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Disrupting FedEx: The Startups Unbundling FedEx, UPS and the Logistics Industry

CB Insights, March 13, 2015

Are shipping & logistics titans like FedEx and UPS being unbundled by startups? Drawing inspiration from Andrew Parker & David Haber’s Disaggregation of Craigslist (both of Spark Capital), as well as the Disaggregation of a Bank by Tom Loverro (RRE) and Alexander Pease (Union Square Ventures), we looked at today’s US startups targeting shipping and logistics companies to visualize the Unbundling of FedEx.

The graphic below includes startups like Shyp, which simplifies the process of shipping packages using a mobile platform and a fleet of “Shyp Heroes”, to freight rate comparison products like Pivot Freight, to on demand delivery/courier options such as Postmates and Uber.

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3 Ways Outsourced Shipping and Logistics Can Speed Entry to Global Markets

Entrepreneur, October 8, 2014

You’ve learned from experience as a growing business that initial logistics woes are manageable at the beginning. As your brand grows and sales increase, you may find yourself scaling your business to meet global demands.

Using outsourcing shipping tactics from Fortune 500 companies is beneficial so you can spend more time channeling your efforts to your strengths: sales.

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9 Third-Party Suppliers Who Specialize In Shipping Internationally

Score, August 22, 2014

Here is a short list of third-party suppliers (3PLs) who specialize in helping businesses ship internationally and deal with the customs, tariffs, and currency conversions worldwide.

The whole point of using 3PLs is to enable you to reach customers globally and take on new customers by using existing technology systems—all without hiring extra employees.

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En Afrique, nous sommes à la fois Amazon, Tmall, Alipay et Shipwire

JDN, July 22, 2014

En Afrique, faire des achats est très complexe. Prenez Lagos, la capitale du Nigeria. On n’y trouve que trois centres commerciaux pour 20 millions d’habitants. Et avec la circulation, s’y rendre peut prendre 2 heures. Le retail mettra des années à se développer au même niveau qu’en Europe. L’expérience n’est pas non plus la même : l’approvisionnement est largement insuffisant, on négocie les achats en boutique… Nous nous intéressons donc bien moins à la pénétration d’Internet et de l’e-commerce qu’à celle du retail lui-même !

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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?


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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