Shipwire in the News

E-Commerce 2.0: Six Companies You Can Learn From

Forbes, August 6, 2014

The U.S. online retail sales are up 15% since last year, and are expected to hit $370B by the end of 2017. Technological advancements and changes in consumer behavior have created an unprecedented opportunity for new e-commerce companies. This is especially true with digitally savvy millennials, who will make up the majority of online consumers in the coming years.

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E-Commerce’s Fast Boat to China – and Beyond

E-Commerce Times, March 18, 2013

When Brooklyn-based PruneDanish.com sends shipments of its electronics, accessories, and home and garden products to customers overseas, it uses Swedish stamps. As odd as that might seem, it makes sense for the e-commerce company.

PruneDanish.com uses the services of Direct Link, a U.S. subsidiary of Sweden Post. By using Swedish stamps in its shipping, Direct Link is able to offer competitive rates and service to e-commerce companies that ship internationally.

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Shipwire Gives Mom-and-Pops the Fulfillment Services of Big Retailers

Xconomy, February 25, 2013

Shipwire CEO Damon Schechter started his company with a simple goal: “To help small businesses take on the efficiencies that big businesses have.”

He cofounded the Palo Alto-based order fulfillment services operation with chief technology officer Evan Robinson at the end of 2006, but to get there, he had to wait until the timing was right.

Schechter had been in the tech and shipping world since the 90s, but took a break after the dotcom crash of the early 2000s to write a book on logistics. An interview with Costco’s head of logistic helped him figure out what he should do next: Find a way to give smaller companies the same logistical efficiencies.

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9 Build-A-Business Tips From Shopify’s Most Crazy Awesome Stores

Fast Company, November 23, 2012

Starting a business from scratch is a nerve-wracking proposition, as any Tums-crunching entrepreneur can tell you.

But with the right partnerships and guidance, the whole experience can be a little more palatable–not to mention profitable. Enter Shopify’s Build-a-Business competition, which helps anyone with an idea to hang out a shingle online. Winners each get a $50,000 investment and mentoring from storied entrepreneurs including Tim Ferriss, Tina Roth Eisenberg, Daymond John, and lean startup guru Eric Ries. Now in its third year, the competition has become a moneymaking powerhouse for small businesses: The 8,000 entrepreneurs participating this year (up from 3,060 in all of 2011) have so far netted $14 million in sales, up from $12 million a year ago.

In the spirit of giving, we polled some of Shopify’s recent success stories for their step-by-step tips on getting a consumer e-commerce business off the ground. Here’s what they had to say.

Don’t sweat the e-commerce.

If you have a great idea for a product but don’t know the first thing about how to sell online, don’t let it stop you. Melissa Winn, of LIttle Green Pouch, a reusable food pouch for babies and kids, said she was worried about the e-commerce aspect of their business going in, but quickly found easy online solutions for each part of the puzzle.

“We were able to completely design our own site on Shopify, outsource all of our fulfillment with seamless integration to Shipwire, and manage all of our payments with Stripe and PayPal,” Winn says.

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How Small Shops Can Compete With Big Box Retailers for Holiday Sales

Forbes, November 21, 2012

It’s tough enough for small businesses to compete with big box retailers’ deep discounts and extensive product offerings. But now that Thanksgiving Day is no longer off limits at major players such as Target and Sears, Main Street retailers may be wondering if its time to close up shop for good.

Thanks to Shift Your Shopping and a number of other national and local initiatives aimed at raising consumer awareness to shop at independent retailers, those surveyed by national nonprofit Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) outperformed the industry, reporting an average increase in holiday sales of 6.7% in 2011. Overall holiday retail sales rose 4.1% in 2011, according to the National Retail Federation.

Beyond raising awareness, there are other ways independent retailers can boost their bottom line during the holiday selling season.

Diversify sales channels

“Create and update your portfolio of e-commerce channels so that your products reach the broadest audience possible. If you’re selling through your own online store, consider adding social selling on Facebook, or flash sales to your channels,” suggests Nate Gilmore, vice president of Shipwire Order Fulfillment.

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10 Questions for Shipwire… And Their Answers!

Outsourced Ecommerce, November 17, 2012

“As a follow up to the review we did of Shipwire a little while back, I sent them a list of 10 questions and asked them to reply. My questions were sent on to Dimitri Onistsuk who is in charge of marketing at Shipwire. He provided some great insight into their service and I really appreciate him taking the time to answer my questions. My questions and his answers are below. If you aren’t familiar with their service, check them out at Shipwire Order Fulfillment.”

—GiantRobo, Outsourced Ecommerce

Question 1

I recently wrote a review of your service on my Ecommerce blog, you can read it here. When I tweeted about it, you guys did a RT (thank you!) and also replied. You mentioned in your reply that you disagreed with a few things. Would you mind elaborating on what you think we got wrong or what we left out?

Answer

We just wanted to highlight that we’ve invested a lot in our technology and platform, rather than just our operations. Our platform leads the industry for making it easy for users to quickly get set up, and provides transparent reporting and tools to build a brand. We have a full suite of developer APIs that lead the industry. This is part of where our huge competitive advantage comes from. The powerful software that we’ve been working on since day one is at the core of everything we do and lets us help our customers sell their products just as much as our international fulfillment warehouse network.

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Shipwire Opens New East Coast Warehouse

Palo Alto — November 22, 2011 Shipwire, Inc., the leading global provider of Internet order fulfillment today announced the opening of its East Coast USA warehousing service; 225,000 sq ft of automated warehousing operations located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania — the East Coast warehouse joins five existing warehouses throughout the US, Canada and Europe.

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