Andrew Chan

35 posts
Wednesday Fulfillment

How to calculate volumetric or dimentional weight

What is volumetric weight Volumetric weight is also called dimensional weight, which is calculated from length, width and height with a volumetric divisor. Each courier can have a different volumetric divisor for calculating volumetric weight. Below you can find the volumetric weight formula or also called dim weight factor. What is volumetric weight calculation formula Each courier may have a different volumetric weight calculation, below are the formula FedEx and UPS calculate volumetric we

Tuesday Shopping

Honest review on shopping experience: Google Store

Today we are going to go through the shopping experience at Google store buying Nexus 5X in Hong Kong. Shop at: Google store hk Deliver to: Hong Kong Buy what: Google Nexus 5X (4 items) Order Time: Thu 14 Jan 9:21pm (GMT+8) Shipping Notification: Fri 15 Jan 12:40pm (GMT+8) Courier: Taqbin Hong Kong (domestic delivery) Estimated Delivery Time: Mon-Wed 18-20 Jan Delivered on: Mon 18 Jan 11:01am (GMT+8) Checkout > Cart Checkout > Order confirmation email I was expected free shippin

Monday News

Weekly Top 5 e-Commerce Logistic News (2016 Jan Week 3)

Don't miss the top 5 e-Commcerce logitics news last week. The article covers news about Fab, Singapore Post, Alibaba, Postnord, Pitney Bowes and Amazon last week. Fab Co-Founder’s Shopping Site, Bezar, Is Running Out of Money Re/code noted that Bezar, a design marketplace that focus on flash sale, is running out of money [http://recode.net/2016/01/13/fab-co-founders-shopping-site-bezar-is-running-out-of-money/] and appears close to going out of business. Bezar raised $2.25 million early 201

Thursday Postmen

Postmen Rates v3 API (beta) - Request Structure

Today I am going to walk through the basic structure of Postmen rates API to calculate shipping rates. Note that we expect to make some changes in Q2 2016. You can refer to our previous post about Postmen labels API's request structure [http://blog.postmen.com/postmen-label-api-beta-request-structure/]. You can specify one or multiple shipper accounts to calculate shipping rates of your shipper accounts via Postmen RESTful JSON Rates API. If you do not specify shipper accounts, Postmen will use

Wednesday Fulfillment

3 Killing Featues of an Amazon Fulfillment Warehouse

Reason 1: Random Stow The storage of items in a randomised order at fulfilment centres to maximise the chance of multiple items on the same order being near each other. The fulfilment centre management system knows the location of every item and is able to work out the shortest travel distance to pick the orders. Reason 2: SLAM System (Scan, Label, Apply, Manifest) At the end of the packing process, packages move along conveyor belts to the SLAM where the package is weighed to ensure it is

Tuesday Shopping

Honest review on shopping experience: Amazon.co.jp and Buyippee

When facing high international shipping fee, you now can make use of shipping agencies (or called package consolidation companies) like myus.com [https://www.myus.com] to help you get an overseas address for domestic delivery, and consolidate shipments to ship to your address at a discount rate. This time we are going to shop at Amazon.co.jp with a hong kong based shipping agency Buyippee [https://www.buyippee.com]. Shop at: amazon.co.jp Deliver to: Japan (Buyipee's address) then Hong Kong (my

Monday News

e-Commerce Logistics Weekly Updates (2016 Jan Week 2)

Here's a quick summary of e-Commerce and logistics news in the last week. Enjoy! 1. Logistics Updates Summon Your Tesla from Your Phone Tesla is working hard on their Autopilot self-driving technology, and just launched Tesla Version 7.1 software that support the Summon [https://www.teslamotors.com/blog/summon-your-tesla-your-phone] feature - allowing you to park your Tesla Model S or X automatically into your garage (automatically open garage door, enter garage, park itself and shut down). >

Thursday Postmen

2016 Q1 Plan for Postmen

Every quarter we set objective and key results for the company, teams and individuals. In 2016 Q1, the main goal is to let users test Postmen shipping APIs, and improve our products. 1. Supported 50 couriers (now 23) 2. Launch 3 shopping cart apps by Mar (now 0) 3. Finalize design of Postmen API v4 (now v3) 4. Launch web interface for users to create label by Jan (now api only) 5. Support CSV upload to create label by Jan (now api only) 6. No longer need to choose database regions by Jan

Wednesday Fulfillment

Why Amazon FBA?

Many people think fulfilment by Amazon (FBA) is just about Amazon picking, packing and shipping products for your Amazon.com orders (and also handling your inventory). You are wrong. Read this post to see benefits of using Fulfilment by Amazon instead of you shipping orders by yourself. Reason 1: Eligible for Amazon Prime If you sell at Amazon.com and using FBA services, the products are eligible for Amazon Prime, FREE Two-Day Shipping, FREE Shipping, and other benefits. You can also increase y

Tuesday Shopping

Honest review on shopping experience: Zara

Zara has been pushing hard on their online store with the wordings Shop Online at their retail stores' windows and on the bags. Shop at: zara.com Deliver to: Hong Kong Buy what: Baby Clothes (10 items) Order Time: Wed 23 Dec (GMT+8) Shipping Notification: Thu 30 Dec 8:22am (GMT+8) Courier: TGX Estimated Delivery Time: 3-5 working days (i.e. 29-31 Dec) Delivered on: Thu 30 Dec ~11:00am (GMT+8) Checkout + Delivery Cost & Time Yea: Free shipping for over HK$400 (otherwise HK$40) or store

Monday News

e-Commerce Logistics Weekly Updates (2016 Jan Week 1)

Happy new year everyone! Due the holiday season, this summary covers the e-Commerce and logistics news in the last two weeks . Enjoy! 1. Logistics Updates Holiday impact to carriers Fedex [http://postandparcel.info/70197/news/fedex-says-unprecedented-surge-of-last-minute-e-commerce-shipments-contributed-to-christmas-delays/] : unprecedented surge of last-minute e-commerce shipments Royal Mail [http://postandparcel.info/70211/news/mail-back-monday-will-be-busiest-day-for-online-returns-predicts

Wednesday Fulfillment

Shipping function analysis - Shopify, Bigcommerce, WooCommerce and more

Allowing sellers to print label directly at shopping cart and showing carrier calculated shipping rates seem to be two key shipping function for online retailers. In this post I am going to analyse the shipping functions being offered by the top shopping cart systems in the market. Function 1 - Print Labels Shopify Screen Shots (USPS via Shopify) Before considering to use shipping apps like ShipStation, Shipworks, ShippingEasy or Shippo [http://blog.postmen.com/shipping-apps-comparison-ships

Tuesday Shopping

Honest review on shipping experience: Saks Fifth Avenue

I found Sak Fifth Avenue when I planned to order online some Diptyque candles from Hong Kong. The American department store chain offers free shipping to many countries and also integrated with multiple carriers to offer different shipping solutions. Deliver to: Hong Kong Buy what: Diptyque Baies Candle/6.5 oz. x 2 Key reasons to shop at Sak Fifth Avenue : 1. Cheaper than Hong Kong retail price 2. Free shipping for orders over USD $100 to Hong Kong 3. Reasonable delivery time (9-14 days)

Monday News

e-Commerce Logistics Weekly Updates (Week 3 Dec 2015)

Here's the quick summary of e-Commerce and logistics news for week 3 Dec 2015 . Enjoy! 1. Logistics Updates Operator now offer UberRush delivery service Uber announced UberRUSH [http://techcrunch.com/2015/12/16/the-delivery-backend/] back in Oct that they partnered with Shopify [https://www.shopify.com/blog/57839493-shopify-and-uber-reinvent-local-shipping] , Bigcommerce [http://info.bigcommerce.com/uberrush-availability], Clover, Delivery.com and a few more to offer 1-hour delivery. Now UberR

Thursday Postmen

What is Address Validation? Does Postmen support it?

Postmen API does not support address validation for now as we are still focusing on integrating more carriers for label printing and rates calculation. In this post, I am going to tell you different options for address validation in the market that you can choose from. What is address validation? To be precise, address validation is also called address verification, address suggestion or address correction. In general, it refers to Street-level address validation which returns single or multipl