Shipping and ShipStation

Shipping aquarium fish is an important part of running an aquarium business.

Shipping on the FishList is not easy only for the vendor, it is also easy for the buyer. For vendors, however, there are several things to take note in the shipping process.

Let’s talk about the ease that is provided by FishList to a vendor in “Shipping Process” and “ShipStation”. The first thing that a vendor encounter during the process of shipping is “ShipStation”. It is one of the features that is provided by FishList to a vendor. By using “ShipStation”, a vendor can print a key of his/her store for the order box. The vendor can also tell the situation of the order to the buyer, whether the order is ready to be shipped or it is in pending condition due to money transfer or for any other reason. In this way, the vendor can successfully manage with the customers and it will lead to long success because informing the customers during a transaction improves customer trust and leads to a successful business.

The other ease is the shipping process itself. For vendors, they don’t have to worry about the security of their products, because FishList ensures security and in time delivery. The only thing they have to do is that they have to mention that where they want to deliver the order whether in the US or International. Then they can set the prices for shipment according to the product and the area in which they are delivering the product. The other ease is different delivery times with different prices in it. This feature has been introduced to match different customers according to their mentality. Local pickup is also very important for customers. Free delivery sounds expensive but it helps vendors to sell their products fast and more.

For “Shipping Setting” from a logged-in Profile follow this path “Sell > Setting > Shipping”. There will open a window like given below:

Configure your shipping methods in the vendor dashboard. Choose between U.S and International shipping.

There are two regions in which you can ship your products; in the United States and International. Internationally, it can be supplied to any country present in Asia, Africa, Europe, and South America.

Click on “United State” option and select “States” in which you want to Supply your products and set your Postal Code. Like, we have selected Florida, Georgia, California, and Arizona as a “States” and our “Postal codes” are 32013, 30002, 90001 and 85634. “Zone Name” will be the US and its location is also the same.

Within a shipping zone (U.S or Int’l), you can limit the areas in which you ship to.

Internationally, we can supply goods in any country in “Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America”. We have selected Thailand and UAE in “Country Selection”, in the case of “States” we have selected Nakhon Sawan and Yala. Their postal codes are 60240 and 95000.

It’s possible to limit your shipping zone down to Postal Codes, which is useful if you offer services.

The next section is about the Shipping Method, add a Shipping Method like “Flat Rate”, “Local Pickup” and “Free shipping”.

Choose flat rate if you ship USPS, FedEx, UPS, etc. This includes Priority Mail and Overnight shipping.

In the case of “Free Shipping,” you have to choose a minimum number of orders to set free shipping. In our case, we have selected 3 as a minimum order for free shipping.

Offering free shipping for a minimal purchase amount is great for having your customers do a bulk order.

If you chose “Local Pickup” then you have to add a cost of local pickups, as in our case we are not charging any fee in a Local Pickup. Add a “Tax Status” weather the product is “Taxable” or not. Now add a brief description of our shipping good.

Local pickup saves you and the customer the hassle of shipping and its cost.

When you select the “Flat Rate” option, then you have to add several requirements for your rates.

You can have shipping rates be subject to tax.

Let’s add a cost of 10 for a single product and mark on a Taxable product. In Overnight Shipping, 8 means that we are charging 8$ extra with 10$ mandatory cost for a single product. In the 1-3 Day Shipping class, we have added an extra price of 5$ with its original shipping price. For 1-5 Day Shipping we have selected 3$ as an extra price. In the case of 2-9 days Shipping, we selected a price of 4$ with an original 10$ price. For 2-20 Day Shipping, we will charge 2$ as a shipping class cost. However, in the case of 20-30 “Day Shipping”, the price is the original, which is 10$.

In Calculation, we will charge according to a class of the product as we have selected it and now click on “Save Method”. In the case of per class, we will charge for each shipping class, individually.

The the prices and rules for flat rate shipping. Find out how long each of your shipping methods take and then assign its cost in the shipping classes under the duration.

For most orders that you can combine shipping on, charge per order.

To find “ShipStation” follow Profile > Sell > Setting > Ship Station. There would be a website generated “Authentication Key” for every vendor. ShipStation allows you to retrieve and manage orders, then print labels and packing slips with comfort. Now, we have to choose labels for “Export Order Statuses” and “Shipped Order Status”. We selected “pending Payment”, “Processing” and “On hold”. Depending on the condition, we can apply any label on the statuses of an exported order. In “Shipped Order Status” we can select the “Completed” option. In the end, click on Save Changes to save your ShipStation Statuses.


That’s it for shipping! Let us know through email or the comments section if you have any questions.

Zain Ali

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