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Recession-Expansion: Savvy Small Businesses’ Path to Growth

Business Wire, Mar 2, 2009

Recession-Expansion: Savvy Small Businesses” Path to Growth in a Cash-Strapped Economy Starts with Shipping

Sunnyvale, CA—March 2, 2009 In order to manage the double-edged sword of growth in a recession, businesses must evaluate where they can replace investments with innovation… Shipping and warehousing is one area that is essential to accelerating business growth, and simultaneously can be a drain on financial and time resources. By re-evaluating shipping and logistics processes and leveraging Web-based innovation, businesses can take a hands-off approach, encourage sustainable growth and uncover hidden savings… Marc Blaiwes, co-owner of car seat cover e-commerce company SeatGlovers, says “Shipwire is granting us immunity to all the flux in the market… Shipping was a huge hassle for years, and it prevented me from growing my business. Finding Shipwire was as big for my business as selling on eBay and sourcing with Alibaba. We”re growing exponentially and I”m realizing the true potential of my business. All of this at a time when many other merchants are just trying to stay afloat. Talk about a competitive advantage!”

Business expansion in a recession economy is an uphill battle for small businesses. When a small business does perform well—increasing sales or expanding into new markets—they often struggle to fund the overhead or infrastructure to support growth. In order to manage the double-edged sword of growth in a recession, businesses must evaluate where they can replace investments with innovation.

Shipping and warehousing is one area that is essential to accelerating business growth, and simultaneously can be a drain on financial and time resources. By re-evaluating shipping and logistics processes and leveraging Web-based innovation, businesses can take a hands-off approach, encourage sustainable growth and uncover hidden savings.

Marc Blaiwes, co-owner of car seat cover e-commerce company SeatGlovers, did what many smart entrepreneurs in today’s climate should—he found a niche product with an untapped market and focused his energies. However, the sales success that followed was too much to handle. Marc needed to expand his warehouse, but the added costs threatened his profit margins and would have required product price increases. “Large companies play the expansion game all the time by building out storage and inventory and eating the added costs until business catches up,” said Blaiwes, “Small businesses just don’t have that luxury. That’s why we needed Shipwire—to help us manage the double-edged sword of business growth.”

“Shipwire gives merchants the ability to delay or avoid costly warehouse infrastructure projects. Our global warehouse network provides the key to unlocking hidden savings in the shipping supply chain: store inventory closer to local buyers and drastically cut parcel shipping costs,” said Shipwire CEO and founder Damon Schechter. “Shipwire, the leading e-commerce order fulfillment and shipping service, is the modern-day facilitator of this business model for entrepreneurial success; allowing merchants to funnel their available cash into sales and growth, not into operations and logistics.”

Instead of building their own warehouses or curtailing distribution growth, businesses look to Shipwire for e-commerce order fulfillment services powered by a global logistics warehouse network. With warehouses in Los Angeles, Reno, Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver and the U.K., Shipwire allows merchants to drastically reduce shipping costs by locating inventory closer to buyers and eliminating expensive warehouse investments. Usage-based plans start at just $29/month and enable merchants to locate inventory in all warehouses with no contract commitments. Shipwire is the only shipping solution that instantly integrates and adds order fulfillment and shipping for shopping carts and inventory management systems.

“Shipwire is granting us immunity to all the flux in the market,” said Blaiwes. “Shipping was a huge hassle for years, and it prevented me from growing my business. Finding Shipwire was as big for my business as selling on eBay and sourcing with Alibaba. We”re growing exponentially and I”m realizing the true potential of my business. All of this at a time when many other merchants are just trying to stay afloat. Talk about a competitive advantage!”

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About Shipwire (http://www.shipwire.com)
Shipwire provides growing e-tailers with e-commerce order fulfillment services powered by a global warehouse network and its Store-Sell-Ship™ platform. Shipwire eliminates the hassle of storage and shipping, so merchants can focus on growth. Convenient facility locations: Warehouse Los Angeles, warehouse Reno, warehouse Chicago, warehouse Toronto, warehouse Vancouver, warehouse London. Shipwire allows merchants to drastically reduce shipping costs by locating inventory closer to buyers. Usage-based plans start at just $29/month, and enable merchants to locate inventory in all warehouses, with no contract commitments. 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 affliate partner program or get our outsourced e-commerce order fulfillment guide at http://www.shipwire.com/partner. Stay up to date with our shipping fulfillment blog. Print online postage USPS. For a free trial or more information, contact 1-888-SHIPWIRE or visit http://www.shipwire.com/trial. Shipwire press resource center.

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Shipwire and PayPal Help Small Businesses Boost Online Sales

BusinessWeek, November 21, 2008

“One bright spot for online retailers Schechter identified this holiday season is exporting. He says clients a year ago were shipping only 2% of orders internationally, but that figure is now up to 15%, spurring Shipwire to open warehouses in Toronto, Vancouver, and London. Davis of PayPal likewise says small businesses are increasingly selling globally, spurred in part by favorable exchange rates that make buying U.S. goods a bargain.” Read more. | PDF Version.

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