1. GoDaddy Launches New WooCommerce Extensions for Managed WordPress Ecommerce Hosting

GoDaddy Inc., the company that empowers everyday entrepreneurs, announced a plugin bundle expansion for its Managed WordPress Ecommerce customers, featuring free access to a library of over 75 premium WooCommerce extensions. The new extensions come from GoDaddy’s recent acquisition of SkyVerge, a leading WooCommerce product developer.

The new extensions, combined with a vast library of WordPress plugins and themes, give web designers and developers greater flexibility and infinite possibility to create fully featured and customized WooCommerce stores for their clients. The extensions increase the value of GoDaddy’s WooCommerce plugins from $3,000 to nearly $6,000 worth of premium extensions -available for free for GoDaddy’s Managed WordPress Ecommerce customers. New plugins include the ability to accept payments from multiple processors, improvements to product reviews, social login integrations, Google Analytics Pro and Memberships, new digital or printable gift card offerings, and more.

“The additional premium WooCommerce extensions make it so much easier for me to build fully customizable and powerful Ecommerce stores for my clients,” said GoDaddy customer Phaedra Poliquin, co-creator of Letsrethinkthis.com. “This type of functionality would have easily cost hundreds or even thousands annually, allowing me to save money, grow my business, and dedicate my time to helping my clients make the most out of their online stores.”

GoDaddy is also introducing a new seamless experience and site construction flow for Managed WordPress Ecommerce customers to quickly build powerful online stores for their clients. Website designers and developers can now get their clients’ online stores up and running in fewer steps. The plan includes a new built-in support dashboard, daily backups with one-click restore and daily malware scans and repair, including security activity auditing, remote malware scanning, and security notifications with guaranteed clean-up of any malware found on a client’s site.

  1. ShipBob Joins Shopify Plus as Certified App Partner for Order Fulfillment & Ecommerce Shipping

ShipBob, the leading global cloud-based logistics platform for small and medium-sized businesses, today announced it achieved official Shopify Plus Certified App Partner status.

With hundreds of Shopify Plus merchants already shipping millions of orders through ShipBob’s fulfillment network, becoming an official certified partner will deepen the relationship and open up ShipBob’s advanced technology and customization of fulfillment to even more Plus merchants.

“It was kind of like magic — my orders were imported into ShipBob from my Shopify Plus store and started getting fulfilled right away. I didn’t have to do anything. And since then, we’ve grown 115% and experienced 2.5 times more order volume, all fulfilled by ShipBob,” said Noel Churchill, Owner and CEO of Rainbow OPTX. “With ShipBob’s 2-Day Express program, we’ve seen a 24% increase in our average order value for qualifying orders placed on our Shopify Plus store.”

ShipBob’s platform enables ecommerce businesses to thrive in today’s convenience economy by addressing their consumers’ expectations of fast and affordable shipping. With access to best-in-class supply chain and fulfillment capabilities, the ShipBob platform gives Shopify Plus merchants a single view of their inventory, orders and shipments across all sales channels and locations, in addition to advanced analytics that provide insights into shipping performance, inventory allocation and fulfillment costs.

“We appreciate how Shopify Plus supports fast-growing ecommerce brands and we are excited to be part of this exclusive group,” said Dhruv Saxena, CEO and co-founder of ShipBob. “Our mission is to democratize fulfillment for companies of all sizes around the world, which is why we are excited to partner closely with best-in-class platforms like Shopify Plus. Together, we can now open our global fulfillment network to their millions of customers.”

“The Shopify Plus Certified App program is designed to meet the advanced requirements of the world’s fastest growing brands,” said Loren Padelford, GM of Revenue at Shopify Plus. “We’re happy to welcome ShipBob to the program, bringing their insight and experience in fulfillment to the Plus merchant community.”

  1. DHL launches 100% carbon-neutral U.S. domestic product

DHL eCommerce Solutions, a division of the world’s leading logistics company, Deutsche Post DHL (DPDHL) Group, has launched its existing Expedited Max U.S. domestic product as 100 percent carbon-neutral. All Expedited Max (CO2) emissions will be offset and included as a standard product feature. Expedited Max domestic parcel tracking will also include a new carbon-neutral GoGreen program message and logo. The Expedited Max carbon-neutral product is an outcome of our Sustainability Roadmap under the newly launched DPDHL Group Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) goals.

Additionally, all U.S. flats and parcel outbound product customers will have access to a personalized Carbon Emissions Report on the Customer Web Portal. The Carbon Emissions Report will provide customers with visibility of the carbon emissions their shipments are generating on a weekly and monthly basis (gross, offset and net emissions).

“Our U.S. domestic customers can have visibility of their carbon footprint and know they are making a positive impact on the environment when using our Expedited Max product,” said Dmitry Antonov, VP of Product Management for DHL eCommerce Solutions, Americas. “By offsetting our carbon footprint and setting the highest environmental standard, we are contributing to DPDHL Group’s overall environmental targets.”

Prior to the official launch of the Expedited Max carbon-neutral product, DHL eCommerce Solutions U.S. purchased credits to offset an estimated 60,000 metric tons of CO2 generated by Expedited Max shipments in the U.S. in 2020. This carbon offset in 2020 is equivalent to offsetting approximately 150 million miles (based on the average U.S. car emitting 404 grams of CO2 per mile driven).

How does Expedited Max’s carbon offset work?

DHL eCommerce Solutions U.S. calculates carbon emissions from pickup to delivery. The carbon emissions are then offset through DPDHL Group climate protection projects. The projects include renewable energy, waste disposal, wind power, landfill gas to energy, hydropower, among other projects.

All DHL GoGreen program calculations and emissions compensation activities are verified annually by the independent auditing company Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS).