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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

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

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

Demystifying USPS Shipping Rates with StarShip Software

Posted on Tue, Jun 12, 2018 @ 05:29 PM

  

Our Pitney Bowes Shipping Software Integration Boosts Shipping Efficiency
 
 
Let's talk about the facts. The United States Postal Service (USPS) was founded in 1775. They played a crucial role in the foundation and expansion of our country. Over the last 200 plus years, they have experienced some growing pains, especially related to tracking packages and many competitors have also emerged. Thanks to the Amazon effect and eCommerce boom, those days are over. Now there are tons of shipping options but USPS is back on top for many businesses and people are talking about it. They are the #1 delivery partner for Amazon, eBay, Etsy, PayPal and many other major online shopping companies. 

Through our partnership with Pitney Bowes and Visible Supply Chain Management, we are able to offer an easy and cost-effective alternative to ship your packages. There are a lot of great benefits: 

     ♦  No additional residential or accessorial shipping charges

     ♦  Free pick up with no minimum quantity (24 hours notice)

     ♦  Delivery to all 50 states which means no rural or extended area surcharges

     ♦  Scan based returns– can be used in conjunction with outbound UPS or FedEx shipments

     ♦  Free boxes + APO/FPO shipping

Our partnership with Visible Supply Chain Management; a rate provider with over 25 years of supply chain management experience, provides StarShip customers with discounted Priority and Express Mail rates for domestic and international shipments. Significant cost savings can be found for packages under 20 lbs!   Interested in seeing if you could be saving with USPS? Contact us to get a free shipping analysis:

 

Free Shipping Analysis

 

In the meantime, check out the video below to learn more about why you should be shipping USPS:

 


 

V-Technologies was founded in 1987, we are a shipping software development company and have a selection of multi-carrier shipping software solutions to meet the growing demand for integrated shipping. StarShip™ and ShipGear® our two flagship shipping software products provide integration between carriers and popular ERP, accounting and eCommerce platforms: QuickBooks, Sage, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Acumatica, Macola, Amazon, Shopify, Magento and ebay to name a few.               

                     

                                     

 

 

 

                                                                              

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

Pitney Bowes & USPS Automated Postage Verification (APV)

Posted on Fri, Feb 23, 2018 @ 01:38 PM
 

Last year, the U.S. Postal Service implemented Automated Postage Verification, which automatically evaluates dimensions, weight, package types and zones during processing to confirm the correct postage amount. If the calculated postage differs from the postage paid for the shipment, USPS notifies Pitney Bowes of the discrepancy.

On March 3, 2018, Pitney Bowes will begin applying postage payment adjustments for overpayments and underpayments to your pre-paid postage account. We strongly encourage all shipping managers to learn about the root causes of postage adjustments and how to avoid them.

 ENSURING ACCURATE POSTAGE

 


3 Common Postage Errors (and how to avoid them)

  • Weighing items incorrectly - Weigh your item and round up. USPS rounds up to the next pound or ounce.
  • Exceeding weight limit for mail class - For example, First-Class Package service can only be used for packages under 15.999 oz; anything over the weight limit must use Priority Mail.
  • Entering wrong package dimensions - Measure your package and enter the length, width and height into StarShip.

Learn more about USPS Automated Postage Verification along with steps to ensure accurate postage.

 

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

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Tags: ShipGear, Shipping Software, USPS, StarShip

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.

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Tags: USPS, FedEx, UPS, LTL Shipping

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.

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Tags: Shipping Software, USPS, QuickBooks, Macola, StarShip