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Uncommon Zaps and Where to Find Them: Using Zapier To Automate and Innovate

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January 11, 2017

 

With the New Year just starting, everyone is looking for new ways to make their business the fine-tuned machine of their dreams. Our advice? Look into ways to streamline your orders and make shipping a breeze. But what little things will make your work life so much better? If you import orders the second they are placed, and with the most accurate data and display that info for your team easily and quickly, they can be even better than the day before. That’s where Zapier helps out with these uncommon but incredibly useful Zaps.

Slacking off: Get Slack notifications for new orders

Slack is one of the most popular apps for collaborating with your team in real-time. Between the ease of use, fantastic mobile design, and ability to create your own emojis, Slack is leading the way.

But what if Slack could work even harder for you? That’s exactly what this Zap does. Instead of waiting for your orders to import, have a notification sent to your desktop or phone once the orders import into ShipStation. This way, you can stay on top of your new orders and get your product in your customer’s hands even faster.

 

Fresh sheets: Automatically import new orders from Google Sheets

Importing your orders via CSV is sometimes a necessary part of your business but doesn’t mean you enjoy it. It takes up extra time you might not have and isn’t as easy or accurate compared to an automatic import.

This is where Google steps up to the plate and knocks it out of the park with Google Sheets. Since Google Sheets is cloud-based, this means it can take advantage of all sorts of Zaps including automatically creating new orders for you. So say goodbye to the old days of importing CSVs and say hello to having more time to focus on your business!

 

Bored of white boards?: Get Geckoboard updates in a snap

For those who are familiar with Geckoboard, you’re going to like this Zap a lot. Even if you’re not familiar with Geckoboard, now is the time to look into this awesome tool. Geckoboard is a live KPI dashboard that allows you to display your most vital performance metrics in a beautiful, simple interface.

Imagine being able to display the average shipping time, order age, on-time shipping % and other important metrics to your whole warehouse team on a giant display. With ShipStation’s integration with Webhooks and Zapier, your data dreams have come true. Since data updates happen so quickly, everyone will know where the areas of success are in your business and areas of your process could use more attention. No matter what, be assured having this knowledge will help you be better than the day before.

 

TL;DR (Too Long; Didn’t Read)

Using these uncommon Zaps is a great way to make you business run even more efficiently and find ways to separate you from your competition. Whether that’s getting Slack notifications when new orders are placed, automatically importing orders from Google Sheets instead of importing from a CSV file, or having more transparency with your warehouse team by displaying KPIs in real time to them. These Zaps and Zapier’s Guide to Ecommerce could be the sparks that ignite 2017 for you and your business.