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Ship it Today, Get it There the Second Day Before Yesterday, Save Your Skin Tomorrow

Palo Alto, CA April 1, 2010

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Shipwire Launches New “Second Day Before Yesterday” Shipping Service.

Palo Alto, CA— April 1, 2010 Shipwire (NYSE2020, SW), the leading provider of outsourced product fulfillment, today announced new shipping services which will allow merchants to ship their products to customers before the customer has ordered them — launching the newest revolution in e-commerce since the on demand global warehouse network — Predictive Fulfillment™ and Second Day Before Yesterday™ shipping. This service is targeted to merchants who specialize in goods with limited shelf life such as bell-bottoms, Mondale/Ferraro ’84 bumper stickers, and Pauly Shore “Weez” merchandise.

“In the past decade, the shipping industry has made great strides in next-day and even same-day shipping, but we believe the future of the industry to be in the past,” stated Nate Gilmore, Vice President of Former Marketing and Retroactive Business Development for Shipwire. “Never before have merchants been in the unique position to satisfy the needs of their customers before the customers even know they have needs. As many of our merchants will soon discover, and as many of their customers already have, shipping packages through time opens an entirely new can of wormholes. By partnering with Shipwire, merchants can leave it to us to get their product from Time B to Time A, every time.”

Shipwire merchants no longer need to be concerned with the side-effects of shipping to the past. As part of this new service, Shipwire will provide insurance on all packages. Paradox-Proof Shipping Insurance™ guarantees each package will reach the customer without significantly altering the fabric of space-time.  “The service is virtually risk-free,” said Gilmore. “We expect to see significant traction for this shipping method the day or two after key forgettable holidays like Mother’s Day, marriage anniversaries, Babies Mama’s birthdays and of course Valentines Day. We toyed with calling it ”˜prophetic fulfillment”; but, thought the shelf life for that brand wouldn’t last much past 2012.”

Shipwire will also be licensing Second Day Before Yesterday and Predictive Fulfillment to retailers of perishable goods like flowers and food products.   “When we first discussed shipping flowers through time, I thought it sounded pretty heavy,” said Martin McFly, CEO of 1-200-FLOWERS. “I couldn’t have been more wrong. Working with Shipwire’s fulfillment software has eliminated the need to handle our own deliveries, saving us time, money, and creating a whole new market for decayed flowers. We can now ship old flowers back in time and they will arrive fresh, alive and in some cases before the flowers have even opened. The forgetful buyer now has a chance to get out of the dog house for a small price.”

For more information, please visit http://www.shipwire.com. To begin a free trial, please visit www.shipwire.com/trial. Please don’t expect to buy this product today; check back yesterday and it will be available.

Please note: the information in this article may  contain backward-looking statements.

About Shipwire (http://www.shipwire.com)
Shipwire, the leader in e-commerce order fulfillment services, effectively eliminates the hassle of storage and shipping for growing merchants with a global warehouse network and its innovative Store-Sell-Ship™ platform. Shipwire’s warehouses — in Los Angeles, Reno, Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver and London — are conveniently located close to buyers, drastically reducing merchants” shipping costs. Shipwire is the only warehouse logistics service that instantly integrates with shopping carts and inventory management systems. Shipwire is developer- and partner-friendly; learn more about our shipping affiliate partner program or get our how to outsource order fulfillment guide at http://www.shipwire.com/partner. Stay up to date with our shipping fulfillment distribution blog. Print online USPS postage. For a free trial or more information, contact 1-888-SHIPWIRE or visit http://www.shipwire.com/trial.

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Shipwire
press@shipwire.com
888-Shipwire

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BOCA Communications
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Shipwire Enables SMB E-Tailers to Grow International Sales

Marketwire, March 16

New Microsite Helps SMBs Learn How to Cut International Shipping Costs by 75 Percent with Overseas Warehouse and Fulfillment

Palo Alto, CA— March 16, 2010 Shipwire™, a leading provider of outsourced product fulfillment, announced today an initiative to help small and midsize online merchants grow overseas sales. Shipwire launched new tools and guides, available at http://www.shipwire.com//how-it-works/store-your-product/, to help merchants learn how grow exports while cutting shipping costs by utilizing outsourced order fulfillment as an alternative to expensive international shipping. http://www.shipwire.com//how-it-works/store-your-product/. |

The Internet has become the great equalizer in global sales, and has allowed SMBs to compete with larger competitors. Generally speaking, only established merchants get big discounts on international shipping from carriers — sometimes in excess of 50 percent.[1] Therefore, despite the incredible opportunity for sales abroad, SMBs are instead put at a competitive disadvantage, and international shipping costs ultimately become a barrier to international growth for the small seller. A November 2009 article in Inc. indicates that in the United States, for example, SMBs account for a mere 29 percent of all U.S. exporting volume — a number lower today than it was 10 years ago.[2] This data — presumably echoed in other markets around the world — is surprising given that the Internet and web-delivered software allow small exporters to reach lucrative international markets, assuming they know how to efficiently reach overseas markets.

Shipwire is integrated with most leading e-commerce store software, marketplaces such as Amazon and eBay and payment services like PayPal’s global payment service, which allows international purchases to be made from 190 countries and 24 currencies. For merchants who store a portion of their inventory with Shipwire in any of the company’s warehouses around the world, each time an order closes, Shipwire will automatically pick, pack and ship to the buyer. Shipwire can help merchants reduce shipping costs and ensure international buyers get product faster and with lower shipping costs when compared with international shipping.

“Today’s online buyer wants to receive products quickly and at a reasonable shipping cost. Merchants that leverage Shipwire can cut international shipping costs by as much as 75 percent and ensure that overseas buyers get orders quickly,” said Damon Schechter, CEO of Shipwire.com and best-selling author of Delivering the Goods. “Today’s entrepreneurial manufacturer or niche retailer can attract a global following by focusing their sales efforts and providing great customer support, which requires automated product delivery at low cost with fast product delivery.”

SMBs are now provided the same global opportunities as their bigger competitors due to the SMB e-commerce landscape. Globalization is upon them and the number one SMB trend in 2010 is a global integrated future where small business will take advantage of cheap access to tools anywhere, anytime, to get the job done.[3]

Like numerous small business owners, Andrew Simmons, Founder of Thoughtfish Media noted that Shipwire enabled him to grow his 2-person business to deliver product worldwide. As the , No. 1 seller of artisan beadwork and tile design software, Simmons stated that before using Shipwire, 50% of his international shipments were unsuccessful, and never reached their destination. “Now, Shipwire automates the shipping process for me,” Simmons said, “and has allowed me to grow sales in Canada and Western Europe as well as other countries.” Visit http://www.shipwire.com/how-it-works/store-your-product/ for more examples of small businesses expanding overseas.

Today, there are examples of SMB online market growth in the US and the expectation is for it to only continue due to globalization and the adoption of technology platforms. Some examples include:

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  • By 2014 the size of the U.S. e-commerce market is estimated to hit almost $250 billion, up from $155 billion in 2009. E-commerce will keep growing at a 10 percent CAGR and sales will represent 8 percent of all retail in the U.S., up from 6 percent in 2009. [Forrester Report, US Online Retail Forecast, 2009 To 2014]
  • US retail e-commerce spending (excluding travel) for November — December holiday season was up 4% versus a year ago to $29.1 billion [January 6, 2010, comScore]
  • Three product categories (computers, apparel, and consumer electronics) represented more than 44 percent of online sales($67.6 billion) in 2009
  • In the UK, there are examples of SMB online market growth and the expectation is for it to only continue due to globalization and the adoption of technology platforms. Some examples include:

  • With more than one in two UK consumers shopping online — that is about 28 million consumers — online shopping and travel booking are mainstream. By 2014, 37 million UK online buyers will spend £56 billion. [UK Online Retail and Travel Forecast, 2008 to 2014, March 2009, Forrester Group]
  • 2009 holiday spending represented a 24% upward growth over the previous year or 8.9
  • Office of National Statistics data demonstrates that UK Merchants export trading is increasing year over year with non-EU countries.[4]

For more information, please visit http://www.shipwire.com//how-it-works/store-your-product/. To begin a free trial, please visit www.shipwire.com/trial.

[1] “Special Delivery: Bringing SMBs Into the Global Shipping Network,” January 4, 2008, Ecommerce Times

[2] “How to Start Selling Internationally,” November 1, 2009, Inc.

[3] “10 Predictions, Forecasts and Trends That Will Shape Our Global Small Business World in 2010,” January 12, 2010, Small Business Trends

[4] http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=1119 For November of 2009. Non-EU exports rose by £1.4 billion (5.7 per cent) to £26.6 billion. Total exports were broadly unchanged at £38.8 billion

About Shipwire (http://www.shipwire.com)
Shipwire, the leader in e-commerce order fulfillment services, effectively eliminates the hassle of storage and shipping for growing merchants with a global warehouse network and its innovative Store-Sell-Ship™ platform. Shipwire’s warehouses — in Los Angeles, Reno, Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver and London — are conveniently located close to buyers, drastically reducing merchants” shipping costs. Shipwire is the only warehouse logistics service that instantly integrates with shopping carts and inventory management systems. Shipwire is developer- and partner-friendly; learn more about our shipping affiliate partner program or get our how to outsource order fulfillment guide at http://www.shipwire.com/partner. Stay up to date with our shipping fulfillment distribution blog. Print online USPS postage. For a free trial or more information, contact 1-888-SHIPWIRE or visit http://www.shipwire.com/trial.

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Shipwire Looks to Europe

eWeek, June 12th 2008

Shipwire, which sells international e-commerce order fulfillment solutions and services, is expanding to allow U.S.-based small online businesses to execute orders from European customers. The company announced its new UK-based warehouse and pick-pack fulfillment facility June 9. Read more. | PDF Version.

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Shipwire Expands Operations with UK Facility

Charter Institute UK, June 12, 2008

Shipwire has announced that it has expanded its operations in Europe by opening a new site in Britain. The US-based international e-commerce order fulfillment provider claims that the move will enable it to provide access for web retailers to services aimed at meeting growing demand from European consumers. Sluggish US dollar performance has fueled exports and Shipwire now plans to make it easier for internet retailers to expand into Europe. Read more. | PDF Version.

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