USPS Announces Postage Rate Increase Starting January 17, 2016

Guest blog post courtesy of Endicia

The U.S. Postal Service has proposed a postage rate increase for select mail classes and services in 2016, pending approval from the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC).  If approved by the PRC, the new postage rates will start on Sunday, January 17, 2016.  Below are some highlights on the upcoming rate changes:

Priority Mail Express

The Priority Mail Express service will see an average increase of 15.6% in postage rates next year.  2016 Commercial Base rates for your Priority Mail Express packages will increase across the board, with the exception of packages weighing less than 0.5 lbs being shipped to Zones 5, 6 and 7. Continue reading

3 Tips for Smooth Shipping This Holiday Season

Only you can prevent logistical headaches for your business. Getting your mind around three essential holiday shipping strategies can help keep the migraine medicine in the closet where it belongs.

1. Know your deadlines
When your customers place their holiday orders, they’re expecting to play Santa and get them under the tree before Christmas morning. Make sure you know your shipping carriers’ holiday schedules and deadlines, and set expectations with your customers around those dates, or risk ending up on the naughty list. Continue reading

Three Important Tips for International Shipping

Three Important Tips for International recently released a great Complete Guide to USPS International Shipping infographic, that includes tips for international shipping, shipping carrier cost comparisons, eBay’s top categories for international sales, and much more. Click on the graphic at left for the complete infographic. Learn how to ship your USPS packages to international customers and expand your business globally by tapping into the growing demand for American-made products. Continue reading

Get Your Ship Together for the Holidays

Get Your Ship Together for the HolidaysIt’s that time of year—thank goodness, holiday sales are starting to roll in. But processing those orders is just part of the challenge of getting the products out the door and safely into the hands of customers. Fortunately we’re besties with the folks at UPS who have clued us in on some tips and tricks. For starters, Kyle Blakey, Packaging Engineering Supervisor for UPS Customer Solutions, recommends considering the item’s materials, size, shape, fragility, and ability to handle impact. Also keep in mind that your package may go in planes, trains, (trucks, ships), and automobiles, and is likely to be handled by dozens of people. It will likely be subjected to shock, vibration, compression, impact, temperature variation, and changes in orientation. These variables mean that you need to pick the proper packaging in order to get your products to their destination, in the shape they were intended. Fortunately Kyle has suggested key elements to consider when setting up your holiday shipping. Continue reading

Webgility supports 2-way sync between BigCommerce, QuickBooks, and Shipping processors

Since we’ve integrated eCC with BigCommerce in June 2011, we’ve gotten great feedback from BigCommerce retailers looking for a seamless way to synchronize their online orders, customers and inventory with QuickBooks.
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