Are you new to eCommerce? It's overwhelming entering the digital world, especially as a small business. With phrases like SEO and POS thrown around, there's a lot of eCommerce jargon, terminology and concepts to get your head around.
Fortunately, we've put together a list of 20 shipping concepts every eCommerce business owner should know about to help get you started.
20 Shipping and eCommerce Terms Explained
API is the acronym for Application Program Interfaces. It allows two different systems to communicate with each other using requests and responses and act as one flawlessly. Our Restful JSON API can be used to connect Interparcel to your website or application. Please drop us a request for more information.
Automation tools can boost productivity and help resolve the demands of a growing eCommerce business by using software tools to complete various tasks for you. e.g. welcome sign-ups, review requests and tracking information.
3. Branded Tracking
Interparcel Branded Tracking allows you to design a tailored tracking page, complete with a unique subdomain, so customers will see your logo and brand identity when tracking their parcel delivery status.
4. Commercial Invoice
A Commercial Invoice (Customs Invoice) is an essential document you must fill in for all international deliveries. You must fill out the information correctly because Customs will use the information provided to determine the taxes and duties that may apply to the items you're shipping.
A CSV is a comma-separated values text file. It includes a list of data or information in a tabular format. If you don't sell via an eCommerce store, you can upload your order data with us by dragging and dropping your CSV file into our Shipping Manager.
6. Dimensional/volumetric weight
Dimension/volumetric weight refers to the overall size of a parcel. To calculate dimensional weight, you need to multiply the length, width and height of a parcel. Our Smart Boxing feature can be used to define your regular shipping box sizes and help pack your items into as few boxes as possible.
7. EORI number
An Economic Operator Registration and Identification number (EORI) is a unique reference number required for any company shipping to the EU. It allows Customs authorities to identify the company/individual exporting and importing goods. An EORI number is required for any company shipping to the European Union, or any individual selling an item to the EU.
8. HS Code
Harmonised System (HS) codes are international product naming numbers designed to speed up the Customs clearing process. It's mandatory for anyone sending goods internationally. We've simplified the process and included an 'HS Lookup Tool' to help you select the correct code for your item.
When you integrate software, applications or plugins with your online store, you combine them so they can work seamlessly together. Our Interparcel shipping integrations enable you to connect your store or website with us to make parcel sending easier.
10. Live Rates
Enabling live shipping rates allows your customer to see the live costs of shipping from your selected couriers at checkout. They can choose the best service for them and provide an accurate, up-to-date shipping cost.
An online marketplace is a shopping platform where customers can browse multiple vendors. There are many platforms available online where you can sell your products, including Amazon, eBay, and Etsy, to name a few. Selling on an online marketplace has many perks, but it's essential to do your research before you set up shop. You can then integrate your eCommerce store with us and benefit from many helpful features.
A multicarrier solution means having the choice of several courier companies to send your parcels. It can help strengthen your supply chain because you're not relying on just one supplier.
13. Next-Day vs. Express Delivery
A pallet is designed for shipping multiple boxes to one destination on a flat transport structure.
The term parcel refers to an item or collection of items packaged in cardboard in order to be sent to an individual address.
PrePay is a free Interparcel account feature. It will allow you to add credit to your account from a stored card meaning you don't need to worry about entering your card details for every order. With this feature, you can see an overview of your average spending and manage your shipping budget.
18. Shipping Label
Every delivery you book with us requires a shipping label. It should describe and identify the contents of a package and contain essential delivery information like name, address, weight and tracking barcodes that is attached to the parcel.
19. Shipping Notifications
Shipping notifications keep the sender or the receiver up-to-date on the status of their parcel throughout the fulfilment journey. You can choose between email or SMS shipping notifications when you book with us.
20. Smart Boxing
When Smart Boxing is enabled inside Interparcel Shipping Manager, it will automatically package your imported orders into as few boxes as possible. You can define your regular shipping box sizes in seconds.
Connect your store with us
When you set up a free Interparcel account, you can access a range of shipping solutions to streamline parcel delivery. With an Interparcel account, you can benefit from:
- Free account set up
- Parcel Presets to shortcut package detail input
- Access to a range of eCommerce integrations through our Shipping Manager
- Full use of our 'Send Again' and 'Return Parcel' actions to streamline sending
- Branded Tracking for a seamless company experience
- Unlimited no-cost label printing options
At Interparcel, we offer a wide range of courier services and some of the best prices around. We have developed a strong relationship with reputable courier companies to provide our customers with the best range of service options through the years. If you need any further help with shipping please contact our excellent parcel experts.