By Ross / February 13, 2017
Five key steps for automated shipping
Five key steps for automated shipping

The ever-increasing population now rely on the internet for everything – from ordering food to payment of their electricity bill – and is steadily growing. This demand does put a huge amount of pressure on businesses – big and small. Which is why eCommerce businesses must adapt to cope with demand. With more orders than it is possible to manually deal with, it won’t come as a surprise that a key area to automate order management and stock control.

Once a high-quality solution is in place retailers can consolidate the orders from all their selling venues (Amazon, eBay and Magento) in one place; simply letting the system update stock levels automatically across all platforms.

The days of flushed-faced employees slowly gathering the order information from numerous platforms until after midnight are a thing of the past.  

To make your order process more efficient, you’ll be glad to know that there is a way to automate the allocation of courier services. Whether you use: Royal Mail, DPD, UPS or Yodel to ship your orders, you’ll be able to produce shipping labels directly within the system.

The integration of shipping carriers – at this stage – wouldn’t be enough to pick, pack and print a shipping label efficiently.

If there are a high volume of orders to be sent daily, it is highly advisable for retailers to ensure their current system efficiently assigns postal services to orders, rather than wasting valuable time manually completing orders.

Before assigning a shipping service to your order there are many variables to check. The variables can range from highly complex to very simplistic.

Here are the five most popular variables you need to know for the automation of shipping using a multichannel order management system:

  1. The country that the order is to be delivered to.
  2. The shipping service that the buyer has selected on a selling channel.
  3. The total weight of the order.
  4. The total charge for the order.
  5. The type of packaging need for the order (I.E, letter, large letter, parcel…

Now, below is an explanation of how the system will assign the accurate shipping information to the orders placed:

  1. In the first condition the system will identify if an order is in one of the stated European countries. If so, it will then assign the Royal Mail international service (PS7 in the above example.)
  2. Next, the system will check the order for countries situated within the Rest of the World and will assign the Royal Mail MP1 service.
  3. It will then identify orders within the United Kingdom.
    • If any orders purchased though a selling channel are expedited – this could be Amazon expedited or eBay next day delivery – the system will assign a DPD next day delivery.
    • The next stage of the UK delivery is concerned with the weight. If the system deems that the order is less than 2000 grams with a total cost which falls under £25, the correct courier service will be chosen based on the packaging size of the consignment(Letter STL, RM 48 (LL) or RM 48).
    • If the weight of the order is under 2000 grams but equals £25 or more, then a RM 24 Tracked will be assigned.
    • Finally, any orders which weigh 2000 grams or above will have DPD Next Day allocated.
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