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10 Shipping Resources to Know About in the New Year

By January 25, 2018

Growing your business online or offline means putting an effective shipping strategy into place. Looking ahead into 2018, consider how aligning with the right resources can help you accomplish this goal – as well as help you reach new ones. Among the resources to consider include the following:

Association of Mail & Business Centers (AMBC):

The mail and business center industry consistently evolves, therefore it’s critical for merchants and service providers alike to stay up to date on the latest industry news, shipping insight, educational resources and more. To help, the Association of Mail & Business Centers offers extensive resources that help deliver success to members through advocacy, certification, training and more – including events that take place across the country. Learn more about the AMBC here.

Atandra:

Looking for order management for your e-commerce sales? Atandra is a QuickBooks integrated order manager system that offers print packing lists, shipping labels and send orders – seamlessly connecting to existing QuickBook accounts. Save countless hours processing orders when using Atandra, plus you can directly download orders from websites and marketplaces, ship using UPS, FedEx and USPS and post transactions to QuickBooks. The best part? You’re able to connect with multiple websites and marketplaces that include eBay, Amazon and more with the same, easy-to-use interface on each. Gain more insight about Atandra here.

BigCommerce:

With no hosting, maintenance or update expenses, BigCommerce leads merchants to online selling success thanks to their powerful ecommerce software that provides everything you need to build an online store. More than a website builder, however, BigCommerce also supports online sellers in helping them do what they do best… sell. Streamline operations, strengthen consumer visibility and gain trust that your website is both secure and efficient when using BigCommerce. Learn more about BigCommerce here.

ChannelAdvisor:

ChannelAdvisor is a leading e-commerce cloud platform whose mission is to connect and optimize the world’s commerce. For nearly two decades, ChannelAdvisor has helped retailers and branded manufacturers worldwide improve their online performance by expanding sales channels, connecting with consumers around the world, optimizing their operations for peak performance and providing actionable analytics to improve competitiveness. Thousands of customers depend on ChannelAdvisor to securely power their sales and optimize fulfillment on channels such as Amazon, eBay, Google, Facebook, Walmart and hundreds more. Explore more here.

Retail Shipping Associates (RSA):

Founded in 2007 in response to the unique needs of retail shipping stores, Retail Shipping Associates supports the entire retail shipping community through training, vendor/carrier relations, profit-directed programs and advocacy. Led by industry leaders with a combined fifty-plus years of industry experience, RSA offers their 7K plus members a variety of resources that include vendor discounts, shipping insurance, store websites, training and education plus much, much more. Discover more about RSA here.  

ShipWorks:

With plug-and-play support for over 80 online marketplaces and shopping carts, ShipWorks simplifies your shipping needs in as easy as 1,2,3. Easily compare shipping rates and services, print labels for FedEx, UPS, USPS, DHL and other carriers, gain special shipping rate discounts and track packages sent back to your store. When using ShipWorks, eliminate errors and get shipments out faster – helping to efficiently streamline and simplify your shipping needs. Curious to learn more? Click here.

Shopify:

Whether you sell online, in a traditional store, via pop-up shops, out of the trunk of your car or via social media, Shopify has you covered. With a turn-key approach that leads merchants step-by-step through the various processes of creating online storefronts, Shopify makes selling easy and fun – all while welcoming merchants to customize their websites to complement their unique brands. Track sales, manage orders, streamline inventory and identify opportunities for profit growth through Shopify… and more. Discover more about Shopify here.

SkuVault:

Applying actionable data and automated processes to reduce supply chain inefficiencies, SkuVault is a warehouse management technology platform that empowers B2C and B2B companies to optimize their operations. With clients reporting to have decreased their out of stocks by 10x, reduce labor costs by 30% and reduce fulfillment time by 87%, SkuVault unlocks potential in retail inventory that often is never realized otherwise. To learn more about how SkuVault can help your business, click here.

U-PIC Insurance:

When it comes to shipping, insurance is an important factor to consider. U-PIC Insurance Services, Inc. is the leader in providing low cost shipping insurance to businesses and individuals alike. Packages are covered against damage, loss and shortage – and can be applied to carriers that include FedEx, UPS and USPS. Save money, save time and save paperwork when working with U-PIC Insurance – plus, have trust when using U-PIC knowing they excel in industry insurance standards and security both. Discover more here.

3dCart:

Building an online store is no easy task but with 3dCart, it becomes nearly turn-key for merchants to create a strong ecommerce platform. From real-time shipping insight to your choice of payment options accepted by customers and more, 3dCart helps merchants to increase visitors and sales – all while helping to strengthen SEO. Manage orders, optimize search engines and market your store within one platform with 3dCart. Learn more here.

Finally, as you aim to strengthen your shipping strategies in 2018 and beyond, also consider how saving on parcel overhead can help. Explore ways to reduce your shipping costs here as you aim to make 2018 your best year yet by leaning on trusted industry leaders to help you along the way.

 

Brian Gibbs

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Brian Gibbs | President of Refund Retriever

Brian Gibbs founded Refund Retriever in 2006 while running his first eBay based business and seeing the shortcomings of other shipment auditing companies. Refund Retriever's primary focus is FedEx and UPS parcel invoice auditing. After graduating from Texas A&M University in 2001, he then graduated from the University of Houston in 2004 with a JD and MBA. Gibbs has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur and other publications discussing parcel auditing, shipping, e-commerce and more. Learn more at www.refundretriever.com or call (800) 441-8085 for more information.

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