In 2006 my Wife and I started a Sprout business. We delivered our products locally for the first three years but realized we had to incorporate shipping to scale and compete in our industry. We decided to offer nationwide shipping but had no idea how to create a website, integrate shipping API and package our items as they were all perishable. We tried everything to keep our products cold during transit. We called other businesses for advice which were also shipping perishable, but they refused to offer any advice.
We finally came across a business that was shipping fish from Seattle. They gave us tons of advice, including buying cheaper supplies and knowledge of how to package perishable items.
We finally felt confident enough to ship our items. The next issue we faced was the shipping cost. We had many people inquire about shipping, but they refused to pay our shipping prices. Our rate was equal to or sometimes even more expensive than our actual products. Unfortunately, we lost a lot of customers due to our high shipping costs. To make matters worse, our competitor was offering free shipping. We were on the verge of shutting down.
We knew UPS and FedEX only offered aggressively discounted rates to companies that shipped larger volumes. We decided to partner with multiple small businesses to qualify for better shipping rates as a conglomerate.
In five years, we have partnered with over 500+ companies across the nation. Shipcause was born!! We ship over 30,000 packages per month and now qualify for substantially discounted rates with UPS & FedEX.
Our business survived and now ships nationwide affordably!! I promised once I figured out the logistics side of the company, I was going to share with others.
Our goal at Shipcause is to hold all businesses that need assistance by the hand and offer all necessary tools required to create a successful e-commerce platform.
At Shipcause, it's our pleasure to share all the valuable information we learned with you. We want you to know you are not alone.
Founder / CEO