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Throughout this guide we have provided lots of resources to help you ship your products. We have rounded up these resources in this chapter for easy reference as you build your shipping strategy.

Note: Want an easy solution to all of this? Be sure to checkout how to print shipping labels directly within your Shopify Admin. We've made it a flawless and inexpensive way to print shipping labels, and fulfil orders directly from your orders page. Read up on the documentation here.

Packaging Resources

 

Standard Boxes

Custom/Unique Boxes

Tape

Envelopes

Stickers

Bonus: Free Shipping Supplies. Many carriers will offer a selection of free packaging products when you use them. Here are links to free packaging supplies from some of the biggest carriers: USPS, UK Royal Mail, FedEx, UPS.

Carrier Packaging Best Practices

Each carrier has specific requirements for packaging. Although these are mostly standard and common, you should review your chosen carrier's specific requirements and best practices.

Label/Postage Printing Apps and Services

The following apps can help you purchase postage and print the shipping labels quickly and easily.

  • Shopify Order Printer - Free - This is a must-have if you're on the Shopify platform. Order Printer lets you quickly and easily print invoices, labels, receipts, packing slips, and more. You can customize and create templates to suit any need or print in bulk to speed up your shipping process.

  • OrderCup - $20-$50/month - With over 250 reviews, OrderCup is one of the original label printers for Shopify stores. With OrderCup you can print USPS, FedEx, UPS, DHL and Canada Post shipping labels in Batch or one by one. With seamless integration, OrderCup will also automatically update your Shopify orders with shipping information and trigger Shopify to send tracking information emails to your customers.

  • Stamps.com - 15.99/month + postage - Stamps.com allows you to do almost anything you could normally do at a USPS post office, right from the comfort of your own home. Print postage and labels and prepare all of your packages for shipping all for just $15.99 per month.

  • Shippo - $0.05 per label + postage - Shippo integrates your Shopify orders and allows you to print labels with one click. Choose your parcel dimension, pickup date, service type and preferred carrier and you will get your label within seconds.

  • ShipStation - $25-$145 - Shipstation makes it easier to ship products yourself. It integrates with major carriers, including USPS, FedEx, and UPS, so that you can easily create shipping labels and packing slips in bulk. It offers a great deal of other tools for shipping management as well.

  • ShippingEasy - Free-$99/month - ShippingEasy prints labels and sends email notifications to customers for tracked parcels. ShippingEasy is free for up to 50 packages per month.

  • ShipRobot - $10-$50/month - Sync orders from multiple sales channels you use in real-time. Create and print shipping labels for all your orders with one solution. Update order statuses automatically once orders are fulfilled.

Calculating Shipping Rates

Business Shipping Accounts

Here’s a list of some of the most popular shipping carriers with direct links to get set up with a business account:

  • USPS Business Gateway - Set up an account with USPS and get access to the full suite of business tools they offer that can help with label and postage printing, shipment tracking and more.

  • Canada Post Venture One - The Venture One account with Canada Post can help you save 5% on shipping and packaging products as well as upgraded services on parcel shipping.

  • UK Royal Mail Online Business Account - An online business account with Royal Mail will help you save time by managing all your shipping expense and invoices all in one place.

  • Australia Post Business Credit Account - A Business Credit Account with Australia Post will allow you to charge many of the common services directly to your account for better management of your expenses.

  • FedEx Business Center - Sign up with FedEx Business Center and manage all your shipment information online in one convenient place.

  • UPS Business Solutions - Get a 20% small business discount and manage all your shipments, package tracking, billing schedules and package pick up schedules.

  • DHL Business Account - Open an account with DHL to save up to 30% on shipping and personalized customer service.

Customs & Duties Declaration Information

For more information on customs declaration and the required forms and policies, please see the resources below:

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