A Sound Shipping Strategy and a Dependable Partner Can Set You Up for Success

Posted on Jan 11, 2018 10:03:25 AM

Today’s consumers choose who to buy from based on their overall customer experience. As an eCommerce company, having the lowest price or best product no longer guarantees a sale. Consumers thoroughly research and compare a variety of products, retailers, reviews, shipping services and delivery options before they buy. 

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Many eCommerce store owners either dismiss shipping as unimportant, don’t spend enough time thinking through their strategy, or willfully avoid it altogether due to its complexity. Yet, without a good shipping strategy, you could end up with an unprofitable business. Even once you have a good strategy, choosing the wrong shipping partner could affect you negatively in a number of ways.

According to an eCommerce survey by MetaPack, 96% of shoppers said a positive delivery experience would encourage them to shop with a retailer again. In addition, over half (59%) of consumers have not completed an order because delivery was too expensive, and 86% of the same shoppers want a fast delivery.

Selecting a sound shipping strategy and a dependable partner can improve your business. Incorporating a regional carrier into your existing shipping workflow can save you time and money, which is exactly what consumers are looking at retailers for.

A Third Party Logistics Company, Cerasis, refers to regional carriers in a recent article as “package delivery companies that are usually more personal, flexible, and responsive than national carriers and offer shipping advantages within a targeted geographic area.”

Regional carriers, like OnTrac, can oftentimes offer more flexible and competitive options, which address specific customer needs that the National Carriers might not be able to accommodate. Also, with lower operating costs and the shipping advantages of targeting a specific geographic region, regional carriers can pass that savings on to you.

Additionally Cerasis includes that these savings can add up to as much as 10% to 40% lower than the base rates of the National Carriers. Also, with lower fees and fewer surcharges than National Carriers, OnTrac can boost your bottom line.

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Topics: shipping rates, partnership, eCommerce, shipping companies, fewer fees, lower rates, shipping strategy

OnTrac Exhibits with V-Technologies at 2013 Sage Summit

Posted on Aug 1, 2013 9:31:00 AM

July 24 Press Release -- OnTrac is exhibiting with V-Technologies at the Sage Summit in Washington D.C. July 21-26. 

The Sage Summit is the largest gathering of the year for Sage customers and business partners. Attendees will gain insight on how to become more productive and push the envelope.

At this year’s show, OnTrac is exhibiting with one of its multi-carrier shipping software partners, V-Technologies LLC, developer of StarShip.

“This is the third year in a row we have exhibited with V-Technologies at Sage Summit,” said Danielle Couch, OnTrac Director of Integration Compliance. “It's a great opportunity to meet with existing customers, prospects and V-Technologies Partners."

StarShip is multi-carrier shipping software that provides plug-and-play interfaces to many accounting/ERP applications including Sage 100, Sage 500, Sage X3, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Exact Macola, Eclipse and more.

This year V-Technologies will be previewing many new enhancements including:

                * Parcel and freight carrier rate shop from Sage 100 sales order entry

                * Expanded LTL offerings such as Old Dominion, ABF, R+L and more

                * Branded email notifications

                * EDI integration

Customers benefit from the StarShip technology by enjoying seamless integration to orders/invoices eliminating re-keying data and costly shipping errors.  Real-time freight and tracking updates streamline billing and customer service.  The StarShip rate shop feature allows shippers to compare OnTrac with national carriers to reduce freight spend.

 “Our partnership with OnTrac provides StarShip customers an easy way to find immediate cost savings with the added benefit of getting their packages delivered faster,” said Caroline Walsh, VP Sales & Marketing, V-Technologies, LLC. “We look forward to showing Sage Summit attendees the benefits of our integrated shipping software solution.”

By diversifying your carrier mix, you could be saving money. If you’re based in the eight states out West, you can take advantage of StarShip’s OnTrac module.

OnTrac competes with UPS and FedEx to offer competitive pricing and value added services like late-evening pickups and earlier delivery times. With fewer accessorial fees, OnTrac is able to offer faster transit times and great savings.  StarShip shipping software then allows shippers to compare costs by performing a rate shop. 

Topics: sage summit, shipping rates, StarShip