Select Cheapest Service
i would like shipstation to be able to choose the cheapest shipping method for each order that comes in. currently, i use UPS & USPS and i have to manually select between the 2 services to see which one is cheaper. this process is very time consuming and needs to be done on an order by order basis. i would like shipstation to automatically upload the cheapest shipping method so i can print all the labels at once.
We are currently working on a feature that displays the best way to ship (either based on best price or fasted delivery time). The goal is to show the best way to ship across all of your connected carriers.
The next phase of this feature will include automation options. We’ll update this post when the development work has begun.
Carson Stone commented
I have been doing seller fulfilled prime shipping for almost a year now. I have been using seller central to print off the packing list and buying shipping through there also. The one downfall is having to pair up the shipping label with each packing list.
I have tried using shipstation for these shipments and using a 8.5" x 11" - 2 Label sheet to streamline the process. It makes a HUGE difference. However, what I do not like is having the beautiful feature that seller central does in that it will auto select the BEST shipping method to meet the deliver by date while also using the cheapest option. If ShipStation can include this feature, it would 100% make me fully switch to SS for this method.
I ship on average 300-500 parcels per day, and cannot risk not delivering on time.
Would be nice for those of us that ship primarily with the least expensive shipping method, to be presented with the lowest rate for quicker label creation. We use Fedex, UPS and USPS and using the Calculator window is basically like playing the slot machine. Carriers and prices show up and dance around in random order while calculating and it ends up landing on any old carrier, regardless of the price or days to ship. If there was a way to display the lowest price on top, that would save a ton of time. And, it would be more productive to just display this information in the main ship screen instead of always popping up new windows. Not overly intuitive.
Danny Coorsh Bodewell commented
in addition to seeing the rates from all carriers together, there should be an automation/scan action/hotkey/preset to "select the lowest eligible rate"
Is there a way to integrate from our website, the lowest shipping option presented on our Shipstation platform? for example, if someone buys our product on our website, is it possible to have shipstation immediately input the lowest shipping option it has available between multiple carriers? (fedex, usps, ups, etc)
I would like to see this feature as well
I would like to see this feature as well
E-BUYZ LLC commented
I have created multiple automation rules to help minimize this task and it definitely helps, But having the option to set a criteria and let the software auto choose the cheapest option for that criteria would be amazing.
This would be a very helpful feature!
Kelly Parisi ToiletTree Products commented
There should be a way that Shipstation is able to pick the cheapest rate from you carriers. I ship using UPS, Fedex and USPS. When shipping out orders, we use the most cost effective option. When we have so many products with different weights and we are shipping all over the country, we cannot default one over the other since rates are always changing based on ship to location and the product. It would be nice if shipstation would automatically default to the cheapest option.
Woodpeckers Woodpeckers llc commented
This would be a huge help!
would save us a lot of time!!
Rob Little CAIRN OUTDOORS LLC commented
This has been up here for 2 years and has ~80 votes...what's the plan to implement it!?
If SS factored in the standard USPS / UPS / Fedex zones and transit times by zip code and allowed these to be used as criteria in the automation rules, it would save my team 100's of hours.
IE - if USPS PM is 3 day transit time, choose FC instead || if USPS PM is 2 day transit time, choose PM
if UPS zone 4-6 choose 3-day, if zones 1-3 choose ground
The only other option is to create a huge number of rules based on 5K different zips codes AND carrier AND service options, which i don't think SS can even support and is not realistic.
This would allow me to automate carrier/service selection and review carrier OTD so I can 1) proactively reach out to the customer to address the delay, 2) easily compile and submit guaranteed service claims to the carrier, and 3) review OTD metrics by carrier for QBRs and decision making.
Ryan Schut Group Vertical commented
Highly recommended. We are not going to use shipstation for much longer to print SFP labels if they don't get this working. Amazon does it automatically if you go buy shipping there, so not sure why Shipstation can't automatically grab the cheapest method also?
Is there any plan to add this?
there's no automation without this feature and shipstation must have it
This would be great. Right now I have to do each order individually!
Antuan Avshalumov Shocked Electronics commented
i second this idea
Haden Blau Blauparts LLC commented
I would "all package type and service combinations" onto this idea to. That way if the user is required to chose shipping service and package type they could do it all in one single step.
John Owen Maclaren Services commented
when the user presses the CALC button to get rates for all carriers, it would be great to be able to see all the rates, for all carriers on one screen - sorted lowest to highest. thus eliminating the need to look at each carrier and make a decision