Batch shipping is a process that allows you to organize large numbers of shipments into customized bins. You can then assign and process these batches separately from other shipments, providing more flexibility and control of your workflow.
Use batches to organize similar shipments together, by whatever criteria you require. For example, create separate batches for international shipments, priority shipments, shipments containing specific products, or orders shipping from a certain warehouse. You can then assign those batches to specific users to process when they arrive, or create a workflow so your staff knows to prioritize certain batches over others.
This article discusses creating batches, adding shipments to batches, working in and processing your batches, and archiving your batches.
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There are two ways to create a batch in ShipStation:
Use the + Create a New Batch option in the Orders tab sidebar (bottom left).
Click Batch in the Orders tab Shipping Sidebar.
Click + Create a New Batch from the bottom of the left-hand sidebar in the Orders tab.
ShipStation will add a new batch to the Open Batches list, just above the + Create a New Batch button. ShipStation will assign it a batch number to start.
Click the new batch to open the batch details and give it a custom name.
If any orders are selected in the Orders grid, ShipStation will automatically add them to the new batch.
To create a batch from the Orders tab Shipping Sidebar:
Make sure Show Sidebar is checked.
Select an order (or multiple orders) in the grid.
Click Batch in the Shipping Sidebar.
Click + Create New Batch.
ShipStation will add a new batch to your Open Batches list, and your selected orders will be added to it automatically.
For either scenario, you can then rename the batch with any unique name you wish.
Click the batch to open the Batch Details.
Click the Batch number to edit.
Enter the name for the new batch.
Press Enter or simply click out of the name field.
To change the name of the batch, simply click in the name field again to edit.
You can add orders to a batch from the Orders tab, as well as from the Order Details window.
The sections below explain the different processes in detail.
To add shipments by selecting orders, do the following:
Select the orders in the grid you wish to add to a batch.
Choose either +Create a New Batch, if you want to add these to a new batch, or click the + sign next to the batch you wish to add these shipments to.
Alternative method: Select the orders and click Batch in the Orders grid Shipping sidebar just above the Configure Shipment Widget.
Then select which batch to add the order to from the Add To Batch pop-up.
If you attempt to add an order to a batch and that order is already in a batch, ShipStation will display an alert to let you know and ask if you want to move the orders to the selected batch, or exclude them from the batch.
You can also add an order to a batch from the Order Details window.
Open the Order Details screen for an order.
To open the Order Details, click on an order number in either the Orders or Shipments tab.
Click the Add to Batch button.
Select which batch to add the shipments to, or click Create New Batch.
In the case of orders with multiple shipments, all shipments will be added to the batch. If the order is already in a batch, ShipStation will display an alert to let you know and prompt you to either move the order or exclude it.
The number of orders in any given batch will appear next to the batch name in the Shipment Batch list. Click the batch name to view the orders and begin working in your batch.
You can also view which orders are in which batch by adding the Batch column to your grid.
When you create a batch, you either assign the batch to a specific user or ShipStation automatically assigns the batch to the user you are logged in as at the time.
However, you can assign batches to other users at anytime. Most batch actions, including updating shipping options and creating and printing labels, can only be taken by the user assigned to the batch. All other users will have read-only access to the batch, with the ability to assign the batch to another user or enter a batch note.
To assign a batch to another user:
Go to the Shipments tab and choose Batches from the left-hand sidebar.
Select the batch(es) you want to assign.
Click Assign Batch.
Select the name of the user from the user name drop-down list.
Click Update Assignment.
The new user will now show as the assigned user in the Batches list. This user will have full access to all actions on this batch. All other users will have read-only access to the batch, along with the ability to leave a batch note or assign the batch to another user.
To view the shipments in your batch and make changes:
Click the batch you wish to work in on the bottom of the left-hand sidebar in your Orders tab.
Or, go to the Shipments tab, choose
Batches > Open, and click the batch you wish to work on.
ShipStation will open the Batch Details screen with all orders in the batch automatically selected.
Deselect any orders you do not wish to perform an action on.
Select the action you wish to perform in the batch from the action buttons.
When working in a batch, you can perform a number of actions on all shipments in the batch, or on only selected shipments in the batch, whichever your workflow requires.
In an individual batch, you can:
Create and Print labels for selected shipments. We call this Processing a batch.
Print other batch documents, like packing slips.
Add a note to the entire batch.
Use the Bulk Update menu to update Service, Package, Weight, Size, Ship From, Insurance, Confirmation, Marketplace Notification, Packing Slip and Email Template, Customs Declarations, and Shipping Account.
Use the Other Actions menu to remove shipments from a batch, move shipments to another batch, send shipment notifications, or export the batch shipments.
You can also open the individual order or shipment details to view the details of specific orders and shipments, and make individual changes as needed.
Processing a batch simply means creating and printing the labels for the batch's shipments. You can process individual or multiple orders within a batch, or process multiple batches at once.
Whichever option you choose, once the process begins, you can continue to work while while ShipStation creates the labels in the background.
To create and print labels for individual shipments within a batch, do the following:
Open a batch to view its shipments.
Deselect any shipments you do not wish to process, or leave them all selected to process them all at once.
Click Process Labels (or choose Process + Print Labels if you want to print immediately).
To print other documents, like Packing Slips or Pick Lists, without creating labels first, click the Print menu and choose the appropriate option.
The Label Batch Status screen will pop up and show you the batch's progress.
If you selected Process + Print Labels, the labels should immediately be directed to your default printer.
Select your next action: Print Labels, Print Packing Slips, Print Other Docs, or Archive Batch. Or, close the pop-up to do nothing further to this batch.
The Batch Details grid will indicate what actions have been performed on which orders.
You might encounter two types of errors when processing a batch:
Validation errors and warnings
These types of errors occur if shipments lack necessary information to create a label, like a Ship From Address, shipping service or package type, weight, or customs declarations for international orders.
Purchase and notification errors
Purchasing errors occur at the time ShipStation attempts to purchase the label from the carrier and can include billing errors or other account related errors.
Notification errors occur after the label is created when ShipStation attempts to notify either the marketplace or customer about the shipment.
These errors will appear in the Label Batch Status pop-up and in the Label Queue.
Batches can be Open, Processed, or Archived. Once you archive a batch, the batch cannot be modified or used to print documents, and it will be removed from the Active batch view.
Shipments from archived batches will still be visible in Shipments tab and you can still print labels or packing slips as needed from the individual shipment.
To archive a batch:
Go to the Shipments tab and click on Batches.
Select the Processed batch(es) you want to archive.
Click Archive Batch.
ShipStation will then move the batch into the Archived section of the Batches screen.
There is no limit to the number of batches you can create.
Before you can process a batch, each shipment in the batch must include the shipping information needed to create the label (Ship From Address, shipping service and package type, weight, and customs declarations for international orders).
Assigning a batch to a specific user will also assign all orders within that batch to that user.
Users not assigned to a batch will have read-only permissions for those batches and the orders within the batches, but they can leave batch notes or assign the batch to another user.
As long as a batch is Open, you can add or remove shipments as needed, even if labels have already been printed.
Archived batches can no longer be modified or used to print labels. However, you can still access the individual orders in the Orders or Shipments grid if you need to print documents or cancel the shipment.