The shipping landscape shifted at the beginning in 2015 as both UPS and FedEx changed their policies centered on Dimensional Weight. While there were several justifiable reasons for these changes, the new policies resulted in an unfavorable financial impact on some of our online merchants. In response to the change, many of the effected merchants are now searching for another option for getting their products into their customer’s hands, and shipping some of their packages via United States Postal Services has been a viable option.
A recent update to the integration between Nexternal and Endicia (who’s partnership with Nexternal since 2006 has allowed our merchants to Print USPS Shipping Labels, Track USPS Packages, and more directly from within the Nexternal Order Management Sysytem) was further enhanced to enable Nexternal merchants to automatically qualify for USPS Commercial Plus Pricing. This enhancement has the potential to provide merchants who may not have qualified for the discounted pricing on their own, to save substantially on shipping costs.
For merchants impacted by the Dimensional Weight change, shipping via USPS is a nice alternative. Combine this with the automatic qualification for USPS Commercial Plus Pricing, it may be a good time for merchants to evaluate and consider USPS as another solid shipping option.
How To Set Up USPS Commercial Plus Pricing
First Time Nexternal/Endicia Label Server Customer:
• If you have never set up an Endicia Label Server Account through the Nexternal eCommerce Platform, then from within your Nexternal Order Management System, you need to navigate to Settings > Compatible Software > Endicia Label Server > Register. Complete the registration process and your account will automatically qualify for USPS Commercial Plus Pricing discount.
Existing Nexternal/Endicia Label Server Customer:
• If you already have an Endicia Label Server Account set up through Nexternal, you will need to first cancel the existing account through Endicia support, then set up a new account through Nexternal by going to Settings > Compatible Software > Endicia Label Server > New. Complete the registration process and your account will automatically qualify for Commercial Plus Pricing discount.
Shipping cost can play a significant factor in your company’s profitability. Now is a great time to evaluate your shipping strategy and test new opportunities such as adding USPS as a shipping provider. The integration with Nexternal and Endicia allows you to maximize your profits by providing you with cutting edge shipping technology, and now, an additional discounted shipping option.