Parcel insurance can be very important depending on what you are shipping and its value. It can be very costly and confusing too. Since it is not generally discussed, I thought it might be interesting to see what everyone else is doing about it. Feel free to make comments.
UPS covers the first $100 dollars in value. So does FedEx and most of the others. USPS covers only what you pay extra for at the time of shipping. Over these values you have to pay extra to the carrier or an insurance company. There are several companies that cover this at a discounted rate even if you ship with UPS or any other carrer.
UPS, FedEx and USPS carrier information on insurance (or Declared Value) can be found at:
And you can find alternate insurance companies by using Google or Yahoo! and search the key words "parcel insurance".
Read an interesting article in InternetRetailer today (http://www.internetretailer.com/dailyNews.asp?id=22853) and it made me wonder. If your business is affected by year-end holiday sales, when do you start getting ready? This may not be a scientific study but it will help new startups business know when SUN members start getting ready.
Yes, especially since the article indicates the early bird will get the worm this year. That is, if it is correct or just wishful thinking. But, that is a whole other subject.
I think you are right about advertising though. I have found that it must be a building process to be effective. Last minute ads can be risky investments.
After waiting 45 minutes today as my Windows PC started up I began to think about all the hours I have lost over the years waiting for it to check for and install updates. At work, we have always used Windows based systems, but at home I have switched this year to an Apple. When it comes to my Apple, I just start it, use it and shut it down with very little waiting, pauses and interruptions. Every thing just seems to work when it comes to my Apple. This being the case I decided to ask SUN community how many have considered regaining all this lost time and use Apple computers in their businesses.
I would really like to hear your feelings on this subject in addition to your vote…
Don`t know where the `t` came from in Yest?? I guess it has something to do with today`s Window`s update. I should have used my MAC to do the post.
Thanks for the offer Nikole, I may just take you up on it...
ElidS, I like the better security with Apples OS too. I believe Apple`s OS started out and is based on a Unix type OS. Not having virus software in the way is a definite plus. It is like you gain an extra hour each day.
Today UPS released a press release/study that says most US small businesses are missing global opportunities. The story can be found at:
I decided it would be interesting to see if this is true among of the
Please feel free to comment. It would be interesting to know if you haven’t gone global yet, why this is the case. It would also be good to hear about some success stories from those that have gone global. I feel going global is much more complicated than just doing a new marketing campaign. There must be a reason so many have not started doing it yet...
Thanks for the replies!
I really think a lot more people need to voice their opinions on this subject. After all even our government says we should be going global and they even say they will help. I know our government has been spending a lot of our tax money supporting businesses going global. But as this study says, small businesses are not taking on the opportunity. That does not sound like entrepreneurs to me, so something must not be right. Being both a small business owner and a big environmental supporter, I can see the negative side. That’s easy! But where is the silver lining everyone is talking about?
Janie - I am a little dense, explain what you mean? I value your point of view...
Paula - Let me let you in on a little secret, this is not a quest for info so much as I would like to see small businesses state their side of this point. I am tried of hearing our government and big businesses say small businesses are missing the boat when we all feel like the boat is sinking. I really wish more people at SuN would vote on this and state their side of this issue. And thank you for making your view clear…
Thank you for your response and I am sorry that I have not been able to thank you before now.
From the lack of response to this poll I feel that there are many issues keeping SuN members from going globally and they just don’t want to talk about it. A SuN first! Paula response indicates to me there are some very deeply seeded concerns that I am sure are being felt by many. The problem is as entrepreneurs we need to be constantly looking for opportunity as market change. Whether we like it or not our government and big business has opened the global flood gates. I agree, as US entrepreneurs in it for the long term, we need to help bring back our jobs and businesses. This will now mean that we will need to start thinking how to sell our products to the countries where our money, jobs and businesses are now going. I know one can say, “stop buying foreign and buy only US”. That is always sounds a good, but I think it is time for us to all wake up and buy US AND sell globally. That is a much better long term plan. This is our new market place whether we like it or not…
After seeing the huge response to Jamies’ poll on the election, I have to wonder how businesses here at SuN feel the bailout will affect them. Do you think it is important to approve or not? And why? How does this affect your business?
Before you vote on this poll you might want to know the new title of the bailout bill that is going to the House. It has now changed to:
“A bill to provide authority for the Federal Government to purchase and insure certain types of troubled assets for the purposes of providing stability to and preventing disruption in the economy and financial system and protecting taxpayers, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide incentives for energy production and conservation, to extend certain expiring provisions, to provide individual income tax relief, and for other purposes.”
Information on the Senate vote can be seen at :
You can also see what Wall Street thinks at:
OK but doesn’t anyone feel that credit will dry up if this bailout bill is not passed like people on Wall Street and in Washington are telling us? Or do SuN members not rely on credit cards or short term bank loans to survive?
Remember this is what we are being told will disappear if it is not passed.
The bill has passed and I guess we were all wrong and just did not understand.
I would recommend you look at how your state`s official voted so you know how to vote in the up coming election. It is our turn now.
Thank you all for voting on this poll.
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