Shipping Apps Comparison: ShipStation, ShippingEasy, Shippo

Wednesday Fulfillment

Shipping Apps Comparison: ShipStation, ShippingEasy, Shippo

Every Wednesday, we will be talking about fulfillment tools, processes and tips that make merchants ship faster. We will be reviewing the top shipping apps in the market - ShipStation, Shippo, ShippingEasy by their pricing, features and supported carriers / shopping carts. In general shipping apps automatically import orders at different sales channels in one place, allowing you to calculate rates and generate labels easily, and get a cheaper shipping rates at the app.

General features of Shipping Apps

  1. Import orders from shopping carts / marketplaces
  2. Print labels in bulk (batch)
  3. Update tracking numbers at shopping carts / marketplaces
  4. Calculate rates
  5. Address Verification
  6. Print return label
  7. Print packing slip
  8. Support international shipping (invoice, customs forms)

Quick Overview

ShipStationShipping EasyShippo
Pricing$25-$145 per monthFree to $149 per month$0.05 per label
Shopping Carts / Marketplaces50339
Carriers23616
Popular forRich features, shipping automation, multiple users, mobile appFree plan for <50 orders per month, free $15.95 USPS endicia premium accountCheap USPS rates, easy-to-use interface

Step 1: Check which shopping cart / marketplace they support

Before you decide which shipping app to use, ask which channels you're selling at. Below you can find a quick summary of which shopping carts and marketplaces ShipStation, Shippo and ShippingEasy support.

ShipStationShipping EasyShippo
Amazon
Shopify
Bigcommerce
Magento
Etsy
eBay 
Volution 
3dCart 
Yahoo! Stores 
Ecwid 
WooCommerce 
Storenvy 
X-Cart 
PrestaShop 
OpenCart 
Spree 
Big Cartel  
Squarespace  
Square  
Miva  
Spark Pay  
Celery  
Soldsie  
Zoey  
Zen Cart  
LemonStand  
Goodsie  
CS-Cart  
Shopping Cart Elite  
Sophio  
MijoShop  
UltraCart  
FoxyCart  
Highwire  
AmeriCommerce  
Sears  
QuickBooks  
PayPal  
Jane  
Newegg.com  
Eleventh Venue  
SolidCommerce  
Stithlabs  
GREAT.LY  
OneSaas  
SynCommerce  
Scout  
Moolah  
Amosoft  
AaaTex  
GoDaddy  
Weebly  
1&1  

Step 2: Check which carriers they support

Next you ask which carriers you're using. Do note that ShipStation and ShippingEasy focus mainly on USA with Shippo supports a number of Europe carriers. Another point to note in case you're using USPS, ShipStation supports using Stamps.com, while Shippo and ShippingEasy support USPS label printing

ShipStationShipping EasyShippo
USPS✓ Stamps.com✓ Endicia✓ Endicia
UPS
FedEx
FedEx Smartpost
APC 
Globegistics 
UPS MI 
DHL Express 
Canada Post 
Newgistics 
Amazon FBA  
Asendia USA  
FirstMile  
IMEX Global Solutions  
OnTrac  
Access Worldwide  
Shipwire  
Rakuten Super Logistics  
DCL Logistics  
DHL eCommerce  
LSO  
RR Donnelley  
LaserShip  
GLS Germany  
GLS France  
Mondial Relay  
Deutsche Post  
DHL Paket (Germany)  
Parcelforce  

Step 3: Check their killing features

ShipStation - feature-rich shipping app

Founded in 2010 and recently bought by Stamps.com with $50M cash, the fulifillment service is popular because it supports over 50 marketplaces / shopping carts, and 23 carriers for label printing. And accordingly to reviews at Shopify app store, their customer service is awesome with quick response.

Three killing features at ShipStation
  1. Shipping Automation - the if-this-then-that rule that automatically fills in extra info to help you generate a shipping label easily, e.g. map a shipping method at shopping cart to USPS Priority Mail, purchase insurance for international orders.
  2. Multiple Users - targeting high-volume shippers, the app supports multiple users and allow you to assign orders to a specify users for fulfillment.
  3. Mobile App support - shipping on mobile app is definitely not easy to handle in terms of UI / UX. ShipStation is the first to launch this with many key features covered in this app (e.g. create label).

ShippingEasy - Money saving with USPS

If you're shipping within USPS, you may want to consider ShippingEasy that claims to offer the lowest USPS rates. Unlike Shippo charging $0.05 per label, it is charged at a reasonable monthly fee, and free for less than 50 orders per month. For feature wise, it is kind of following ShipStation and definitely more than Shippo. ShippingEasy was founded in 2011.

Two killing features at ShippingEasy
  1. Save money with USPS - Lowest rate on USPS, offering Commercial Base and Commercial Plus pricing across ALL USPS products. It comes with a free Endicia Premium account, i.e. save you $15.95 per month

  2. Long list of features - Similar to ShipStation, ShippingEasy has also automation rule and multiple user management, and weigh scale reading auto-populated into the app.


Shippo - Super clean UI and support UK carriers

If you're looking for a Shopify-style user interface that is more simple and does not mind not having features like shipping automation, Shippo that launched in 2013, may fit your needs. Besides, their carrier list is different from ShipStation and ShippingEasy, with a focus of both the US and UK markets.

Two killing features at Shippo
  1. Clean UI - You may argue this should not be counted as features. But if you have use other apps and come to Shippo, the first thing you realise the UI is cleaner and is more intuitive to use.

  2. Developer friendly - Shippo API documentation is clear, and they have different client libraries (Python, Ruby, Node.JS, Java, PHP, C#, Perl) for developers to add shipping capabilities to their apps easily.