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What is Australia Posts OnDemand shipping service?

Australia post recently launched their new ‘OnDemand’ carrier services which ReadyToShip integrates with.

There are three different services available including:

  • NOW (Which is a 3hr courier delivery option)
  • SAT (Which is a Saturday afternoon delivery option) and
  • TON (Which is an evening delivery option)

These new services offer some great courier/same day options to Australia Post/Startrack’s offerings.

For retailers that sell product required for events or in faster time frames, the ability to offer a same day or courier service is highly sought after.

What are these services?

Here is some more detail about the three services.

They are only available in certain metro postcodes, and the same/next day coverage is usually to the same postcode area.

For an up to date list of serviced areas, please view the Auspost OnDemand service area list here.

NOW: This is a 3 (or 4) Hr courier delivery service, which is a point to point pickup via a Startrack Courier van.

It is direct delivery, from your business to the customer. Manifest must be done as soon as possible, so a job can be allocated by the Startrack courier.

TON: This is a great service providing same day delivery to the customer in the evening.

Booking again must be manifested before a cut off time for pickup (usually around 3pm). Bookings are picked up by Startrack Courier vans, and delivered to customers between 6 and 9pm that evening.

SAT: This is a Saturday afternoon delivery, which can be booked on a Friday or Saturday morning.

These bookings can be made on Friday, or Saturday morning up until 11am, for delivery between 1 and 6pm Saturday afternoon.

How does the Auspost OnDemand pricing work?

The pricing model is quite simple.

Each service is a flat fee added to your local Auspost metro delivery rate. This means that each service is the one cost, regardless of delivery postcode.

How do you qualify for OnDemand services?

Qualification is required, and retailer fit can be examined on a case by case basis. You need to be in the serviceable area, and meet some other general requirements. For more questions, contact your Australia Post account manager.

To generate OnDemand labels and update tracking to your customers via your webstore or marketplace you can connect OnDemand to ReadyToShip.

Simply sign up for a ReadyToShip account for free here, then follow the prompts to connect to OnDemand services.

How to connect Sendle to Amazon Australia

Connecting your Amazon Australia account to Sendle is super easy with  ReadyToShip’s integration with Amazon.

This integration connects your Amazon Australia account to Sendle for easy shipping with the click of a button (full list click here).

The integration has great features such as:

  • Automatic importing of Amazon orders into ReadyToShip
  • Address verification (suburb/postcode matching)
  • Automatically assign carrier services based on customer’s selected shipping method
  • One click label printing
  • One click manifesting
  • One click tracking update to Amazon!

Speed is of the essence and Amazon Australia (like other Amazon marketplaces around the world) has strict performance metrics. ReadyToShip help sellers maintain high standards with shipping time by optimising the label printing and order updating process with Amazon.

Connecting Sendle only takes a few minutes and can be done without any assistance.

We provide detailed instructions here: > Connect to Sendle

Once Sendle is connected, Amazon orders are imported automatically into ReadyToShip.

Sendle pricing is shown for each order (using the item weights and dimensions from the Amazon order).

Then simply select orders to ship, and click a button to print labels, and click again to update Amazon with tracking information. Simple!

 

Need a Sendle Account? Get one a free account in a few minutes, with Premium Pricing for 12 months! Click here to create a Sendle account

Amazon Australia is Amazon’s newest marketplace, and for now is offer merchants the ability to list product and self-fulfil. This is called Fulfilled By Merchant (or FBM for short).

ReadyToShip is a multicarrier/multi-store shipping platform that now integrates with Amazon Australia, allowing sellers to manage their orders, print labels, and update tracking numbers back to their Amazon account. ReadytoShip now help sellers ship nearly 1 million items a month in Australia.

Start a FREE 30 day trial of ReadyToShip, and if you don’t sell on Amazon Australia yet, click here to register.

ReadyToShip’s Australian eCommerce Christmas 2017 Market Update

New figures from Australia Post have highlighted strong eCommerce growth for the Christmas season in Australia. Coupled with our own ReadyToShip data, we dig a little deeper into November and Christmas activity for online retail in Australia.

Australia Post Online shopping is still growing much faster than traditional retail, with online growth at 13.8% versus 2.2% for traditional retail. A pretty large difference.

Online shopping activity in Australia is also increasing, with online shoppers buying 28% more often in 2017 compared to 2016

ReadyToShip has also seen strong growth in the SME online retail market, with a record November . This November ReadyToShip helped dispatch nearly 1 million items to people Australia wide, a large lift on 2016.

ReadyToShip also saw strong  week on week growth for Black Friday/Cyber Monday shipping. In 2016, Cyber monday shipping volumes were 15% up on the previous week. This year 2017 Cyber Monday shipping volumes rose 18.9% on the previous Monday, highlighting the continuing strong adoption of these shopping holidays in Australia.

We predict further growth next year in 2018 as more and more local retailers provide discounts and deals for this weekend, and consumers become more aware of them. Coupled with Click Frenzy earlier in November and ‘Singles Day’ in China, November is quickly becoming the Christmas shopping month. But are consumers getting conditioned to only shop when sales are on?

Finally, Australia Post predicts they will ship over 10 million parcels in the week leading up to Christmas. Strong growth, helped a little by Amazon’s entry into the market.

View the Australia Post Online Shopping Report Christmas 2017 here.

 

ReadyToShip integrates with Amazon Australia

Connecting your Amazon Australia account to major Australian Shipping carriers today became simple with ReadyToShip’s integration with Amazon.

This integration connects your Amazon Australia account to carriers such as Australia Post’s eParcel, Couriers PLease, Fastway, Sendle, DHL, Startrack and more (for a full list click here).

The integration has great features such as

  • Automatic importing of Amazon orders into ReadyToShip
  • Address verification (suburb/postcode matching)
  • Automatically assign carrier services based on customer’s selected shipping method
  • One click label printing
  • One click manifesting
  • One click tracking update to Amazon!

Speed is of the essence and Amazon Australia (like other Amazon marketplaces around the world) has strict performance metrics. ReadyToShip help sellers maintain high standards with shipping time by optimising the label printing and order updating process with Amazon.

All of our carrier integrations can be used with Amazon Australia accounts including:

  • eParcel (standard and express)
  • eParcel international
  • Startrack
  • Couriers Please
  • Sendle
  • Fastway
  • DHL eCommerce
  • TIG Freight
  • and more

For a full list of integrations, click here

Amazon Australia is Amazon’s newest marketplace, and for now is offer merchants the ability to list product and self-fulfil. This is called Fulfilled By Merchant (or FBM for short).

ReadyToShip is a multicarrier/multi-store shipping platform that now integrates with Amazon Australia, allowing sellers to manage their orders, print labels, and update tracking numbers back to their Amazon account. ReadytoShip now help sellers ship nearly 1 million items a month in Australia.

Start a FREE 30 day trial of ReadyToShip, and if you don’t sell on Amazon Australia yet, click here to register.

 

 

New Features : ReadytoShip now integrates with DHL eCommerce and Couriers Please

We have been working hard over the past few months to roll out new features and we are pleased to announce the launch of two new integrations.

DHL eCommerce and Couriers Please are very popular carriers in Australia and we now offer seamless integration with both. If you sell on platforms such as eBay, Shopify, Magento, WooCommerce, NETO, ChannelAdvisor, BigCommerce (and others) you can now easily integrate with DHL and Couriers Please.

 

DHL eCommerce Integration

Seamlessly print labels and manifest for DHL eCommerce from within ReadyToShip. We also store information about your items such as their Country Of Origin, Goods Description and HS Tariffs codes to save you re-entering them.
Click here for more info

 

Couriers Please Integration

Connect to your Couriers Please account, get live rates, print labels and more. Labels print directly from within ReadyToShip.

Couriers Please is a growing freight providers in Australia, offering domestic satchel and parcel services as well as international services. In 2016 they shipped over 17 million consignments so they serve a significant portion of the market and offer a great alternative to other Australian carriers.
Click here for more info.

For a full list of our Store and Carrier integrations click here.

 

New Feature : Importing eBay weights and dimensions

ReadyToShip will now import weights and dimensions from an eBay store.

We keep a copy of weights and dimension (plus a few other attributes like warehouse location) if a sales feed provides them. You can also save your own values for an SKU if the sales feed doesn’t provide them. We use these values the next time we see the same SKU so you don’t have to enter them every time.

You can choose which data you want to use: the local copy in ReadyToShip or the data from the store.

Go to the store configuration and choose the values that will use the local copy.

This gives you the best of both worlds; you can use the values in your store if it provides them, and you can override values in ReadyToShip for a particular SKU if you need to.

 

ReadyToShip adds Sendle integration

myvb8k9ywgtmgm4oxdxobq-mt7lxdj7fe9kcxmxaqmthw-logo-250-bt-oaReadyToShip 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.

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Statistics: Inside Australian Online Shopping 2016

Inside Australian Online Shopping 2016

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:

 

ReadyToShip Partners With Australia Post

australiapost-directshopReadyToShip, 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. Read More »

How do eBay’s new 2016 Shipping Policies affect you?

20150911_SellerRelease_Spring2015_SellerStandards_980x270_V1eBay 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. Read More »