Thank you so much for your input, I was 90% done on this when i found out Shopify was working on it. Thus I stopped. Unfortunately it was weeks ago, and no progress on shopifys behalf.
However, with that said, I am not going to proceed with an app for this for shopify if they are doing one, if i do, i will not reap any benefit from it as they will just pull the carpet out from under me.
I cant believe how long it is taking though. I had a proto working in less than a day, they have been working on it for 2 months with a "team" of programmers, and are still not done.
It really is a no brainer, the API and tools from the USPS to do this are very straight forward, and they have taken care of all the hard stuff. But, I suppose if you are on a programming team with a few dozen people, working for a company with over a 100 billion market cap, making a huge salary, and a big organization that no longer know what reality is, I would probably sit there and clutch my coffee as well, while pondering this 2-4 hour problem (with half a dozen other people) and dream about my stock options instead of getting anything done as well.
Can you blame them?
Any update on the creation of Shopify's own USPS scan sheet? USPS continues to give pushback at the counter to scan and give a receipt without this feature.
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The shipping manifest app is currently being rolled out to select stores in beta testing. If you have a store that is high volume, you most likely have the feature for beta testing! Check your shop if you have it.
Here is the link where Shopify talks more in detail about the feature.