Join Patrick Rauland for an in-depth discussion in this video Print shipping labels, part of Shopify Essential Training.
- [Instructor] If you have live rate set up and you're either in Canada or the U.S., you should have the option to print labels directly from the admin. This saves you a ton of time, as you can just drop off your packages at the shipping provider instead of having to wait in line, weigh the packages, and then pay. Before we go how to print the labels using Shopify, I want to cover the hardware. When you print a shipping label, it's much smaller than a regular piece of paper, so you can use a special label printer, or you can use a standard printer and then cut off the extra paper and tape it down.
For store owners who ship products every day, I recommend a printer designed for shipping labels. And Shopify recommends two models. The first is DYMO and this one is preferred for Mac computers. Right now, it's a little over $200 to purchase and you'll also have to buy some label printer paper. The nice thing about these printers is they print very fast, you aren't wasting paper, and the labels are stickers, so you can peel them off, and slap it on your package. It saves you a few minutes a package. The same goes for the Rollo.
It's very similar to the DYMO. You can read through the specs and see which one is right for you. Both of them have a return policy and a limited warranty. So, if you're shipping every day, either of these will do great. The time savings are worth the cost of the printer. If you're not yet selling daily, I recommend using your home printer to start. You'll have to cut off the excess paper and tape it on, but it saves you that $250 until you know your business is going to take off and then that $250 is an investment. Now let's see how we can actually print a label in Shopify.
In our Shopify admin, we can go to Settings, and then Shipping. And if we scroll down, we can see there are a few settings about the shipping labels. We can choose which type of paper we have, regular printer paper which is 8 1/2 x 11 or shipping label printer. For us, right now, let's just stick with the standard printer size. You can print out a test label right here or, I actually submitted a few test orders, so let's explore what it looks like to actually print them from the admin. I'll go to Orders and now I see two of my orders right here.
I'll click on one of them. You'll see that it says Unfulfilled. That means that it's not yet shipped. We do see the shipping address, other contact information, and a few other things. We'll cover the order screen in more detail later, but, for right now, I want to show you how to fulfill the order. Let's click on Start Fulfilling. We'll select Create Shipping Label. Although if we already dropped this off at the store, we could just say Mark as Fulfilled. We'll select the right box. Kite box is great. The total weight. This will automatically be created from the package, as well as the product, but if something is different, if you added a lot of packaging in there, you can modify this.
And now we can select any of the services available to us. I'll just select Priority Mail. So, we see the Priority Mail, some add-ons, the discount that's included in our plan, and then we can click Buy Shipping Label. If you don't see Buy Shipping Label or if you don't see anything over here, what's likely happening is you haven't entered billing information for your account. You need to have billing information set up. Otherwise, you won't be able to buy a shipping label. Once you're all set, you can click Buy Shipping Label.
Doing this will automatically add your tracking number to the order, mark it as fulfilled, and send the customer an email. Shopify makes it pretty easy to run a store when they're automating all of those tasks. You just need to drop the package off at the shipping provider. Or, as I mentioned earlier in this chapter, you can also go to your carrier's website and schedule a pickup.
- Using Shopify as an online store
- Setting up an account
- Listing products for sale
- Best practices for adding images
- Configuring shipping settings
- Defining shipping zones and rates
- Integrating with other services
- Setting up payment settings
- Adding Apple Pay and PayPal
- Customizing the site
Skill Level Beginner
1. Getting to Know Shopify
2. Getting Started
3. Setting Up Products
5. Set Up Shipping
6. Set Up Payment
7. Collect Taxes
8. Customize Your Shopify Theme
9. Add Shopify Pages and Blog Posts
10. Manage Orders
11. Manage Your Site
12. Adding Apps
13. Sales Channels
14. Launch Your Store
15. Sell in Store
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