplify the process?  Do you want to save up to 20% on shipping internationally?  You can with ShipGear's international shipping software integration to GlobalPost. ShipGear customers now have the option to increase their speed and reliability when shipping internationally with GlobalPost. Learn how Endicia's international shipping option GlobalPost, helps you gain access to the same low cost USPS services once reserved for super high-volume shippers. When ShipGear customers sign up through the V-Technologies sales team, there are no minimum shipment requirements or volume commitments.

Why ship with GlobalPost?

• Worry-free shipping - Includes $100 of replacement coverage plus refund of all shipping charges
• Fast, reliable delivery (6-10 days with GlobalPost Priority)
• USPS Tracking - All GlobalPost packages are shipped via the USPS*
• Automatic customs forms preparation
• A world-class customer service team

*Door-to-door tracking is available through GlobalPost Priority service only

How to Get Started

ShipGear customers can activate the Global Post option by calling V-Technologies' Sales department at 800-462-4016.  Accessing GlobalPost is easy. Simply select GlobalPost as your shipping option within Endicia. Your package will be picked up by the USPS and delivered to a nearby GlobalPost Shipping Center for expedited international processing and shipment. It’s the simple, affordable and hassle-free way to ship internationally.

If you are a ShipGear customer and you missed this webinar, please check out this 25 minute YouTube recording to learn how GlobalPost can help.

 

About V-Technologies, LLC.

Both StarShip® and ShipGear® integrates with Endicia for U.S. Postal Services. 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 representative.

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.

ShipGear®  provides turnkey interfaces to Endicia Professional that are designed to make shipping more efficient, reduce errors AND streamline the work flow for accounts receivable and customer service. Plug-and-play interfaces to ERP, accounting and marketplaces add a profile to Endicia Professional to make integration a snap. Simply scan the order number from a pick sheet to auto-populate Endicia Pro. Once the shipment is processed, 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.

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Contact us for more information: 800-462-4016 or sales@vtechnologies.com

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About Endicia®

Endicia is the leading provider of innovative and intuitive shipping technologies and services; delivering value by creating breakthrough shipping solutions that help global businesses, small and big, reach their customers.  Endicia has printed over $14 billion in postage and is a trusted partner of the U.S. Postal Service®. Endicia is a wholly owned subsidiary of Stamps.com.

 

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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 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: 

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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: 

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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