Remember how you used to ship parcels (you know, like gifts to your loved ones) before launching a business? You waited in line at a post office, filled out shipping labels, paid
Wait, you’re telling us you still ship your products that way? As a business owner, you can’t afford to lose time and money on shipping — you have so much to do already, from promoting your store to communicating with your customers, to innovating on product inventory.
And if you sell in the UK
What Is ShipStation?
ShipStation is a shipping solution that helps you to import, organize, and ship orders quickly and easily. You can use it to create shipping labels, print packing slips, ship with popular carriers (like UPS or Royal Mail), send tracking numbers to your customers, and more.
Now, how exactly can you upgrade your shipping with this tool?
How to Choose the Most
Cost-Effective Shipping Option
One of the coolest perks for our online UK sellers is that you can access discounted rates with ShipStation. To do that, you can either create an account with popular carriers or connect your existing account.
ShipStation connects to popular UK carriers such as Royal Mail and some of other leading carriers: FedEx, UPS, Canada Post, Australia Post, FBA, DHL, or many more.
Negotiate your rates with UPS
When you get more orders (which is great on its own), the volume of your shipments grow too. Paying more for shipping isn’t cool, especially if you find yourself running free shipping promotions to boost sales regularly. And with UPS, you can negotiate your base rates and surcharges.
To negotiate your UPS rates, gather your shipping invoices and paperwork for the past few months, and reach out to your carrier. Make sure to provide the following data:
- total number of shipments per month
- total shipping costs per month
- average cost per shipment
- additional costs: tax and duty, insurance, surcharges
- destination countries.
After you negotiate for your new rates, don’t forget to connect your existing carrier account to ShipStation.
Access discounted rates
Even if you don’t get the rates you were hoping for, no worries! With ShipStation, UK sellers can still access
For example, when you sign up for a UPS account on ShipStation, you get reduced UPS rates. That means UK sellers can access the rates below when printing UPS labels with ShipStation:
- up to 50% off UPS® Ground shipments
- up to 66% for UPS 2nd Day Air® service
- up to 65% for UPS Next Day Air® service
- up to 76% off International services on eligible packages.
Prefer to ship with Royal Mail? Connect your account to Royal Mail through ShipStation to access various domestic and international services, reduced shipping rates, and other benefits.
Consider flat rate options
Each carrier has its
Use multiple carriers
You can ship with multiple carriers to get the best discounts based on your orders’ size, weight, shipping method, and destination.
Because ShipStation supports all the major UK shipping carriers (UPS and Royal Mail), you can select from a variety of shipping options. You manage all your shipments in one place, even if you create and print shipping labels from different carriers to avoid confusion along the way.
How to Automate Your Shipping to Save Time
All of your orders are imported into a single ShipStation dashboard, making managing your shipments a breeze. You can connect to and compare rates from 40+ carriers, print labels and shipping documents, and even automate
Print shipping labels and documents
Instead of buying and filling in shipping labels at a post office, why not do everything from the comfort of home? When you’ve found the best rates for your orders, you can quickly generate shipping labels for them. Send print jobs directly to the printer or scan a barcode to print a label.
Need to print other shipping documents? ShipStation can handle that paperwork for you too, by generating printable documents. For example, you can print packing slips to accurately complete an order. This makes preparing orders for shipment much easier.
You might appreciate the printing documents option even more if you ship internationally: ShipStation automatically creates customs declarations for each item you ship.
Manage return labels
Returns happen. You can’t avoid them entirely, but you can make the return process as
Create return labels in ShipStation, so your customers can get their items back to you with maximum efficiency. The easiest option is to generate and send a return label with your original shipment. That way, your customers can return orders without having to contact you for a label if they aren’t satisfied with their order.
Automate your workflow
Another time saver to take advantage of is automating the repetitive tasks you do to prepare your orders for shipping. For example, why not use automation for:
- Configuring shipping services, package type, and insurance needs
- Adding notes to orders
- Sending the order to a connected fulfillment provider
- Including a return label
With ShipStation, your automation can be as complex as you need it to be. You can even create customized shipping rules for different locations — handy if your products are stored at multiple warehouses, or your team contains multiple members based in different places (hello working from home life!).
How to Connect Your Ecwid Store to ShipStation
ShipStation is available for sellers in the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia.
Here’s how to connect ShipStation to your Ecwid store:
- In the Ecwid App Market, find the ShipStation app.
- Click Get.
That literally couldn’t be easier, right? We designed it that way on purpose! But if you have any
Upgrade Your Shipping Today
One of your main goals as a business owner is to make sure that everyday processes help you grow your store instead of wasting your precious time. With ShipStation, you can prioritize actually selling while also keeping your shipping cost low. We call that a
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