I recently helped a client research shipping, I never realized the complexity of this task until I did it first hand. My suggestion is to look for a shipping consultant and pay for an few hours of their guidance. I think it will save you a tremendous amount of time, energy and money in the long haul. Get it, "long haul"
How would I go about shipping things? I'm starting up an online store and I need to know where I'd get packaging and the most affordable way to ship my inventory. Please help.