ShipStation vs ShippingEasy vs Shippo vs Shopify Shipping Which provider should I choose?

The purpose of this guide is to help ecommerce merchants decide between the various shipping software applications that are used to print shipping labels and manage shipments. We will compare the 4 most popular shipping software vendors of 2017 to help you make the best choice. It is important to note that most of these providers claim to provide very similar functionality. However, the actual usability of their features vary greatly. We encourage you to test out one or two solutions for yourself and see which fits your business.

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1️) ShipStation

ShipStation is the most powerful and most versatile option out of these 4 providers. Our favorite part about ShipStation is its ability to grow with your business as you scale while remaining affordable. Looking to add additional shipping methods/providers or an international carrier? Negotiated rates with Fedex, UPS, or DHL? No problem, ShipStation will be able to handle typical store scaling cases like these with ease. As of writing this post, pricing starts at $9/month for 50 shipments/month and caps out at $145/month for its enterprise edition with unlimited shipments/month.

Pros:

  • Easily integrates with Shopify and other ecommerce software
  • Includes powerful reporting, automation, and analytic tools to help you optimize your shipping methods and reducing shipping cost
  • No per label fee
  • Low cost for what it providers
  • Integrates with OrderMetrics.io to pull in shipping costs and analyze profitability for each order

Cons:

  • Printing USPS shipping labels requires a Stamps.com account while other providers in this post do not require an additional account for USPS shipments
  • Requires an additional monthly fee on top of the cost of each shipping label (which is included with other providers)

 2) ShippingEasy

Pros: 

Easily integrates with Shopify and other ecommerce software

Free if you ship less than 50 packages per month

No per label fee

Integrates with OrderMetrics.io to pull in shipping costs and analyze profitability for each order

Cons:

Reporting/analytics functionality is not as advanced as ShipStation

 

3) Shippo

Pros: 

The best option if you are just getting started and want access to more advanced functionality over Shopify Shipping

Easily integrates with Shopify and other ecommerce software

Instant access to carrier discounts from USPS and DHL

No monthly fee

Integrates with OrderMetrics.io to pull in shipping costs and analyze profitability for each order

Cons:

They charge $0.05 per label printed. This is a great deal at first, but if you are shipping many shipments, the cost can add up. However, they do have enterprise options for high volume shippers.

4) Shopify Shipping

Shopify Shipping is Shopify's build in shipping service which allows you

Pros:

Automatically integrates USPS and Canada Post shipments with Shopify's carrier calculated rate service which allows you to show a semi-accurate shipping estimate to your customers upon checkout.

Cons:

Conclusion