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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: 

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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

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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, StarShip, Fishbowl

V-Technologies visits the Windy City for MAPADOC CONNECTIONS Customer Conference

Posted on Thu, Oct 17, 2013 @ 01:11 PM

V-Technologies is pleased to be part of the first annual MAPADOC CONNECTIONS Customer Conference this October 17 and 18th in Chicago! This user conference starts Thursday and wraps up Friday afternoon.

This conference explores such topics as Sage Software and 3rd Party Solutions in the cloud, Warehouse Management, and integrated shipping solutions. The conference also offers a vendor expo of other 3rd party add-ons. MAPADOC Customers, Channel Partners, and Strategic Partners have been invited to attend.

MAPADOC by SWK Technologies is an  Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) software created for Sage 100 ERP, Sage 500 ERP and Sage ERP X3 users to easily communicate to trading partners and reduce double entry.

Please look for silver sponsor V-Technologies at MAPADOC CONNECTIONS. At our booth you’ll see the latest in shipping automation and how StarShip can assist with your EDI transactions!

V-Technologies, LLC is an established and growing technology company specializing in the design, development and support of integrated shipping software solutions. Our flagship products, StarShip and ShipGear, provide connectors to ERP, accounting and business applications to automate shipping, accounting and customer service.  Our shipping software interfaces with solutions such as Sage 100 ERP (formerly MAS 90 and MAS 200), Sage 500 ERP (formerly MAS 500), and many more. Our shipping software solutions are certified with the UPS Ready, FedEx Compatible and eBay compatible programs. 

Tags: Shipping Software, EDI, Sage shipping software, USPS, MADAPOC, StarShip

V-Technologies to Sponsor at Scaling New Heights 2013

Posted on Tue, May 28, 2013 @ 12:03 PM

After a successful first year visit to Scaling New Heights in 2012, V-Technologies will return for a second year showcasing our shipping software products that integrate with QuickBooks Pro, Premier and Enterprise. We are excited to present ShipGear again, and also will be presenting our latest software pairings – StarShip for QuickBooks Enterprise and StarShip for Fishbowl! Scaling New Heights will be held June 23-26, 2013 at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL. Scaling New Heights is a QuickBooks training and education conference for QuickBooks Pro Advisors. Over 1000 advisors are expected to attend this year.

 

ShipGear reduces double entry and invoicing errors by providing a connection between UPS and FedEx carrier software to QuickBooks. This connection brides the gap between shipping and the front office to automate the shipping  process and improve customer service. ShipGear has been available since 2001, and has thousands of customers using it on a daily basis to efficiently ship their product.

 

StarShip is the latest V-Technologies offering for QuickBooks Enterprise and Fishbowl users. StarShip also automates the shipping process but supports multiple parcel and freight carriers inside one user interface. This all in one approach allows the user to rate shop between carriers to get the best rate. Line-item integration increases efficiency to create international and BOL documentation. Custom emails can also be used to notify customers of tracking information, keeping inbound inquiries down.

 

Come check out both shipping software offerings while at Scaling New Heights in Orlando at booth #19.  Maybe you’ll even run into Mickey and his friends!

Tags: Shipping Software, QuickBooks, ShipGear, Scaling New Heights, StarShip, LTL Shipping, Fishbowl

Shipping Software for Macola: Ship Multiple Orders at Once

Posted on Fri, Jul 20, 2012 @ 03:24 PM

Exact MacolaQuestion:  How do I consolidate multiple orders into one shipment with StarShip shipping softwarefor Exact Macola?

Answer:  Shippers can use StarShip's shipping software assistant to consolidate multiple Macola sales transactions into a single shipment for LTL shipments or to take advantage of Fedex multi weight or UPS 100 weight discounts.  The shipping assistant in StarShip shipping software allows the shipper to move recipient related orders into the same shipment to ship them together.

Please watch our video demonstration below to learn more:

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Shipping Software: StarShip Version 12, LTL Shipping Capabilities

Posted on Fri, Jun 08, 2012 @ 02:27 PM
LTL Shipping

Is your manual shipping process giving you the blues?  Would you rather be doing something else?

Less than Truckload shipping made easy!  Let StarShip shipping software take the work out of pallet and box shipping!

StarShip shipping software version 12 is enhanced to offer more functionality in several areas today we will focus on LTL shipping automation.  There are two modes of StarShip shipping software transport available, parcel and freight.  Common carriers are available out-of-the-box with StarShip version 12 or the user may simply add carriers with the bill-of-lading module.  Simply indicate the sales order you want to ship and StarShip will call out to the ERP and fill in all the sales order data on the StarShip screen.  In the packaging view you have two layers of packaging, pallets and boxes.  Starship maintains a packaging table that you can customize by importing or indicating directly within the StarShip shipping software interface.  The user interface allows the user to indicate what kind of container it is by giving it a unique name and defining the weight and dimensions.  The StarShip shipping software interface allows the user to automate the packing of items and distribution into different containers.  The StarShip user can print a thermal label packing list and place it on the outside of the box or print the packing list on a piece of paper to be placed inside of the box. Once the StarShip shipping software user has packed up the shipment the user has access to rate shopping functionality for freight, via direct modules like UPS Freight, FedEx Freight and YRC.  StarShip shipping software also allows for third party rate shopping via FreightQuote.com.  In addition, the StarShip user can access a web based TMS FreightView to set-up contract carriers and rates.  The StarShip user can sort by contract rates and 3PL, service level, transit time or cost.  The user can then push the data back into their ERP to access the frieght, tracking, and the PRO number through the ERP software.

Watch StarShip Version 12, LTL shipping in action:

 

Tags: Shipping Software, Sage shipping software, Epicor, Infor, StarShip, Macola, Dynamics GP

Sage 100 ERP Shipping Software Options - ShipGear and StarShip

Posted on Fri, May 18, 2012 @ 12:33 PM

Shipping SoftwareStarShip by V-Technologies, LLC is the mother ship of all shipping software.  Alternatively, ShipGear by V-Technologies, LLC may be all you need. The purpose of this blog entry is to compare the two.

Sage 100 ERP customers have relied on StarShip by V-Technologies, LLC as their premier Sage shipping software solution for over 10 years.  ShipGear is an alternative shipping software by V-Technologies available to those customers seeking a more affordable economical solution.  Since StarShip has been endorsed and sold by Sage Software for so many years, it isn't surprising ShipGear is the lesser known of the two solutions.

ShipGear is considered more of an entry level shipping solution compared to StarShip.  The ShipGear interface allows customers to install a plug and play shipping software solution between Sage 100 ERP and UPS WorldShip or FedEx Ship Manager. When a customer requires a higher level of automation between Sage 100 ERP and multiple carriers StarShip makes more sense. Shipping Software

ShipGear shipping software is also considered an entry level solution because it retrieves header information only.  Other differences to consider when looking at StarShip vs. ShipGear:

  • StarShip can retrieve the order and create the invoice as a result of the shipment, where ShipGear retrieves and updates the same document.  Use ShipGear to ship an order and ShipGear will update the order with freight and tracking information.  Ship against an invoice and ShipGear will update the invoice.  ShipGear shipping software will not create an invoice as a result of the shipment like StarShip shipping software will. 
  • ShipGear allows you to work within the separate carrier applications, with StarShip you may work with multiple carriers from one user interface.
  • ShipGear is available thru the UPS Customer Technology Program (CTP) and FedEx Tech Awards allowing customers to subsidize the license cost.
V-Technologies is an approved UPS Ready and FedEx Certified Solution Provider.  Today we will demonstrate the ShipGear shipping solution.  Please watch it in action!

 

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Shipping Software: StarShip Link 2.0 Customize User Interface

Posted on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 @ 02:22 PM





Shipping SoftwareThe new StarShip Link 2.0 shipping software allows Sage 100 ERP customers to personalize their field maps and translations.  During this video you will see the following:

  1. Get weight button designed for customers using scanning functionality in Sage 100 ERP Shipping Data Entry
  2. The StarShip shipping software scale interface allowing Sage 100 ERP customers to automatically enter weight
  3. Address validation within StarShip shipping software and Sage 100 ERP
  4. Line item integration now available with StarShip Link 2.0 and Sage 100 ERP
  5. Package drill down visibility with StarShip shipping software and Sage 100 ERP
  6. StarShip shipping software Sage 100 ERP map to carrier and service
  7. Automatic selection of carrier billing types and accounts within StarShip shipping software
  8. Set-up accounts receivable customer field maps from Sage 100 ERP to StarShip shipping software for speed and efficiency
  9. How to set-up ship and exception notifications within StarShip shipping software
  10. How to set-up salesperson exception notifications to pro-actively notify customers of package delays
  11. How to set-up automatic updates from StarShip shipping software to Sage 100 ERP
  12. How to print a packing list with all corresponding shipping information from StarShip shipping software
  13. And more...

To learn more about StarShip Sage 100 ERP integrated shipping software please sign-up for our complimentary webcasts.

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Why Buy Sage 100 ERP StarShip Link 2.0 Shipping Software?

Posted on Wed, Mar 14, 2012 @ 01:27 PM

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Because you need shipping software with: 

  • Line item shipping software integration that retrieves item information to further automate international and LTL shipments
  • Field mapping shipping software optimization that is an easy-to-use shipping software interface providing access to modify the default set of field maps and translations
  • Access to user-defined fields providing unmatched flexibility for personalizing the shipping software interface
  • Electronic scale integration allowing you to weigh the package while in Shipping Data Entry for more efficient package handling
  • Access to the StarShip dashboard from Package Summary Tracking giving you instant access to tracking info across carriers and modes (parcel/LTL)StarShip Shipping Software

V-Technologies continues to support the Sage 100 ERP BOI interface. A few reasons to consider the BOI interface:

  • Customer is running Sage 100 ERP versions 4.1 - 4.4 and wishes to have field maps/customizations
  • Customer wishes to ship Sage 100 ERP MAS 90/200 ERP orders outside of Shipping Data Entry (i.e. shipment initiated in StarShip)
  • Customer would like to ship against multiple orders (consolidate into 1 shipment)
  • Customer requires shipments associated to customers or invoices

V-Technologies, LLC has announced after months of research and development the launch of our much anticipated StarShip Link 2.0 shipping software.

This is a very special year for our company, we are celebrating 25 years of business and workflow flexibility with two Sage 100 ERP interfaces.  We are flexing our technical prowess with two Sage 100 ERP shipping software interfaces.  We have recently released a new iteration of the StarShip Link, version 2.0 shipping software, which works with Sage 100 ERP (MAS 90 and MAS 200) version 4.5.  With StarShip Link 2.0, we added many of the features we built into the BOI interface in Shipping Data Entry so a customer could stay with the current workflow and still have field customization.

V-Technologies developed a selection of shipping software solutions to meet the growing demand for Sage 100 ERP customers. V-Technologies, LLC has been developing sophisticated shipping software solutions since 1987.  StarShip and ShipGear are the two flagship shipping software products.  V-Technolgies, LLC offers shipping software interfaces with Sage Software’s MAS 90 and MAS 200 product recently renamed Sage 100 ERP, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Everest, Exact Macola, QuickBooks, and Counterpoint. The cost of a V-Technologies basic shipping software system is comparable to what most of our shipping software competitors charge for rate changes each year.  V-Technologies LLC is a Gold Development partner for Sage Software’s Sage 100 ERP and Sage 500 ERP software.

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