We recently implemented the ability to import weights and dimension attributes store with eBay orders.
This was something that customers have requested for a long time, os it is great to finally get it implemented.
Previously we didn’t do this, and added a feature to ReadyToShip to allow customers to add weights and dimensions (plus a few other attributes like warehouse location) to items that were imported from eBay sales and our system would cache these values locally.
Then each time we imported that SKU in future we would populate the weight/dimension data with the locally stored information.
This made it much more efficient for eBay sellers and this feature was also used by other customers importing orders from systems like Shopify that doesn’t have length/width and height attributes by default, so it is very handy!
So when we implemented the ability to import these weights and dimensions for eBay sales, we also have to ensure customers could choose which data they wanted to use: Locally cached data or imported data.
So we have now added an extra Store configuration option allowing customers to choose which data they want to use as a first priority. This allows the most flexibility for sellers, as they can even use a combination of data between their store/marketplace account and locally stored data in ReadyToShip.
We think it will make a big difference to our eBay (and other!) customers.
Recently we started rolling out some changes to the way we handle and display quoted prices from some of our integrated carriers.
Carriers like eParcel, Sendle and Fastway now allow us to provide live rates in our application so you can start making quicker and more accurate decisions on who to ship with.
So now if you have set up a Sendle, eParcel (Domestic) or Fastway courier, you will now see rates appear on every order where they are valid. This will help you compare prices and decide the best way to ship your packages. Simply click the suggested rate to ship the order using that service.
We will be adding live rates for other carriers as we complete integration, with eParcel International and Couriers Please coming in the next couple of months.
Note: Due to limitations of the Fastway API, we are not able to get accurate prices. You will still see the available services but prices will not be shown.
After you make changes to an order you can click the refresh icon to reload rates. If there is more data required to get a rate quote (eg, weight, order dimensions) then ReadyToShip will alert you to that.
Keep an eye out for more improvements, and if you have any feedback then we would love to hear from you on live chat.
We are always working hard on new features, improvements and bug fixes so thank you to all of our customers who provide us feedback and suggestions, it is highly appreciated.
November has been a big month, with ReadyToShip breaking records in the volume of shipments we processed and new customers coming on board (welcome!)
We just wanted to share some recent news, new features and some updates on product improvements that you might like.
- Sendle Integration
We now integrate with Sendle. Sendle offers flat rate national pricing door to door and will pick up from your home or business. ReadyToShip is the first platform to integrate with Sendle and we already have a bunch of customers using them. Plus, get free Sendle Premium pricing for 12 months when you use Sendle via ReadyToShip and get a great integration with live rate quoting!
Click here for more.
- Live Rates
We have now enabled live rate quoting for eParcel, Sendle and Fastway, with more couriers to come. You can see rates in your order tabs and refresh them if you make changes. Click here for more.
- Customer Carrier names
Upload customer carrier names with tracking to your store. This gives some customers more flexibility in the carrier names they upload with tracking numbers.
- New Invoice Template
New template with cleaner styling. Check it out by selecting the newest one in your Store settings (Settings > Stores, then edit your store connection). As usual, it is HTML and new templates can be made and edited in Settings > Templates.
- Product images in templates
Now you can see item images in pick lists and new invoice template for most store connection types. Make sure you choose the newest templates (see previous point)
- Ability to edit total order weight
You can now edit the total order weight for orders. This should be another time saver.
As usual, if you have any questions or comments our team would love to hear from you. Just reply to this message and we will respond as soon as we can.
Wishing you a fantastic Christmas season of sales!
ReadyToShip is pleased to announce an integration with Sendle. As a bonus, if you use Sendle via ReadyToShip you automatically qualify for Sendle Premium Pricing!
Sendle is a national flat rate delivery service. You can sign up for free here. Pricing is based on satchel or carton and there is no minimum number of parcels required for a pickup from your home or business. 90% of locations are covered. Click here for an up to date list.
Inside Australian Online Shopping 2016
Australia Post has released some fantastic data on the state of Online Retail in Australia for 2016.
We at ReadyToShip love data and statistics so this document was great reading.
It is 122 pages of information about the industry including breakdowns of growth by vertical and growth of the industry as a whole.
The Executive Summary is:
The state of Australian eCommerce
Online retail continues to evolve and mature, creating great opportunities for Australian businesses.
While Australians have traditionally been accustomed to the familiarity of buying goods in a bricks-and- mortar store, the trend for growth is clear. In Christmas 2015 – the busiest time of the year for online shopping and deliveries – 53% of Australians bought online1, highlighting the strong potential for growth in the Australian eCommerce market.
Growth in online spending on physical goods exceeded bricks-and-mortar by 1.8%.
As Australia’s fondness for online shopping continues to grow, and previously untapped sections of the Australian population become more comfortable with online shopping, the shift towards digital will accelerate.
Australians spent $19 billion online in 2015 – which was 12% higher than the previous year – with digital services contributing around a quarter of that amount. In the same period, online spending on physical goods increased by approximately 6%3, compared to bricks-and-mortar spend which only increased by 4.2%
The full report also goes into detail on emerging suburbs for deliveries by vertical so, as a retailer, these suburbs might be worth targeting with some marketing.
We also have some single page category data to share — these are listed below.
Highlights: Inside Australian Online Shopping – Highlights
or view the full report : Inside Australian Online Shopping 2016
Single page reports:
You can now specify a different carrier name when tracking data is sent to your store.
Why have we done this?
- Some platforms look for specific carrier names in the tracking information so they can generate tracking URLs.
- Some of our customers would like to change the Carrier Name that is uploaded to their store when tracking details are sent.
We sat down to talk to Belinda Robb, owner and founder of One Little Footy Fan, about her business, how she got started and more!
Who are you? What is your business and what do you do?
Belinda Robb the Owner/Manager of One Little Footy Fan.
One Little Footy Fan sells a large range of mostly Australians Licensed Sports giftware. We carry ranges such as NRL, AFL, A-League, Cricket and Rugby Union.
We specialise in mostly giftware, but also a large range of Licenced infants wear. (more…)
Who are you? What is your business and what do you do?
Catherine Heenan is designer/director of Cantik Swimwear.
Cantik Swimwear (Cantik pronounced ‘chun-tick’ meaning ‘beautiful’ in Bahasa Indonesian) is a swimwear label designed for bold and strong women all over the world.
Cantik specializes in one pieces and bikini separates with cuts inspired by classic vintage styles & contemporary fashion silhouettes known for its minimal coverage to celebrate the female form. (more…)
ReadyToShip, a leading Australian integrator of web stores and carriers, has today announced the signing of a partnership with Australia Post – the nation’s largest parcels, freight and logistics provider – to streamline shipping for online retailers.
“In the past, shipping and tracking have been far too time consuming for online sellers” says Nathan Huppatz, co-founder of ReadyToShip.
Growing sellers often don’t have the budget or expertise for complex order management, shipping and warehouse systems. ReadyToShip was designed by a team of experienced retailers to solve this problem and automates the link between a seller’s online store and their carrier systems. (more…)
eBay Australia recently introduced new shipping policies aimed at simplifying seller standards. At the core of this change is the Late Shipment Rate defect score.
This affects many of our eBay shipping customers so we thought it was worth exploring the changes in a little detail and explaining how they affect shipping and tracking as a seller. (more…)