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All Things Shipping | April 10, 2015

6 Essentials to Simplify E-Commerce Shipping – Part I

1) Free shipping supplies!

Worrying about packaging can be a pain. So order free supplies direct from the carriers in advance! Choose from envelopes, padded envelopes, boxes, customs slips, Tyvek envelopes, padded pouches – you name it! UPS | USPS | FedEx | DHL*Shipping breakables? Try styrofoam, a durable alternative to foam peanuts & bubble wrap.



2) Two tools for Address Validation

Domestic: U.S. addresses

Military: APO/FPO/DPO addresses

Creating labels on Shippo? We’ve got built-in U.S. address validation.


3) Sticker labels!

The best invention since clap-on lights is sticker labels. Pull them off and slap them right onto your package for quicker shipping. Print these labels with a thermal label printer. Invest in a DYMO 4XL and save yourself from folding and cutting all day long.


Sosu Sauces in action


4) SCAN forms

Taking a large number of packages to the post office? Create a SCAN form to pool all your shipments into one easily-manageable document. The form is a manifest with a barcode that a USPS representative can scan to process a large load of shipments at one time, rather than scanning each barcode individually.


5) Meldium Password Manager

Find yourself forgetting passwords, confusing login details, and forgetting to share account credentials with new team members? Use team password manager Meldium to manage all of that info in one place. With 2000+ apps supported, Meldium aggregates and monitors your accounts, saving you from dull task of account management. They have a handy central dashboard your whole team can access to share & log into your apps.




6) Surprise Your Customers

Have extra inventory that’s been sitting around for a while and not selling? Consider adding it in as a small gift to your customers’ packages to wow and delight them! You’ll impress new customers, in particular, and remind dedicated customers why they buy from you over and over.

Rule to live by:

Go above and beyond ➟ Good customer experience ➟ Happy, repeat customers!


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.

Shan Lian does Product Marketing at Shippo

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