The explosive emergence of the marketplace economy has opened the doors for retailers micro to macro to sell anything and everything online. Etsy, the creative marketplace for artists and sellers across the globe, is a leader in enabling these sellers to do business. With this opportunity come challenges, notably, the challenge of shipping.
The Perfect Partnership
We’ve teamed up with Etsy to offer its sellers a powerful, turnkey solution for shipping big and bulky items, all at affordable prices, with the freedom to choose carriers based on past reviews.
Traditional shipping options typically aren’t cost- or time-efficient for smaller sellers. Freight carriers can carry large items via Less Than Truckload (LTL) shipping, but require sellers to spend time packing and palletizing items. One seller says he spends $60 per shipment for his woodworking shop on Etsy. LTL carriers often charge lift-gate fees, fuel surcharges, and crating charges. Parcel carriers, on the other hand, simply aren’t equipped for these big jobs, and often result in exorbitant and unpredictable rates.
True Full-Service Delivery for Etsy Sellers
Quality sellers know that delivery can make or break a purchase. That’s why, with uShip, sellers don’t just get bare-bones shipping options.
uShip’s In-Home Delivery solution includes blanket wrapping, room-of-choice delivery and full tracking for buyers and sellers. Sellers also enjoy instant shipping price estimates; totally transparent rates; affordable, high-quality insurance; fewer handoffs per shipment; and an account credit on every completed uShip transaction.
On top of these premium features, sellers also get a key edge on competitors by choosing their own carriers. Every carrier on uShip has their own profile, which includes helpful information along with reviews and ratings from real past customers. Before booking, users can review each carrier who submits a quote and communicate about the shipment in advance. Our extensive network of experienced, feedback-rated carriers gives you the power to choose the right partner for you on every shipment.
Easier Shipment Pricing
Citing insights that suggest shoppers are 20% more likely to purchase an item if it’s offered with free shipping, Etsy recently announced that it would prioritize search results for those sellers who offer free shipping. For large item sellers, offering free shipping might seem impossible. With uShip’s smart pricing calculator, however, sellers can predict and roll in shipping costs to each item, making free shipping a reality.
What Are Sellers Saying?
Brad Stanwick operates a store specializing in English furniture on Etsy. His store, TheParsonsNose, now either offers free shipping on its items, with shipping rolled into prices, or displays a flat, up-front delivery rate right on the item’s listing.
“Using uShip has been better for my bottom line,” Brad says. “I ran the numbers and figured out that I can ship my furniture almost anywhere in the country for about $250 to $300 through uShip. So, I took a leap.”
Smarter Shipping For All
Better shipping options on Etsy don’t just benefit the seller. Carriers will enjoy thousands of new shipment opportunities, originating from across the country. Meanwhile, Etsy customers can now enjoy the simplicity of free shipping, with rates built into individual item prices. In addition, customers can also have the peace of mind provided by full tracking, feedback-rated carriers, and room-of-choice delivery.
It’s one of those rare situations in life that’s truly win/win/win.