By Lauren Carter
[Guest Blog: Parcelhub] Finding the Ideal Shipping Solution for Amazon Sellers
Amazon sellers in the UK are faced with a myriad of options when deciding the best way to transport their goods from their business premises to the customer.
While many larger sellers rely on Amazon’s own fulfilment service (FBA, Fulfilment By Amazon), feedback from Amazon SellerCentral indicates that Amazon FBA can be cost effective for higher priced items, but for the majority of items shipped, in the £1 to £100 area, using your own contract with a distribution service makes more sense when trying to minimise costs.
Courier Services for Amazon Sellers
While there is strong demand for a bulk shipping provider that can offer discounted shipping rates, this can often come at the cost of customer service levels.
Based in the UK, bulk shipping provider Parcelhub helps more than 500 online retailers save time and money on their parcel shipments, around 40% of which sell actively on Amazon. Amazon sellers who have installed Parcelhub’s innovative multi-carrier shipping software are granted access to discounted rates from a wide range of UK and international carrier services, including DHL Express, YODEL, Parcelforce and UK Mail. All of this is backed up by their dedicated UK-based customer services and software development teams.
High Volume Parcel Shipping for eCommerce Retailers
Because Parcelhub ships a high volume of parcels via these carrier partnerships (4 million in 2014 on behalf of 500 eCommerce sellers), the economies of scale, or ‘pooled volume discounts’ on offer can result in sellers experiencing cost savings in the region of 80% when compared to ad-hoc shipping providers.
Parcelhub integrates via csv import with most eCommerce platforms, including Amazon, eBay, Magento, Linnworks, ChannelAdvisor and many more. Parcelhub’s software development team are currently developing bespoke plugins so that eventually users will be able to control Parcelhub software from their eCommerce platform dashboard.