Hi, new here, I've managed to come pretty far without having to consult anyone, there is plenty of good documentation out there for most stuff on Shopify, but I am hitting a wall.
I am located in Germany, but the market for my products in largely, but not limited to, the US.
Further, I have POD products in my store https://ineedmoreshoes.com, some of them are created within the Printful App, others in the Printify App as well as others created within Printy6. Some of the products (I only found out when I ordered samples) are printed in and sent from China, with a 26 day ETA. Other products indicated an ETA of about 4 or 5 days.
Getting my head around all of the shipping options and how the Printful/Printify/Printy6/Any Other POD service, and the way that all of these integrate with Shopify, is becoming murky.
The good news is that the product is "casual shoes", so it's the same approximate size and weight no matter which product the customer chooses.
One complication is, for example, if a customer wants two products, one product created by Printful and the other product created in Printy6. The two products could potentially have delivery dates weeks apart from one another. They could also have wildly "off" shipping pricing, such as a $16 pair of flip flops being charged $21 for shipping.
Is anyone able to follow thus far? If so, thank you!
I'd appreciate anyone pointing me to a resource for simplifying all of this, even if it means only working with POD services which are known to be shipping from within my target market, increasing all of the product prices by the amount of shipping and make all products on my site "FREE SHIPPING".
Hi DigitalArt Susi! I understand that you're facing some challenges with shipping options and integrating different print-on-demand (POD) services with Shopify. I'll try to help you simplify the process and provide some guidance.
Shipping Options: To streamline your shipping process, you can consider using a fulfillment service that has warehouses in your target market, such as the US. This way, you can reduce shipping times and costs. Some popular options include ShipBob, ShipStation, or even the fulfillment services provided by Printful and Printify.
POD Services Integration: Since you're using multiple POD services like Printful, Printify, and Printy6, it can be challenging to manage shipping and delivery times for different products. One solution is to consolidate your products onto a single POD platform that offers the features and shipping options you need. You can compare the services provided by Printful, Printify, and other POD providers to determine which one best fits your requirements.
Resource for Simplification: Shopify has an extensive app store with various shipping and POD apps that can help simplify your operations. You can search for apps that integrate with your preferred POD service and provide streamlined shipping options. Some popular apps to explore include Easyship, Shippo, and ShipStation.
Uniform Shipping Pricing: To avoid inconsistencies in shipping pricing, you can consider incorporating the shipping costs into your product prices and offering "free shipping" across your entire store. This can simplify the checkout process for your customers and eliminate confusion or unexpected charges.
Remember to thoroughly research and test any new integration or app before implementing it into your store. It's also a good idea to reach out to the support teams of the POD services and Shopify for any specific concerns or questions you may have. Best of luck with your Shopify store and the shipping process!