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Starting June 1st, 2023 Our warehouse fee will be $0.65/cubic foot per month

In effort to lower the warehouse storage fee during inflation, we have went narrow aisle racking.This construction took us four months but the project is finally completed. With narrow aisle racking, we are able to drop storage by 24%.We as partners will go through this inflation together.

Starting June 1st, 2023 Our warehouse fee will be $0.65/cubic foot per month

In effort to lower the warehouse storage fee during inflation, we have went narrow aisle racking.This construction took us four months but the project is finally completed. With narrow aisle racking, we are able to drop storage by 24%.We as partners will go through this inflation together.

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03/03/2024

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What is ShipStation? Pricing, Features, User

    1. What is ShipStation?

    ShipStation is a SaaS (Software as a Service) shipping platform that enables you to manage all your small parcel and LTL shipping needs in one place.

    At its most basic level, you input orders from your order source – often from an online store, although other methods are possible – select the carrier and service for the shipment, calculate and print labels. ShipStation notifies your stores and customers about the shipment while providing tools to track the shipment and manage returns.

    ShipStation also offers tools to manage your shipping process, tracking your workflows to eliminate confusion and errors. It utilizes robust automation features to minimize the manual workload.

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    2. ShipStation core pros and cons?

    2.1 ShipStation Core Pros

    • Multi-Carrier Support: ShipStation supports a wide range of carriers, providing flexibility and options for shipping services.
    • Integration Capabilities: Seamless integration with various e-commerce platforms, marketplaces, and third-party applications streamlines order and shipping management.

    • Automation Features: Robust automation tools help streamline and expedite the shipping process, saving time and reducing manual efforts.

    • Real-Time Tracking: Provides real-time tracking information, allowing both businesses and customers to monitor shipments at every stage.

    • Customization and Branding: Offers customization options for shipping labels, packing slips, and customer communications, allowing businesses to maintain branding consistency.

    • User-Friendly Interface: The platform is designed with a user-friendly interface, making it accessible and easy to navigate for users of varying technical expertise.

    2.2 ShipStation Core Cons

    • Subscription Costs: Depending on the business size and shipping volume, the subscription costs may be relatively high for smaller businesses.

    • Learning Curve: While user-friendly, there may still be a learning curve for users unfamiliar with advanced shipping and automation features.

    • Limited Carrier Discounts: The carrier discounts offered through ShipStation may not be as competitive as those negotiated directly with carriers, particularly for high-volume businesses.

    • Advanced Reporting Limitations: Some users find the advanced reporting features somewhat limited compared to other dedicated analytics tools.

    • Customer Support: While generally good, some users have reported occasional delays or challenges in receiving timely customer support.

    It's essential to consider individual business needs and preferences when evaluating ShipStation, as the platform's strengths and weaknesses can vary based on specific requirements and operational structures.

    3. Who should use ShipStation?

    ShipStation caters to a broad spectrum of merchants, ranging from small Etsy stores handling a few dozen shipments monthly to large enterprises with multiple warehouses, managing thousands of packages daily, even across different countries. It is a versatile solution that can adapt to the unique shipping needs of businesses of all sizes.

    Whether you are a startup or an established enterprise, ShipStation offers features that may not all be immediately utilized. However, as your business grows and evolves, ShipStation remains adaptable, ensuring it continues to meet your changing requirements.

    For insights into how fellow ShipStation users navigate the platform, including workflows and pro-tips, we encourage you to visit ShipStation Community page. Our community moderator actively monitors the forum to provide official ShipStation answers to any questions that may arise. Connect with other users to share experiences and optimize your shipping operations.

    4. Prices for ShipStation software upgrade packages

    As of now, ShipStation offers six preset pricing options. However, if your monthly shipments exceed 10,000, it is advisable to contact the service for customized pricing. It's important to be aware that your shipping plan will be automatically upgraded to the next tier if your shipment volume surpasses the allocated limit at any given time.

    The key distinctions among the pricing plans lie in the total shipments supported, the number of users with access to the software, and the level of customer support provided. Higher-tier plans offer increased allowances in each category. If ShipStation is integral to your business operations, it might be beneficial to opt for a plan that supports more shipments than you currently require, especially if the higher tier includes additional customer support tools.

    Recent reviews of the service present a mixed perspective on its forums and email support. However, users generally express satisfaction with the live chat and phone support, particularly for the higher-tier plans.

    Each package provides access to discounts, various carrier options, and integrations. Users report minimal surprise fees, and the billing process is generally straightforward. It's worth noting that ShipStation categorizes some channels as "Premium Integrations," which may require separate payments. Examples of premium options include Seller Fulfilled Prime, and the cumulative cost of these premium integrations should be taken into consideration.

    5. Which devices support ShipStation connect?

    ShipStation is compatible with any desktop computer or laptop that supports the following web browsers:

    • Google Chrome (latest 3 versions)

    • Mozilla Firefox (latest 3 versions)

    • Microsoft Edge (latest 3 versions)

    • Safari (latest 2 versions)

    For users employing ShipStation Connect, their computer must run one of the following operating systems:

    • The most recent version of Windows 10.

    • MacOS 10.12 (Sierra) or later.

    ShipStation Connect is compatible with inkjet and thermal printers connected to the printer workstation(s) via USB. Recommended printers include:

    • DYMO LabelWriter 4XL

    • Zebra Printers (ZD420, GC420d, GK420d, or ZT410)

    • Brother QL-1100

    • CITIZEN Printers (CL-E303 or CL-S700II)

    ShipStation provides account services in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, France, and Germany, with plans for expansion into more countries.

    When generating labels in a ShipStation account, the Ship From Location (i.e., where shipments originate) must align with the account's home country. However, ShipStation is versatile and can be used with fulfillment providers such as Fulfillment by Amazon and Shipwire, as well as various dropshippers. Even if you use fulfillment providers or dropshippers in countries beyond those currently supported, ShipStation allows you to efficiently send orders to them.

    The above information provides Worldcraft Logistics's most comprehensive guidance on ShipStation management software. We trust that this sharing will enhance your understanding, enabling you to explore new functionalities and select an upgrade package tailored to your individual or business requirements. We appreciate your time in reading the entire article.

    Simon Mang

    Digital Marketing/SEO Specialist

    Simon Mang is an SEO and Digital Marketing expert at Wordcraft Logistics. With many years of experience in the field of digital marketing, he has shaped and built strategies to effectively promote Wordcraft Logistics' online presence. With a deep understanding of the logistics industry, I have shared more than 300 specialized articles on many different topics.

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