Pitney Bowes and ShipCenter Partner to Offer Cross-border Shipping Solution to Kickstarter Creators
Artists, Musicians, Filmmakers and Designers Can Simply and Conveniently Ship Rewards to Backers in 66 Countries around the World
STAMFORD, Conn., April 28, 2016 - Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE:PBI), a global technology company that provides innovative products and solutions to power commerce, and ShipCenter, a technology-focused logistics company offering discounted small parcel and freight services, announced today that they have joined forces to offer Kickstarter creators a simple, end-to-end solution for shipping rewards to their backers in 66 countries.
As the world's largest funding platform for creative projects, Kickstarter helps artists, musicians, filmmakers, designers, and other creators find the resources and support they need to make their ideas a reality. To date, tens of thousands of creative projects — big and small — have come to life with the support of the Kickstarter community.
To help Kickstarter creators fulfill, ship and track rewards internationally to their backers, ShipCenter is offering a custom solution that leverages Pitney Bowes’s Borderfree Marketplace solution at www.shipcenter.com. The solution provides Kickstarter creators with an international shipping rate card with all costs calculated upfront for each shipment including duties, taxes and shipping fees. This can help eliminate unforeseen shipping and importation costs so there are no surprises for Kickstarter creators or their backers when rewards are delivered. The solution also offers deeply discounted international shipping rates. In addition, Pitney Bowes handles country-specific export compliance and customs documentation, making international shipping easy.
“We are thrilled to be collaborating with ShipCenter to provide Kickstarter creators with a solution that can help simplify the complexities of international shipping so they can easily send rewards to their backers around the world,” said Lila Snyder, Executive Vice President and President, Global Ecommerce, Pitney Bowes. “This is the first time our global ecommerce software and shipping services are being leveraged outside of the retail industry and we look forward to delivering a rich, end-to-end, cross-border shipping experience.”
“With Pitney Bowes’s guaranteed, upfront calculation of international shipping costs along with ShipCenter’s LTL and U.S. domestic small parcel offering, Kickstarter creators can have control over their delivery expenditures before packages even leave their hands,” said Sean Lynch, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, ShipCenter. “In addition, our solution provides Kickstarter creators with a single source for all of their international and domestic shipments.”
To ship rewards, Kickstarter creators simply email their backer lists directly from their Kickstarter project campaign. ShipCenter generates shipping labels for each shipment, schedules pick-ups, creates customs invoices and provides a single invoice for the entire process.
The Pitney Bowes Borderfree Marketplace Solution is available as part of the Pitney Bowes Commerce Cloud, a commerce enabler, providing access to solutions, analytics and APIs across the full commerce continuum with speed and agility to help clients identify customers, locate opportunities, enable communications, power shipping from anywhere to everywhere and manage payments.
About Pitney Bowes
Pitney Bowes (NYSE:PBI) is a global technology company offering innovative products and solutions that enable commerce in the areas of customer information management, location intelligence, customer engagement, shipping and mailing, and global ecommerce. More than 1.5 million clients in approximately 100 countries around the world rely on products, solutions and services from Pitney Bowes. For additional information, visit Pitney Bowes at www.pitneybowes.com.
ShipCenter enables customers to ship using the Pitney Bowes Borderfree Marketplace solution without needing to complete an API integration. We provide access to deeply discounted international shipping rates and upfront calculations of duties, taxes and brokerage. Combined with our operational and technical support teams, ShipCenter is the go-to provider for all your shipping needs. For more information, visit ShipCenter at www.shipcenter.com.