|EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 2646 - October 06, 2011 - ISSN 1539-5065 1 of 4|
Small online merchants can save money with EquaShip's new shipping service launching in beta on October 18, 2011. It offers rates lower than UPS and FedEx while requiring no fees, contracts, or volume commitments - EquaShip can be used by any shipper, no matter how small, and has a single price tier for all customers.
By aggregating small- and medium-sized shippers, EquaShip says it can offer shipping carriers profitable incremental volume from customers they otherwise would have no way of reaching, with EquaShip handling all frontline customer service, payment processing and "first mile aggregation" of parcels. And by catering only to smaller shippers, it doesn't subsidize volume discounts for large shippers.
EquaShip versus eBay PowerSeller Discounts from UPS and FedEx
Pickup and Drop-off, Insurance
In addition to lower rates, EquaShip says it offers better insurance backed by Lloyd's of London, and reimburses the original shipping charge in full in the event a parcel is lost or damaged in transit. And it promises a streamlined claims process.
EquaShip International Priority Airmail
IPA has no surcharges for fuel, additional handling, customs clearance excess value, international out-of-delivery-area, oversize, Northern Canada, residential delivery, address correction, currency conversion, delivery reattempt, dimensional weight, Saturday delivery or any other international accessorials.
And Equaship says it will take care of all the customs paperwork for only $1 for merchandise with dutiable value of over $400.
During the beta period, customers will be accepted on an individual basis. Visit EquaShip.com or call (888) 501-7595 for the Pricing Handbook and for details on how to sign up for the beta program.
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