Enter ShipStation’s Holiday Sweepstakes

Enter ShipStation's Holiday SweepstakesA busy holiday season is quickly approaching and there’s no better time to get ahead of your shipping strategy than right now! ShipStation strongly values the success of small business owners and entrepreneurs—and wants to help you stay as efficient as possible.

With holiday productivity in mind, ShipStation is excited to announce a Holiday Sweepstakes. They are rewarding ONE lucky winner to a dream workstation valued at $4,500, and four additional runner-ups to prizes that will help you become more successful!

One GRAND PRIZE winner receives:

  • ShipStation FREE for 1 year
  • 256gb Pro Tablet
  • Thermal Printer + Labels
  • $100 gift card
  • Industrial Shipping Scale
  • Barcode Scanner
  • Hand Truck Dolly
  • Tape Gun + Stickers + Branded Tape
  • Support Visit from ShipStation + feature within our social community
  • Weekly Prizes

Four (weekly) runner-up winners receive:

  • $40 ShipStation swag
  • $25 American Express gift card

It’s simple to enter AND you can earn up to five entries! Get started on the ShipStation Holiday Sweepstakes page. Sweepstakes starts on Sept. 28 and ends Oct. 25.

Enter the ShipStation Sweepstakes at shipstation.com/sweepstakes

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Purchasing does not improve your chances of winning. The ShipStation Holiday Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. and D.C., 18 or older, and businesses that are located within the 50 U.S. or D.C. and Canada (excluding Quebec). Void in Quebec, Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, outside the U.S. and where prohibited by law. Sweepstakes begins at 12:00:01 AM ET on 09/28/17 and ends at 11:59:59 PM ET on 10/25/17. Click here for entry details and Official Rules. Sponsor: ShipStation, 3800 N. Lamar Blvd #220, Austin, TX 78756.

Four e-commerce trends for a winning 2017

Four e-commerce trends for a winning 2017

Why Amazon sellers must stop selling like it’s 2016, written by Grace Macatangay

Amazon has made some major changes recently, where the survival of many Amazon sellers just got much slimmer. With these changes, we’ve learned some new lessons and have given thought about what you need to implement in 2017 to win on Amazon’s marketplace. Let’s dive into some 2017 tactics that we believe will drive your business forward in the New Year.

In 2017, only the strong survive on Amazon
In 2016, we lived through a very wild-west Amazon seller era and now Amazon has made moves to reign it in. With the Amazon incentivized review prohibition, we believe Amazon will empower third-party Amazon sellers (those that sell ON Amazon) to use it’s internal and trusted Vine Review program, which has been traditionally only available to first-party Amazon Vendor Central Clients (those that sell TO Amazon). Those outside Amazon review tools you were using will simply become Amazon deal sites, and many of them that didn’t have software will just disappear.

The Amazon Vine program in 2017 is worth leveraging immediately
Every Tom, Dick and Harry “private labeler” used to be able to source a product on Alibaba and game the system with fake reviews to boost their rank against competitors. Let’s face it: Those days are over and the playing field is now level, forcing sellers to pay for Amazon Sponsored Product Ads to get impressions and hopefully conversions.
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How to retain quality as you expand your business

How to retain quality as you expand your business5 ways to protect your passion from too much, too soon

Expanding your business can spark a lot of complicated feelings. On the one hand, you’re elated that you’re finding success and that your venture is resonating with your customers. On the other hand, you’re worried that when you expand, you’ll lose or dilute the special sauce that got you to this place. It is possible to grow your business while staying true to your mission, but you can’t lose sight of what’s truly important. Here’s how:Here's great advice on how to stay in control while your business grows. #Unify @Square Click To Tweet

Keep up with employees. In the beginning, you and your employees are on a mission to get your business off the ground. Everyone is wearing multiple hats and filling in where needed, which fosters a sense of teamwork. But as you grow, employees have more defined roles and the business has more formal processes, so it’s easy to lose your collective “us against the world” mentality. Still, it’s crucial that you keep up your relationships with employees, both new and old. Whether it’s a scheduled meeting or a casual coffee run, it’s important to stay current on what’s happening with them and get feedback on how things are going at work. Your employees are the people who got you to this point, so their input and perspective are as valuable as ever. If you’re new to managing a larger team, brush up on some tips for how to be an effective leader.

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Taking IRCE by storm

Taking IRCE by stormAutographs available

Heads up, everyone. We’re wrapping up our busy trade show season with the biggest and best—IRCE! Come see us at the
Internet Retailer Conference and Expo (IRCE), the industry’s leading e-commerce event, which is being held in Chicago from June 7-10.

#eCommerce stars at #IRCE16, Booth 1442 @ParagMamnani's Zen of Financial Intelligence Click To TweetAt IRCE, online retailers like you can learn more about our products and our plans for the future, and meet the team in person. So you’re officially invited to…

  • Join us for the BigCommerce Best Practices in Ecommerce Workshop on Tuesday, June 7 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Attend keynote presentations and how-to sessions from e-commerce experts. Network with Webgility, BigCommerce, and other industry leaders and peers.
  • Learn how to achieve “The Zen of Financial Intelligence” at a session by Webgility Founder and CEO Parag Mamnani’s on Wednesday, June 8, from 11 – 11:30 a.m. The talk will also feature Webgility customer and president of multi-channel retail business Wedding Collectibles, Carla Sancho. If you miss this fascinating session, be sure to register for our upcoming webinar, which will cover the same material.
  • Visit Webgility booth 1442 for product demos and to learn more.
  • Meet with Parag in person, as well as Head of Product Rob McGrorty and Head of Marketing and Partnerships Christina Del Villar.

IRCE is always an exciting show, and we’re looking forward to leading the industry dialogue on how SMBs in e-commerce can compete and stay on top of their financials. The Webgility team looks forward to meeting with industry partners and retail customers, and making new friends in the community.