E-Commerce Shipping

Here’s How Fast, Low-Cost Shipping & Easy Returns Supercharges Your Bottom Line

By Guest Author , Thu 11 Jan 2018

This post was written by Michael Jon Lazar, the Executive Director of Marketing at ReadyCloud ecommerce CRM that offers a Shippo integration for easy fulfillment. As an established digital marketer, serial entrepreneur and owner of several cross-channel online stores, e-tailing is dear to his heart. Follow him on LinkedIn to stay up-to-date on his most recent endeavors. 


Online retailers have enough on their plate just managing their day to day options that it can be easy to overlook the benefits of seamless fulfillment and reverse logistics. At the core of the ecommerce experience for consumers, though, is just that.

Amazon Prime has set the standard. Shoppers now expect other stores to follow suit with a similar model, or they’ll just scoot on over to Prime and place their order there instead.

Last year, Amazon upped the ante—part of a back and forth battle for e-tailing dominance that was waged between it and rival Walmart. Consumers were first offered free two-day shipping on orders of $35 or more from Walmart, with Amazon besting the offer days later by featuring free two-day shipping for non-prime members on orders of $25 and over.

This case study helps us better understand just how important a fast fulfillment model is for online retailers.

On the flipside are the returns. They’re certain to come, and they increase when your store is selling well. The truth is that about one out of three (33%) products ordered online are ultimately returned by consumers. Making your returns process as seamless as your shipping is ripe with benefits, too.

They both matter greatly and have the potential to boost your bottom line. Here’s why.

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E-Commerce Shipping

Important 2018 Carrier Rate Changes

By Shippo , Wed 13 Dec 2017

Important 2018 Carrier Rate Changes

Carriers like FedEx, UPS, and USPS have announced price increases for 2018. We've compiled a summary of the price changes below.

USPS 2018 Pricing - effective January 21, 2018

USPS announced they will be increasing prices for 2018 starting on January 21st, after the busy holiday season. Since prices are changing in late January, businesses can continue to take advantage of their 2017 rates for return shipments.

On average, there will be an increase of approximately 3.9% across all service levels, compared to 4.9% for both FedEx and UPS. This includes Priority Mail, First Class Package Service, and Priority Mail Express.

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2017 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

By Shippo , Wed 13 Dec 2017

2017 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

The holidays are just around the corner meaning the busiest season of the year is rapidly approaching. Online shopping has become the go-to option for customers to skip the crowds which makes shipping and logistics harder than ever.

What complicates matters is that Christmas falls on a Monday this year and many carriers don’t deliver over the weekend. That means orders need to go out earlier than usual to reach their destinations on time.

Make sure you don’t miss the important holiday deadlines so that your customers can get their gifts in time! Check out below for some of the deadlines that major US carriers recommend.

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