SEKO customers benefit from Easyship connectivity

SEKO e-commerce

Supply chain services provider SEKO Logistics’ partnership with Easyship, a cloud-based shipping platform that helps e-commerce traders to ship worldwide, is benefiting the customers of both businesses, according to the former.

The Easyship platform gives its 40,000 retail and etail users quick and easy access to SEKO’s cross-border e-commerce offerings.

Shipments can thus be booked directly through SEKO on the Easyship platform.

As well as acting as a shipping gateway for sellers’ online customers, Easyship’s shipping tool also calculates tax and duties for worldwide deliveries, provides rate comparisons, service analytics and pre-filled customs documentation for all countries, and comes with a shipping management dashboard that enables sellers to view all transactions.

Plus, Easyship offers storage and pick-and-pack fulfilment services, shipping labels and the ability to arrange pick-ups and global tracking.

According to a statement from SEKO, giving customers real-time shipping options and full cost visibility “triples the likelihood of online purchase completion and significantly reduces shopping cart abandonment rates”.

Also, Easyship now provides merchants with US domestic returns and branded email and tracking, regardless of the final mile postal carrier.

Brian Bourke, vice president of marketing at SEKO, observed: “2018 was our busiest year ever for cross-border e-commerce traffic and, in Asia Pacific, this was partly due to our partnership with Easyship.

“By creating a global partnership between our two companies and offering the pricing and transit times needed to gain customer orders and build brand loyalty, we are enabling shippers of all sizes to leverage our next-day, cross-border e-commerce reach, final mile postal integrations, and returns services.

“We have been growing our bundled parcel and freight solutions for the past five years and we’ve seen a lot of changes in the market over this time; specifically in relation to technology tools,” Bourke continued.

“Last year, we made a strategic decision to partner more with technology providers that are already engaged with big e-commerce platforms in an effort to facilitate the integration of our solution and to accelerate customer onboarding.

“This initiative has allowed us to scale faster by taking away the need for system integration with different retailers.

“Easyship has already done this with over 40,000 sellers and, with a rapidly growing base, we can immediately offer their customers our proven solutions,” he enthused.

“What we especially like about Easyship is that, from day one, they have been thinking as a global e-commerce channel. For example, we know that their duty and tax calculators are exactly what sellers are looking for to increase their confidence of trading internationally.

“This is a key partnership for SEKO Logistics which will generate a lot more interest in our cross-border services and huge growth opportunities.”

Augustin Ceyrac, Easyship’s co-founder, added: “Easyship is breaking down the final barrier in global e-commerce by making cross-border shipping as accessible as domestic shipping.

“By partnering with SEKO, in APAC [Asia Pacific], Europe and North America, we enable our clients access to world class shipping infrastructure to accelerate their growth.”

Last month (January), SEKO confirmed that it had purchased Chicago-headquartered customs brokerage and compliance consultancy GoodShip International, as it entered into what it said will be a transformative year.

The acquisition was SEKO’s first in its 42-year history.

GoodShip International provides customs brokerage, compliance, and air and ocean freight solutions to a broad range of clients, with emphasis on the transpacific eastbound trade.

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