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Multi-Carrier Plugin for OpenCart
Posted by Doug Sherman on 24 Mar 16 04:01 PM

AuctionInc has released a plugin for the OpenCart platform which integrates our multi-carrier technology and rates.

Like all our plugins, it provides for quoting rates for all domestic and international package services from multiple carriers (DHL, FedEx, USPS, UPS) into your OpenCart store. Many advanced features including drop-shipping from multiple origins, USPS flat rate box calculations, insurance, flexible handling charges, packaging material weight, and many more. Our technology is especially unique in its capability to accurately generate rates for items/quantities that must be packed into multiple boxes. 

You can download the plugin from the OpenCart Extension Directory.

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Carrier Plugins for WooCommerce
Posted by Doug Sherman on 24 Mar 16 03:55 PM

AuctionInc has released a new set of plugins for WooCommerce for specific carriers:


- FedEx



These are each available at the economical price of $9.95/mo.  (If you use two or more of these carriers, you will want to subscribe to our Multi-Carrier version.)

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2016 USPS Changes Live
Posted by Doug Sherman on 17 Jan 16 10:02 PM

USPS has implemented substantial rate increases and a variety other significant changes this year (as of Jan. 17). 

Rates have increased (often fairly dramatically) for nearly all services. You can find detailed information on these hikes in a variety of places so we wont bother to detail the bad news here. We do urge you to review one or more of these and to consider how these increases may affect you and your customers, and perhaps how you can tweak your packaging and other shipping policies to best adjust.  Keep in mind that the USPS flat rate envelopes and boxes, for which AuctionInc provides superlative support, are now even more a very useful strategy to consider. Blog: USPS Announces 2016 Rate Increase USPS 2016 Rates Review How to adapt to the 2016 rates

Pitney Bowes: USPS rate changes take effect What the rate changes mean for ecommerce

Other significant changes besides the rate increases themselves include:

  • First Class weight limit increases from 13 oz to 16 oz (for Commercial Base) -- perhaps the only good news!
  • Standard Post renamed "Retail Ground"
  • USPS "Click N Ship" eliminates quotes for Commercial Base Rates
  • Priority Express Mail medium flat rate box eliminated
  • Regional "C" flat rate box eliminated
  • $200 of free insurance for Priority Mail International
  • Flat rate box pricing for international destinations now varies by country

While USPS Priority Mail (and First Class, for light packages) remains the most cost-effective service in many situations -- especially the flat rate boxes -- there is no getting around the fact that these are substantial hikes. It makes being able to offer your customers the ability to choose from among multiple services across multiple carriers even more critical to your business. You can rely on AuctionInc to continue to provide you the most accurate and comprehensive rate shopping available.



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USPS Advanced Flat Rate Box Module
Posted by Doug Sherman on 14 Dec 15 06:04 PM

AuctionInc is pleased to announce the release of an enhancement that adds new advanced functionality for USPS flat rate boxes. These advanced features are included with our ShopCart and Single Seller API subscriptions, available as an Add-on for our Third-Party Cart Multi-Carrier plugin subscriptions, and also as a stand-alone plugin for WooCommerce or Magento.

As you know, the USPS flat rate boxes are (well, mostly) the best deal in package shipping. A 10-lb box going from Boston to Los Angeles, for example, costs $37 (retail) in your own box, but only $12.65 in a medium flat rate box. Not bad!

On the other hand, a 1-lb box costs only $7.15 in your own box -- so you cant use the flat rate boxes indiscriminately.

AuctionInc has long offered great support for these boxes, but now, with our Advanced release, our capabilities are substantially improved:

  • Select the specific flat rate boxes you use;
  • Set the percentage utilization of the boxes, to allow space for any packing materials;
  • Determine if you want to compare the cost of the flat rate box into which your cart items fit to the regular calculated rate, and even set the percentage differential to control if the regular rate is used;
  • If you qualify for Commercial Plus rates, quote the Cubic flat rate box price (which allows you to use your own boxes at flat rate pricing) to your customers.

For ShopCart and Single Seller API subscriptions, you will find these additional options on the USPS tab of your AuctionInc Carrier Settings page. To add on to your Multi-Carrier extension for a small fee, go to your AuctionInc Product Subscription page.

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AuctionInc has a New Home
Posted by Doug Sherman on 15 Oct 15 02:05 PM

AuctionInc is pleased to announce that we have completed our move into our new Data Center (Quadrant 4) in a virtual cloud hosting environment.  As part of our move, we have upgraded every software component we use, including php, apache, and our mysql database.   Our stability and responsiveness are all greatly enhanced, and as we grow we can immediately scale up for greater usage.  Beyond the faster page loads on our site and quicker generation of shipping rates, we are backed by a strong 24/7 team for managing our infrastructure and uptime.

We are looking forward to continuing to enhance our capabilities in our new home.






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