How to get USPS Ground Advantage rates for your ecommerce store

We are thrilled to announce SKULabs’ recent partnership with the United States Postal Service (USPS) to provide the groundbreaking USPS Ground Advantage service. This new coast-to-coast shipping option is set to redefine the landscape of shipping in America, promising dependable delivery in just two to five business days.

As a part of this partnership, SKULabs integrates the new shipping method into our comprehensive suite of services. We aim to make this innovative shipping solution available to businesses of all sizes, enhancing operational efficiencies while driving down costs.

Why USPS Ground Advantage?

USPS Ground Advantage is more than just a shipping service; it’s a game-changer for businesses and retail customers. This unique offering combines USPS’ efficient ground transportation model and its unparalleled last-mile delivery system, enabling a reliable and competitively priced shipping service across the continental United States.

How Can SKULabs Help?

As an official partner of USPS for the Ground Advantage service, SKULabs brings several benefits to your doorstep:

  • Fast Delivery: Experience the assurance of speedy package delivery with USPS Ground Advantage, promising delivery times between two to five business days across the continental United States.
  • Convenient Pickup: No need to worry about package dispatch. USPS offers a complimentary pickup service at your home or office, ensuring a seamless shipping process.
  • Efficient Returns: Make the most of the USPS Ground Advantage return service. This feature facilitates a convenient return process for your customers, enhancing their overall shopping experience.
  • Insured Shipments: Rest easy knowing your packages are covered. USPS Ground Advantage provides $100 insurance on all packages, with the option to purchase additional coverage.

USPS Ground Advantage has superseded several USPS services as part of their long-term “Delivering for America” growth strategy. This new service is set to reshape the shipping industry, positioning USPS as a key player in the rapidly evolving package business.

SKULabs is proud to offer USPS Ground Advantage as part of our extensive suite of shipping solutions. We’re committed to delivering excellent services that cater to the diverse needs of businesses nationwide.

Get SKULabs today and discover the benefits of new USPS shipping options for your business. Stay tuned for more updates on how to maximize the power of USPS Ground through SKULabs for all your shipping needs.

Weighing the Options: In-House Fulfillment vs. 3PL/4PL Providers with SKULabs

Choosing whether to manage logistics in-house or outsource to a third-party logistics (3PL) or fourth-party logistics (4PL) provider is a vital decision for any business involved in the supply chain. The right choice depends on your unique business needs, and while there are compelling reasons for both, this article outlines the advantages of in-house fulfillment, particularly when using a robust solution like SKULabs.

Cost Control with SKULabs

Cost control is a major reason why businesses opt for in-house logistics. Having a direct line of sight into your costs allows for better budgeting and planning. With SKULabs, you have a tool that provides a clear view of your entire operation, making it easier to understand and control your costs. Its comprehensive inventory and order management system can help streamline processes, reduce errors, and increase overall efficiency, leading to potential cost savings.

Flexibility and Customization with SKULabs

In-house logistics management gives you total control and flexibility to respond to changing business needs. Integrating a solution like SKULabs amplifies this advantage. Its flexible system allows you to customize processes to suit your specific business model, making it a more adaptive solution compared to rigid 3PL and 4PL processes.

Data Control with SKULabs

Having total control over your data is another strong point for in-house fulfillment. SKULabs understands the importance of this and has designed its platform accordingly. With SKULabs, you get real-time access to crucial data about your inventory, sales, and shipping. This immediate access to information enhances your decision-making process and helps you stay ahead in your business.

Enhancing Brand Experience with SKULabs

In-house fulfillment allows you to control the entire customer experience, ensuring each touchpoint aligns with your brand values. With SKULabs’ order management features, you can create a smooth, consistent, and branded experience right from the order placement to delivery. This control can enhance your brand image and help build stronger customer loyalty.

Automating Like The Pros with SKULabs

Perhaps one of the greatest advantages of using a system like SKULabs for in-house fulfillment is its ability to help you automate your warehouse processes like the pros. The software’s robust functionality means you can automate essential tasks, saving time, reducing errors, and improving efficiency. Whether it’s order picking, packing, or shipping, SKULabs brings an increased level of professionalism and effectiveness to your in-house operations.

The Bottom Line

While maintaining control, flexibility, and a direct connection with your customers can be compelling reasons to opt for in-house fulfillment, achieving this requires the right tools. With SKULabs, you get a comprehensive solution that helps streamline your operations and brings a high level of automation and efficiency. By weighing the pros and cons of each option and considering your long-term business strategy, you can make an informed decision that best serves your customers and supports your business growth. And when it comes to in-house fulfillment, SKULabs could be the game-changing tool you need.

How to offer wholesale pricing on Shopify

Did you know the wholesale trade industry is worth $12.3 trillion in 2023? If you’re an eCommerce business owner on Shopify, you’re likely wondering how to tap into this lucrative market. The good news is that Shopify makes it easy to offer wholesale pricing to your customers.

With a highly competitive and ever-evolving online retail landscape, leveraging wholesale is a great way to remain relevant and keep profitability high. It allows you to drive more revenue while passing some marketing burdens to other businesses.

However, making the leap to offering wholesale pricing on your Shopify store can be daunting. There are several considerations, including inventory management across multi-channels. Fortunately, Shopify offers several solutions, such as SKULabs, to help you manage this transition.

This guide will walk you through the various ways to sell wholesale via Shopify so that you can start offering your products at optimal tier pricing.

What is wholesaling?

Before we dive into setting up a wholesale store on Shopify, it’s important to understand the basics of wholesaling. Wholesaling is the practice of selling products or services in bulk at low prices directly to other businesses, who then resell them to consumers. You can wholesale almost everything, including home décor, apparel and related accessories, food items, kitchenware, party supplies, health and wellness products, and more.

Wholesaling doesn’t mean that you should stop selling to direct consumers. Instead, it allows you to expand your reach by selling to both retailers and consumers.

Various ways to sell wholesale via Shopify

When it comes to setting up a wholesale store on Shopify, there are a few different approaches you can take. Let’s take a look at the various options:

Create a password-protected storefront

If you want to start selling your products wholesale through retailers, you can create a separate, password-protected page so only approved buyers (retailers) can access your discounted prices. This method allows you to control who can access your special pricing offers. It also protects against unauthorized purchases from non-wholesale buyers who may try to take advantage of discounted prices meant only for approved customers.

It’s easy to password-protect your wholesale store on your eCommerce platform. If you own a Shopify store, the Shopify admin section has this protection feature. Once you create your store, you can add all the products you’re offering at a discount to retailers.

If your wholesale business is large, you may be worried that unapproved retailers will access your password. In that case, you should consider a more secure password-protection app like Locksmith. This app will require passwords for your individual collections, products, and variants.

With Locksmith, customers will create accounts and set up their preferred unique passwords instead of using a generic ones. You can determine which retailers can access the different parts of your store and how you want to share access with them.

Open a separate wholesale storefront on Shopify

This option is perfect if you already have a Shopify store that sells directly to consumers and you want to create a wholesale store targeting retail businesses. It requires you to set up another Shopify store featuring a different URL and password-protecting it.

You can use apps like Shopify Plus if your sales volumes are high. This app has a wholesale channel feature that you can use to create your wholesale store and protect it using a password. The wholesale channel will use your existing products to create a new storefront, requiring minimal effort.

You can customize your prices based on customer groups and use volume-based discounts. Even better, you’ll get separate sales reports distinct from the report of your B2C sales.

Create a wholesale channel using a wholesale app

Shopify has apps that allow you to offer wholesale pricing without establishing a separate store. An example is Wholesale Club, an app that allows you to segment your retail customers into different tiers. You can assign each tier a specific discount off the regular price for your retailer customers.

The best thing about Wholesale Club is that it comes loaded with marketing features that make it easy to woo customers into buying more to get bigger discounts. You can give discounts to your wholesale customers based on the quantity of items they buy or their cart totals. The wholesale pricing in Wholesale Club is only accessible to customers who log in using their approved retailer accounts.

Leverage Handshake marketplace

Handshake is a wholesale marketplace created by Shopify to connect approved Shopify merchants selling wholesale with retailers. To get started, you should first apply to sell your products on this marketplace.

Once you get approval, you can install Handshake on your Shopify admin. You can then list your wholesale products and business on the Handshake marketplace.

Retailers looking for products can search the marketplace and place orders. You’ll receive notification of the orders, process them, and fulfill them.

Inventory management challenges when wholesaling

Wholesaling presents unique inventory management challenges. One of the key challenges is order management, as you need to be able to track orders from retailers, manage invoices and payments, and ensure product availability at all times.

Additionally, you need to be able to streamline your warehouse operations and ensure product accuracy, which can be difficult in multi-channel environments. Finally, you must be able to track sales across channels and optimize pricing accordingly, which can be complex if you sell products across multiple marketplaces.

Use SKULabs for streamlined inventory and warehouse management

SKULabs is the perfect app to help you stay on top of all the above challenges when wholesaling on Shopify. This multi-channel inventory, warehouse, and order management solution allows you to track multi-channel orders in one place.

The app has a multi-channel order syncing feature that integrates all your wholesale and retail stores, physical sites, and marketplaces in one place. With SKULabs, you have granular control over the inventory levels for each channel. As a result, you can accurately determine how much of a single product you would like to advertise between B2B and B2C stores.

The real-time inventory control and sync give you a real-time count of your items across all your sales channels. You can search or scan to determine the product counts and even set low-stock alerts to help you restock items in time.

Sign up for SKULabs and get your store ready for wholesaling today.

Understanding Why Replacing eBay Shipping for SKULabs is Best for You

Understanding Why Replacing eBay Shipping for SKULabs is Best for You

As an eBay seller, you are probably wondering if moving to a third party software like SKULabs makes sense and how it can benefit you meet your shipping needs.

When you started using eBay’s platform it felt easy enough to use. The volume may have been lower and with everything in the same interface didn’t seem complicated. Familiarity is always hard to move away from, but finding a better platform is what every growing business has to do at some point or another.

Starting Up with eBay

Whether it’s a garage, a basement or even an extra room turned into a home office, the small business starts as a one person or family affair. Keeping it simple is the name of the game. Having a one stop do it all platform on your eBay seller’s account feels adequate. At this stage, you can even take advantage of some of the promotions they offer on supplies and others. Like most sales channels, they provide you with the basic shipping functions as long as your provide them with the product and package information to get all the orders to your customers.

As with most sales channels, their strength lies in the selling tools. However, there are more factors involved after the customer pays for the order and a single mistake can lead to decreased sales. You must keep into account these other variables such as delivery time, accuracy and workflows which become more difficult as the business grows. These are often too much to handle for just one person or small team. Now you need more tools to handle this new chapter. Your high sales brought you success, but also other challenges. Suddenly more staff, complaints, orders and returns seem big for your usual fulfillment you are accustomed to.

Enter SKULabs

Success shouldn’t equate to harder management. SKULabs can provide you with all the features you will need to make this transition from “home to a warehouse” as easy as possible. It is time to handle what might seem too complex and make it simple. An automated workflow will speed up your process. Unlike eBay, you will be able to verify the correct item goes to the right customer. Whether it’s a seasoned fulfillment manager or a fresh hire, the software guides best practices and your company policy. Our shipping audits will allow you to be confident on your fulfillment process regardless of your workflow.

Your shipping and fulfillment process will also improve the more you ship due to memorization. Proper verification and management of every step in the process will help you keep up with your new growth.

SKULabs provides the ability to scan verify your barcodes on the way out the door for ultimate accuracy. Having this function can give you the piece of mind that your staff is sending the right item to the customer. Barcode scanning will let you scan your items, kits and bins. You will also have the ability to create your own in case some products do not have one. Everything with the goal in mind of 100% accuracy. So give SKULabs a shot and watch your workflow and shipping improve drastically.

SKULabs as a Strong Replacement for BigCommerce Shipping

SKULabs as a Strong Replacement for BigCommerce Shipping
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Has your business already outgrown fulfilling your orders through the BigCommerce’s platform? Looking for a more efficient way to ship your BC orders? Here is how to know if you are ready to move to next stage with a bigger more robust shipping software and how SKULabs can get you there.

BigCommerce Shipping

BigCommerce is great for light fulfillment allowing you to input weights, dimensions, and purchase shipping labels from USPS, FedEx and UPS through their in-app platform.

You also feel secure that BigCommerce is your one stop solution for all the needs of a small business and seems simple enough to get your packages out the door.

But while it gets the job done at first, BigCommerce describes their shipping function as basic. As your business grows, so does the personnel working on shipping – you need to streamline your process rapidly and automate it as much as possible. The good news is that BigCommerce integrates with other WMS/IMS software platforms for larger shipping needs.

That’s Where SKULabs Comes In

However, there are a few advantages to having SKULabs in charge of your shipping:

  • Print more that one label at a time.
  • Get better shipping rates with cubic discounts
  • More shipping carriers, means more shipping options.
  • Customizable workflow for your business.
  • Ability to verify the right product goes out and mistakes are minimized.
  • The more you ship, the faster you ship with built-in shipment memorization

SKULabs can help you fulfill those orders faster, more efficiently and also with as little mistakes as possible. Because you have more options, you have more control. And this doesn’t even take into account reporting. By shipping with SKULabs, you can keep track of your shipments through reporting. This way your work and employees have a smooth fulfillment process regardless of how big the operation is. Happy shipping!

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