USPS 2019 Shipping Rate Changes: Flat Rate, Priority, First Class, w/Tables

The USPS 2019 shipping rate changes will take effect January 27, 2019 across all shipping services. Overall, rates increased for most products, weights, and zones. We’ll go over changes to the most popular USPS shipping services including Priority Mail, First Class Package, Flat Rate, and Regional Rate. USPS 2019 Shipping Rate Changes Highlights: Priority Mail rates will increase for most packages by an average of 6.2% and Priority Mail Express (as well as Priority Mail Express International) will increase by an average of 3.9%A major change to note is that First Class Package service rates will now be calculated based on Zone (like Priority Mail). This service will also experience an 11.9% rate increase on average. First Class International rates will increase by an average of 3.9%The USPS is extending dimensional weight (DIM weight) to Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express for packages larger than one cubic foot, with the...
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Restructuring for Tencent as challenges rise

Facing increased challenges from tighter government regulations, the Chinese internet giant, Tencent Holdings, announced last week its first restructuring in six years. The reshuffle comes as Tencent Holdings, which has seen a hefty fall in market value this year, is facing fresh criticism from analysts and investors unnerved by regulatory roadblocks, a fuzzy overseas strategy and growing debt. The gaming and social media firm is one of a number of Chinese internet companies whose prospects are in question after years of spectacular growth. The Shenzhen-based and Hong Kong-listed company said in Sunday’s statement that it will consolidate three content business groups to one unit and create a new group for cloud and smart industries. The move is seen at improving cloud-based data offering services for corporate clients, which rival Alibaba Group dominates in China, and boosting its content offering capabilities for a wide range of services such as WeChat, music, games and...
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Flipkart arm to invest Rs 991 cr for logistics hub in Bengal

Instakart Services, a part of the online e-commerce major Flipkart, is set to invest Rs 991 crore for setting up a logistics hub in West Bengal, a Minister said on Wednesday. “The company proposes to invest Rs 991 crore for setting up a logistic park at our Haringhata Industrial park which has road network advantage and is near the airport. According to the detailed project report, it will provide 18,310 jobs,” Finance, Commerce and Industries Minister Amit Mitra said. West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC), in its board meet on Wednesday approved in principle the company’s proposal, which will now go to the Cabinet standing committee for its nod, he said. The state government has about 358 acres of land at an industrial park, of which the company will be provided around 100 acres at Rs 63.49 lakh per acre, Mitra said adding that it will act an as anchor investor...
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E-commerce majors see strong growth in apparel, large appliances as festive sale kicks off

E-commerce giants Flipkart and Amazon India have seen a strong start to their festive sale with categories like apparel and large appliances driving record transactions and new customers coming on board. According to a PTI report: These companies have put in months of preparation in ramping up selection, setting up warehouses and strengthening delivery network ahead of the festive sale to ensure a smooth shopping experience for customers, with demand being much higher than on non-festive days. Players like Flipkart, Amazon India and Paytm Mall kick-started their festive sale from October 10 that will continue for the next 5-6 days. More offers are expected to be rolled out over the next many days leading up to Diwali. “The scale of Big Billion Days (festive sale of Flipkart) has only grown with each passing year and this year too, we expect the trend to continue. While each category sees manifold growth, we expect smartphones, large...
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Grab, Fave form strategic partnership to boost growth

Prominent O2O services Fave and Grab have announced a strategic partnership to accelerate growth for both platforms across the region. The partnership combines the strengths of Fave’s broad merchant network and FaveDeals platform with Grab’s large user base and growing ecosystem. Starting this week, Fave’s merchant sales team will onboard merchants for GrabFood and GrabPay in Singapore and Malaysia, aiming to further accelerate the growth of both firms’ respective food delivery and mobile wallet services in these countries. Later in October, Fave will expand its platform with GrabPay mobile wallet. Fave customers can already spend their GrabPay balance at restaurants and retailers in the Fave network and deals available on Fave. Users may spend their credits across multiple categories and receive discounts and cashback offers. As a result, Fave merchants will now be able to access Grab’s Asean-wide customer base of more than 110 million app downloads. The integration of...
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Amazon, Alibaba seek Vietnamese sellers

read the original version on: www.retailnews.asia U.S.-owned Amazon last month collaborated with the VietnamE-commerce Association (VECOM) to organize a workshop calledSelling Globally on Amazon in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Theevents attracted over 2,000 people each. Since March Amazon hasbeen partnering with VECOM to host a number of training courses andworkshops for sellers. It has […] The post Amazon, Alibaba seek Vietnamese sellers appeared first on Retail News Asia . Original link

Walmart is working with Eko to create interactive content

Walmart and Eko announced a partnership this morning to create a joint venture for interactive content called W*E Interactive Ventures. The best example of the interactivity that Eko enables is probably “That Moment When,” a comedy web series that the startup created last year in partnership with Sony.  In a series of short videos, you take on the role of Jill, a young-ish woman struggling to get her life together — the viewer decides what Jill says and also plays mini-games to help her achieve her goals. According to the announcement, W*E content will include a variety of formats like cooking shows and interactive toy catalogues. Eko CEO Yoni Bloch said they aren’t announcing any specific shows yet, but they will be “free and distributed everywhere,” and will be united by an aim to make the viewer “be the hero, be a part of the decision-making in the story.” The...
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5 Tech Advances That Can Deepen Customer Engagement

Customers are crucial to a successful business. They can be one-off customers or repeat buyers. Ideally, a business wants a mix of both. Problems arise when marketing tactics fail to attract either type, which is why customer engagement is so critical in today's hypercompetitive e-commerce environment. It should be no surprise that customers prefer companies that treat them as valued individuals. It is also no secret that engaged customers talk, shop and spend more. So, how do e-commerce brands stand out and tell customers that they (and not just their wallets) matter? The answers: With personalized user experiences (UX) that capture attention and make shopping convenient.With a seamless flow of content, data and functionality across channels.With quality service that customers respond to with sales.With the integration of new technology that deepens relationships, boosts retention rates and increases revenues. Consider the real-life, in-store experiences that influence customer behavior. People touch objects,...
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Zuora partners with Amazon Pay to expand subscription billing options

Zuora, the SaaS company helping organizations manage payments for subscription businesses, announced today that it had been selected as a Premier Partner in the Amazon Pay Global Partner Program.  The “Premier Partner” distinction means businesses using Zuora’s billing platform can now easily integrate Amazon’s digital payment system as an option during checkout or recurring payment processes.  The strategic rationale for Zuora is clear, as the partnership expands the company’s product offering to prospective and existing customers.  The ability to support a wide array of payment methodologies is a key value proposition for subscription businesses that enables them to service a larger customer base and provide a more seamless customer experience. It also doesn’t hurt to have a deep-pocketed ally like Amazon in a fairly early-stage industry.  With omnipotent tech titans waging war over digital payment dominance, Amazon has reportedly doubled down on efforts to spread Amazon Pay usage , cutting...
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Using Google Analytics to Track On-site Promotions

Measuring the impact of banners and promotional links on the home page and other key pages can be challenging. In this post, I will provide instructions for identifying on-site banners and other key links that drive clicks and conversions. Off-site vs. On-site I’ve addressed how to track off-site marketing campaigns, at “ Google Analytics: How to Track Marketing Campaigns .” That process can be used for email marketing campaigns, pay-per-click traffic, and affiliate-marketing and social-media links, wherein the click takes place on a third-party website. When the click takes place on the same website — or even a separate domain or subdomain that is owned by the merchant and Google Analytics can be added to that site — a different process should be used. There are two choices for tracking these promotional links. Internal Promotions. Part of the Enhanced Ecommerce suite in Google Analytics was designed for this reporting objective....
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CS-Cart releases renewed marketplace software

Ecommerce software provider CS-Cart has released a new edition of its marketplace software, called Multi-Vendor Plus. The solution, aimed at lager marketplace businesses, has several new features for both online marketplace owners and vendors. CS-Cart develops software for creating online multi-seller marketplaces and the more traditional single-seller online shops. Since it was founded in 2005, the company has over 35,000 online stores worldwide using their ecommerce software. Over 500 ecommerce features Its most important solution is the marketplace system called Multi-Vendor. Today, the company released a new version of this solution, called Multi-Vendor Plus. “It has over 500 must-have ecommerce features for both marketplace owners and vendors, such as convenient money distribution system, separate micro-stores and dashboards for vendors, detailed built-in analytics and subscriptions plans for vendors”, Yan Kulakov of CS Cart tells us. Mobile shopping app ‘Plus’ has more features and is also more expensive than its flagship solution...
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How to Set up WooCommerce Subscription Gifting

Subscriptions can be a fantastic gift option, and with the new WooCommerce Subscriptions Gifting a customer can easily share their love for your store with their friends and family this holiday season. My parents are both in their eighties and are notoriously hard to buy presents for. Giving them anything remotely technological results in a Christmas Day filled with exclamations of ‘How do you turn it on again?’ or ‘What! What! It’s broken!’ So most years Mum just gets her normal gardening gear and Dad gets a bottle of gin; they each have their own interests ‰ However, one year I won the ‘best gift’ award. Historic houses are my parents’ one joint love. While my budget is yet to stretch to buying them the real Downton Abbey , a monthly subscription to the organization that runs sites of interest in the UK, the National Trust , was within reach....
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Competition heats up in third-party merchandise, food delivery market

read the original version on: www.retailnews.asia After operating for a year in HCMC Lalamove, a logistics company headquartered in Hong-Kong specialising in same-day delivery and courier services, came to Hanoi Wednesday. A day earlier Grab had released its food delivery app, GrabFood, after a period of testing. The food delivery market looks extremely lucrative, and businesses want to cash in, industry […] The post Competition heats up in third-party merchandise, food delivery market appeared first on Retail News Asia . Original link

Origin launches protocol for building cheaper decentralized Ubers & Airbnbs

The sharing economy ends up sharing a ton of labor’s earnings with middlemen like Uber and Airbnb, and  $38 million-funded Origin wants the next great two-sided marketplace to be decentralized on the blockchain so drivers and riders or hosts and guests can connect directly and avoid paying steep fees that can range up to 20 percent or higher. So today Origin launches its decentralized marketplace protocol on the ethereum mainnet that replaces a central business that connects users and vendors with a smart contract. “Marketplaces don’t redistribute the profits they make to members. They accrue to founders and venture capitalists,” said Origin co-founder Matt Liu, who was the third product manager at YouTube. “Building these decentralized marketplaces, we want to make them peer-to-peer, not peer-to-corporate-monopoly-to-peer.” When people transact through Origin, it plans to issue them tokens that will let them participate in the governance of the protocol, and could incentivize...
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2018 Holiday Shipping Deadlines for All Carriers

The holiday shipping deadlines for all carriers have been announced, and it’s time to mark your calendars…or simply print the sheet below! Now you can set your shipping service levels—a crucial part of ensuring that your customers’ holiday purchases arrive on time for the big day. Whether you ship USPS, FedEx, or UPS, you’ll find the last shipping date for each carrier’s primary services to arrive before December 25 below. Use the dates on the graphic to set shipping deadlines on your website, decide if and when to offer free shipping, and decide which carrier to use to hit the deadlines at the lowest cost. Click to view high resolution version of holiday shipping deadlines graphic Now that you know the when, let ShippingEasy help you with the how! Start your 30-day FREE trial and let us help streamline your shipping process and save you money. Hitting those shipping deadlines...
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