Ten hot tips from Brian Gibbs to make sure you don’t pay sky-high prices, when you sign up or renew your contract with FedEx or UPS
This post is by Brian Gibbs, President of Refund Retriever, a company which audits shippers’ FedEx or UPS accounts for late deliveries and billing mistakes, using their own in-house technology. They also help with contract negotiations, and provide a range of shipping reports to help sellers analyze their activity and get better prices.
What do most small businesses do when their shipping contract comes up for renewal? That’s right, they just resign themselves to rising prices and tougher terms, and sign on the dotted line.
It doesn’t have to be that way. Shipping is a competitive industry, and you can make carriers fight for your business. But how do you do that? FedEx and UPS each have very complicated contracts and it’s hard for online sellers to understand all the variables that exist within those terms.
Here’s how, through contract negotiations, shippers can lower their rates, reduce their shipping spend and improve profitability. There’s no reason for ecommerce merchants and online sellers of any kind to continue overpaying for freight and small parcel shipping.
From in-house fulfillment and Amazon FBA, to dropshipping and 3PLs, we evaluate each model to help you pick the right one for your business
Imagine the scenario: you’re a multi-channel ecommerce seller, surrounded by stock, wondering how you’re going to get orders out. You sell a whole range of SKUs, that vary in size and sales volume, and aren’t sure whether fulfilling all your orders yourself will be possible.
While self-fulfilling orders does have merit, it’s not the only way to do ecommerce fulfillment. There are several other strategies, each with their own pros and cons, that are worth exploring.
So, in this post, I’ll look at the different ecommerce fulfillment strategies that are open to sellers, from in-house fulfillment and Amazon FBA to dropshipping and using independent 3PLs. I’ll explain how each model works, the pros and cons of fulfilling orders using each approach, and the types of businesses which are best suited to each model.
Matthew Ferguson channels his inner GI Joe and comes to the rescue again, armed with advice on the best way to ship eBay orders overseas.
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I wonder if you can help me!
I’ve been selling rare action figures and collectibles domestically on eBay for three years and have just started offering my products on some of eBay’s global marketplaces.
I’ve recently tried using the Global Shipping Program for my overseas orders, and I quite like it. So far it seems easy to use, and I’ve had no hassle shipping my goods abroad.
I’m not totally sold on using it long-term though, as I have a feeling that I could make more money if I shipped the orders myself directly.
So, my question is this: What are the main advantages and disadvantages of using the Global Shipping Program and is there a better alternative that I should be using?
– George, Atlanta
Chris McCabe casts a critical eye over Amazon stories that have been making the news recently, from the price of beans to an international tax controversy.
This post is by Chris McCabe, a former Investigation Specialist for Amazon’s Seller Performance team and founder of ecommerceChris.com. ecommerceChris shows Amazon sellers how to keep their accounts healthy, or, if the worst should happen, how to get their account back from a suspension.
Amazon’s owes $294 million in taxes, says the EU, due to an improper deal with Luxembourg. Will the many U.S. states and cities vying for Amazon’s second headquarters offer similar deals?
Meanwhile, the MTC is holding an emergency meeting to discuss extending the deadline for the online sellers sales tax amnesty. Anyone can dial in.
The Whole Foods obsession extends to counting the number of cars in their parking lots, using satellite imagery. Amazon elbows its way into last-mile delivery, causing UPS and FedEx shares to slump. But there’s still one area where Amazon has failed to make a serious impact: entertainment.
Cody Stallard talks all things dropshipping. From deciding what to sell and finding a legitimate supplier, through to processing orders
This post is by Cody Stallard and was originally published as a ten part series on The Wholesale Forums.
If you’re looking into selling online, then you will more than likely have come across the term “dropshipping”. Sadly, this isn’t the practice of dropping a ship into the middle of the ocean, however fun that may sound.
No, dropshipping is a business model for online sellers, where merchants don’t purchase their stock until they receive an order. How is this possible? Well, they list an item and then, when an order is placed, they order it from their supplier, who ships it straight to the customer.
Dropshipping is one of the most attractive strategies for selling online, primarily because you never see or touch your stock. This means that you don’t have to find room for hundreds of units, or spend time handling and shipping orders.
In this post, I’ll be looking at the whole dropshipping process, covering everything from from the pros and cons of starting your own dropshipping business, to how the order process works and how to find legitimate suppliers.