Shift4Shop eCommerce Blog | Shipping & Fulfillment (3)

Shipping & Fulfillment | 6 min read

Increasing Shipping Speed in eCommerce

When you own an eCommerce company, one of the last things you’ll want to typically think about is logistics. Nowadays, however, the pressure is higher than ever to deliver (pun intended) the best experience to your customers throughout the purchasing process. One segment of this process in which many eCommerce companies can improve significantly is the shipping speed to their customers!

I’m sure you’ve been there before: you order a product you’re incredibly excited about. However, as time[...]

Shipping & Fulfillment | 3 min read

4 Must-Have Features to Get Dropshipping Right in Your Online Store

Dropshipping is a special niche of ecommerce. Though you still want the full feature kit and kaboodle, some features are much more important than others.

Online stores built on dropshipping models leverage these features to sell efficiently and with enough scale to make big profits on small margins.

Which features should you rely on to get your online store into good shape? Check out 4 indispensible dropshipping features below.

Shipping & Fulfillment | 3 min read

Reasons Why a Free Shipping Threshold Gets You More Sales

We all want something for free. And let’s be honest, one of the pain points of shopping online is having to pay a shipping fee to get your purchases delivered. For all the convenience that online shopping brings, consumers still balk at the cost of shipping (even when it’s a nominal fee).

According to FedEx: “73% of consumers want to see free shipping in checkout.”

Of course, when you offer free shipping, it means that you’ve got to tack on another added cost. Amazon sellers are aware of[...]

Shipping & Fulfillment | 4 min read

Think Inside the Box: How to Maximize Profits with Right-Size Packaging

When it comes to shipping, a few inches can make a truckload of difference to your bottom line.

Inadequate or poorly designed packaging may seem like a small thing, but there are three costly side effects:

  • You are likely paying more for packaging than you should.
  • You could be paying more for shipping than you should.
  • Items that aren’t appropriately packed can get damaged in transit.

Whether you’re shipping 10 packages a day or 10,000, choosing the right packaging for your products is[...]

Shipping & Fulfillment | 3 min read

How Doba makes dropshipping easy

In the ecommerce world, you’re only as good as your partners. The importance of partnering with strong dropshippers can’t be understated.

Finding the right dropshipper can be a difficult process, especially for entrepreneurs who are new to the world of ecommerce. It takes a discerning eye to find the most trustworthy dropshippers. This requires countless hours of research and communication.

Doba helps solve this problem by aggregating vetted suppliers and manufacturers into a single[...]

Shipping & Fulfillment | 2 min read

US Postal Service Shipping Rate Changes – Effective January 21, 2018

On January 21, 2018, all USPS shipping services are experiencing a rate increase averaging at about 6% across the board. The price of First-Class Mail Forever Stamps is also rising by one cent to $0.50. You can read the official USPS announcement here.

This rate increase affects all USPS services including Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express, both weight-based and Flat Rate shipping, and all Commercial rates, however not all services are increasing by the same amount.

After these changes,[...]

Shipping & Fulfillment | 4 min read

3 Ways to Get More Sales (When You Can’t Offer Free Shipping)

As consumers increasingly prefer to shop online, more companies are joining the e-commerce landscape. But more e-commerce growth also means greater competition. 

To keep customers coming back, many online retailers rely on free shipping. The strategy works: A whopping 9 out of 10 customers cite free shipping as their number one incentive to shop online more often, and 83% of customers will wait an additional two days for free shipping.

But how can your business compete with retail giants[...]

Shipping & Fulfillment | 2 min read

3 Ways to Boost Your Brand with Personalized Shipping

While shipping is a crucial part of running an online store, you may not realize how much potential it has for advancement of your brand. When a customer receives and opens your package, you're presented with a chance to make a memorable impression on them — an opportunity most retailers don't take advantage of.

Shipping & Fulfillment | 7 min read

Should Your Online Store Participate in Free Shipping Day?

Some eCommerce business owners may resent or balk at the idea of offering free shipping. The sentiment is understandable: it is only free for customers, and the business eats the cost. With that said, savvier minds may see many potential benefits in offering a perk beloved by customers of every demographic. For evidence of its potential effectiveness, look no further than the annual holiday-season event known as Free Shipping Day.

Shipping & Fulfillment | 2 min read

Real-Time Shipping vs. Flat-Rate Shipping

When running an online store, the selection of what shipping methods to offer your customers is going to be one of the most important decisions to make.

The effect of this decision goes beyond the prices you and your customers pay for shipping — it can have an overall effect on the way you run your business.

Customers love free shipping, but it's not always possible for an online store to make it available.

Besides, there are other ways to make shipping relatively painless for your[...]

Shipping & Fulfillment | 2 min read

3 Ways Shipping Can Boost Your Online Store's Conversion Rate

Everyone wants to make more sales. Conversion strategies for eCommerce are endless, but some of the best are easily overlooked. For instance, did you know the way you handle shipping can affect your conversion rate? In some ways it's obvious — a store with overpriced or slow shipping will most likely make fewer sales, but shipping isn't just a potential source of issues. In fact, shipping policies can boost your conversions as well. But how?

These 3 proven methods will help you automatically

Shipping & Fulfillment | 2 min read

Does Shipping Cause Cart Abandonment?

Shopping cart abandonment is one of the biggest challenges for an online retailer to overcome. Almost 70% of all online shopping carts are abandoned — the customer places items in their cart, but never completes the order. There are tons of reasons a customer might abandon their cart, but one particular factor stands out above the others: shipping!

Shipping & Fulfillment | 4 min read

PackageBee Review

3dcart is currently partnered with over 200 eCommerce companies, and we're constantly on the lookout for outstanding partners that can bring innovative solutions and services to our customers.

Shipping & Fulfillment | 2 min read

Special FedEx Discounts for 3dcart Merchants

Did you know 3dcart merchants can get exclusive discounts on FedEx® shipping and business services through the FedEx Advantage® program? With free enrollment, and no minimum shipping requirements, this could be the easiest decision you’ve made all day.

All you have to do is sign up, and you’ll get the speed and reliability of FedEx at discounted prices. It’s as simple as that.

Shipping & Fulfillment | 5 min read

How Shipping Weight Changes Could Be Hurting Your Revenue

Sometimes it is the silent changes that can have the biggest impact on a business's ability to control cost and optimize spend wherever possible. The rates you pay to ship your goods to customers across the U.S. have shifted, and we’ve discovered that many businesses weren’t ready and aren’t sure how to judge these changes.

Shipping & Fulfillment | 3 min read

Shipping Insurance for eCommerce

A popular question among eCommerce sellers is, “Why should I care about insurance?” Most businesses have encountered some kind of shipping issue and have discussed whether or not they need to insure higher value packages. How you handle damaged, lost or stolen packages can determine how your customer interacts with your brand and whether or not they make repeat purchases. One of the best ways to avoid customer dissatisfaction or monetary loss is by staying proactive with insurance. In this[...]

Shipping & Fulfillment | 6 min read

Managing Product Fulfillment with Multiple Distributors

You’ve made the hard decision to find a company to ship products for you, but now the time has come to pick who’s shipping them and you can’t decide between two (or more) options. Do you only have to choose one distributor?

Shipping & Fulfillment | 4 min read

5 ways to get more sales by tweaking your shipping methods

One of the many challenges of being an eCommerce store owner is getting more sales. You might already have social media strategies in place or maybe you rely on word of mouth to generate sales but did you know one of the best ways to increase sales is by tweaking your shipping methods? 

According to a study done by north american technographics 44% of shopping cart abandonments are due to shipping and handling costs being too high, and 22% were due to shipping and handling costs being shown[...]

Shipping & Fulfillment | 1 min read

Audit Your Shipping Carrier to Maximize Your Shipping Spend

From a P&L perspective, shipping costs are typically the 3rd largest line item just behind merchandise and labor cost. On average, e-commerce merchants spend 10% of their revenues on shipping costs. The financial investment of shipping product to customers means that auditing shipping spend and invoices is crucial to a business.

Shipping & Fulfillment | 2 min read

Lean out your shipping costs with these 3 tips

FedEx and UPS recently increased their rates. Merchants are now paying more ever! Here are some tips on how to lean out your shipping operation to reduce costs.

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