Quite often we get asked by shippers and senders how are we different to the StarShipIT software (also known as ShipIT)? Are you a copy of StarShipIT? Let’s answer these questions.
Our software is similar to StarShipIT software, but that’s where the similarity ends, and no, we are not a copy of ShipIT, Parcelport (back then was called Pay Port) was founded in 2012 about the same time ShipIT was founded, in fact, when we first got the idea to build a courier and freight aggregator we didn’t even know ShipIT existed, not until about three years later when they surfaced.
ShipIT is a SAAS (Software As A Service), it charge its users a monthly fee to use the software, whereas Parcelport is not a SAAS software but a courier platform, the Parcelport software is free to use, the user only pay for the courier charges, there is no minimum monthly spending requirement on our platform, and no monthly fee. That is the different.
ShipIT makes money on charging a monthly fee to access their software, on top of that the users still need to pay the courier companies directly for the courier charges. Whereas Parcelport makes a cut on the courier charges and do not charge a fee to use its software. You may ask, wouldn’t I end up paying more for the courier charges with Parcelport than if I would be paying the courier companies directly? The answer to that question is no, here is why, Parcelport have thousands of customers, collectively it has a lot of parcel volume, it gets a volume discount/wholesale price from the courier companies and is passing some of that saving to you, so that is why Parcelport can offer you the access to its courier dispatching and fulfilment management software for free. When you go directly to the courier companies, because you don’t have the volume that Parcelport has, you will not get a better price.
On top of that, with ShipIT, you will need to open separate courier accounts with each courier company that you want to use, negotiate your own rates, and at the end of the month there will be multiple invoices to check and pay. Whereas the Parcelport platform allows you access to multiple couriers with only one invoice from Parcelport covering all courier companies charges at the end of the month.