Carrier Rate Increases for 2017

Every January, following the rush—both of the adrenaline and time varieties—of the holiday season, carrier rates see a price hike. This year is no different and we’re thrilled to bring you the updates, thanks to our partner ShipStation. They’ve tackled each of the big three carriers in the United States.

UPS RATE INCREASES

  • Package Services, effective December 26, 2016
    • Expect UPS Ground services to increase by an average of 4.9%.
    • Expect UPS Air and International services to increase by an average of 4.9%.
    • If your package’s longest side is over 48 inches (formerly 60 inches), the Additional Handling charge will be added to UPS Air and International packages.
    • Come February 6, 2017, the fuel surcharge will be adjusted weekly.
    • Retail rates and SurePost rates will also be increasing on December 26. Click here to see the new retail rates and the additional handling surcharge will apply to SurePost starting January 8, 2017.
    • Click here to see how certain surcharges will be changing.

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Your 2016 holiday ship-by dates

Your 2016 holiday ship-by datesBig thanks to ShipStation for this helpful graphic

Can you believe it’s that time of the year already? Thanksgiving and Black Friday are a month away and Christmas is here in under two months. It’s practically 2017!

But wait. Pump the brakes. Hold your horses. Put the bunny back in the box. Before we get to all that, there’s a lot of shipping that needs to happen. The one-two punch of Black Friday and Cyber Monday and Christmas looming on the horizon means business is about to pick up.

Our friends at ShipStation want you prepared right now. So for all our U.S.-based sellers, they’ve collected the holiday ship by dates for UPS, FedEx, and USPS—in one convenient, easy-to-read infographic. Share it with your fellow entrepreneurs, print it out and pin it in your warehouse, or bookmark it.

This year, ShipStation has made the infographic the perfect fit for a standard laser printer, at 8.5 x 11. Click here to download a printer-friendly PDF version. You can also save this as a desktop background and always have it available.

If you plan on using USPS services this year, get ahead of the game and order your supplies now. For ginormous orders, call (800) 610-8734. You can also use that number to set-up standing monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly orders so you don’t have to use USPS.com or drop in to the post office. Of course, these aren’t the only dates that matter.

APO/FPO/DPO & US TO INTERNATIONAL
If you ship to or from military addresses or internationally in general, Stamps.com collected the recommended ship by dates directly from USPS. Click here to see those dates.

CANADA
For our Canadian users, see Canada Post’s suggested ship by dates by clicking here.

AUSTRALIA
If you’re in Australia, shipping with Australia Post, check out their standard delivery timetables using their Parcel Post service by clicking here.

If you’re intersted in streamlining your holiday sales workflows even more, check out Unify for ShipStation. Happy selling!

The importance of using Instagram for e-commerce

Post navigation The importance of using Instagram for e-commerceShipStation tells it like it is

No matter what you sell, if you’re not using Instagram, you’re likely leaving money on the table. The social media platform is a force to be reckoned with, boasting 400 million monthly active users, 80 million daily posts and 3.5 billion daily likes. For teens, it’s become the single most important social network.

Ninety percent of the top 100 Interbrand companies have Instagram accounts. So do tech startups, such as MailChimp, and non-tech companies such as Dollar Shave Club and Warby Parker, which sells prescription eyewear and sunglasses.

And the evidence shows that Instagram has some advantages over its parent company Facebook, especially when it comes to engaging users:

  1. Thirty-two percent of Facebook users interact with brands, compared with 68 percent of Instagram users.
  2. Instagram has more engagement per follower than Facebook. In December 2015, an average post engaged 1.08 percent of total followers. Facebook’s total was 0.37 percent.
  3. Ninety-three percent of marketers use Facebook; only 36 percent are using Instagram, which gives you a better opportunity to connect.
  4. Even the average order value is higher on Instagram: $65 vs. $55 for Facebook.
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