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  1. Branded Returns Portal Error - Customers cannot return within return window

    When customers attempt to make a return well within their return window, the branded returns portal will sometimes take them to a page that says "Please contact us about your order."

    Initially I was under the impression this only happened to international orders, but it happens to domestic orders as well and it makes customers think that we are trying to delay their return.

    Please consider making this a high priority issue.

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    Hi @David CT, thanks for bringing this up! There could be a few things that are stopping your customers from making a return so for a more detailed reason why your specific order has been stopped I recommend reaching out to our folks here by going to help.shipstation.com and submitting a request.

    Here’s an article that might help you figure this out as well. The limitations are listed under “A few things to note” towards the bottom of the page: https://help.shipstation.com/hc/en-us/articles/115003523487

  2. Patreon

    I deliver products every month using the website "Patreon". It's a monthly subscription, that my followers pay to me to support my business. In return, I send them prints both monthly and every 6 months. Having shipstation connected to it, would be absolutel amazing!

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    Thanks for bringing this up this great idea! We’ll keep this in mind but would like to see more interest from other users before we pursue a partnership. If you know any other users that are interested please send them here!

    As developing a seamless integration typically requires cooperation from both parties, we recommend reaching out to Patreon and expressing your interest in an integration to help expedite this process.

    (Also, congratulations on your artistic success!)

  3. Setting IF statements in Emails

    Hi,

    I would like to have the ability to have IF statements within an email template.
    For example;
    If tracking field is NOT blank then write 'your tracking number is [Tracking Number]'.
    If it is blank then say your package has shipped.

    This has many possibilities.
    If status equals Hold do this. If package equals processed do that.

    That would be a very cool feature.

    Thanks.

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    Hi @aronl thanks for bringing this up! While we wait for others to chime in, I’d like to see if there’s something we can do today to help. Have you considered making multiple templates?

    For example, you can have one packing slip template with the message “Your order has shipped” and another packing slip template with the message “Your tracking number is…”. Then you can apply this template to multiple orders at once with bulk actions or apply it individually from the order details window.

  4. Shopify SMS FB Messenger Support

    With Shopify rolling out order updates via SMS and FB Messenger, any plans to support these features?

    We're currently using ShipStation's Order Shipped email simply because the tracking page it provides is better than Shopify's. In turn, customers who subscribed to be notified via SMS and FB Messenger do not get any messages when their order ships out because ShipStation is basically disabling the trigger on Shopify's side when it fulfills the order and update Shopify. This is what we found out after talking to both ShipStation and Shopify support.

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    Hi @EmazingDot, thanks for taking the time to bring this up! This isn’t currently on our immediate radar, but we’d like to hear from other folks to help get the ball rolling.

    If anyone is interested, please vote and add your thoughts here in the forum!

  5. Drop-down menu for customized customer notification emails

    Hi there,

    We ship orders to our customers, but also allow local customers to select "In-Store Pickup" if they don't want to have their order shipped. Shipstation only allows one email notification template to be sent to all of our customers, which creates confusion when someone who has selected "In-Store Pickup" receives a notification saying that their order has been shipped.
    Is it possible to create a drop-down menu that allows businesses to select which notification email they'd like to send to their customers in this case?

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    Hi @Heather! Thank you for bringing this up. To send your customer a different email template, you can select a different email template from the order details window. For a visual, please refer to method #3 in this article: https://help.shipstation.com/hc/en-us/articles/205901188

    For your pick up orders, I recommend making a new email template with the appropriate ready for pick up (or confirmation of pick up) message so you can manually change this on your pick up orders.

    If you know beforehand which orders will need to be picked up, you can use automation rules to apply this new email template as well.

    Please let us know here in the Product Feedback forum if you have more questions on this.

  6. Link to Big Commerce Order

    BigCommerce's native "Shipped" email includes a link to the customer's order online. Can ShipStation's "Shipped" email notification include this link as well? Then we don't have to use BC's emails at all and send a single email instead of 2.

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    Hi @Mary! Thanks for bringing this up. While we wait for more users to chime in here, can you tell us more about these two emails your users are receiving? What type of information is included in each email?

  7. International Date Format for shipment notification Emails

    Currently the date dormat for shipment notification Emails is only available in US format (mm/dd/yyyy).

    We would require international date formats, e.g. we are in Australia and would require the option to report dates as dd/mm/yyyy, Europe might need dd.mm.yyyyy

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    Hi thanks for sharing 2SL_Webstore! We’re re-opening this idea to hear more from users like yourself.

    It turns out we misunderstood the original idea. The email date format is currently set to show mm/dd/yyyy and can’t be changed at the moment and the date format in settings only effects the ShipStation interface.

  8. Manually add a new customer without having to import CSV file.

    It would be very handy to be able to manually add a new customer without having to import a CSV file. That way the customer's information can easily be accessed and looked up when they are placing an order in the future. In addition, this would allow return shipping labels to created for items that need to come to us before being shipped back to the customer. For example, in a situation where they are sending an item to us for repair/customization/modification/etc.

    25 votes
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    Hi guys! Thanks for your continued support of this idea. While there is not a way to manually create a new customer record, you can create a manual order and as long as it has a unique email address, this will create a new product record for this customer. This manual order can then be cancelled, merged, or even have its manual store deactivated, and regardless of these order-level actions, the customer record will still remain!

  9. Improve timing of delivery notification emails

    Right now when an order hits someone's doorstep, they can get a delivery notification email. Only problem is this email often doesn't get sent by ShipStation until hours later. We ship chocolate, so it's important the customer knows it's been delivered so they can keep it from melting. I was excited when I saw the delivery notification email, but then found out it's almost always delayed by a number of hours.

    It seems like it would be a simple fix for the development team to allow these delivery emails to be triggered immediately or even within a 15-30 minute delay.…

    28 votes
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    Hi everyone,

    Thanks for adding your idea to the product feedback forum! The delivery confirmation email is ideal for customer feedback/reviews or social media follows, but I understand the need for immediate updates (especially in the case of chocolate!) so this idea will remain open for discussion.

    Here’s a bit more on the ideal use of the delivery confirmation emails in one of our blogs: https://www.shipstation.com/blog/inking-new-ideas/shipstation-101-branding-part-iv-delivery-emails/

    If you find your delivery emails aren’t being sent at all or days later, I recommend reaching out to our support team via chat or a support request to try to identify future issues.

  10. option for multiple outgoing email accounts

    Hi there

    I understand in shipstion you can send outgoing emails to customers with automation rules, for my company it would be very beneficial if I can choose which account the email is getting sent from. In this case it would be easy once customers hit reply, it will go to the designated department.

    For example:
    - I send customers emails notifying them if there item is on back order - this would be great if I can send the email directly from my shipping team
    - I send customers emails about how to exchange/return a product, and if the…

    7 votes
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    Hey @ps2idhu, thanks for posting this! We’ll keep this one in mind when updating our email capabilities. For now, we’d like to see what other users have to say about this before moving forward.

    In the meantime, have you looked into using your email client’s functionality for this? From experience, Outlook and Gmail both have rules or filters that will allow you to take specific actions based on criteria.

    Here’s a link to how Gmail would handle this just to show you the concept: https://support.google.com/mail/answer/35088?hl=en&ref_topic=3394658

  11. Email when order placed on hold

    I would like to have an email sent to the customer when placing an order on hold, and assign that action a template that includes the Hold Until variable so they know we are holding til the date they requested.

    5 votes
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    Hi @Eric, thanks for posting this! We’ll keep this in mind when improving our email templates and the On Hold function. For now, we’d like to see what other shippers think about this.

    Please be sure to add your examples if you’re interested!

  12. Rules to prevent shipment confirm email to certain customers (e.g. eBay GSP)

    Certain customers shouldn't receive confirmation e-mails regarding their shipment, such as those that place orders through eBay's Global Shipping Program. eBay recommends that these customers do not receive communication from sellers regarding the shipping address and tracking number since it creates confusion when the customer sees a shipping address in Erlanger, KY.

    Allow for e-mail exclusion rules in the store setup. This will allow us to exclude certain groups of customers, such as eBay GSP, from the regular e-mails that are sent.

    If this is too involved, at a minimum, allow for an option in the eBay store setup to…

    5 votes
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    My apologies on being unfamiliar with GSP orders @guntap! I’ve come up with a better solution if you haven’t figured it out already. The rules are similar though, instead of saying “don’t send an email to GSP orders” it will say “only send an email to non-GSP orders”.

    If you’ve followed the steps in this article to apply an order tag to your GSP orders (https://help.shipstation.com/hc/en-us/articles/206639637) then you can create a rule that says: “Order tags do not include (your GSP tag name), use email template for…” Be sure to add this rule after/below the rule that tags your GSP orders.

    You can also become more specific in case you have other stores that do not need to be affected: If store = ebay and if order tags do not include (your GSP tag)… use email template for …"

    Although this isn’t an optimal solution, this will…

  13. Option for Schema.org email markup (Gmail)

    https://developers.google.com/gmail/markup/reference/parcel-delivery
    Allow insertion of JSON-LD schema.org markup into emails. Or at least make the necessary fields available so we can do it on our own. For example, the markup requires that the address components (street address, city, zip) are separate. Also, it would be nice to to be able to include product urls and the like.

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  14. Ability to delay shipment notification email regardless of marketplace notifications.

    I want to delay shipment notification to my customers until their package hits the USPS mail stream. The documentation at https://help.shipstation.com/hc/en-us/articles/206638577#auto
    says that if I use a supported carrier, "you'll be able to set up Delayed Shipment Notifications based on when the shipment first hits the mailstream". Customer support, however, says that this doesn't work unless marketplace notification is also happening. I don't see why one has anything to do with the other - my carrier is USPS/stamps.com and SS is talking to it. My marketplace is Paypal and I don't really care if it's updated or not.

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    Thanks for posting your idea here, @Julia! At this time delayed notification is tied to both marketplace and customer updates. Is there something you’re looking for with a delayed shipment email confirmation?

    From ShipStation users to my own ecommerce experiences, I’ve seen email confirmations edited to: “Your shipping label has been created, please wait X hours before checking your tracking number” and this alleviates your customers reaching out to you.

  15. tags

    I need to tag orders that come in from Magento with the color of enveloppe I used to ship them out. I would like that tag to follow the customer so that the next time Magento sends me an order from the same person, I can use a different color enveloppe (and tag that new color). Basically I would like a way to monitor which color I've shipped to each customer and keep it updated with every new order.
    Thank you!

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    Thank you for taking the time to post this idea @Mohamed! We have tags that you can add to a customer record that will apply to the next order that comes in, there isn’t quite a way to have it the other way around (apply a customer tag to an order and have the customer record retain that tag) or is a two-way street.

    We’ll keep your feedback in mind when we update our Customers page, but for now we’d like to see other users chime in (like @Kevin! Thank you!) and add their support for your idea before moving forward.

    Here’s something you can try today, if feasible for your operation: You may be able to use the Customer History info when you hover over the recipient name. So if you see they have ordered in the past (and have a customer record), you can perform a Quick Search…

  16. import customer messages to Shipstation

    ShipStation is great place to manage many marketplaces all at once. However we sellers still need to login into every marketplace and check customers' messages, in case they need to change address or so on. I personally own 16 shops all connected to ShipStation, and it's really time consuming to check every single of them. I do not know if API allows, or if its possible at all. But having Messages window like ORDERS OR SHIPMENTS on top, with all customer messages from different marketplaces like Amazon, ebay, Etsy, Wish would make it for seller extremely easy. Would it be…

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    @tmpgarment – Thanks for bringing this up! Like you said it may not be possible at all and it depends if each Selling Channel sends us this information. We’ll keep this in mind for future updates, but for now we’d like to see more support in this idea before moving forward.

    So if you’re interested in this idea, please add your votes and comments to help!

  17. Email Authentication based on Client Domain

    We want the FROM address set to our domain so that 'via Shipstation.com' does not appear on gmail. We also want to include your spf/senderId records in our spf/senderId records, have the email signed with our DKIM key and have the links use our subdomain instead of email.shipstation.com.

    Here's how this works on a few of the major ESPs:

    http://login.mg2mail.com/help/Content/Listrak_Manual/Branding%20Settings.htm

    https://mandrill.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/205582387-How-to-Set-up-Sending-Domains

    https://sendgrid.com/docs/Glossary/email_authentication.html

    This will significantly improve deliverability and professional appearance.

    Best Regards,

    James Fredley
    VP of Marketing Technology
    FilterEasy

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    Hey, @all

    Thanks for your continued support on this idea, we don’t have any updates to report on the status of how we authenticate email addresses based on client domains, but any updates will be posted through this thread.

    But, please continue providing your experiences with how the lack of this feature impacts your workflow.

  18. After voiding shipment, new shipment with updated tracking info should be transmitted to marketplace automatically

    In situations where an address needs to be changed or additional boxes added to a shipment after the label has been created, the original shipment can be voided, adjusted and re-shipped with updated information. This new, updated tracking information should be transmitted to the marketplace just as the original information was, alleviating the need to do this manually. This would greatly increase the efficiency of our processes.

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    Hey, @Brandon thank you for taking the time to bring this up! And thanks @vetinternetco for the comment!

    Today, we will resubmit the information to your Selling Channel, but not all channels accept the updated information we send.

    Can you tell us what selling channels you’re manually adding information for?

  19. Automate email by return package marked received

    As part of our business we have customers return us packages all the time and we would like to automate an email to be sent to them once we mark their package as received in ShipStation.

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    Thank you for taking the time to bring this up @KateME! I found a couple of other ideas that expressed the same business challenge and merged them here so the votes can be heard all in one place.

    At this time, we would like to see additional interest in this idea and hear what other users have to say before moving forward.

    To send emails when you are marking your returns as received, you’ll have to send them one-by-one by opening each order detail window and click on the email address to open your computer’s default email program.

    If you’d like to see email addresses in bulk, you can create custom exports from either the Orders or Shipments page to export the email addresses of your selected orders. Here’s more info on custom exports: https://help.shipstation.com/hc/en-us/articles/206638777

  20. blind Copy on return labels

    It would be great to include a BCC option on return label emails sent to customers. This way we can keep records of all communication sent from ShipStation.

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    Hey, @Shannon, thank you for taking the time to bring this up! We’ll keep your feedback in mind when updating the return label functionality, and for now, we’d like to see other users add their support to your idea before moving forward.

    In the meantime, there are two things you may be interested if this information is important to you today.

    1. Add your company email address when emailing the return label to a customer. Your customer will be able to see all of the emails this is sent to—perhaps making it easier to identify your business.
    You’ll want to separate the email addresses with a comma like this: “john.customer@email.com, mycompanyname@company.com

    2. On the Returns section of the Shipments page, you can export your returns data. In the file, the header “ForwardTo” (column AZ) will list the email addresses you’ve sent return labels to.

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