Choosing the Right Carrier
Choosing the right shipping carrier for your online store is an essential part of your business. Carriers are an extension of your business, and you need carrier software that helps you identify which trusted partner can get products to your customers on time, for the best price. These factors can differentiate your business from other online retailers in a big way—expensive shipping costs are one of the primary reasons that customers abandon online shopping carts. Getting products to your customers quickly is also a key service quality metric because the ability to ship items quickly builds trust and makes it more likely that customers will shop with you in the future.
There are four major global carriers, but every country and region also has a network of smaller carriers that provide package delivery for consumers and businesses. These companies have a reputation for delivering on-time to even some of the most remote locations around the globe.
At EHUB our multi-carrier shipping software helps you get special discounted rates as an online retailer with all our major carrier partners. You can get real-time rate information integrated into your online store so you or your customers can instantly see what each carrier will charge and choose the best option based on your needs. Plus we have already done all the work to negotiate the lowest rates and get special high-volume discounts that we share with every ecommerce retailer in our network.
The United States Postal Service (USPS) ships packages to residences and businesses throughout the U.S. and internationally. With EHUB you can get significant discounts on USPS rates so you save money on domestic and international shipping. With features like pre-filled shipping labels, simple steps to complete the necessary documentation for international packages, and commercial invoices and packing slips, shipping USPS is a great option for many ecommerce sites. Plus they offer a range of choices for getting packages to your destination:
- First-Class Package Service®
- First-Class Package International Service®
- Priority Mail®
- Priority Mail International®
- Priority Mail Cubic®
- Priority Mail Express®
- Priority Mail Express International®
- Parcel Select®
UPS started in 1907 as the American Messenger Company, and has since expanded to become one of the largest worldwide delivery services, serving over 11.5 million people a year and delivering 5.5 billion packages. They offer convenient services like scheduled pickups and easy drop-off at more than 5,100 UPS Store® retail locations and 38,000 UPS® drop boxes.
FedEx offers national and global shipping, eCommerce technology, and other essential tools to help your business grow. From nationwide partnerships that provide speedy same-day and next-day delivery to trade management and customs brokerage services that provide smooth delivery in countries throughout the world, FedEx is a valuable partner for any ecommerce site.
DHL is one of the largest global logistics companies, delivering more than 1.5 billion parcels a year. They are committed to providing customers with fast, affordable shipping for everything from large and unique packages to individual letters sent to 220 countries with their DHL Express Worldwide shipping. They are also committed to sustainability with their GOGREEN service. This carbon-neutral shipping option calculates all transport-related emissions for shipments, then offsets them with other climate protection projects. It’s a great way to set your sustainability-minded ecommerce site apart from the competition.