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.

Should You Self-Publish or Commercially Publish Your First Book?

You may have written your first book. The first thought that might come to your mind whenever you are about to write is whether you should publish the book on your own and watch how it performs. You may also contemplate about whether you should approach a few publishers and agents or not. Perhaps, you think it might be a good idea if you get in touch with some publishers and agents and if that does not work out, go for self-publishing.

  • So what would be your way forward?: A very important question that you should ask yourself at this juncture is whether the subject of your book has a national or broad appeal or is it on a topic that you are passionate about or expertise in. If you want to attract one of the traditional publishers, particularly a reputed one, you must have a book that caters to an already established genre and possess mass or commercial appeal. In case, your book is on a specialized topic, you can approach a publisher who is known in the market to specialize in that subject. Alternatively, you can simply decide to self-publish your work. If the book is written on a topic that you are highly passionate about, you might directly go for self-publishing.
  • What is the extent of control you desire to have on the process of publishing?: If you take a conventional way, you would have hired an agent who would definitely want that you edit your book prior to submission. Hopefully, you would also have a publisher who might ask you to do a revision of your work. You might not get approval for your cover and at times you might have only mutual consent on the title of your book. It means that, in case the publisher does not approve of the original title, you might have to reconsider it and arrive at one that can be agreed upon with the publisher. There might be limited control as far as the how the marketing of your book is conducted. When you approach a traditional publisher, you have to cede control on your book to some extent. However, it could be a great thing as you would be interacting with experts in the publishing industry who have years of experience behind them. Though, it is quite natural that you might sometimes get frustrated with some of those decisions that you do not really approve. On the other hand, while self-publishing the book, the entire control is vested upon you right from cover, edits, marketing, and title. Deciding whether you want to approach a traditional publisher or self-publish the book may not be alternative decisions always. You can approach some traditional publishers first, and it does not work out, can resort to self-publishing.
  • How capable are you at self-promotion?: There is no guarantee that a publisher is going to adequately promote your book, but they'll at least give you a bit of a boost at bare minimum. If you self-publish, you're entirely on your own. You don't necessarily have to be a social media maven or a celebrity in order to give your book the boost necessary to generate crucial word of mouth, but you're going to have to do something. The good thing is that if you are able to market yourself properly, you'll be able to profit much more then if you went with a traditional publisher. Not only that but you have the power to sell the foreign rights to your book and get paid right away instead of waiting around for the publishing company to write you a check.

While not always the right path, self-publishing is a very good way for an author to make a living. Traditional media has to change and adapt to survive in the 21st century and in a market which was once controlled by major publishing houses, the tides have turned and now the author has more say than in the past. So think carefully before you act, but know that you can be just as popular and just as profitable if you self-publish then go the more traditional route.

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Acutrack is a technology-driven eCommerce fulfillment company with a specialization in publishing any product needed for your business. With logistics center on both coasts of the USA, we serve as a one-stop logistic center for your business needs!
In this manner, we serve as a one-stop logistics extensionof your business.

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