The Benefit of Using a Shipping Software

So why should you as a business leader care about shipping software? The benefits of shipping software are endless, but the main reason is that it will save your business time—and you know what they say, time is money. Additionally, most shipping software can provide your business with custom reports to maximize inventory and sales as well as offer a wider variety of shipping carriers allowing you to reach a larger audience. Shipping integrations are affordable, automated, accurate, and faster than humans could be when it comes to shipping.

Shuup knows every business is unique; that’s why we aren’t a one-size-fits-all solution! Shuup’s framework and API endpoints allow for your solution to be connected to almost any software or app with integrations to fit your unique business needs. That includes shipping providers for your business!

Shipping Software

To help you chose the best shipping integration tool for your e-commerce marketplace, Shuup has put together this list of shipping software/tools based on functionality and customer reviews (from G2 and Capterra).

Here are the Top 5 Shipping Tools in E-commerce 2021

  1. Shippo
  2. ShippingEasy
  3. ShipStation
  4. Ordoro
  5. PirateShip

An Overview of the Top 5 Shipping Software

Shippo  

Shippo was rated 2nd on Capterra based on customer reviews. Shippo also happens to be the most popular shipping software amongst Shuup customers! According to their website, this software features discounted shipping rates up to 90%, tracking and return support, label printing, and automated processes with branded emails and notifications. Shippo uses over 50 global shipping carriers including USPS, UPS, FedEx, and DHL express as featured on their website.

ShippingEasy 

ShippingEasy was rated #1 on capterra and was rated the 3rd easiest to use shipping software on G2. According to their website, this software features discounted shipping rates, tracking and return support, an all-in-one shipping workflow with label printing and automated processes, and advanced reporting. Uniquely, ShippingEasy also connects to Amazon’s Alexa to support voice control commands. ShippingEasy uses over 30 shipping carriers including USPS, UPS,  FedEx, and DHL Express and even supports international shipping.

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ShipStation 

ShipStation was rated the #1 easiest to use shipping software on G2, 2nd overall on G2, and 3rd overall on Capterra. Shuup proudly has an integration with ShipStation since customers love it’s easy to use order management system with label printing. According to their website, they also feature personalized branding opportunities, inventory management, and a wide variety of shipping API/integration partnerships. ShipStation uses many shipping carriers including USPS, UPS, FedEx, and DHL Express and even supports international shipping.

Ordoro 

Although Ordoro did not earn a top 5 spot by customers, they won “The Best Shipping Software for 2017” by Fitsmallbusiness and hold a 5-star rating on Capterra as advertised on their homepage. According to their website, this software features discounted shipping rates up to 67%, in-app detail management, and baked-in USB scale support. Ordoro has partnerships with all major shipping carriers including USPS, UPS, FedEx, DHL International, Canada Post, and Amazon Seller Fulfilled Prime accounts as featured on their website.

PirateShip 

PirateShip was rated 4th in best shipping software on both Capterra and G2. According to their website, this software features simple 3-step process for getting the cheapest USPS shipping rates. PirateShip is free and easy to use, but currently only has a partnership with one shipping carrier: USPS. PirateShip is able to ship internationally and has a dedicated page to estimating all types of USPS shipping rates on their website.

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And the Winner is…

So what’s the best option for e-commerce marketplaces? The simple answer is there isn’t just one. One thing we know for sure is that any shipping integration will save your business time and money through fast, accurate, and automated processes! The right shipping solution, however, will vary based on the needs of your business and what features are most important to your business model.

Some of the features that should be considered include:

  • Tracking and return support functionalities
  • General shipping time and methodology
  • The cost of shipping and how it’s determined
  • Amount of shipping carriers and their reputation
  • Where the shipping carriers ship to (U.S., Canada, EU, etc.)

While Shuup has provided this list of the Top 5 Best Shipping Tools, we encourage every business to conduct their own research to find the best fit for their marketplace—although this is a pretty great start!

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Key takeaways:

  • The benefits of shipping software are endless, but the main reason is that it will save your business time—and you know what they say, time is money.

  • Shipping software is affordable, automated, accurate, and faster than humans could be when it comes to shipping.

  • There is no #1 shipping method, but there are top options for software. Shipping software should be chosen based on the needs of your business.

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