Are you dropshipping, or making direct sales, the Shopify eCommerce platform is a good place to create a shipping label, and better still, do it without an order. In the course of this article, this is what we would be looking into.
According to an official statement in an online community in Shopify, it is practically impossible to create a Shipping label without an order. But the workaround to this procedure is to create a draft order. So in the course of this article, we would walk you through creating a draft shipping label without order and then also show you how to make a shipping label with an order.
How to create a shipping label in Shopify without an order
In the Shopify platform, there is something known as Draft Orders. And they are orders that you create for yourself, or on behalf of your customers. Draft order is usually converted to order the moment that you accept payment for it.
To create a shipping label without an order, you have to create a draft order for it. Just create a draft by clicking “Buy shipping Label ”, then choose the size of the box and then the shipping method. In choosing the shipping method, you can select first class, priority or Priority express.
The cost of creating the shipping label would then be calculated based on your source, destination, dimensions, shipping method and package weight. After this, the next step would be to draft the order. Remember, you don’t want to buy the shipping Label you want to create it.
It is also important to note that you cannot print the label until you pay for it.
How to create a shipping Label in Shopify with an Order
For the moment, only united states based Shopify customers can print and buy a shipping label from the Shopify platform. To be able to create a shipping label on Shopify, you do not need to create a separate shipping account, all you need to do is to log into your Shopify account and choose an order that you want to fulfill.
As stated earlier, for the time being, only American merchants have the capacity to buy shipping labels on the Shopify platform. In light of this, Shopify is working on making the service available in other countries.
When a merchant buys a shipping label through Shopify, they would get a shipping rate that has been negotiated on behalf of all Shopify merchants.
One practical example can be made with a 5lb package that is to be shipped from New York City to Chicago; the cost of creating its shipping label and shipping is $16.20 if you opt for a USPS service. But if you use the Shopify platform, you would get an offer of $11.26 on the basic plan and $10.53 on the pro plan, and $9.80 for the unlimited plan.
When you are set to do your shipping, get the already printed label and put it on your package, and then drop it off in your preferred USPS location.