Mark has worked for years in the shipping, supply chain and logistics industries.
Choosing a PC Postage Vendor to Ship Your Product
PC Postage vendors are authorized third-party sellers for package shipping. These companies provide the software and support to print postage from your computer. They often pass on postage discounts to you, especially for USPS (the United States Postal Service).
Some software integrates better with other systems, and some software is more user-friendly. One feature is "rate shopping," which allows you to compare rates between USPS, FedEx, and UPS. Most vendors have a monthly fee. They often offer a free trial lasting at least 30 days.
Three big vendors and many smaller ones are discussed below.
1. USPS Click-N-Ship Business Pro
The postal service offers its own free shipping software: USPS Click-N-Ship Business Pro. This downloadable desktop software takes minutes to sign up. This is USPS shipping for businesses. First, set up an account on Business Customer Gateway, then set up Business Pro.
Business Pro allows you to ship 50 packages or more at once. It has database integration, tracking, and reporting tools and allows shipping First-Class Package Service, Priority Mail, and Priority Mail Express package types. Business Pro does not allow rate shopping, and you must pay for postage with a checking account.
2. Endicia: Many Options
Endicia is the big kid on the block. They have several platforms under their umbrella, which include Stamps, ShippingEasy, and Shipstation. They have a new customer offer; a free trial. The fee is waived if you spend $500 per month on postage. Good for small to large businesses. It is desktop-based and allows rate shopping. The price range is $16 to $35 per month. Good for small to large businesses, warehouse shippers, and customers with API/Integration Needs. Platinum shipper is one of their most popular options. It captures the info and completes address correction. The system tells you if addresses are residential or rural (helps reduce fees with UPS & FedEx). Endicia can integrate well with other software. It opens a new window that works beside other software. This also avoids address correction fees from UPS & FedEx. Labels are customized so that you can have your logo on them.
Stamps.com. Free trial offer, and you can get a free scale with a certain spend. Good for small businesses to medium. Desktop based. The price range is $16 to $25 per month.
ShipStation is for midsize shippers. They are web-based and claim to be user-friendly. They have free trials. They have over 250 partners that include various partners and platforms. You get a free Stamps.com account with every plan, which has typically only been USPS for shipping. They allow you to print SCAN forms, which enable your service to simplify scanning with a list. You can verify addresses and track inventory. They range from $9 per month (50 shipments) to $159 per month (unlimited). Good for customers who need simplified CRM (customer relationship management), Reporting, and rate comparison capabilities. It is web-based.
ShippingEasy is for smaller volume shippers. They have automated email campaigns. They work well with Amazon sellers, including assistance with fulfilling Seller Fulfilled Prime and Fulfillment by Amazon. They also allow DHL Global as an option. It allows tracking of inventory. Integrates with dozens of online shopping systems to allow you to pay for postage. Shippingeasy.com. After the trial, it ranges from $29 per month (500 shipments) to $149 per month (unlimited). Good for customers with multiple shopping cart integrations (online sellers w/ many stores); easy to use. It is web-based.
Shipworks-Customers who need simplified CRM, reporting, and rate comparison capabilities. It is web-based and ranges in price from $25 per month to $200 per month.
Pitney-Bowes allows rate shopping. It offers invoicing and guarantees shipping by USPS. The price range is $30 per month to $125 per month. It has multiple software options and can be web- or desktop-based. The shipping guarantee makes this a great option, as USPS does not have guarantees.
4. The Other Guys
Shippo. A multi-carrier platform that allows USPS and DHL discounts. They allow fast and easy returns, as well as international shipping. You can set up pickups and track packages from their software. They have dozens of partners that their software works with. 90-day free trial. Ranges from $.05 per label to $125 per month unless you go with their premier option. It is ePostage (a new USPS® electronic postage payment option that allows USPS to receive payment from one central e-retailer account.); web-based. Has address validation and allows printing of scan forms and return labels. You pay as you go-$.05 per label. Goshippo.com.
Pirateship. Good for small businesses and eCommerce. No markup or monthly fees. Shippingschool.com, a very educational and USPS-centric site, touts this option as the best. This option works to import with Shopify, eBay, Etsy, WooCommerce, and more. They have automatic address validation and correction. They allow USPS end-of-day scan forms, which your local post office and carrier will appreciate. For companies of any size, it works well for eCommerce. Allows rate shopping.
XPS (xpsship.com) Allows rate shopping. They charge a small fee for each label that is printed. They have their own YouTube channel. Good for customers wanting the quickest access to rate shopping and USPS label generation. Software is web-based.
Smartshyp. Offer is $10 in free postage or up to 500 for a free account. Web-based. Good for customers with multiple shopping cart integrations (online sellers w/ many stores); easy to use. $29-150/mo.
Easypost. Has real-time tracking, address verification, insurance, allows returns, ship reports, and is web-based. Offers rate shopping. Has a tech focus. E-commerce is a good fit. Have integration options. $14.95 per month.
Neoship offers ePostage, rate shopping (multicarrier), and address verification. It costs $33 per month to $38 per month, plus per-label fees.
USPS Click-N-Ship Business Pro
$16 to $35 per month
$16 tp $25 per month
$9 to $159 per month
$29 to $149 per month
$25 to $200 per month
$30 to $125 per month
$.05 per label
Per label fee
$29 to $150 per month
$14.95 per month
$33 to $38 per month
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Mark Richardson