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Consider USPS Your Secret Weapon Against Amazons of the World Guest Blog by Visible

Posted on Fri, Dec 07, 2018 @ 01:02 PM

 

Three Reasons to Consider USPS

Your Secret Weapon to Compete Against

The Amazons of the World

 

The more you ship with a major carrier, the more you save, right? Well, maybe, but that’s not the full story. Each major carrier structures its pricing to favor one or two modes of shipping while penalizing for others. For example, if you want to optimize small parcel shipping, consider a multi-carrier shipping strategy that leverages the power and experience of the USPS. Yes, USPS! 

Below are three reasons why including USPS this holiday season can help you offer the very best customer experience and enable your business to compete with the likes of Amazon and Walmart.

  1. Postal’s Rate Card: USPS’ special rate card favors all those small, light packages you are likely shipping this time of year. Save an average of 20% and up to 41.2% on shipping rates when you use it. Explore the rate card’s benefits and make it easier for your business to truly compete with the rates and speeds of the Amazon’s of the world.
  2. Best-in-class Delivery: So you can confidently manage customers’ expectations during the holiday stress. They also count transit times in actual days, not business days so you can ensure customers receive their packages in time for the big day. Did we mention USPS can deliver most packages within a 2-day window during peak season?
  3. Delivery to all zip codes: USPS offers the unique ability to deliver to literally every single zip            code in the United States. What else would you expect from the organization that invented them?

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Tags: USPS, Shipping Software, StarShip, Amazon

USPS Suspends Mail Dec 5th, 2018 - National Day of Mourning Declared for George H.W. Bush

Posted on Tue, Dec 04, 2018 @ 04:35 PM

 

National Day of Mourning Proclaimed Wednesday, Dec 5th, 2018 

In Remembrance of Former President George H.W. Bush 

USPS Announces Operations Plan

 

Our President, Donald J. Trump has proclaimed Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 a National Day of Mourning in remembrance of the vast contributions from former President, George H.W. Bush. The United States Postal Services (USPS) announced out of respect they will suspend regular deliveries, retail services, administrative activities and more on December 5th, 2018. 

Details released by the USPS for business mailers and shippers: 

  • Delivery Regular mail delivery will be suspended, however, there will be limited package delivery consistent with Peak Season Sunday schedule.
  • Delivery Destination Units (DDU) – Will accept drop shipments.

  • Priority Mail Express Mail – Will be delivered.

  • Retail All operations will be suspended. Post Offices will be closed. 

  • Collections – Mail will be collected from boxes in front of Post Offices and high volume boxes that have a potential to overflow, while other collections will be suspended.

  • Package Pickup – Will conduct scheduled package pickup requests.

  • Transportation – Air and Surface transportation operate as scheduled and scheduled dispatches to Post Offices will occur.

  • Business Mail Entry Unit (BMEU) – The BMEU/Detached Mail Unit (DMU) in plant locations will be open, while BMEU operations will be suspended at Post Office locations.

  • Call Center In operation but may have reduced staffing.

  • Administrative Offices including Headquarters will be closed.

     

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Tags: USPS, Shipping Software, StarShip, eCommerce, eBay, Amazon

Holiday Shipping Deadlines & Peak Surcharges for FedEx, UPS & USPS

Posted on Tue, Nov 27, 2018 @ 02:28 PM

 

FedEx, UPS & USPS Holiday Peak Surcharges and December Shipping Deadlines

                                                          

                             

It’s hard to believe the holiday shopping and shipping season is in full force.  FedEx, UPS and USPS shared the 2018 holiday deadlines and peak surcharges.  Check out some important shipping notes and our December 2018 calendar below to get those goodies out the door on time! 

 

  • From November 19th- December 24th FedEx will apply additional peak surcharges to shipments that qualify as over-sized, unauthorized or necessitate additional handling.
  • StarShip utilizes FedEx web services so those surcharges will automatically be reflected in our rate quote as a part of the total quote provided.
  • From November 18th- December 22nd  UPS will apply additional peak surcharges to each package that is delivered to a home, including business operating out of homes, large packages, over maximum limits or additional handling packages.
  • USPS has no peak surcharges for the Holiday season but they do have a Holiday Workshop website to purchase stamps, ship from home and shipping tips!
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Tags: UPS, FedEx, USPS, Amazon, Acumatica, eBay, eCommerce, Infor, QuickBooks, OnTrac, Acctivate

V-Technologies Fall 2018 Conference Schedule

Posted on Wed, Oct 10, 2018 @ 12:29 PM

 

Fall 2018 Conference Schedule

 

Our V-Technologies team has a busy October and November planned.  We’re excited to announce we’ll be exhibiting, sponsoring or attending annual conferences and user groups all over the country this fall. Below is our upcoming schedule:

October 

  • 10th DSD 10th Annual Customer Conference - Southbury, CT
  • 10th SWK Technologies Customer Conference - Greensboro, NC
  • 11th Acumatica Roadshow - Atlanta, GA
  • 11th Chortek User Conference - Fon du Lac, WI
  • 15th-18th GPUG Summit - Phoenix, AZ
  • 16th Sage Sessions - Vancouver, BC
  • 16th Acumatica Roadshow - New York, NY
  • 18th Acumatica Roadshow - Orlando, FL
  • 24th Vrakas/Blum User Conference - Waukesha, WI 

November 

  • 1st-3rd CIMcloud Partner Huddle - Greenville, SC
  • 5th-7th QuickBooks Connect - San Jose, CA
  • 15th MicroAccounting Client Conference - Dallas, TX 
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Tags: StarShip, ShipGear, QuickBooks, Sage, Dynamics GP, Acumatica, eCommerce, Shipping Software

ShipGear Shipping Software Free 30 Day Trial

Posted on Thu, Sep 13, 2018 @ 02:26 PM

ShipGear Shipping Software Free 30 Day Trial!

WorldShip and Ship Manager Integrations 

 

The trial version of ShipGear is a full working copy of our software, giving you instant integration between UPS WorldShip® and/or FedEx Ship Manager® and your accounting software or eCommerce platform. ShipGear can help you streamline your entire shipping process and save you time. 

Most recent ShipGear news:

      Integrations now available for Amazon, QBO & Acumatica (cloud-based ERP)

     ♦ Pay monthly or annually with affordable options to avoid up-front investments

     ♦ Subsidize your purchase with UPS CTP or FedEx FTIP 

     ♦ Plug-and-play ERP and eCommerce integrations with UPS WorldShip & FedEx Ship Manager 

     ♦ Unlimited e-mail support for all plans and unlimited phone support for Mezza, Suprema & Ultima plans

 

Additional information on our plans:                                

* First carrier is included with your plan. Additional carriers can be added for $10/month
** Value adds include: Dashboard, Freight Rules and Branded Email                     

ShipGear integrates with Amazon, Acumatica, eBay, Macola, Microsoft Dynamics GP, QuickBooks, QuickBooks Online, Sage 50 and Sage 100. Start your free trial today. You have access to our knowledgeable Support Services team (located here in CT) if you have any questions throughout your trial.

 
Request your ShipGear free 30 day trial today:
 

                                                Try ShipGear FREE!

 

V-Technologies was founded in 1987, we are a leading provider of integrated multi-carrier shipping software that connects the warehouse to the front office, giving you efficiencies in shipping, accounts receivable and customer service. 

We also develop the StarShip multi-carrier solution and partner with dozens of the major parcel, LTL and regional carriers such as USPS, UPS, FedEx, DHL, OnTrac, Averitt Express, Reddaway, Spee-Dee, XPO Logistics and more. StarShip combines all carriers into one user interface to gain even more efficiencies for shipping and management. Our software extends past shipping to offer EDI and WMS integration to popular solutions such as SPS Commerce, Scanco and ScanForce. StarShip offers integrations to accounting, ERP and eCommerce platforms such as QuickBooks, Sage, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Acumatica, Macola, Amazon, Shopify, Magento and eBay to name a few.

 

Contact us today for more information: 800-462-4016 e-mail: bprescott@vtechnologies.com  

 

                                                                               

 

 
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Tags: ShipGear, UPS, FedEx, Amazon, Macola, eBay, Dynamics GP, QuickBooks, Sage, Acumatica, eCommerce

Acumatica Roadshow 2018

Posted on Tue, Sep 11, 2018 @ 03:19 PM

 

Acumatica Roadshow 2018 R2

 

V-Technologies is happy to announce we will be an exhibitor sponsor at the Acumatica 2018 R2 roadshow in Atlanta and NY.  We will also be in Boston, Chicago and Orlando to answer any questions on our Acumatica shipping software integration.  The roadshows are a great opportunity to network with consultants, learn about the latest release and get the insight you need to fully utilize Acumatica R2!

Roadshows we will be at:

  • Boston, MA  (9/12/18)
  • Chicago, IL (10/2/18)
  • Atlanta, GA (10/11/18)
  • New York, NY (10/16/18)
  • Orlando, FL (10/18/18)

Stop by our booth (or find us hanging out with our friends at APS) to say hello and learn how StarShip shipping software for Acumatica combines parcel and freight carriers into one user interface.  The bi-directional interface streamlines the entire workflow to gain immediate efficiencies in shipment processing, accounts receivable and customer service.  We can create custom emails and labels to strengthen your brand and drive repeat business. 

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Tags: Acumatica, StarShip, Shipping Software, LTL Shipping, eCommerce

QuickBooks: Pick, Pack and Ship with StarShip and Acctivate

Posted on Fri, Aug 17, 2018 @ 12:42 PM

 

 

10 Ways to Save On Pick, Pack and Ship

With QuickBooks, Acctivate and StarShip Integration   

 

We are excited to introduce one of our newest integrations, Acctivate, developed by Alterity.
Acctivate is a robust inventory management solution that also offers advanced order processing and business analytics. Our partnership with Alterity and integration to Acctivate helps businesses streamline supply chain management. Acctivate optimizes high volume order fulfillment for multiple channels then passes those details to StarShip to complete the shipping process, integrating to parcel & LTL for carriers, automating international documents and more. Together with Alterity, we are eager to help extend the QuickBooks investment, simplify supply chain management, e
liminate duplicate data entry, increase accuracy and supercharge productivity.

 

Save on pick, pack and ship: 

  1. Get more out of your QuickBooks investment
  2. Streamline order entry - Acctivate automates processes
  3. Improve accuracy - use real time integration to reduce data entry
  4. Access Acctivate orders from StarShip 
  5. Integrated shipping to automate small parcels and LTL carriers such as FedEx, Holland, UPS, USPS and YRC
  6. Accurate dimensional weight - StarShip connects to CubiScan scales for faster, more reliable measurements resulting in accurate rate calculations
  7. Discounted USPS rates - always available through StarShip - provides ultimate savings for packages < 20 lbs.
  8. Send automatic email notifications that build brand awareness, provide item-level detail and drive traffic back to your site
  9. Run a late deliveries report to proactively obtain refunds
  10. Rate shop to find the most cost effective way to ship across carriers and modes 

 Video below to see our Acctivate and StarShip workflow:

 

 

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Tags: QuickBooks, Acctivate, EDI, eCommerce, LTL Shipping, StarShip, USPS, FedEx, UPS

Extend the Functionality of Your Infor ERP- Guest Blog by Aktion Associates

Posted on Tue, Jul 24, 2018 @ 04:33 PM

 

4 Top Rated Third-Party Apps: Extend the Functionality of Your Infor ERP

Big thank you to our guest blogger, Gary Kirstein, Supply Chain Division Practice Manager at Aktion.  He was kind enough to share his wealth of knowledge (40 years worth!) and provide insight and top picks into popular third-party solutions to extend Infor ERP.  

You’ve invested time, money, and resources in your existing Infor ERP. It works great, but you need to modernize your business. A proven third-party application can make all the difference.

Is your ERP at its Current Release?

The first and most important thing for anyone looking to get more functionality out of their current Infor ERP is to update to its current release. The functionality you’ve been looking to add may be included in it.

Adding Functionality: Third-party App Integration

Shipping solution, business intelligence (BI), customer relationship management (CRM), and document management, are a few of the third-party products that can add the functionality your business is missing.

 

A few of the third-party apps worth considering:

Shipping Solution:  Integrates multiple shipping types to find the best available by carrier.

  • Aktion Recommends StarShip for Shipping Solutions         StarShip Video

BI: Business-critical data available in real-time Dashboard or Report Views – i.e. Sales, Purchasing, Inventory and Financial Data.

  • Aktion Recommends MITS – Analytics & iReporting for BI MITS Video 

Document Management: Electronic storage/management of documents. These include system generated documents or reports and/or scanned external documents/reports. 

UnForm Video

  • Aktion Recommends UnForm Document Archive Manager for Document Management 

CRM: Maintain relationships with customers, prospects, sales representative, and management teams. Integrate with your back office solution for a complete collaboration environment.

  • Aktion Recommends Infor CRM for CRM                                 Infor CRM Video

 

Is it Time to Replace?

If an ERP installation falls into one of three situations, an ERP upgrade should be considered.

  1. Doesn’t Meet Your Needs Anymore – If upgrading your legacy ERP to its latest release doesn’t give you the functionality you desire and if you have to add multiple third-party applications, then a replacement effort should be considered.
  2. I Want to Move to the Cloud – If you’ve been considering an off-prem ERP solution then you’ll want to investigate the many benefits of implementing a Cloud-based solution.
  3. Mobility – Adding third-party applications may help with both responsiveness and mobility but, it will never be a true web-enabled ERP solution.
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Tags: Shipping Software, Infor, StarShip

StarShip shipping software update 18.0.3 new eCommerce interfaces

Posted on Wed, Jul 11, 2018 @ 11:35 AM

 

 

StarShip shipping software update 18.0.3

Now with new eCommerce interfaces and more! 

 

We're happy to announce our most recent StarShip update, 18.0.3, now enhanced to offer more functionality in several areas:

 

        ♦  Continued expansion of eCommerce interfaces now includes: Shopify, WooCommerce,                        Volusion, BigCommerce, Magento, Etsy, Amazon & more* 

        ♦  Save time and money, eliminate logging into your eCommerce shopping cart or marketplace                every day to re-enter shipment details

        ♦  View potential savings with discounted USPS rates. Savings can be viewed as you ship or                  via a new dashboard widget 

        ♦  Improved speed & support for Windows 10 

        ♦  New Acumatica interface boasts lots of speed improvements

 

Customer’s current on software maintenance and the latest version of StarShip can take advantage of the new enhancements by simply running the web update. For customers running earlier versions, full download links are available from the My Account customer portal.

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Tags: StarShip, Amazon, eCommerce, USPS, FedEx, UPS, LTL Shipping, QuickBooks, Acumatica, eBay

Acumatica & StarShip Integration: Shipping Solution Software

Posted on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 @ 09:50 AM

 

Acumatica & StarShip Shipping Software Integration  

Last year we were happy to announce our new Acumatica Cloud ERP interface. Our StarShip and Acumatica Cloud ERP integration is a bi-directional interface to streamline the entire workflow, gain immediate efficiencies in shipment processing, accounts receivable, and customer service!

5 Reasons Acumatica Customers Choose Us: 

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.

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Tags: Acumatica, Amazon, StarShip, ShipGear, USPS