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Shipping: the final step in the ecommerce journey. From creating your product concept, to getting it manufactured, to setting up your gorgeous website, to finally, finally getting that product to the waiting customer; if all goes well it’s the very last box to tick.
Everyone’s sent a letter or a package in their lifetime, except perhaps for the very greenest of us. It’s an all-important part of the online retailer’s day-to-day, and yet it is often the most overlooked. We all know how to slap a stamp on a box and drop it in a post slot. But what if your average week consists of slapping thousands of stamps on thousands of boxes? The act of shipping your products suddenly gets a little bit more complicated.
You probably don’t have a fleet of blue vans at your disposal (hi, Jeff!) But lucky for the average small-business online retailer, a veritable smorgasbord of safe, fast, and affordable shipping solutions are here to help you get your product to its new home. Below is a list of some of our favorite shipping software for ecommerce businesses.
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Best Shipping Software
Whether you’re just getting started or already have a thriving ecommerce business, these solutions make shipping your products a breeze.
Shippo Shipping Software
Cost: $10 – 125 per month.
Shippo is new on the scene and still working out some of its kinks in the reporting and label-printing department, but their accessibility and scalability are already making this shipping solution a fan-favorite. Perfect for most small businesses, Shippo offers a commitment-free pay-as-you-go model for companies who send under 200 packages a month (just 5cents a label!) Start today and get a free 30 day trial.
- Discounted shipping rates through USPS, DHL, and Express.
- Unlimited platform integrations.
- Custom branding from tracking pages.
ShippingEasy Shipping Software
Cost: $0 – 99 per month.
ShippingEasy doubles as data analytics software, offering to “put your data to work”, leveraging shipping information to help your business create better customer engagement strategies. And it also does what it says on the tin: this web-based platform allows you to print labels, manage orders, and track shipments in one convenient place. It also easily integrates with most ecommerce platforms, including Shopify and Magento, while sporting a multitude of integrations of its own.
- Advanced data reporting.
- Alexa for shipping.
- Integral tracking and easy returns.
Cost: $59 – 499 per month.
Truly a “comprehensive ecommerce logistics” platform, Ordoro comes packed with features, integrations, and internal resources. It integrates with all major online retail solutions, provides heavy discounts through most major shipping companies, and has the ability to act as a multichannel operations hub for all of your supplier feeds. Ordoro additionally has the ability to support businesses of all sizes, offering free access to small artisans, or thousands of shipments a month for enterprise organizations.
- Inventory management
- Automation rules for label creation and shipment.
Pirate Ship Shipping Software
Pirate Ship wins brand name of the year, for one thing. And for another, it’s absolutely free to use, making it the most accessible shipping software for small ecommerce businesses you can hope to find! This solution runs through USPS commercial shipping at zero cost and will garner up to 90% off post office prices for your business. Designed specifically with subscription box merchants in mind, Pirate Ship is here to help your high-volume and high-frequency shipments sail into the sunset…and eventually, to your waiting customers.
- 24 hour customer support
- Custom shipping notifications
- Automatic address validation and correction
ShipperHQ Shipping Software
Cost: $50 – 300 per month.
ShipperHQ urges online retailers to take charge of their shopping carts and shipment plans with “methods tailored to the way you do business.” Every aspect of this platform’s shipping experience is fully customizable: the merchant is able to set rules which allow for live rates depending on package size, geographic location, or date ranges to offer your customers tailor-made shipment pricing. They must be doing something right: Sony, Zippo, and Kelloggs are among the major corporations that utilize ShipperHQ’s services.
- Automation for special shipping rules.
- Multiple carrier support.
- Multi-origin support.
ShipStation Shipping Software
Cost: $9 – 159 per month.
Simple, elegant, scalable. Shipstation is the ultimate in streamlined integration, allowing you to manage all of your orders and shipments from a single platform, whatever ecommerce program you use. This solution also allows you to set automated parameters for actions taken on specific orders, place customized branding on your shipping and delivery, and generate discounted shipping labels for both batch and individual packages. ShipStation even has apps for both iOS and Android, so you can ship through your mobile device.
- Real-time shipping rates.
- A free USPS account.
- Easy integrations with marketplaces, shopping carts, and more.
Shopify Shipping Software
Cost: $4 – 10 flat rate, with Shopify account.
If you’re already an evangelical Shopify merchant, you may want to give their built-in shipping service a try. Shopify itself is designed for ease-of-use, especially for small businesses and startups, and their shipping service follows the same principles of ease, accessibility, and affordability. Compared to other purpose-built shipping platforms, Shopify Shipping is a little lean when it comes to features and add-ons. However if you’re already on Shopify, using this native program may be worth it.
- Recommendation of inventory distribution.
- Automatic shipping form Shopify warehouses.
- Custom package designs.
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Last Thoughts: Best Shipping Software for Ecommerce Businesses
Don’t forget the shipping! Your last box to tick may just be the most important stop from start to finish on your product journey.