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Multi-carrier shipping label system Shippo can now provide API access to shipment tracking updates for an additional 22 carriers around the world.

Many companies build applications on top of the shipping data that Shippo provides, including VNYL, a vinyl record subscription service, which uses the shipment "delivered" status to automatically upload this month's music to the customer's Spotify playlist.

Shippo's multi-carrier shipping API makes it easy for companies to gather standardized and detailed information about shipments from Shippo connected carriers. The 22 new carriers are Aramex, BorderGuru, Boxberry, Bring, Correios Brazil, DPD Germany and UK, Estafeta, Fastway, Globegistics, GOPHR, GSO, OrangeDS, Parcel, Posten Norge, Posti, Sendle, StarTrack, Yodel, DHL Benelux, New Zealand Post, Pace and CourierPost.

Businesses can access Shippo's API for tracking with a simple request, and also set up webhooks to get notified when the status of a shipment changes, without continually polling carriers for updates.

Source: Shippo

Multi-channel ecommerce tool Cloud Commerce Pro has launched a brand new website design.

Over the last six months Cloud Commerce Pro have updated their service and offering to include a unique on-boarding procedure, which includes an on-site discovery and training day for each of their UK customers. This allows Cloud Commerce Pro to understand their customers business and internal processes, in order to deliver a bespoke implementation and training plan.

"We hope both new visitors and existing customers enjoy the fresh look and feel of our updated website." Said Simon Blackburn, Marketing Operations Manager, Cloud Commerce Pro. "The hard work doesn't stop here, as we are already looking at where we can improve and add more value to our user's experience." Simon goes on to say, "Going forward, we will continue to communicate regularly through our blog and provide new articles and notifications. We also plan to continue adding more video content and product information to provide you with all of the information you need to evaluate our products and services."

Cloud Commerce Pro have made further improvements to the support section for existing customers, with updated navigation and additional video guides, which Simon said "will be continually added and updated over time". Cloud Commerce Pro's second phase of updates will include a ticketing support and a calendar of live webinars.

Source: Cloud Commerce Pro

Shipping system ShipStation has added support for music community site Bandcamp.

Bandcamp makes it easy for fans to directly connect with and support the artists they love. To date, fans have paid artists and labels over $225 million for music and merchandise through Bandcamp.

Bandcamp believes that music is art, and for music to thrive, artists must be compensated fairly and transparently for their work. Their fair trade music policy means when you choose to pay an artist on Bandcamp, your money reaches them quickly, and in a way that is simple to explain and understand.

Shipstation can now collate merchandise orders from Bandcamp and streamline the shipping process.

Source: ShipStation

Ecommerce order management tool Freestyle MOM has integrated with multi-carrier shipping system Shippo.

The integration provides retailers using Freestyle MOM the ability to ship directly from within MOM.

Freestyle MOM helps retailers efficiently manage orders and inventory by giving them the insight they need for all areas of the business. Using Shippo, retailers on MOM can manage and generate shipping labels for USPS, FedEx and UPS. Retailers can also access smart shipping options on MOM such as identifying the lowest cost service levels based on delivery location, or picking the fastest delivery options across supported carriers.

Source: Shippo

Ecommerce platform Shopify is building an integration to allow its users to list products directly to the eBay online marketplace.

With the new integration, Shopify merchants will have the opportunity to surface their brand and products to a massive new audience of more than 169 million active eBay buyers. eBay shoppers will benefit from added selection and choice from potentially hundreds of thousands of Shopify merchants.

This integration will also enable Shopify merchants to immediately sync inventory information such as product title and description, item specifics, price and quantity from Shopify to eBay. Customer orders will also be imported to Shopify and allow merchants to fulfill orders from both platforms in one location, while messages from buyers on eBay will also be visible within Shopify so their sellers won't miss any important communications.

"eBay is focused on delivering the best choice and selection of inventory to buyers across the globe," said Bob Kupbens, VP of Global Trust & Seller Experience, eBay. "This new integration with Shopify will bring even more great products to eBay buyers, while offering Shopify merchants the ability to seamlessly drive their business and brand at scale by tapping into our vibrant marketplace."

eBay joins a fast-growing list of other Shopify sales channels, including Amazon, BuzzFeed, Facebook, Pinterest, Messenger and retail via Shopify's Point of Sale, among others. These integrations are possible because of Shopify's Sales Channel Platform, a collection of APIs that can be used to add commerce to any site, app, or platform. Sales channels are an important part of a Shopify merchant's business strategy, with more than 60% of merchants selling in two or more channels.

The eBay sales channel is expected to be available in Fall 2017 for Shopify merchants selling in USD in the United States.

Source: Shopify

Multichannel management software Linnworks has added a range of sophisticated new inventory and warehouse management features.

The features include:

  • Handling inventory batches, for products that need to be tracked by their manufacturing run.
  • Expiry date tracking, for products that spoil if stored for too long.
  • Adding multiple bin locations for items within a warehouse so products can be stored in more than one place.
  • New product status reports to help identify products which are damaged, restricted, expired, sold or approaching their sell by date.
  • Support for the First In First Out (FIFO) inventory method to reduce product wastage and the impact of inflation.

Source: Linnworks

Marketplace repricing tool RepricerExpress now provides a detailed price history, has enhanced repricing rules, and includes new automations to automatically change strategy.

RepricerExpress provides detailed history for products' prices, showing when prices changed, why, position, competitor's prices, Buy Box information and sales. This is in addition to information on competing sellers, Buy Box history, sales performance and other specifics about repricing rules and frequency.

Repricing rule enhancements help sellers be more competitive, allowing prices to be set above MFN competitors but lower than FBA, or choosing to price only against sellers who hold the Buy Box, competiting against New price if lower than Used and much more.

Automations include:

  • Auto-detecting long-term storage fees due and moving to be more aggressive repricing rule to sell stock before Amazon charges its fees.
  • Auto-detecting low stock on Buy Box winners and moving to a very high-profit strategy until more stock is available.
  • Auto-detecting Price Wars and moving to a near Max repricing strategy to avoid throwing away all your profits.
  • Auto-moving products to a more aggressive repricing strategy if there have been no sales for six months.
  • Auto-detecting if products have moved from MFN to FBA and switching to a different pricing strategy.

Source: RepricerExpress

Multichannel ecommerce solution SellerCloud has added support for new marketplaces Tophatter and MassGenie.

Tophatter is a fast and fun auction-based flash sales site, where shoppers compete in fleeting, 90-second auctions to win deals of up to 80% off jewelry, electronics, beauty and fashion.

MassGenie is a crowdsourced marketplace, specifically designed and curated to provide a fun, memorable shopping experience. It brings people together to discover products, explore online communities, and share stories about common interests.

Source: SellerCloud

Marketplace and inventory management tool plentymarkets now connects to the Shopify ecommerce platform.

The new Shopify plugin was developed in-house by plentymarkets and provides a wide range of features. It is available free of charge and fully supported by plentymarkets.

plentymarkets provides powerful multi-channel and omni-channel functions, centralised stock management and a network of service providers for all of your fulfilment and payment needs.

Source: plentymarkets

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