• June 28, 2021

    International Shipping? Here Are New Fees Effective July 1

    International Shipping? Here Are New Fees Effective July 1
    Brexit. It’s been in the news now for more than a year. It’s one of the reasons why there’s a big change coming for any online business that ships to EU recipients. The change is a VAT increase, which is a value-added tax that is imposed on any goods shipped internationally. For some time now, any shipment going to the EU that was valued at ...
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  • June 28, 2021

    Postal Rate Increases

    Postal Rate Increases
    The United States Post Office recently announced increased pricing for stamps beginning August 29, 2021. This price increase is for First Class Mail, which covers postcards, letters under 1 ounce and envelopes. The “Forever” stamp, which is currently at 55 cents will increase to 58 cents. The USPS hopes that this increase in First Class Mail will generate enough revenue to offset the continuing decline in ...
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  • June 28, 2021

    Increased Surcharges Greatly Effect Small Businesses

    Increased Surcharges Greatly Effect Small Businesses
    As a result of the considerable increase in shipping during COVID, FedEx increased pricing and UPS imposed surcharges on certain international shipments. The expectation is that these increases will create more capacity in their various networks. The increases, which are sure to be felt by small businesses in particular, are noted below. FedEx Peak Surcharge Increases Additional handling surcharge increased from $3 to $3.50. Residential delivery surcharge increased ...
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  • May 22, 2021

    eCommerce Subscriptions – Analyzing the Costs of Outsourcing

    eCommerce Subscriptions – Analyzing the Costs of Outsourcing
    If you scroll through social media or even just open and scan your inbox, you’ll likely find subscription boxes advertised. They are big business now. And you have to admit – whether as a gift to someone else or a consistent arrival every month to yourself, subscription boxes are a great way to keep up with latest fashions, renew wellness monthly, or receive favorite foods. If ...
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  • May 22, 2021

    Which is Better for Your Business – Shopify or WooCommerce?

    Which is Better for Your Business - Shopify or WooCommerce?
    Whether you’re starting your eCommerce business or reviewing earlier business decisions, you’ve likely asked yourself which of the two platforms mentioned above serve your purposes better. Truly, both platforms have their merits, which makes it a tough decision, especially for something as serious as an ecommerce store. We understand the seriousness of the decision. It’s difficult. In this article, we analyze the least expensive to start ...
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  • May 22, 2021

    eCommerce and Appealing to the Prospective Customer

    eCommerce and Appealing to the Prospective Customer
    There’s a certain appeal to shopping for something in person. The touch of the fabric, the brightly colored display or the neat rows of clothing, waiting to be discovered. That personal connection is sometimes missing from eCommerce. So how do you reach out and elicit emotion from your prospective buyers? For the buyer to desire your product, you want them to feel a connection. Your end ...
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  • April 13, 2021

    When Boxes Become Critical

    When Boxes Become Critical
    Business is booming. Workflow processes are tight. Orders are coming in and shipments are going out. Customers who return again and again are precious. You want NOTHING to get in the way. And then comes the dreaded “BOX” decision. Seems like a small thing, right? It’s not the box your customer ordered, it’s what’s inside! But that box is extremely important. Your target customers. If you ...
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  • April 13, 2021

    International Distribution Too Costly? Think Again.

    International Distribution Too Costly? Think Again.
    You’ve read it in the news – the opportunity for business overseas. You’ve probably considered opening up your business to international purchases. But then, after some research, you said, “No way, it’s too expensive.” Cutting off your prospects. The truth is that not taking advantage of overseas orders is leaving your business short. It’s like turning a blind eye to a customer who really wants to ...
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  • April 13, 2021

    Rushing Into eCommerce

    Rushing Into eCommerce
    If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that digital solutions win. While it is sad to see brick and mortar stores close, it’s also enlightening to see how many of them pivoted and became e-savvy! All of a sudden, as the results of the pandemic became obvious, we realized that many of the items we once had to purchase at a store, were available ...
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  • March 19, 2021

    eCommerce Sees Massive Growth in 2020

    eCommerce Sees Massive Growth in 2020
    While 2020 was a challenging year at best for many small businesses, the success of eCommerce was well documented. Perhaps because many brick and mortar stores were closed, eCommerce led the way to a record-setting year. Certainly, small businesses that have struggled with online shopping are now finding ways to take advantage of the surge in eCommerce. The message from consumers is clear – either keep ...
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