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.

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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.

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ShipHawk Shipping API: The Overview

shipping API

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.

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