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USPS Adds Shippo to Its Exclusive ePostage Program

Shippo integrated with USPS ePostage on Thursday, making it one of only a few public APIs for purchasing US postage online. Shippo is a multi-carrier platform that enables customers to query for shipping rates and print shipping labels. In addition to USPS postage, Shippo supports 15 other carriers, including UPS, FedEx, and DHL.

Shippo offers heavily discounted USPS shipping rates by aggregating the volume of all their customers. Prior to its direct integration with the Postal Service, it connected to the USPS through Endicia, which is one of only a few companies that has an API connection with the USPS.

Shippo’s Director of Business Development Richard Garcia explained that the USPS had certified only a few companies in 1999 – including Stamps.com, Endicia, and Pitney Bowes, under the “PC Postage” program. Stamps.com acquired Endicia last year but continues to run it as a separate service.

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The USPS has slowly been opening up access again as part of its ePostage program. Garcia said Amazon and Etsy have acquired permission to implement this technology exclusively for their merchants, but Shippo is the first to launch ePostage for public access.

He said the direct integration will allow Shippo to control the customer experience without relying on any third-party providers.

In addition to offering its services to online merchants and shippers, it powers companies like Shyp. Shippo works with businesses of any size from SMBs on platforms like Weebly and GoDaddy to ecommerce marketplaces such as Mercari and all the way up the supply chain with wholesalers and distributors such as Cosmopolitan Cosmetics.

The best way to access all of Shippo’s capabilities is through their RESTful API, however, Shippo also offers a merchant dashboard accessible from their website. And while Shippo customers have the ability to access rates and services across carriers to identify the right service level for their needs manually, Shippo plans to automate it in the coming year so it will automatically suggest which specialized shipping service to use based on package information.

You can find more information on GoShippo.com.

Clarification 3/21/16: eBay is not an ePostage provider.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. Send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.


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