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SOAP v1.2 Support Has Been Added

Sep 5, 2015 4:39:00 PM / by Charles Palleschi

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In addition to SOAP v1.1 we’ve now added support to use SOAP v1.2 for vendor API calls.

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Include a Custom PDF Packing Slip with Each Order

Jun 5, 2015 4:37:00 PM / by Charles Palleschi

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We’re pleased to announce that we’ve added the ability to automatically generate PDF packing slips to be included with each order.

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Second Generation Spark Shipping Data Processing Engine is Released

Jan 15, 2015 4:35:00 PM / by Charles Palleschi

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We’re happy to announce that we’ve officially released the second generation of the Spark Shipping Data Processing Engine.
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Welcome to Spark Shipping

Mar 31, 2014 4:33:00 PM / by Charles Palleschi

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Spark Shipping now Supports WooCommerce

Mar 20, 2014 11:45:00 AM / by Charles Palleschi

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Best Web Analytics Software for Ecommerce Sites

Feb 27, 2014 11:31:00 AM / by Charles Palleschi

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  • Google Analyticsgoogle.com/analytics/
    What would a list of analytics software be if it did not start with Google Analytics. For a feature rich analytics platform that also happens to be free it's a no-brainer. Install it, setup your goals and let it collect data. It's the gold standard and in my opinion should be installed on every ecommerce in store.
  • Clicky  - clicky.com
    Clicky is a lesser know analytics software but it has some killer features that most of the other's do not.

    Let's start with looking at the scope of how Clickly sees the world... If Google Analytics gives you the 50,000 foot view then Clickly is the 10,000 foot view. It's fantastic to observe today's traffic and drill down the the individual visitor level.

    You can select a visitor, see their location, OS, browser, etc. then follow their click path around the site, time on each page, etc. It helps to give you a feel for what an the individual user is doing on your site. An awesome feature that helps you watch your site in real time is Spy. It allows you to watch user on your site move from page to page as it happens. Spy works very well with their Alerts feature that gives an audible ding every time someone lands on the site or performs a predetermined action. (Trust me, the ding is much better than it sounds)
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Reasons To Automate Your Drop Ship Process

Feb 26, 2014 9:36:00 PM / by Charles Palleschi

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  1. Save Time & Money
    Most dropshippers process orders manually, when an order comes in the store owner or another employee need to stop what they are doing to send time reviewing an order and placing it with the appropriate vendor(s). Depending on who is processing the order this is either costing the store owner time or money... Either way this is a waste of resources that can be easily solved.
  2. Process Orders 24/7
    When vendors fulfill their orders it's on a first come/first serve basis, the first orders received are the first to be sent out. That also means for popular items you have a chance of submitting an order for an item that has recently gone out of stock. For example, if an order comes in Sunday at 8 AM that's not processed until Monday AM, there's a chance that you're vendor will no longer have this item in stock.

    This is why setting up an automated system to processing orders 24/7 is so important. When an order comes in it is automatically sent to your vendor. Whatever time or day, you'll be first in line with your vendor.
  3. Reduce Human Error
    Let's face it, we all make mistakes and in E-Commerce mistakes cost the store owner money. If you have not already, you'll eventually process an order for an incorrect SKU.

    That's going to cost more in return shipping cost, lost time sending the correct item and customer support time.
  4. Give Yourself Freedom
    Freeing yourself from the menial task of processing orders gives you time to work on other parts of your business. Having to constantly be checking for new orders and processing those orders as quickly as possible forces you to stop working on the task at hand. This distraction is totally not necessary, once you setup an automated order fulfillment system you give yourself the time focus on growing your business.
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