Shippo is an American shipping software founded in San Francisco in 2013. It is used to assist e-commerce businesses with their day-to-day logistical and shipping-related operations. In order to achieve this, they have partnered with a large number of carriers and shipping partners.
Today, we’ll be looking at one of the companies that Shippo integrates with, called Shopify. It is an e-commerce marketplace that allows users to set up their own online stores and sell products. Shopify is highly customizable where store owners can easily personalize their storefronts in theme with their businesses. There are also countless plugins and applications that can help supplement your store and provide your customers with a better experience. You can add most apps easily from Shopify App Store. Shippo is one of these apps.
Today, we shall look at how Shopify is partnering with Shippo, and what value customers can derive from this partnership.
What is Shippo Shopify?
Shippo Shopify refers to the integration between the two services to offer a universal and comprehensive e-commerce solution to their users. The official Shippo app available in the Shopify Web Store is a plugin developed by Shippo. It offers seamless integration with the Shippo API and a suite of extra features.
The two platforms work in sync to bring you the best shipping rates resulting in an overall immersive and improved customer experience at no extra cost.
Benefits of using Shippo Shopify
Some of the most significant benefits that Shippo is bringing on to the table for Shopify include:-
1. Seamless Integration
Unlike most other third-party apps that are unreliable and clunky, the Shippo API also offers native integration with Shopify, which means it can run smoothly and offer the best possible experience to its users.
2. All-Inclusive Functionality
Users can also generate and print shipping labels, interact with carriers, view their orders, sign up with new businesses, and so on, all within the Shopify platform itself.
3. Huge Carrier Network and Discounted Rates
Similar to the app available on the Shopify Store, the native Shippo API also allows access to Shippo’s global network of carriers and special discounted rates of up to 90% with three of their main partners- DHL, USPS, and UPS.
The native Shippo API can be easily tweaked and modified to suit the end-user. It offers a high degree of customizability that ensures no two businesses look entirely the same.
How to Set Up your Shippo Shopify Account?
Shippo integrates with your Shopify store as soon as you link your respective accounts together. They also offer a variety of extra services such as live customer support and real-time order tracking, hassle-free returns, and more. This allows them to provide easy and reliable shipping solutions to their clients.
In order to connect the two accounts together, all you need to do is go to the Shippo app page on the Shopify App Store, click on ‘Get’, and the app will be installed. Next, you can easily follow the steps to create a free Shippo account, and then your Shopify Store will be connected to the Shippo account, allowing for easy integration of the two workflows.
Features of the Shippo Shopify App
The numerous features that Shippo offers to their Shopify clients are:-
1. Easy Order Imports
Shippo allows users to import their Shopify shipping orders and create shipping labels for them at the click of a button.
2. Rate Comparisons
Shippo offers its users the chance to compare the shipping rates and ETAs across 85+ carriers, all of whom partner with Shippo for a seamless delivery experience.
3. Discounted Shipping Rates
Shippo partners with three major shipping carriers, namely, USPS, UPS, and DHL to provide discounted rates of up to 90%.
4. Shipping Labels
Users can generate and print shipping labels for all their orders, email the tracking and reference IDs to their customers, and sync all the necessary order information with Shopify.
5. International Orders
Shippo pre-fills all necessary customs documentation for international orders, allowing users to transport their Shopify shipments across the world easily.
Shippo Native Integration with Shopify
Apart from the app available in the Shopify Store, Shippo has now also partnered with Shopify to provide end-to-end shipping solutions and competitive shipping rates to all users directly within the Shopify platform.
This has helped millions of businesses to use the Shippo API directly within their platform to ship their Shopify orders and make order management easier via order imports. Shippo does it all without any additional costs or expenditures.
As a testament to its ease of use and versatility, Shippo has received high praise from a number of notable personalities in the e-commerce sector, including Kez Nejatian, VP, Merchant Services at Shopify. He remarked that this partnership with Shippo would allow Shopify merchants to meet consumer expectations for convenience, speed, and cost without having to be a shipping experts themselves.
The ‘Shippo For Platforms’ partnership with Shopify is still in the first stages. In the future, it is also possible that they partner with other widely-used marketplaces to offer even more deeply integrated services. Currently, Shippo is looking to expand its Shopify partnership further in the European market. It already has a significant presence in Australia and the UK and is also in talks with multiple carriers in India, Japan, and the Scandinavian countries.
FAQs about Shippo Shopify
1. How exactly does Shippo integrate with Shopify?
Shippo is now available directly within Shopify and can be accessed from the Shopify admin. This functionality is made possible by a new product known as Shippo for Platforms, a program that allows Shippo to partner with multiple services to offer native integration. One of the services that Shippo has chosen to enact this partnership with is Shopify.
2. Why did Shippo launch ‘Shippo for Platforms’ with Shopify?
Shippo chose to partner with Shopify because many Shopify third-party apps were often clunky and did not work as intended, thus resulting in a poor customer experience. To solve this problem, Shippo decided to implement native integration with Shopify to minimize bugs and errors to ensure that the customers face no issues with using the new features.
As we can see, there is enormous potential to be explored in the Shippo-Shopify integration and partnership. By cutting out the third-party apps, Shippo has managed to secure a place for itself within a platform as massive as Shopify. It is now looking to offer its services to all Shopify clients natively and be an indispensable part of its business model. How this partnership will affect Shopify’s relationship with other shipping APIs and when the ‘Shippo For Platforms’ program will expand to other marketplaces remains to be seen.