E-Commerce Shipping

How to Negotiate Shipping Rates with FedEx or UPS

By Michelle McNamara , Fri 18 May 2018

How to Negotiate Shipping Rates with FedEx or UPS

If you’re a high-volume shipper, it’s important to know how to negotiate shipping rates with FedEx or UPS to get the best possible pricing you can for your packages. With a bit of preparation and an understanding of the FedEx vs. UPS vs. USPS shipping rates, you can make room for yourself at the negotiating table. 

We pulled together a few tips to make sure you know what to look for during the negotiation process. Here’s our top advice for how to negotiate shipping rates with FedEx or UPS.

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Welcome to the New Workflow, Shipping Analytics, Improved Navigation, Customizable Options and Much More

By Simon Kreuz , Wed 16 May 2018

What's New With Shippo? When we started Shippo four years ago, we wanted to achieve a simple goal: make it easy for any business to ship packages. This goal was inspired by our own challenges starting and running an e-commerce store. Over the last few years, we’ve learned that shipping is defining customer decisions at checkout—and reshaping e-commerce itself. Today, we support more than 35,000 businesses with a mission of helping them succeed through shipping.

Fueled by the expansion of our customer base, we’ve seen triple digit year-over-year growth. We’ve expanded to serve trusted brands like Tuft & Needle, MeUndies, ipsy, hims, and Loot Crate. We power shipping for marketplaces like eBay, OfferUp, GOAT, Depop, and Vinted. This growth has attracted over $29M in venture capital from leading investors Union Square Ventures and Bessemer Venture Partners. 

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E-Commerce Tips & Tricks

Is The “Try Before You Buy” Trend Right for Your Business?

By Michelle McNamara , Wed 09 May 2018

Is the "Try Before You Buy" Trend Right for Your Business?

The traditional fitting room has moved out of brick-and-mortar stores and into our very own bedrooms. Given how easy it is to make a return, consumers are buying items online and treating their purchase like a tryout. For example, a consumer might purchase a few different sizes and styles of jeans to try on at home, then return the jeans he or she doesn’t want. Omnichannel retail management software Bright Pearl calls this trend, “Try Before You Buy.” 

According to Bright Pearl, 25 percent of consumers have bought multiple items with the intention of returning them. A recent report from the USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG) mentioned one of the four major reasons why ecommerce purchases are returned is that there was no intention to buy: “Consumers may order items to use once or just try out, knowing that they can return the item for free afterward.”

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