Before Shipwire, smaller merchants were at a huge disadvantage; they simply didn't have the time, know-how or volume to compete internationally with large manufacturers and distributors
SUNNYVALE, Calif. (PRWEB) June 9, 2008
"Before Shipwire, smaller merchants were at a huge disadvantage; they simply didn't have the time, know-how or volume to compete internationally with large manufacturers and distributors," said Damon Schechter, founder and CEO of Shipwire and best-selling author of Delivering the Goods: The Art of Managing Your Supply Chain (Wiley, 2002). "Shipwire gives small businesses the storage and shipping infrastructure of a leading Fortune 500 business, helping them drastically reduce their shipping costs and times by leveraging the power of multiple warehouses. With Shipwire, as merchants grow they can add U.S., Canadian and European warehouses without long-term commitments, and pay only for what they use."
Shipwire takes the hassle out of the entire order fulfillment and logistics process, so that e-tailers can focus on growing their business. Shipwire offers a free trial of its services. Usage based plans start at just $29/month for 16 cubic feet of storage, that can be split up between Shipwire locations in Los Angeles, Nevada Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver, and now the warehouse in London, UK. With a Shipwire account, merchants can outsource receiving, inventory, pick pack, packaging, shipping, insurance, returns, and the logistics of freight, customs and VAT, to drastically simplify international order fulfillment. Shipwire automatically connects with and adds order fulfillment and international shipping to eBay®, Yahoo!® Stores, PayPal®, Google® Checkout®, Zen Cart®, NetSuite®, Intuit® Quickbooks® and popular shopping cart and inventory management systems.
An On-Demand, Global Warehouse Network Built for Small Businesses
By storing products closer to their end customers, e-tailers using Shipwire can significantly reduce shipping costs and times, and quickly respond to spikes in seasonal demand. For example, per-item economy shipments to Europe can take over two months, and airmail is prohibitively expensive. Not only does paperwork have to be completed by the e-tailer for each shipment, but buyers often reject orders when confronted with unexpected VAT tax bills, resulting in expensive international returns. By storing products at Shipwire's new UK warehouse near London, most European ground shipments can be delivered in just 2-3 days, with little or no paperwork, and returns can be quickly and automatically restocked by Shipwire.
Anne Li, owner of wind and renewable energy company AriSolarWind.com, said, "my business has been growing rapidly, and Shipwire has been invaluable in scaling my business. Recently, demand in Europe for our wind-turbines has skyrocketed, so I turned to Shipwire for help. Working with them is so much easier and less expensive than doing my own order fulfillment. Our products are heavy and fragile, so freighting inventory to Europe, and then shipping it ground, will cut delivery times from weeks to days, and save my buyers and my business a lot of money."
Using Shipwire, Li is able to manage her inventory across five warehouses, in three countries, on two continents, through one online interface, and pay just one bill. As shipping and carrier rates continue to increase, small businesses are turning to Shipwire to leverage the same cost and global warehousing advantages that were previously only available to large enterprises.
Shipwire Offers Complimentary UK Warehousing and Free Trial
To kick-off the opening of its UK facility, and help merchants schedule container shipments for the 2008 holiday season, Shipwire is offering special deals for retailers who schedule a shipment to the UK warehouse by September 1, 2008. New customers will receive a free month of storage space, valued at up to $250 per month.
For more information, or to sign up for a fully featured free trial of any Shipwire warehouse, please visit: http://www.shipwire.com/trial. No credit card is needed.
About Shipwire (http://www.shipwire.com)
Shipwire provides businesses with ecommerce order fulfillment services, powered by a global warehouse network and the Store-Sell-Ship™ platform. Shipwire eliminates the hassle of storage and shipping so merchants can focus on growth. With warehouses in Los Angeles, Nevada, Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver and the UK, Shipwire allows merchants to drastically reduce shipping costs by locating inventory closer to buyers. Usage-based plans start at just $29/month and enable merchants to locate inventory in all warehouses with no contract commitments. Shipwire is the only 3PL shipping solution that instantly integrates and adds order fulfillment and shipping for shopping carts and inventory management systems. Shipwire is developer and partner friendly, learn more about our ecommerce developer partner program. For a free trial or more information, contact 1-888-SHIPWIRE or visit http://www.shipwire.com/trial.