Adding Fulfilment Location to Shopify Products

A new addition to Shopify API is the use of fulfillment Location Services, these are designed to actively define what physical location your products are stored in and where they are shipped from.

Our Fulfilment software registers Storeship as a location when you link your Shopify Account with our software, in order to automate the process of marking your orders shipped on Shopify as well as informing your customers of their tracking numbers and other delivery information, it is required to set your products to be using Storeship as your fulfilment partner.

To Add Storeship to your fulfilment service location on your Shopify Products,  please follow the following instructions:

 

  • From your store’s Products page, select the product to be fulfilled by Storeship.

 

  • In the Variants section, click Edit in line with the variant to be fulfilled by the Storeship.

 

  • In the Shipping section, select Storeship from the Fulfillment service drop-down menu.

 

  • Click Save to save your changes.

Once the above steps have been completed out Automagical software will then inform Shopify everytime we ship your order for you.

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VAT and Storeship Fulfilment House

VAT and Online Resellers

VAT and Fulfilment

V.A.T. means Value Added Tax. It’s a tax that VAT-registered traders in the EU add to the price of the goods they sell and pass on to the national tax authorities when they file their tax returns. You may need to be registered for VAT to be able to sell goods within the UK. In fact if you sell goods in an EU country, it’s likely you may be required to register for Value Added Tax (VAT) in each country you sell in.

Remember: it’s the responsibility of each Storeship seller to ensure they are VAT-compliant and you should seek professional advice if you are unsure of your obligations.

Take this simple test to see if you need to register for VAT https://litmustest.kpmg-vat-compliance.com/

Where is your business established?

In the UK
You need to register for VAT in the UK if:

  • You store goods in the UK; and
  • You sell them to consumers based in the UK; and
  • Your sales exceed the UK domestic VAT threshold of £85,000.

You may also need to register for VAT separately in other EU countries if:

  • You sell goods to consumers in other EU countries.

In a different EU Country
You need to register for VAT in the UK if:

  • You store your goods in the UK or
  • You sell to UK-based consumers (non-business); and
  • Your sales exceed the UK distance selling VAT threshold of £70,000.

Outside the EU
You need to register for VAT in the UK if:

  • You sell goods that you store in the UK to customers based in the EU.

You may also need to register for VAT separately in other EU countries if:

  • You sell goods to consumers in other EU countries.

How do you register for VAT?

Firstly, you’ll need to establish if you need to register for VAT. If you need to register you’ll have to submit an application form to the H.M.R.C. (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) When you have completed the VAT registration process you will be given your VAT number. You will need your VAT number to;

  • File your VAT Tax Return
  • Issue VAT Invoices, remember to add 20% to your goods.
  • Claim money back on your business expenses.

Please ensure that you are VAT compliant.

Get in touch if we can be of more assistance.

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What is FBA?

Everything you ever need to know about FBA, Fulfilment by Amazon

Storeship - Fulfilment by Amazon

FBA, Fulfillment by Amazon.

So when are you going to need this? Amazon state that they sell it and ship your products. They go on to say that they have one of the most advanced fulfilment networks in the world. Your products are stored at Amazon’s fulfilment centres and they pick, pack and ship and provide customer services and returns.

How much does FBA, Fulfilment by Amazon cost? More than you might think. It’s an expensive option. Let’s face it, if Amazon are going to offer you many extras including customer services and returns you’re going to pay for it. How good is there customer services? Have you ever called an overseas call centre? Bet you have!

When you are a young and growing business you will be looking to make as many savings as possible. Is it not better to give your customers a personal touch? Start off by giving your customers a great customer experience and looking after customer services. You will impress your customers and they will come back for more. You’ll need to do this especially at the beginning of your eCommerce empire. As you grow you can outsource various areas of your  operation to professionals.

Work with Storeship for all your Amazon orders!

You may have been in business for a little while now? You have spent your time making sure that your brand is becoming better known and that sales are starting to come in. You are also starting to wear the many hats required in business. At some point you will realise that your efforts are going to be better placed in areas of the business that make sales happen and not filling packs for customers.

We can help you work with multi-channel fulfilment centres including Amazon.  Indeed, we integrate our systems with Amazon to be able to draw your orders through our simple yet effective platforms so you don’t have to get involved. Sure, at the moment we don’t offer customer services but compare us on price and service and you’ll be very nicely surprised.

Storeship’s Fulfilment Services allow you business to grow quickly. Our warehouse, procedures and systems are all highly tuned with your fulfilment  in mind. You only pay for the services you use. We handle all of the small details allowing you to concentrate on growing your business.

Get in touch today and find out how easy it is for you to work with us!

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What is 3PL Third Party Logistics?

Everything you ever need to know about 3PL, Third Party Logistics
3PL Third Party Logistics
Put simply 3PL means Third Party Logistics.

So what exactly is Third Party Logistics? In essence Third Party Logistics means the outsourcing function of  your logistics (transport) to a company who specialise in it. However, logistics has come a long way. Now logistics can encompass; transport, eCommerce, warehousing, storage, distribution, fulfilment and freight forwarding.

There is also another service that is becoming popular. That of 4PL or Fourth Party Logistics. A 4PL provider is a provider that would accumulate various services including; capabilities, resources and technology to amnage the entire process whereas 3PL would broadly concentrate on logistics and distribution.

Storeship 3PL Services

At Storeship, we offer our customers the chance to grow. Allow us to take over your third party logistics and you can concentrate on growing and running your business.

Get in touch today and find out how easy it is for you to work with us!

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Beginner’s Guide to eCommerce Fulfilment with Storeship

Everything you need to know about partnering with Storeship Fulfilment Services.

You’ve probably been selling products online for a while now, maybe you’re just starting out on your eCommerce journey. Whatever the case, you have probably thought about having someone take over your warehousing, picking and packing and distribution, usually preferred to as “Fulfilment” or “Fulfillment” in the States.

Making sales is the fun part of any business and we love entrepreneurs!  When the time comes and you find that you are spending more time packing goods and waiting in the queue at your local Post Office you’ll know that is the time to consider someone else taking over this time consuming task and to free you up to sell, sell sell!

You may find that working with Storeship Fulfilment Services or indeed any 3PL (Third Party Logistics) intimidating at first. Let’s face it, you have created your baby and have nurtured  and watched it grow. It’s very precious to you. We understand that. We also understand that you don’t just want to give away a chunk of your business to any Tom Dick or Harry.

Let’s take a look at the advantages;

  • You don’t have to do it yourself. Outsourcing with Storeship will free up your time to let you do what you have proven you do well. Sell!
  • You avoid costs like long term warehouse leases. We’ve already done that for you!
  • We offer flexible pricing, as you grow or go through quieter times, we can adjust the cost accordingly.
  • No more staff required. You don’t have to hire extra people, contracts, sick days, management etc. We have a team of fully trained Fulfilment experts with years of experience waiting to pick and pack your orders.
  • Be more effective. You have the skills that are best used in other parts of the business like sourcing products, advertising and selling.
  • We will save you money. Doing it for yourself is free but at some point you’ll want to get back into your business and do what you do well.
When is the right time to outsource your Fulfilment to Storeship?

Most of you will have started packing and posting your products yourself. It’s the easiest way to start and as such is cheap.  There are a number of issues to consider when deciding whether you need Storeship’s fulfilment services;

  • Are your sales seasonal or cyclical? If you sales fluctuate during the year, you are not going to want to set up your own warehouse as it’s too expensive. We will be able to adjust our service to you in these times.
  • How busy are you? If you are spending your time of packing and posting you are not concentrating on growing your business. By outsourcing the fulfilment function to us you can concentrate on growth.
  • How fast is your business growing? If you are growing quickly you won’t be able to keep up with servicing your customers. By outsourcing to Storeship you will find that we are better placed to adapt to your changing market.
Who should not work with us?

Sounds like a daft question? It isn’t. We don’t work with everyone! We don’t offer the perfect solution for every type of business out there. There are times when Storeship is just not for you. Storeship fulfilment services would not suit the following businesses;

  • Businesses with limited cashflow? Here at Storeship, we work on a Pay As You Go basis. You will need to credit your account when you start with us. We then use these funds to pick, pack, post and safely store your products. You have full control of the whole system.
  • Highly specialised businesses. Perhaps your business uses specialised machinery to manufacture or make your product? Perhaps you are selling over long or over heavy equipment? Although we can customise our services to suit, we can’t promise to be perfect for every business.
What happens when you join us?

Once we have agreed on a partnership, you will find that we work pretty smoothly. All you have to do is make sure that we have enough of your product and that your account is in the black. We accept deliveries direct from your supplier, be they in the UK or abroad. That is all!

You will find yourself with more time to concentrate on growing your business.

We will have already integrated with your online selling platform. This is not required but makes an automated and error free system work. We integrate with Shopify, Amazon, WooCommerce and lots more selling platforms.

What about refunds?

Storeship can handle all of your returns, you can book returns back to our warehouse direct from your customers using our propriety software, Control Panel. We can then either put them back into stock for you or if they are faulty we can let you know.

Can you use custom packaging?

Of course you can. We know that when your customer opens their package you are creating a great experience for them. If your product is packaged well, your customer feels more satisfied with their purchase and will often buy from you again. We have years of experience in packaging and will happily make recommendations for you to save you money.

Remember if custom packaging is important to you, please tell us as soon as you can.

Things to consider when choosing Storeship as your fulfilment partner.
  • Similar industries. Ask us if we have experience of handling a similar product.
  • Similar customers. We specialise in eCommerce fulfilment. If you sell online we are probably the right choice for you.
  • Talk to us about your business. We love business and love talking to entrepreneurs. Let us know all about you and what you do. It will make the quoting process more accurate. Ask lots of questions!

Do not choose us solely based on price. Whilst we want to offer you a competitive quote, we also want to offer you a quality service. Unhappy customers will cost you more in the long run.

Are you ready to partner with Storeship? Ask for a quote and remember to include as much detail as possible.

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Start-up’s Guide to eCommerce Fulfilment with Storeship

What every Start-Up needs to know about using Storeship fulfilment services.
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Start up guide to Fulfilment with Storeship

You’ve probably been selling online for some time now? Maybe you are thinking about starting an eCommerce business? We love entrepreneurs and enjoy partnering with them on their business journey!

If you have got to the stage of enquiring about Storeship fulfilment service, you probably have lots of questions to ask us.

We often receive enquiries asking very general questions like “Can you tell me about your fulfilment services?” Most of the information can be found on our website. We have web pages with information on things like; integrations, storage, online selling, postal charges, shipping management and many more. With a little research you can find out a lot of information. We have also written some information which we hope will be helpful.

The Beginners Guide to eCommerce fulfilment with Storeship.

Detailed below are considerations that you must think about before you make your enquiry with us.

Your boxed product.

So how come this is the first item on our list? Well, the dimensions and weight of your final packaged product has an effect on storage, fulfilment fee, packaging and postal charges. You need to tell us;

  • The dimensions of your fully packaged boxed (or Jiffy type bag) product.
  • The final weight of your packaged product.
  • The value. This could have a bearing on tracked or untracked postage.
  • Will your product require outer packaging, jiffy bag or outer box?
  • Does your product have a SKU (Stock Keeping Unit) number and / or is it barcoded? It is very important that we can identify each and every SKU that you have with us. If you have clearly marked SKU numbers and / or barcodes we can offer you more accuracy when picking your order.
Delivery

Think about how much stock you will be sending us. We can accept orders direct from customs and UK deliveries also. You might want to drop it off yourself . Stock will be dependant on your sales, actual or estimated, and your cash-flow. We will need to find space to securely store your products. How much storage space will you need will be dependant on;

  • How many items in total?
  • How many SKU’s?
  • Dimensions of total delivery (product dimensions X number of products)
  • How many pallets are you sending?

All delivery quantities will be entered onto our Control Panel where you have 24/7 access.

Storage

When we have received your goods, we will need to find secure storage for them. We have two very large warehouses so have plenty of space. Some of your products will be placed on a shelf for easier picking. The balance of your products will go on pallets. Pallets are calculated at 100cm X 120cm X 220cm. Shelf space is calculated at 90cm X 45cm X 35 cm. With these figures you could estimate storage required.

Orders
  • How many orders do/will you receive every month?
  • How many items would be in the one package?
  • Do you need inserts like promotional leaflets, business cards etc?
  • Will your product require outer packaging, jiffy bag or outer box?
  • How many returns do you expect per month?
Post

We have trade accounts with Royal Mail UK Mail and many other specialist couriers. We use a lot of postage and get very good rates. Our aim is to pass on these significant cost savings to you. You need to tell us your preferred method of carrier. You have access to our Postage Calculator that we would encourage you to use.

How to use the Postage Calculator;

  • Click on your preferred shipping service.
  • Country, denotes which country you will be sending the package too.
  • Weight, enter the weight of your packaged product.

Occasionally a £0.00 appears. In this situation, please check that the shipping service and weight have been entered correctly.

Fulfilment

Storeship Fulfilment will be charged per order. If there are multiple products within one package you will find that there is one cost for the first product and a discounted cost for other products within the same package. We will correctly pick and pack your product. Ensuring the correct item or items are picked correctly and packaged in suitable packaging. Choosing the appropriate postage and posting your item.

Integration

Storeship can offer you a no hassle method of accepting your orders via our in-house integration.

Gone are the days of having to input your orders manually!

We have a team of in-house specialist developers who design, build and manage our integration processes. We can integrate with the most popular selling platforms including; ShopifyWooCommerce, Amazon, eBay, BigCommerce and many more. An example of the functionality of our integrations might include;

  • Import all your products directly into Storeship.
  • Import orders directly. We will be notified of an order almost immediately. We then pick and package your product, choose the appropriate shipping rate and post. You will be notified of what was ordered, who fulfilled the order and at what time. You will also have a breakdown of the fulfilment fee, packaging fee and postage costs of every single order.
  • All unfulfilled orders will be imported into Storeship.
  • We fulfil unshipped orders.
  • Once fulfilled we update your store orders, to shipped.
  • We add any relevant tracking numbers to your orders.
  • Our system triggers emails to notify your customer that their product has been shipped.

Aren’t we clever?!

You don’t need to have any integration at all. If you are happy to input your orders manually onto our Control Panel, you are welcome to do this. We have found out that human error happens quite often with regards to data entry. Integration is simple and cost effective for you.

Handling fees

There are two levels of hourly rates.

  • Handling fees are for us working on your behalf within the areas of checking deliveries, printing barcodes and attaching to order and stock takes.
  • Specialist I.T. fees. When you need more complex integration or specific I.T. development.

Get in touch today and find out how easy it is for you to work with us!

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Virtual Office Services

You probably know us as a Fulfilment Company? Maybe a Warehouse or a Pick and Pack service? But, did you know that we offer you a LOT more added value business services that are very cost effective?

We have a range of UK Company Formations packages for sale.

  • UK Limited Company Formation*. £50.00

This is one of our most popular registration services, used by a wide variety of clients including individuals, solicitors, accountants and holding companies. It provides an excellent value for money service for people and companies who wish to trade as soon as possible with their limited company in the easiest possible way. You will receive hard copies of all documentation, allowing you to be ready to trade as soon as possible.

  • UK VAT Registration*. £50.00

We have been completing VAT applications for many years, making us experts in the field. Due to our experience we can complete the VAT application forms quickly and efficiently whilst avoiding many common mistakes companies and people make, which can create significant delays and complications.

  • Registered Directors Address*. £40.00 per year.
  • Registered Company Address*. £50.00 per year.
  • *Storeship customers only.

  • We also have a range of services to help you bring your business online and visible

  • eCommerce Websites, We can build you a fully featured online eCommerce ready store that is linked to our fulfilment system from just £150.00. Stand alone eCommerce websites from £200.00
  • Web Development, Our in house team of programmers can build custom applications and software as well as shopping cart integrations and bespoke features on your website.
  • Web Hosting, Our unlimited, super fast, secure and stable web servers available from £40 per year.
  • Domain Name Registration, From £5 per year.

Please contact us for further information on our services.

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Fuflillment House VAT regulations

VAT Ouch, its not what everyone enjoys, taxation, but in the modern world ensuring your business is accounting correctly and paying what they are required into the trading economies has become a fact of life. International trading and ecommerce are at an all time high, and as such the world is adapting itself to suit this mass continental shift of finance, bitcoins and money movements.
In this arcticle i am hoping to shed a little light on how fulfillment companies are obliged to co operate with authorities and ensure their customers are aware of the laws and regulations regarding trading within our own realm of the UK and Europe.
First of all i would like to advise that i am not an accountant but have experience with dealing with imports and UK taxation departments so as such i am offering my views, please do your own research and consult with a registered tax advisor before trading and to firm up what is required of you to ensure legal trading.

First of all let me be blunt and answer a few questions:

I am outside the EU and therefore i do not need to pay VAT?
This statement is incorrect, every company outside the EU utilising the services of a fulfilment house within the EU MUST be registered for VAT in the country or countries they are trading in.
If you are shipping customers goods from outside the EU then you still have to register for VAT subject to thresholds which are as low as £30,000 in some countries.

Do i Pay VAT on your services?
We do not bill our customers ouside the EU, VAT on our services, EU customers with a valid VAT number are billed on a reverse charge VAT system.

Can I use a back street fulfillment company?
From 2018 all UK Fulfillment Houses will have to register for the Fulfillment House Registration Scheme with HMRC, the authority who collects taxes in the UK, any company not registering will be trading illegally and liable to penalties, ultimately their business shut down.
This new directive has been bought in to clamp down on traders from around the world bypassing EU VAT regulations.
All Fulfillment houses will have to do background checks on all of their clients before allowing them to trade from their premises, checks will include identity, address and VAT registration checks. Storeship Limited are currently updating their own systems to ensure compliance with the new regulations.

I am based in the UK but not VAT registered?
As a UK based company we must charge VAT to all of our clients within the EU, except those outside UK with a valid VAT number who are applicable for reverse charge VAT.

Do I need a UK based company to trade?
NO, you do not have to have a UK company to trade just be registered with the authorities for VAT.

Where can I get help registering for VAT?
By utilising our Fulfilment services we are more than happy to help you set up your UK VAT number and register correctly, as well as offering advise on what you can claim back and how you can account for the VAT.

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New Account Options

Storeship are please to announce new account options for all new customers.
We have introduced a new Platinum account which will ensure all your orders get priority shipping with a daily cut off time of 5.15pm, saturday picking and packing of goods and unlimited telephone and email support.
The new Platinum account is available to a strictly limited number of existing and new customers and subject to approval, cost is from £25 per month.

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New Warehouse

Storeship have just invested in a new warehouse, the additional facility just 200 metres from our original warehouse will be specifically used for pallet storage and excess stock storage for our fulfilment customers as well as local businesses.
The warehouse is fully racked and has full HD CCTV system in place as well as alarm system with 24/7 response monitoring.

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