As originally published on MarketWired.
ShippingEasy, an innovator in ecommerce shipping solutions, today announced AutoShip, a new solution that solves one of the biggest headaches for online sellers — the time required to ship products.
For many online sellers, the excitement of a big sale is quickly deflated by the realization that the next step is the tedious process of printing shipping labels. The process is slow and prone to errors. Even the most efficient shippers using shipping software invest up to five minutes per shipment. That adds up over the course of a year, and it is especially frustrating during the busy holiday season.
“We probably spend 8 hours a week printing out orders to ship. We’ve always taken advantage of time saving features, but AutoShip is on an entirely different level,” said Joni, regional manager at Cute N’ Country. “It literally predicts how we will ship our packages and gets it right almost 100 percent of the time. Auto-Ship predicts, we review, press a button and labels print. With AutoShip our hours per week will be sliced to a fraction of that, freeing us up to focus on growing our business.”
AutoShip marries machine-based learning and straightforward design to simplify and automate shipping decisions. The predictive analytics solution, which is fully integrated with the popular ShippingEasy app, is a real-time, data-driven solution that uses advanced algorithms to accurately automate shipping decisions. AutoShip analyzes all aspects of previous shipping decisions to identify patterns and markers in the underlying data and then applies an algorithm to recommend shipping settings for new orders based on those past choices.
AutoShip becomes available at just the right time as merchants are in the midst of the busiest online shopping season on record. FedEx, UPS and the USPS are predicting 9-12 percent increases in parcel volume over 2013. Ecommerce will fuel that increase, and sellers need a tool that allows them to focus on filling orders instead of filling out shipping forms.
AutoShip includes visual cues that make it easier to spot eligible shipments, as well as easy selection options for fast decision-making. That translates to better efficiency and productivity as well as fewer errors.
U.S. ecommerce sales are expected to grow from $263 billion in 2013 to $414 billion in 2018, a compound annual growth rate of 9.5 percent, according to a recent online retail sales forecast from Forrester Research. Ecommerce’s share of total retail sales will continue to climb, from 8 percent in 2013 to 11 percent in 2018. And with that online sales growth comes the commensurate growth in shipping those orders, a task that can be daunting and frustrating for online sellers.
“As advanced as shipping technology has become in recent years, the process for online sellers has remained terribly cumbersome,” said Katie May, CEO of ShippingEasy. “AutoShip takes advantage of data to predict shipping decisions and take the pain out of the process for sellers. They have more important things to do with their time.”
ShippingEasy provides online merchants with the easiest cloud-based shipping solution enabling order consolidation across multiple channels and multiple carriers, including USPS, FedEx and UPS. ShippingEasy integrates with leading online marketplaces and store platforms to allow order, tracking and fulfillment data to populate in real time across all systems. For more information, visit http://shippingeasy.com.
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