It’s the first week of October. It is, officially, the 4th and final quarter of 2012. Thanksgiving is now just 52 days away, including today. Which means that you have 52 days until Black Friday, and then another 23 until Christmas Day. But…
You’ll be fine. Just follow these tips and you should be a bit more comfortable about the upcoming months. Remember, all this traffic is a great thing for you and your business. :)
As much as you can do ahead of time, do it. Automation can help you tackle this season, as well as a couple of extra hands on deck. Stock up on shipping labels, boxes, tape, and packing materials so that you’re ready to fulfill and ship orders almost as quickly as they come in.
Do you have some pearls of wisdom that you’ve gained through previous seasons? Let me know in the comments!
Entering manual orders can be very time consuming and tedious. ShipStation now has a solution that will allow sellers to quickly import existing orders into our application. By using our new CSV Import feature, sellers can upload orders for marketplaces not currently supported by ShipStation. This feature is currently in Beta testing and is available to ShipStation users on the Silver or higher plans.
To begin importing your orders with our CSV Import feature in ShipStation, follow these simple instructions:
Step 1) Head to the “Orders” page and locate the “Import” button.
Step 2) Select a file to import from your local hard drive.
Step 3) If this is your first upload, select to create new field mappings. Remember to choose if your file is Comma Separated or Tab Delimited. Be sure to also specify if the first line of your file contains column names.
Step 4) You can now create your field mappings and save these settings for future imports.
Step 5) Click next to finalize your upload and view your orders.
We have just launched a beta test of our CSV Order Import feature, if you would like to be include you may let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
or from within ShipStation by hovering over Support and select “Submit a Support Ticket.
As with any beta testing, we hope you’ll forgive the occasional hiccup. If you encounter any issues, please contact us through the same channels and and one our technical support team members will respond.
For the last several months we’ve been working very hard on adding new features to ShipStation. Today, we’re happy to announce that ShipStation is now a FedEx® Compatible Solution!
With this addition, ShipStation now supports the 3 major US shipping carriers! Here are some highlights of our new FedEx module:
|Support for FedEx Express, Ground, Home Delivery, and SmartPost|
|Retrieve real-time rate information|
|Create labels one at a time or in batch, up to 500 at a time!|
|Validate addresses for shipping accuracy|
|Email tracking information to your buyers|
|Communicate tracking information to your eCommerce platforms|
|Compatible with your Mac or PC|
If you are looking for a user-friendly solution that will efficiently manage your FedEx shipping process, give ShipStation a try today!
We’re excited to announce that ShipStation now supports Google Cloud Print! This technology allows you to print your shipping labels, packing slips, and reports to any compatible printer in the world! As an eCommerce store owner, we know you are always on the go. Now with ShipStation and Google Cloud Print, you can print shipping labels wherever you are!
This feature is now available on all ShipStation plans. The only requirement is that you have Google Chrome installed on the computer that is connected to your printer. You may continue to use ShipStation with any browser once Google Cloud Print has been set up.
Once Chrome is installed, follow these simple steps to get started with Google Cloud Print:
Step 1) Using Google Chrome on the computer that is attached to the printer, log in to ShipStation.
Step 2) Go to Settings > General Settings
Step 3) On the left, click the “Google Cloud Print” item
Step 4) Click the Get Started button and follow Google’s instructions for connecting your printers.
Another great feature is that you can print directly to “Google Docs”, so you can send labels or packing slips to your free Google “cloud storage” for archive purposes.
Free yourself from your desktop shipping program by using ShipStation and Google Cloud Print!
Look for more announcements and buzz in the coming months as we roll out new features and functionality to enhance ShipStation. In the meantime, check out the pricing section of our website to get started with your 30 day free trial today!
Here’s another great reason to process your UPS shipments with ShipStation – UPS Paperless Invoices. Once this feature is enabled on your UPS account, ShipStation will communicate your customs information electronically – eliminating the need for paper commercial invoices!
To enroll in the Paperless Invoice program, follow this link:
If you aren’t using ShipStation to process your UPS shipments, get started today!
We are continuing to enhance the features of the “Products” area of ShipStation and this week we released a feature that can be extremely handy in the process of automating your shipping selections. We now allow products to automatically “Tag” orders that contain them. This can have several advantages from simply informational to surprisingly functional. Here’s a quick example of how you can use product tags to save money using cubic rates.
Cubic pricing can provide some fantastic cost savings on certain packages, but not all. In this example, we’ll tag some specific products that we know fit the cubic pricing “sweet spot”. We’ll then create a filter and automation rule that will automatically assign a cubic package and service for the orders.
Step 1) In the products area, we can open a product to modify the settings. We’d typically use a Regional Rate box to ship this product, which is a decent rate, but if it’s shipping to Zone 5 or higher, we can do even better with cubic rates! We start by creating a new order tag called “Cubic Option” and apply the tag to this product.
Since product tags are automatically assigned to orders that contain them, any new order that is imported will also have the “Cubic Option” tag assigned to it.
Step 2) In settings, we create a new filter that will isolate orders that contain the “Cubic Option” tag. We also want to make sure it’s a domestic shipment. Finally, we want only orders that are going to Zone 5 or higher.
Now we can isolate any order that is appropriate for cubic rates.
Step 3) Lastly, let’s create an automation rule that will setup cubic shipping settings for any order that matches the filter we created in step 2.
After we save the rule, we should start seeing orders for this product automatically configured to ship with cubic rates!
We recently released new features to allow our sellers to have improved visibility to shipping rates for individual orders. Unofficially dubbed “Quick Rates”, this feature will allow you to very quickly price one or more shipments based on the currently selected carrier, service and package. This feature consists of a few new user interface elements that reside in the order management screen of ShipStation.Read More