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Built In Shipping Label Generation
By DannieB
5/18/2009 11:41:00 AM  
Shipping is one of the more difficult aspects of owning an online business.  Whether you ship products in-house, ship from a fulfillment center, or you use drop-shippers, the process of getting an order to a customer from the moment it is received is as complicated as it is extensive.  Multiply that order by hundreds, and the potential for problems increases at every step of the way.  That’s why many merchants in the market for a new ecommerce platform make sure to team up with a provider that has the kind of sophisticated shipping technology to make things easy and efficient.  ShopVisible is one of those providers.  This week’s blog entries are dedicated to highlighting ShopVisible’s unbeatable shipping system for every client’s needs.

Today’s Feature: Built in Label Generation

While it might seem like an afterthought, having the technology to print shipping labels easily is quite important to many online merchants.   Most ecommerce providers do not have label-printing capabilities built into their platform.  They typically integrate with a third party software packages like TrueShip or require the merchant to go through the shipping carriers like FedEx or UPS themselves.  

ShopVisible has built in technology to allow for label printing directly from the client’s Site Manager, which is the same user-interface the client uses to manage every aspect of his business including marketing, IT, back office, accounting, inventory, and of course shipping.   Automatic label generation saves the client time and hassle of managing separate software or involving another step in the process of shipping.

ShopVisible’s label generation technology includes a batch printing system, which allows clients to set up printing options so that they don’t have to hit the print button every time there is a new order or item going out.   A wide variety of options can be created to suit the client’s preferences.  For example, a client can create an option to pull all order labels every thirty minutes or he can decide to print sporadically, and create an option that will automatically pull any news labels since the last batch was printed.  

ShopVisible’s built-in application also creates a local archive of shipping label PDFs in case a client makes an error and needs to print a label more than once.  This handy archive is a great way to automatically back up information, and it saves the client a lot of clicking around in the website to find and reprint old labels.

Finally, ShopVisible supports label generation for thermal printing if needed.  

If you’re an online merchant who has experienced frustrations with your platform’s shipping tools, it may be time to switch providers.  Read more about ShopVisible’s shipping technology and check back on this blog for more information on special features that come with our standard platform.

ShopVisible is an ecommerce solution based in Atlanta, GA.

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Shipping Made Easy This Holiday Season
By DannieB
12/5/2008 2:50:00 PM  
This holiday season is especially busy for our clients.  While online merchants gladly welcome the surge of orders, handling shipping complications during a chaotic time of year is an e-tailer’s worst nightmare. 

At ShopVisible, we’ve created the most robust shipping engine available.  With our easy-to-use, reliable tools, clients can put their shipping frustrations aside and focus on growing their business.  In addition, customers can track their packages with ease and get those gifts in before its too late.  ShopVisible’s shipping tools are just one more way we’re helping to save Christmas for business owners (and consumers) one online storefront at a time.  

With ShopVisible, you can choose to offer three types of shipping.

1.    Multiple carriers, including FedEx, UPS, DHL, and USPS.  Our handy shipping calculator formulates costs against real time rates.
2.    Freight shipping including Yellow Freight, Conway, Etes, and FedEx Freight, also calculated against real time rates.  Clients can program special freight options into the site manager to help determine the appropriate cost for their customers (i.e. does the customer need a lift gate?).
3.    Custom shipping just for you.   Create your own business model around shipping.  Offer free shipping as a holiday promotion or an extra “white glove” cost to customers with special delivery requests.  

With ShopVisible, drop shipping is easy.  We’ve completely automated the process to eliminate communication mishaps between the drop-shipper, retailer, and consumer.  Anytime a package is shipped, a record with all order data is sent to the client and drop-shipper.  Tracking numbers are emailed directly to the customer.  In addition, if a customer purchases multiple products that ship from different locations, he will receive all tracking numbers accordingly.  

However, we don’t just service retailers with drop-shippers.  We service manufacturers, wholesalers, and franchises using fulfillment houses, in store inventory and more.

So if your business could benefit from a sophisticated, user-friendly shipping engine like ours, you may want to consider changing platforms.  Online shopping is in full swing, and with the ShopVisible ecommerce solution, our clients can celebrate the holidays without the added stress.  

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