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How to estimate shipping costs for your ecommerce store

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It’s an age-old question for ecommerce store owners.
How do you walk the tightrope between making a profit and making a sale?
On the one hand you need those sweet dollars.
On the other, you need customers who come back to your store, and it’s well known that shipping costs do matter to customers.
Estimating shipping costs can be a painful experience.
Calculators, coffee, and brain cells are flying all over the place.
Luckily for you,

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AfterPay vs. ZipPay – the pros and cons for an ecommerce store

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Layby has been around in bricks and mortar stores for ages.
It was a staple for many people who wanted to buy things and pay it off over a period of time.
A similar option has now sprung up for the ecommerce industry. Except they can receive their packages before paying for them.
And ecommerce shoppers are loving the feature.
It’s a bit like offering free shipping. The perception of getting something for free appeals to consumers.

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5 things you need to know to grow your online store

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If you’ve been reading our blog for a while you’ll know we like to branch out and talk about other things than just shipping.
Don’t get us wrong, it’s our number one passion to offer shipping and freight services to people all over Australia.
But sometimes you want to learn a bit more than tips for shipping heavy items.
We’re big fans of learning from others’ successes, so today we bring you the short and sweet version of a video from Ezra Firestone from Shopify’s Ecommerce University.

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Who are the best couriers to use with eBay in Australia?

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We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again – there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach when it comes to couriers.
Some couriers are perfect for sending large packages, some can get your package to its destination quicker than Flash, and some offer unrivalled customer service.
At the end of the day, every courier can ship your products.
It’s often an arduous process, picking the courier of your choice.
Especially when shipping is about as important in the sales process as having the right ecommerce platform.

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How to add a shipping calculator to your Australian eBay listing

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Buying on eBay is like going to the farmer’s markets – there are a million treasures to find, and you’re spoilt for choice.
Selling on eBay is much the same, only slightly different – you’re competing against the other ‘farmers’ for your customers hard earned dollars.
And you know every dollar counts in competition.
There’s a simple way to beat the competition – competitive postage prices.
In one of our previous articles – four different ways to set eBay postage costs to save money,

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Which couriers ship large items in Australia?

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Much like website platforms, payment gateways and shipping insurance, not all couriers are the same.
Some specialise in pallet shipping.
Others specialise in shipping smaller packages with lightning bolt speed.
Just as your business specialises in something different and special, so do couriers.
And it’s in your best interest to know which couriers suit your business.
We’re going to run through a few of the couriers we use at Transdirect. They have generously shared some tips with us on how to effectively and safely pack your heavy items.

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Four different ways to set eBay postage costs to save money

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Are you considering shipping using eBay?
You should.
Millions of people shop on eBay every week, and ecommerce businesses are thriving from selling on the platform.
One of the key benefits of selling on eBay is being able to sell online without having to set up your own website – the ease of use and flexibility is a huge plus for businesses of all sizes.
We’ve run through four easy ways you can set eBay postage costs for your Australian customers.

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Five things your online business needs from your ecommerce platform

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Selling online is a breeze…
Said no one ever.
Not even Amazon.
Don’t get us wrong – nothing beats the flexibility and freedom which comes with a successfully run online business.
The setup period does come with its own challenges, though.
Many a headache has been caused when deciding which ecommerce platform to use.
No one will argue with this – picking a website platform is hard work.
You need to understand the importance of SEO tools,

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Seven things your small business should look for when you pick a courier service

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So you’ve decided to open an online store.
Brave, exciting and smart move.
You’re capitalising on the 65% of the population now shopping online.
These shoppers are the future of retail. They understand the value and convenience of shopping from home with a glass of wine, sitting in their undies, with Friends reruns playing in the background.
What an image.
That’s the future of online shopping right there – and your perfect customer.
Selling online is an intelligent decision for an aspiring entrepreneur.

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Which couriers integrate with a WooCommerce plugin?

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Did you know WooCommerce powers over 28% of all online stores?
Their platform has over 23 million downloads.
And the best ecommerce stores amongst these 23 million downloads have a clearly defined shipping strategy.
Choosing a shipping option is super confusing, especially when you’re starting out and trying to get your ecommerce site up and running.
After all, you’ve got the basic plugins.
And then you have the plugins created by your selected couriers.
And then you have the plugins from your courier aggregators.

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