Shipping to P.O. Boxes: Is it a No? Or Is it a Go?

Shippo Snippets: Shipping to a P.O. box presents a range of benefits and drawbacks for merchants and consumers alike P.O. boxes can often be managed online USPS’s MTC SA service can provide P.O. box users with an actual street address From convenience to cost, carrier specifications, security, pri...

How to Send a Prepaid Return Shipping Label via USPS

According to a UPS report, 34 percent of customers want to see a prepaid return shipping label in the box.  Putting the shipping label in the box makes it much easier for customers to return the item, since they don’t have to figure out how to create a shipping label in order to mail back…

Brand Matters: How You Can Stand Out and Beat the Competition

So you have an e-commerce business. You’re passionate about your product, excited to get it to your customers and grow your business. But, like so many merchants in 2020, you’re wary of intense competition. Almost anything a consumer could possibly want is available at the tap of a finge...

Using Packaging to Boost Your Brand and Gain a Competitive Advantage

Shippo Snippets: Keeping your brand packaging design consistent with your marketing efforts will help your customers become familiar with your product so they can easily identify it in the future Ultimately, your customer should be able to “read” your shipping packaging at just a mere glance The...
Shippo Updates | May 13, 2015

5 Books Every Software Engineer Should Read

Here are my fave 5, what are yours? Share them in the comments.




1. Scalability Rules

A great book to fundamentally understand key concepts in planning and execution that will help you scale your product vertically and horizontally. It’s simple, short, and sweet.

2. Introduction to Algorithms

My favorite rigorous algorithms book. This is my go-to guide when I’m solving a complex problem.

3. Linux Pocket Guide

A great practical and a solid guide to Linux: if you’re a beginner, it’s a good start, and if you know your way around in Linux, this is a great book to pull out when you have specific questions.

4. Design Patterns

My go-to book in picking the right design pattern for the right problem.

5. Release-it

About how to release scalable, highly reliable services. One of the best sections of this book is learning about the patterns and anti-patterns of scalable services.

Wissam Jarjoui, Software Developer at Shippo

Shippo is a multi-carrier API and web app that helps retailers, marketplaces and platforms connect to a global network of carriers. Businesses use Shippo to get real-time rates, print labels, automate international paperwork, track packages and facilitate returns. Shippo provides the tools to help businesses succeed through shipping.

Wissam Jarjoui

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