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Shipping software

Discussion in 'Software, Computers, CMC's Techie Stuff' started by Gilder, Jun 26, 2019.

  1. Gilder

    Gilder MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    Is anyone here to recommend good software for shipping that is integrated with FedEx, UPS, USPS...?
    Thank you in advance.
     
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  2. Rick Bergeron - CPF

    Rick Bergeron - CPF SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

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    As in, printing shipping labels using your account discounts? And receiving quotes for a package from all 3 and allowing you to choose?

    ShipStation.com a Stamps.com company

    We use it to download all our ecommerce orders. Their insurance rates are less expensive than others.
     
  3. JFeig

    JFeig SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Stamps.com is the Internet operation of Pitney Bowes.
     
  4. Gilder

    Gilder MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    Very good, thank you. Now I need to understand what to charge for packing. How do you deal with that? It's difficult to estimate amount of time and material it
    takes, for a cardboard box is simple but if its crating?
     
  5. Rick Bergeron - CPF

    Rick Bergeron - CPF SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Can't be of much help with that question. How do UPS stores, Postal Annex stores, etc do it? If they do it? Not sure there's any other way than cost-plus.
     
  6. Larry Peterson

    Larry Peterson PFG, Picture Framing God

    It takes time but build a history. Keep a spreadsheet of each shipment. In the spreadsheet keep costs for all your packing materials and labor and allocate them for each shipment. Over time you will have a history to price against.
     
  7. snafu

    snafu MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    I use shiprush.com and Stamps.com
    both allow you to copy the full address and paste it in one step, most others you have to fill out each field separately using multiple steps.
     
  8. Gilder

    Gilder MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    Thank you all.
     
  9. framah

    framah PFG, Picture Framing God

    When I build a crate, I figure twice the cost of the materials and then estimate about 2 or 3 hours at whatever your hourly rate is.

    Tho it usually takes me about 2 hours to build and pack a crate, I add an extra hour to cover the calculations of how big the crate will be, time spent either ordering materials or going out and actually getting the stuff myself, and plus time spent with customer.

    At one point, I was not wanting to build crates so I kept bumping the price higher and higher. Didn't work! They still went with it!
     
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