It's been a crazy year for logistics—enough to make you figure out new ways to move your products around the globe. What are your favorite logistics services? Do you have any shipping services or logistics APIs you recommend more than others? Have you found modern delivery services better than the older shipping services? Or have you cut out handling real stuff altogether, relying on Amazon FBA or services that make and ship cards and products for you instead?
So disclaimer is that this my bread and butter. Definitely seeing more e-commerce sellers shifting from FBA to 3PLs like Deliverr and ShipBob. On the global freight side, we run the world's largest digital freight marketplace at freightos.com and this year has just been gangbusters for e-commerce importers.
Among the postal service changes this year due to decreasing air travel, suddenly DHL and other major shipping services were some of the only ways to ship orders internationally—but at prohibitively expensive rates compared to traditional airmail. There always seemed to be an option of getting bulk rates with DHL but only if we shipped a consistent quantity to specific areas.
Turns out, the better option can often be shipping price comparison services. Shopify offers their own for sellers in the US and Canada, with varying discounts on shipping depending on your Shopify plan. Otherwise, services like ParcelMonkey can help you compare rates to find the cheapest shipping service for your package size, and ShipStation among others offers an API to figure out shipping options (and get bulk rates) automatically. Those are US-centric, but there are often localized options as well. In Bangkok, one that’s worked well is FastShip, which gets bulk rates for DHL among others, shows the shipping price for all carriers that can deliver to a location, and lets you get the package to their distribution center via a local delivery to the standard post office even if it’s not the final logistics service that’ll be used.
Now I just wonder if someone will tie all the local, last-mile deliver services together to build a new shipping service that’s even more locally customized but with global reach.
Mixpanel, Amplitude and several others are more for B2C use cases. Coz of this, account level (usage at the company level) grouping is either very tough OR available only at their enterprise-level ...