Top Shipping & Tech Tools

Posted by Stephanie Williams on

Over the years, I have packed and shipped so many packages and made a lot of frustrating mistakes. Here are some of my favorite tools I use that will help you too.

I am sharing some of my favorite tools and technology with you to help you become efficient in saving money, time and avoid the hassles when shipping.

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Shipping Scale - As a handmade entrepreneur, my packages average between 5-10 pounds typically. But as a retail supply e-commerce store they can get a bit heavier. This scale meets the needs of all my shipping situations. 

Shipping Boxes - Using the correct box can make the biggest difference on a successful arrival to it's final destination. When purchasing boxes look for the weight of the cardboard, I alway use at least a 200#/ECT-32 Single Wall Corrugated box.

Packing Tape - Trust me when I say this is one of the most important aspect of shipping. If the tape becomes loose at any step of the shipping process, the box looses it's integrity and your valuable contents could get damaged or lost.

Packing Tape Gun - If you will be shipping several boxes a month or every week, I recommend using the tape gun. It is not a necessity but life with the proper gun can save on waste and efficiency. The standard packing tape is 2" wide. 

Label Printer - if you are planning on doing a lot of shipping, this has been one of my most cost effective tools as it does not require ink. This is a thermal printer which means no ink to refill!

Labels - I recently switched to the fanfold stackable labels as I print hundreds of orders each month. So much neater than the roll of labels. 

Shipstation - this is my biggest winner EVER! With it's 30 day FREE trial you can determine if this is worth your investment easily. The paid version is only $9.00 per month, but the money you save with their discounted shipping rates pays for itself in the first month, even if you only ship 1 - 2 times per month.  Shipping from the counter at USPS, UPS or Fed-ex will always be the most expensive method. I promise you will not regret trying this software program out, the savings are huge!


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