Shipping Package Types


Overview

Shipping Package Types refer to the different packaging options such as envelopes or boxes, that help you protect, ship, and track your products. With package types in Sellercloud, you can ensure the use of appropriate packaging during order fulfillment and easily calculate shipping costs. Our templates let you define key shipping characteristics, including weight, dimensions, and handling fees, which you can later apply to your Product Shipping Preferences.


Create Package Types

Sellercloud allows you to create new package types manually or in bulk.

Manually

To create a new package type manually, follow the steps below.

  1. Go to Settings > Shipping > Shipping Package Types.
  2. Click the + icon in the Shipping Package Types panel to add a new package type.
  3. Enter the following package details:
    1. Name – the name of the new package type, eg. Small Envelope;
    2. Description – an optional description for additional visibility;
    3. Width (Inches) – the width of the package in inches;
    4. Height (Inches) – the height of the package in inches;
    5. Depth (Inches) – the depth of the package in inches;
    6. Weight (lbs) – the weight of the package in inches;
    7. Barcode – the package type barcode number;
    8. Box Fee – the fee for the package;
    9. Base Fee – the base fee for the package;
    10. Additional Fee – any additional fees for the package.
  4. Click Save.

In Bulk

To create several new package types simultaneously, see the steps below:

  1. Go to Settings > Shipping > Shipping Package Types.
  2. Click Import Shipping Package Type.
  3. Choose a format and download the template.
  4. Fill in the template columns:
    1. ID – leave this blank for an ID to be automatically generated upon creation. Only add existing package type IDs to update the values;
    2. Name – the name of the new package type (max 50 characters);
    3. Description – the package’s description (max 254 characters);
    4. Width – the width of the package in inches;
    5. Height – the height of the package in inches;
    6. Depth – the depth of the package in inches;
    7. Weight – the weight of the package in lbs;
    8. Barcode – the barcode for the package;
    9. BoxFee – the fee for the package;
    10. BaseFee – the base fee for the package;
    11. AdditionalFee – additional fees for the package.
  5. Click the Choose File button and upload the template.

Edit and Delete Package Types

You can execute additional actions on the Shipping Packages Type.

Edit

To Edit an already existing package type:

  1. Navigate to Settings > Shipping > Shipping Package Types.
  2. Click the Pencil icon to edit.
  3. Once you make the necessary changes, click Save.

Delete

To Delete a package type:

  1. Navigate to Settings > Shipping > Shipping Package Types.
  2. Click the Thrash Bin icon.
  3. Click Confirm in the additional window in order to delete the package type.

Set a Default Package for Products

You can define a default package type for products individually or in bulk.

Individually

To set a default package for a single product, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the Catalog > Manage Catalog > select a product > Toolbox > Shipping Preferences.
  2. Click the Edit button.
  3. Select Shipping Package Type from the drop-down of the Packaging panel.
  4. Click Save.

In Bulk

To set a default package type for multiple products in bulk, you can use the Bulk Update Products tool:

  1. Navigate to Catalog > Tools > Import Product Info.
  2. From the Import Data panel, choose Bulk Product Update.
  3. Click Generate template > Create New Template > Next.
  4. Select file format Excel, CSV, or Tab Delimited.
  5. Search for the following columns:
    1. ShippingPackageTypeID;
    2. MaxQtyPerShippingPackageEnabled;
    3. MaxQtyPerShippingPackage.
  6. Populate the information in the columns, then go back to Sellercloud.
  7. Choose the file > Click Upload.

Package Types in ShipBridge

Sellercloud gives you the option to utilize existing package types for your order fulfillment in Shipbridge. With the package type automation, you can quickly assign shipping properties to both single and multi-item orders.

Use CWA package type dimensions where available must be enabled in Shipbridge for this workflow. To locate the setting, go to Menu > Options > Shipping.

Auto-Populate Package Types in Shipbridge

Once you have created a package type in Sellercloud and assigned it to a product in your catalog, we will automatically populate the package type along with the related Weight and Dimensions in Shipbridge when you receive an order for that product. To see your selection, locate the PackageType (CWA) field in the main order grid. Pre-populated package types allow you to use the Ship and Print feature directly, eliminating the need to define any shipping properties to the order.

Select Package Types in Scan and Ship

You can manually select pre-existing Sellercloud package types for an order when using Scan and Ship in ShipBridge.

To choose a package type for an order, follow the steps below:

  1. Select one or more orders from the order grid and choose Scan & Ship from the shipping options.
  2. On the Print & Ship step, select your preferred package type from the CWA Package Type dropdown. We will automatically fill in the values in the Weight and Pkg Dimensions fields.

Once you ship an order, a new Package Type field will automatically appear in the Packages panel of an order in Sellercloud which will display your selection. The package type you select in Shipbridge will be further used for reporting purposes. To locate the field in Sellercloud:

  1. Go to Orders > Manage Orders > Search Orders > Open an Order.
  2. Toolbox > Shipping > Packages.

Additional Shipbridge Settings

You can further customize your package types workflow in Shipbridge with the following settings:

  • Prompt for CWA packaging selection – If enabled, Shipbridge will return a prompt message to select a CWA Package Type during Scan & Ship if not yet selected.
  • Prompt only when any dimension is missing – If enabled and any shipping dimension is missing on the Print & Ship page, Shipbridge will return a prompt message to choose a Package Type from the dropdown.
  • Add CWA packaging type weight to order – If enabled, we will automatically populate the weight on the order in addition to the dimensions when you select a package type in Scan & Ship.
  • Require barcode scan for package type dims and weight – If enabled, we will gray out the Pkg Dimensions field and it will be mandatory to scan the barcode of a CWA Package Type and populate it in the Barcode Check field for the weight and dimensions to populate on the order.
  • Require barcode scan for package type – If enabled, it will be mandatory to scan the barcode of a CWA Package Type and populate it in the Barcode Check field during Scan & Ship for the weight and dimensions to populate on the order.

Overview

Shipping Package Types refer to the different packaging options such as envelopes or boxes, that help you protect, ship, and track your products. With package types in Sellercloud, you can ensure the use of appropriate packaging during order fulfillment and easily calculate shipping costs. Our templates let you define key shipping characteristics, including weight, dimensions, and handling fees, which you can later apply to your Product Shipping Preferences.


Create Package Types

To Add a package type to the menu, navigate to Settings > Shipping Package Type and click Add New Packaging Type. Enter packaging details and save.

To create a default package type for shipping for a specific product, open the toolbox on the product detail page and click Shipping Preferences. Select from the package type drop-down menu.

To have the package dimensions auto populate in ShipBridge, open ShipBridge and navigate Menu > Options > Shipping. Enable setting Use CWA package type dimensions where possible.

Please Note: The packaging type entered must match exactly the packaging type as it displays in ShipBridge (in the Package Type column) in order for that column to be populated automatically when the order comes in.

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