How Much Does ShipHawk Shipping Software Cost?

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One of the questions we are asked regularly is, “How much does ShipHawk cost?”, to which the reply is typically along the lines of “Well, tell me about your business.”  At ShipHawk, we pride ourselves on transparency, which is one of the reasons why we would like to be able to provide on-the-fly-pricing. Unfortunately it’s just not that easy. You see, ShipHawk’s pricing is based on a variable model, designed to ensure that you pay a price relevant to your specific needs and usage. This not only helps ensure a fair pricing system, but it also enables us to continue building a superior product that is best-in-class in it’s category and improving every single day.

To give you an idea of the complexity that goes into a variable pricing model, take into account two different sized businesses: one ships 100 packages per day, while the other ships 1000 shipments per day.  Now add drop shipping to the mix, the number of users and type of access needed, special requirements such as ERP or WMS integration, carrier specific services, and international shipping requirements- the list goes on and on.  Is it fair that the business with the lower shipping volume should pay the same as the higher one?  What if that business has more complex needs but lower shipping volume over all?  These factors, and more, are carefully analyzed and taken into account on every potential new customer relationship to ensure each and every need is addressed and priced appropriately.

Consistency is Key

Although ShipHawk’s pricing fluctuates based on the needs of our clients, the service does not.  Every account is looked after with the same level of care, ensuring success and long-term partnership, which is the hallmark of the relationships we build with our customers.  Ultimately, we see ourselves as a partner to your business, not just another vendor who does the “shipping.” We assign a dedicated Account Manager who knows you and your business, backed by the full support of ShipHawk’s customer service team, implementation team, product team and engineering team to make sure our partnership is successful – and it’s all included.

Legacy Technology is a Thing of the Past

An overwhelming majority of businesses, from small to large, seek out ShipHawk for one thing – to replace legacy technology that required servers, annual maintenance and support costs, paid training fees, staffing to support complex infrastructures and more. Now, tack on the added expenses for data-center space and the salaried IT professionals paid to make sure nothing stops working.  Suddenly your costs have skyrocketed well beyond even a fraction of the cost of ShipHawk, which comes without the headaches and unpredictability.

In fact, ShipHawk is the only company who won’t nickel and dime you to get you the solutions you need.  We don’t charge implementation fees and we don’t charge for professional services fees.  We only charge for software licensing and we take the rest on our shoulders as our part of the partnership.

It Gets Better

As an added bonus, ShipHawk customers take advantage of the latest, most cutting-edge and advanced features at no additional cost.  Whenever we add new carriers, discover ways to save money, improve workflows or add customer facing enhancements, they are automatically available to users- free of charge.  This also means cost-predictability, something that is extremely important for long term planning and reducing risk, regardless of how many users you bring on-board.  How important is this?  Just ask your CFO.

Keeping it Apples-to-Apples

We find that ShipHawk is often compared to the dozens of “shipping solutions” available out there, yet none offer the complete breadth of services, and they all tend to operate on the nickel and dime model.  When you take into account the cost for integration, base software, Bill of Lading fees, carrier modules, seats and support, you wind up with an inferior product with a higher price tag.

It’s common for businesses to try and reduce costs by purchasing fewer features or seats than they might need, and it makes sense, assuming they would be paying for something they don’t need.  What happens, however, is that they often miss out on opportunities for further cost reduction. These costs could be carrier or efficiency based and when multiple users are sharing a single account, it becomes impossible to track history and audit accordingly, which in-turn increases risk. So, are those cut costs really worth it?

ShipHawk is Predictable, Reliable and Scalable

When you sign up for ShipHawk, you get more than a best-in-class shipping and fulfillment platform. You get predictability, reliability and scalability.  That means you can rest assured and shift focus to what matters most: growing your business.

How much is ShipHawk going to cost you?  I don’t know yet, but I’m happy to spend time learning about your business and understanding your pains and initiatives. And I’ll come back to you with a fair price that addresses your needs and creates the value and goodwill and on which long term partnerships are formed.  

Why Utilize Packing Algorithms?

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Packing Algorithm. When you say it out loud it sounds pretty fancy. Definitely wins the wow factor. But what is it? What’s the point? Well, for our enterprise customer who utilizes this service, it has been a godsend. So let’s break it down and define it as simply as possible: A packing algorithm will tell you how to most efficiently pack an item. You’re probably thinking… “Well I can that out figure it out! I don’t need a computer to tell me how to pack an item!” While that may be the case, there have also been many times where the lack of a packing algorithm led to less than efficient packaging strategies. 

Exhibit A: Rogue Fitness

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The above was packed by an employee at a multi-million dollar fitness equipment company. I guarantee you this isn’t the first and only time. By not utilizing packing optimization and not selecting the correct box size based on the item’s dimensional weight, this company lost out on profit margins that could have easily been saved. While a couple dollars saved here and there may seem minuscule, when you consider hundreds of boxes, shipped out every day with the wrong packing dimensions, a few dollars can turn into thousands, and thousands can turn into millions lost, all due to inefficient packing.

If only there was a software that showed me what the proper size box, padding, bubble wrap, void fill etc. to use… Well ShipHawk is the only shipping company with a patented packing algorithm that will take any item and do exactly that. To pack a chandelier, it will tell you what size crate to use, how many rolls of large or small bubble wrap to use, how many scoops of peanuts and best of all how much it will cost. No matter what item it is, what size or weight it is, or what material it is made out of, ShipHawk’s ability to plug and play item characteristics always ensures the most cost efficient packaging each time.

So why waste time and money – 2 things we never have enough of? Let’s ShipHawk help ease the shipping burden of your shoulders. Stop wasting valuable resources and equip yourself with the only tool that will help you get ahead of the competition.

Product Announcement:
Introducing our New Shopify and Magento Plugins

ShipHawk Shopify and Magento Plugins

Over the last six months we’ve talked with many of our customers and prospects about their shipping needs. The most common feedback we heard was that they wanted the power of the ShipHawk Platform in the ‘plug-and-play’ architecture of their Shopify or Magento storefront.   

Today, you can have just that. We’re excited to announce our new ShipHawk Magento Extension and ShipHawk Shopify App. Both give retailers access to powerful back-end automation and an integrated front-end experience, with minimal-to-no development effort.


Announcing New SKUs for Your Diverse Shipping Needs

New SKUs

Today we’re announcing some exciting upgrades to the ShipHawk product line.  We originally launched these offerings for two reasons: 1) to give enterprise customers an easy way to try our products out before purchasing and 2) to give small-to-midsized companies with lower complexity a way to access the magic of ShipHawk.  With today’s changes, that access now includes support for a wider range of services—parcel, large goods (LTL), home delivery as well as blanket wrap—in all SKUs, even our free starter product. We’ve also packaged a custom SKU for those of you looking to manage your current parcel and freight tariffs in a single place.


ShipHawk Shipping API: The Overview

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Shipping today is fragmented and opaque, and unfortunately most shipping API’s perpetuate that experience.

  • Shipping API’s typically return quotes rather than rates, which introduces risk into pricing.
  • Many don’t consider packing costs in their quote returns, making the landed cost non-transparent.
  • Most shipping API’s don’t aggregate multiple modes, thus limiting service and cost options.
  • They lack visibility into shipment status. Without updates between pickup and delivery, sellers and their customers are left in the dark.