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Etsy Integrates FedEx into Its Shipping Labels Program

Etsy has added FedEx to its shipping labels program so that sellers can purchase and print FedEx shipping labels directly on Etsy. The company also had a confession to make about shipping.

FedEx Integration 
“A direct integration with FedEx means an improved shipping labels experience that is quicker, smoother and cheaper,” Etsy told sellers in its announcement. “You no longer have to leave the Etsy experience to pay for and print labels.”

Etsy sellers can ship via FedEx through the program for both domestic and international orders – up to up to 150 lbs – at a discounted rate of up to 35% less than FedEx retail prices.

The following FedEx shipping options will be available via Etsy’s shipping labels program:

FedEx Ground (1-5 business days)
FedEx Home Delivery (1-5 business days)
FedEx Express Saver (3 business days)
FedEx 2Day (2 business days)
FedEx Priority Overnight (next-business-day delivery)
FedEx Standard Overnight (next-business-day-delivery)
FedEx International Priority (1-3 business days)
FedEx International Economy (2-5 business days)
FedEx International Ground to Canada (2-7 business days)

Sellers will see the roll out of the FedEx integration on Etsy over the coming week.

Etsy Solar to Offset Environmental Impact of Shipping
Etsy also announced it was working to become a carbon neutral marketplace, and it called the environmental impact from shipping goods one of the dirty secrets of ecommerce. “When we measured our total carbon footprint, we found that 95% of the negative environmental impact that our marketplace generates comes from the shipping of items directly between Etsy sellers and buyers.”

It wants to lead the industry in measuring and reporting marketplace shipping as an impact, and it also wants to actively seek innovative, community-sourced solutions to mitigate it, and it announced a new initiative:

“We’ve partnered with online solar marketplace Geostellar to launch a new pilot program called Etsy Solar. Through this program, members of the Etsy community in Florida, New York, West Virginia, and Utah are eligible to have solar panels installed at their homes or studios at a discount. Pending the results of the pilot, we hope to expand the program to more locations.

“The energy generated from these solar panels will result in carbon emissions reductions, which sellers can choose to keep or transfer to Etsy. If they choose the latter, we will use those reductions to create Gold Standard verified offsets against our marketplace shipping emissions.

“This is the first program of its kind that uses distributed solar to generate verified offsets for a single project, and an important opportunity to work together to responsibly seek solutions to our collective impact.”

You can find more information about FedEx labels on Etsy on Etsy Seller Handbook.


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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). She is a member of the Online News Association (Sep 2005 - present) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (Mar 2006 - present). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.