Everything you need to know about USB Write Protection

In spite of all the buzz regarding digital distribution, fulfilling your content on physical medium, like a USB flash drive, is still a very critical aspect of any business. You may have large data files or would just like to have your content branded. Whether you plan to fulfill software or a large library of video files, a USB key (a flash based storage device, also known as USB flash drive or thumb drive) is widely supported by most computer systems and smart devices. Unlike other storage devices such as magnetic tapes, compact discs or memory cards, USB flash drives do not have any built-in write-protection mechanism unless you choose to work with a provider who can work on the controller level and make the USB a read-only device. A write-protected USB will ensure that your content is secure and not accidentally erased.

  • Safeguard Against Malicious Activity: When a disk is write-protected, files can be read or copied from the disk, but nothing can be saved or copied onto it. This can help prevent you, or anyone else, from accidentally deleting or saving over important files. Most importantly, a write-protected USB is safer since it can not be infected by any viruses or other malicious activity.

    For example, let’s say you have a software package which is distributed on USB media. It is important that the company write-protects the flash drive because not only do you not want to spread any viruses, but you also do not want a third party messing with your software and saving the changes on your USB stick.

  • Better Customer Experience: A USB flash drive behaves like a removable storage. If you accidently delete files from a USB flash drive you are out of luck. The deleted files do not go in the recycle bin so you will not be able to recover the files once they have been deleted. You want to make sure your content doesn’t accidentally get deleted which can result in an unwanted, expensive support service call with a frustrated customer.
  • USB is Unlike Other Storage Devices: Whether you had IBM’s ½ inch magnetic tape, a floppy disk, a CD-ROM, or SD card, there has always been an option to write-protect your content. On the other hand, USB does not have this selection. IBM’s magnetic tape had a circular groove on one side of the reel, into which a soft plastic ring had to be placed in order to write on the tape. A floppy disk was write-protected when the plastic tab at the top was moved to reveal a “hole” in the disk. Sliding the tab up or down switched the floppy disk to enable or disable write-protection. Memory cards used in your camera have the option to write-protect. Standard CD or DVD-ROMs are “Read Only Memory,” which means the content is written once and used for reading only. CD and DVDs are still the most viable form of distributing your content as the content is secure and very economical to produce and distribute. However, the predominance of drive-less computers is forcing companies to choose USB flash drives as an alternative medium. For this reason, an easy write-protection option is a very desirable feature.
  • Requires Technical Expertise to Write-Protect: A USB Flash drive can be write-protected. It requires sending a command to the controller and turning off the SCSI write command. The IC chip on a USB stick is called the controller and it is a chip which controls the read and write process between the USB memory and the host computer it is connected to. The SCSI write command (Small Computer System Interface) is unique to each USB controller on the market, so there is no universal command. A good service bureau who has expertise in data pre-loading and duplication services can easily control the command in the controller and help produce write-protected USBs.

    In conclusion, even though USB flash drive does not have an easy way to write-protect your content, you must find a way to secure your content if you are choosing to fulfill your digital content on USB. This will safeguard your organization's interests and allow for a better customer experience.

Five ways to ship your package International

Shipping is complicated, but Acutrack has simplified the selection process for our customers. No more worrying about pricing or selecting from the multitude of methods. Choose the option that best fits your needs and we ship with the cheapest and fastest option.

  International First Class MDX USPS International First Class

Internation Priority MDX

USPS International Priority FedEx International 
Package weight limitation 1 oz. to 4.4 lb. 1 oz. to 4.0 lb. 1 oz. to 4.4 lb. 1 oz. to 70 lb. No Limit
Delivery Tracking There is no delivery tracking. Delivery tracking only available to the last destination in USA. No tracking once it leaves USA border. Delivery tracking is available door to door to certain countries Delivery tracking is available door to door Delivery tracking is available door to door
Package Insurance No No No up to $200 for certain countries only (only when requested). Increased insurance available for additional cost. Up to $100 insurance per package
Delivery time 6 to 14 days 7 to 15 days 5 to 10 days 5 to 10 days 3 to 5 days

Three ways to ship your package Domestic

  First Class MDX USPS First (Priority) Class UPS/FedEx Ground
Package weight limitation 1 oz. to 15 lb. 1 oz. to 70 lb. 1 lb. to 70 lb.
Special Package gets injected to various USPS destination (hubs) Package about 1 lb. or more automatically qualifies as Priority shipment Zone based shipment
Delivery Tracking Yes Yes Yes
Tube/Large Box Supports less than 26" in length No limit Dimensional weight applies
Package size Supports up to 50” in length and girth No limit No limit
Package Insurance No Up to $50 for priority mail order Up to $100 per package
Delivery time 2-5 days for shipment 2-7 days for first class and 2-4 days for priority 2-5 days. Shipment to California in 2 days and east coast in 5 days

 

Choosing the right shipping method for eCommerce Fulfillment

Fast and dependable fulfillment is critical to the success of your online business. Your top priority is getting your orders to your customers quickly and accurately, but at the same time choose a cost effective shipping method. This article gives you a detailed overview so you are prepared to select the right shipping methods for your fulfillment business.

  • Shipping Options: Choose from the widest range of shipping options to ensure you get the most reliable and cost-effective delivery methods for your orders. The choice of shipping companies and shipping methods depends on following criteria:

    You have essentially two choices - services offered by USPS or services offered by private carrier such as UPS/FedEx.

    In spite of all the bad press, USPS is one of the best and most reliable shipping option for delivering to consumer for home delivery. USPS service is by far the cheapest. There are many shipping choices available. First Class, Media , Priority and Express Mail. USPS also offers Flat rate package mail for one standard price to any part of USA. The best part of USPS is that it is the only choice to deliver package to PO Box and APO locations. Unlike other carrier, First class mail charge the same flat amount whether the package is shipped to next door neighbour or air shipped to Hawaii or Alaska.

    UPS/FedEx usually charge more. These two carries are a good choice if you want very dependable service. If your products have high value and you want an insured and guaranteed delivery then it is OK to justify the high cost charged by UPS/FedEx. Also, these carrier are a good fit for heavier package items. Both UPS/FedEx offer ground and air services. The cost and time to deliver a package based on the zone. The entire country is divided into various zones. Packages shipped to the closest zone gets delivered next day via ground and cost less compared to farther zone which could take up to 5 business days via ground service.

  • Delivery confirmation and tracking: The terms "Delivery Confirmation" and "Tracking" are often used interchangeably, but they are not the same thing. When UPS or FedEx "tracks" a package, it knows where it is at all times. Delivery Confirmation will usually acknowledge that the package arrived at the destination zip code. It will also note if delivery was attempted but not successful. However, the details are often fuzzy after that. If "delivered", was the package left at the doorstep? Did the postal worker leave it at the neighbor's house? Delivery Confirmation often will not help you in those situations. It is possible to have a lost package with “delivery confirmation” showing "delivered" at the same time.

    Another limitation of Delivery Confirmation is that it is often not scanned. There have been reported instances when the package was never scanned, either on the pickup side or the delivery side or both. When you look up the “delivery confirmation” number online, it simply says "Label Printed".

    Other things to note about delivery confirmation: USPS Delivery Confirmation on “first class” mail is restricted to items which are at least ¾” thick. If the item is less than ¾” thick, you must upgrade to priority mail to use Delivery Confirmation.

  • Shipping Merchandise to the Fulfillment Center: In addition to selecting the right shipping for outbound shipping; you also need to ship merchandise to the fulfillment center. Most fulfillment centers have negotiated rates for freight shipment via LTL or other shipping methods and you should compare the shipping cost for inbound shipment from your fulfillment company instead of going direct to the freight company. Depending on the nature of your merchandise, and pickup location, there could be a huge cost difference between various freight companies, your fulfillment center should be able to guide in advising the best option.

“CD/DVD On Demand” Demystified

Just as book publishers offer print-on-demand as an option to fill customer's orders without amassing inventory, we offer a similar business model: CD/DVD On Demand or Manufacturing-On-Demand (MOD). This on-demand manufacturing service allows you to manufacture a disc package when you need one and to fulfill directly to your end-user. We integrate with your eCommerce or ordering system which makes the entire process seamless and truly automated. You manage sales and we become a production and fulfillment extension of your business - your invisible business partner.

“CD/DVD On Demand” has no inventory, no forecast, and no upfront manufacturing cost. We produce a disc package when you receive an order transaction. There is always a positive cash flow for you. You can easily change your products, discontinue them, create new ones or even customize each individual package. It is the ideal solution for those items on your media catalog where you have no forecast or where you would like to customize each package with any variable data such as a customer name, picture, or activation code.

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“CD/DVD On Demand” has no inventory, no forecast, and no upfront manufacturing cost. We produce a disc package when you receive an order transaction. There is always a positive cash flow for you. You can easily change your products, discontinue them, create new ones or even customize each individual package. It is the ideal solution for those items on your media catalog where you have no forecast or where you would like to customize each package with any variable data such as a customer name, picture, or activation code.
  • Acutrack - A Production and Fulfillment Extension of Your Business: This statement is not just some cool marketing gimmick, it is a business philosophy that differentiates us from other businesses. You sell your products to your web site, Amazon marketplace, or to your fan base at Facebook. We integrate with your order system, receive order transaction as you get paid, print and fulfill your order and become a production and fulfillment extension of your business. You control your marketing strategy to promote your business. When you sell a product we are your turnkey fulfillment partner not just for Disc On-Demand, but to help you fulfill your entire product line.
  • Integration with Acutrack: Our goal is to integrate with your marketplace so when you receive an order the order transaction details automatically get posted to us. We then fulfill your order and update the status in your marketplace. We are integrated with a large number of eCommerce platforms, Amazon, and Etsy marketplaces. f you are using a custom shopping cart you can then integrate to post order using our XML API or we can find ways to support and integrate with you. We also provide a complete web based customer portal where you can manually manage all aspects of order management, upload order via spreadsheet, and view your entire order history.
  • Product Packaging Explained: Our product quality has retail finish. Discs are printed with photo-realistic image quality where the artwork does not smudge, scratch, or fade. Additionally, print inserts are produced with the latest digital print technology. Our On-Demand solution has limited packaging choices. You can choose either a simple packaging (paper sleeve, clam shell) or retail packaging (DVD case or jewel case). Retail packaging (Jewel case and DVD case) gets assembled with your custom printed cover-wrap and inserts. DVD case packages are available in different configuration with black, white or clear case and can hold up to 12 discs in a multi-disc case.

    We help you with product setup in our system. You provide us with your content and artwork and we configure them. We not only make it easy but also ensure that your product is setup correctly in our system. For advanced users, you can also post product details using our XML API.

  • Process Flow: Your orders are processed as we receive them. Express shipping orders automatically get prioritized. Most orders get processed within twenty four hours and are guaranteed processed within seventy two hours. You can choose to ship through any service including USPS, UPS or FedEx. You control different shipping methods which you would like to offer to your client and decide whether you want to ship a product via USPS media mail, first class, or FedEx next day service, etc. We produce and fulfill these orders based on your passed shipping instructions using our shipping account. We invoice you at the end of the month for all transactions posted during the month.

“CD/DVD or Blu-ray On Demand” Demystified

Just as book publishers offer print-on-demand as an option to fill customer's orders without amassing inventory, we offer a similar business model: CD/DVD On Demand or Manufacturing-On-Demand (MOD). This on-demand manufacturing service allows you to manufacture a disc package when you need one and to fulfill directly to your end-user. We integrate with your eCommerce or ordering system which makes the entire process seamless and truly automated. You manage sales and we become a production and fulfillment extension of your business - your invisible business partner. “CD/DVD On Demand” has no inventory, no forecast, and no upfront manufacturing cost. We produce a disc package when you receive an order transaction. There is always a positive cash flow for you. You can easily change your products, discontinue them, create new ones or even customize each individual package. It is the ideal solution for those items on your media catalog where you have no forecast or where you would like to customize each package with any variable data such as a customer name, picture, or activation code.

www.acutrack.com
 
  • Acutrack - A Production and Fulfillment Extension of Your Business: This statement is not just some cool marketing gimmick, it is a business philosophy that differentiates us from other businesses. You sell your products to your web site, Amazon marketplace, or to your fan base at Facebook. We integrate with your order system, receive order transaction as you get paid, print and fulfill your order and become a production and fulfillment extension of your business. You control your marketing strategy to promote your business. When you sell a product we are your turnkey fulfillment partner not just for Disc On-Demand, but to help you fulfill your entire product line.
  • Integration with Acutrack: Our goal is to integrate with your marketplace so when you receive an order the order transaction details automatically get posted to us. We then fulfill your order and update the status in your marketplace. We are integrated with a large number of eCommerce platforms, Amazon, and Etsy marketplaces. f you are using a custom shopping cart you can then integrate to post order using our XML API or we can find ways to support and integrate with you. We also provide a complete web based customer portal where you can manually manage all aspects of order management, upload order via spreadsheet, and view your entire order history.
  • Product Packaging Explained: Our product quality has retail finish. Discs are printed with photo-realistic image quality where the artwork does not smudge, scratch, or fade. Additionally, print inserts are produced with the latest digital print technology. Our On-Demand solution has limited packaging choices. You can choose either a simple packaging (paper sleeve, clam shell) or retail packaging (DVD case or jewel case). Retail packaging (Jewel case and DVD case) gets assembled with your custom printed cover-wrap and inserts. DVD case packages are available in different configuration with black, white or clear case and can hold up to 12 discs in a multi-disc case.

    We help you with product setup in our system. You provide us with your content and artwork and we configure them. We not only make it easy but also ensure that your product is setup correctly in our system. For advanced users, you can also post product details using our XML API.

  • Process Flow: Your orders are processed as we receive them. Express shipping orders automatically get prioritized. Most orders get processed within twenty four hours and are guaranteed processed within seventy two hours. You can choose to ship through any service including USPS, UPS or FedEx. You control different shipping methods which you would like to offer to your client and decide whether you want to ship a product via USPS media mail, first class, or FedEx next day service, etc. We produce and fulfill these orders based on your passed shipping instructions using our shipping account. We invoice you at the end of the month for all transactions posted during the month.

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Phone: 925-579-5000
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About Acutrack

Acutrack is a technology-driven fulfillment house,
with a specialization in publishing any product needed
for your business (such as books, CDs/DVDs/USBs,
marketing collaterals, and much more).

 In this manner, we serve as a one-stop logistics extension
of your business.

 

Fulfillment centers:
Livermore, CA
Cincinnati, OH