This a long, long story but let's go to the point: We are now offering FedEx again and they offered us unbelievable "negotiated rates" compared with UPS. Thanks to Chris Anderson and Fred Smith
! (And Paul the octopus!
This what one our loyal development member said:
"Fedex is much more interesting for me here (Brazil). Awesome news!
I simulate here to see the difference on buying an ArduIMU V2 board:
FedEx International Priority $26.06
UPS Wordwide Expedited $54.93 (more than double)
Thank you for change it, man!"
Asian country's including Australia and Europe will be also affected (in a good way!). This will allow us to dramatically expand our boundaries and we are now more capable to compete in term of low prices!
Also domestic shipments will have a good discount, maybe no so noticeable but now you can even have Next-Day for just $15 in some areas ($9 for 2nd day), and we are considering using the new "FedEx Smart Post" that will costs around $4.95 to ship all over the country and is a combination of FedEX and USPS, is really cheap, you can fully track you package and takes from 2 to 8 days to arrive, check more here:
Also "FedEx Home Delivery" and "SmartPost" have free Saturday delivery!!! That's totally awesome for me. ;-)
This is one of the main reasons why UPS is doing this :
-A new design for the store front is under development, just to look more "professional".
-We dropped PayPal Merchant solutions and now we are using a proper Gateway system to accept VISA,MasterCard, AMEX and Discover. (We still continue accepting normal PayPal payments). The difference is that I can capture after I prepare a shipment, so I can do last minute order changes without problems.
-We are now moving to a dedicated server cluster because we exceed our shared server by 5gb!! ;-)
-I bought QuickBooks and I don't know how to use it. LOL.
I been really busy on the store and I been unable to continue making posts and other development stuff (sorry!). We are not a garage company anymore. I'm looking to move into a big office with the proper utilities and hire more people to improve our services (maybe get a second pick and place machine). ;-)
If you want to know little details and changes on the store please fallow us on twitter:
Thank you guys for all your support!