B2C (business-to-consumer) eCommerce sales are expected to reach $2.356 trillion in 2018. Lets put that into perspective. If you spent just $1 trillion dollars (less than half the predicted sales), and went back in time 1 second for every dollar spent, you would end up in 30,000 BC.
Not every retailer will be selling millions of dollars in products, but every retailer needs to be prepared for an increase in their shipping demand.
These are our top Magento shipping extensions to consider for your Magento webstore.
What are the best Magento Shipping Extensions?
Now the best Magento Shipping Extension will ultimately rely on your personal business requirements. Maybe a simplified free version of an extension will work for you. Maybe your business requires a more robust option.
At nChannel, we work with many companies from small to large and we’re often recommending shipping extensions.
In our experience, these two extensions have proven themselves to be reliable, efficient, and all around excellent.
Comparison of the Top Magento Shipping Extensions
|ShipWorks||41002||3.5/5||Starts at $14.95/mo||Yes|
|ShipStation||2752||4.9/5||Starts at $25/mo||Yes|
|Popularity and review data taken from Magento Connect, pricing taken from Magento Connect and company website.|
One of the reasons we recommend ShipWorks is its large number of integrations. ShipWorks can integrate with Magento, Newegg, Rakuten, eBay, and Amazon just to name a few.
They also support all major shipping carriers including: US Postal Services, FedEx, FedEx Canada, UPS, and UPS Canada (as well as a few others).
Yes, they only have a 3.5 / 5 average ratings, however if you look closely, it’s only because there are two reviews. One of which is a 5 star rating, and the other a 3 star complaining that it’s US only.
Now if you’re shipping more than 99 shipments per month you’ll have to be upgraded to a $29.95 per month plan. However the only other increase in price comes at 1000+ shipments per month and taps out at $49.95 / mo.
Also, much like ShipWorks, ShipStation can integrate with almost anywhere you want to sell. This includes Magento, eBay, Amazon, Rakuten, and NewEgg.
While ShipWorks only had two reviews, ShipStation has upwards of 70. More impressively, of those 70 reviews they have scored an average of 4.9/5.
While ShipStation may not be as popular as ShipWorks, it’s clearly just as good. That being said, it’s pricing is a little heftier. Where ShipWorks maxed out at $49.95 / mo for 1000+ orders, ShipStartion charges $145 / mo for unlimited orders.
What to do next
If you’ve found the best Magento shipping extension for your company, you might think about completely integrating your sales channels. While ShipWorks or ShipStation can integrate your shipping, what about all your other data?
With nChannel’s Connector for Magento, you can sync all your data in real time. This includes item, inventory, order, customer, and even shipping & tracking.
Getting a shipping extension is the first step to becoming a multichannel retailer, but it’s only the first step. You need to centralize all your data to be truly successful.