Written by Starshipit
If you run an eCommerce store, you’ve undoubtedly heard of Shopify. In fact, chances are you use Shopify to run your online store.
Shopify is one of the most popular eCommerce platforms in the world, with over 820,000 stores and more than 500,000 of them classed as ‘active’.
There’s big business in Shopify too. According to Magecom, 1 million businesses in 175 countries have made $155 billion in sales using sites hosted on Shopify. In the last 12 months, 218 million customers placed orders through Shopify, and in June 2019 Shopify gained 57 million visits.
Shopify provides everything you need to build an online store, from the design and domain name, to content management and web hosting. Even if you don’t know much about web design you can still build a great website and be up and running within a few hours.
Take your pick from loads of free and paid templates. Sell products and manage your sales from one intuitive dashboard. Market your business, look at detailed insights and get help at every stage along the way. And if you operate an online store but want to switch from another platform to Shopify, or if you already have a physical store but want to move online, Shopify makes it easy.Things to think about when setting up an online store
Shopify is easy to use and integrates with thousands of third-party apps in just about every part of the eCommerce journey.
In fact, 80% of merchants install third-party apps to help them streamline their business and so far merchants have spent a combined $100 million in the Shopify App Store.
Starshipit is one app that integrates well with Shopify. Starshipit is the leading provider of integrated and automated fulfilment solutions for online businesses of every age and stage. Integrating with a large range of couriers and eCommerce platforms, Starshipit streamlines every step of your fulfilment process, reduces handling time, minimises human error, and improves customer experience.
The integration between Shopify and Starshipit is simple. A customer places an order on your Shopify website. Their order is automatically imported into Starshipit (via your inventory management system if you also run one of those). Once in Starshipit, your orders are automatically allocated to couriers. When they’re dispatched in Starshipit, information is then written back to Shopify to say that orders are out for delivery, triggering customer notifications in both Starshipit and Shopify.
Starshipit’s integration with Shopify has a great reputation. Currently we have a rating of 4.8 out of 5 on the Shopify App Store (compared with competitors Shippit which scores 4.1 and ShipStation which scores 3.9).
The key benefit of integrating Shopify with Starshipit is that as your orders come through your Shopify store, they’re automatically allocated to certain couriers based on rules you’ve set up. It’s fast and easy to print shipping labels and generate and submit customs documentation, and you can engage with your customers at every step of the delivery journey thanks to clever write-back to your Shopify platform.
Another feature that sets the Shopify integration apart from others is that you can manage your orders in Starshipit from inside the Shopify dashboard. This means you don’t have to run two programs at the same time.
If you use both Shopify and Starshipit, you can also display live rates at checkout. This is useful if you have multiple shipping methods and want to give your customers choice and total transparency around delivery speed and cost.
If you sign up to Starshipit via the Shopify App Store, you will be billed for Starshipit by Shopify. If you sign up via the Starshipit website, you’ll be billed by Starshipit directly.