When you are starting out with your first store, you want to keep everything well organized, which saves a lot of run-around time for you, but you don’t wish to compromise on the features or spend too much on the maintenance. We understand that while you have decided to start your own online business, there are a lot of things that you are just testing out.
Shopify is one such platform that understands the apprehensions of starting a new online store and very passionately addresses each one of them. The best part about Shopify is it’s reasonably honest pricing models. It does not claim to be free, but it makes sure for the price you are paying, your job is done.
In the online selling process, there are some pain points which need continuous monitoring and quality check. In today’s world, shipping is synonymous to shipping labels, because you can’t possibly write the sender and receiver details on the package with your own hands!
Few Points to Remember:
● Shopify Shipping is currently available for stores based in the USA with service providers like USPS, DHL Express, and UPS, for Canada it is available for Canada Post.
● For USPS and Canada Post, the labels printed from Shopify are usually less expensive than at the post office.
● The cost for buying shipping labels are based on the rates given by USPS and Canada Post in the respective countries. We can check the available rates for the respective mail classes in our Order Fulfilment page.
Steps to Customize your Shopify Shipping Label:
1. From Orders page, we select the unfulfilled orders and click on ‘Create shipping label’.
2. In the Item section that follows, we can select the specific items we wish to ship. Shopify allows partial shipping in case you are not ready to ship the entire order.
3. The customer’s shipping address appears on the top right of the Fulfilment page and from the admin account, we can also edit it if necessary. Editing of the shipping address is not suggested; however, in a very rare case, it might be done.
4. In the ‘Package and Weight’ section, packages can be selected from a predefined list or can be added as required depending on the type of shipping.
5. We can add a new package by clicking on, ‘Add package’. Sometimes there are restrictions depending on the size of the packages that can be used to ship the products. This usually depends on the delivery service being used.
6. Next, we can select the ‘Weight’ of the package and the unit of measurement (kg/gm and others)
7. The weight of the package plays an important role to determine the cost involved.
8. The most important part is selecting the ‘Shipping Service’. Here we can either select the service partner originally selected by the customer when placing an order or we can select a different one, depending on the delivery urgency and availability.
9. We can also select the Label format, which is ideally the size of the label. All package sizes may not be the same so keeping a standard label size is not a good idea.
10. Finally, we can print the label and attach it to the package.
Shipping labels are a recent addition to the wide array of services Shopify has to offer and we can surely say that it has made the task of maintaining your orders and shipments much easier. Shipping label creation and printing, even a few years ago inevitably called for a third-party provider, needless to say, the problems of special printers, inks to get the labels printed.
Shopify cleverly and effectively targets this segment and helps the owner to effectively save both money and time.
Now, you can easily integrate your Shopify Ecommerce store with ERP, CRM and POS Systems to automate the business process!