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Feature request: enhance shipping options to include shipment processing

Reported by dleffler | May 12th, 2015 @ 04:56 PM | in 2.3.5 (closed)

While we include several payment options which handle the entire 'payment' process inside Exponent (yes, there are some which require manual processing), we only provide 'estimated' costs for shipping to be added to the order. We do NOT provide any interface to help with the actual order fulfillment step (yes, we do provide for entry of a shipped status, date, and tracking number obtained outside of Exponent)...Therefore, some sort of integrated order fulfillment (shipment) assistance could be a welcome feature. This could be as simple as exporting/printing the shipping (address) label to as complex as sending the completed order to an 'order fulfillment warehouse' (you allow a 3rd party to manage all your inventory and shipping). Here are some possible additions, somewhat in order of complexity:

  • export/print the destination shipping label (we already allow printing of the packing list)
    • this could be accessed by another link/button on the invoice/order management view
    • or maybe we need to move the packing list button/link to the 'shipping' tab along with this new button
  • integrate 3rd party shipping broker like www.easypost.com to provide simplified access to multiple carriers
    • might best be implemented as a new shipping calculator with additional features found on the 'shipping' tab of the invoice

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