Tired of having to pack and ship each order from your WP eCommerce store? Consider trying order fulfillment. You work with Shipwire to store your goods in their massive warehouses. They handle shipping and packing and you can stick to the business of making money.
Over the last few months, Shipwire has been getting a big overhaul. Some of you may have been following the issue on our Google Code tracker. Shipwire now has full integration allowing you to hook your WP eCommerce store into the following Shipwire services:
- Inventory Updates
- Tracking Updates
- Order Fulfillment
- Shipping Rates
How Shipwire + WP eCommerce Works
Setting up Shipwire is almost as easy as pushing a button! You can read a detailed explanation of each feature and further documentation on our WP e-Commerce documentation website. The basic setup is detailed below.
Product catalogs must match (and by match, SKUs must be entered into WPEC and be identical to the SKUs used in Shipwire), it’s important that weight and dimensions be entered for each product, regardless of shipping rate used. Also important to note that the API request sent to Shipwire is based on the checkout form’s unique_names – for example, we don’t currently have a unique_name for Address2, so you’ll want to make sure the address field stays a textarea, so customers can enter multiple lines for addresses. Also, for example, the billingemail is used for the shipping email address, as WPeC doesn’t currently provide a shippingemail unique_name. Because Shipwire depends on all of these fields, we highly recommend they all be required. Lastly, if variations are used, it must be ensured that the SKUs are unique.
Try Shipwire + WP eCommerce Now!
Shipwire will be our 3.9 version of WP e-Commerce due out this summer, but we couldn’t wait until then to share it with you! We’ve put together a test package of 18.104.22.168 with Shipwire integration if you want to test it now. 22.214.171.124 is our most current stable version, and while Shipwire code has been tested and we consider it pretty stable, like any test package there may be some issues and it’s not advised to use it on your live site until you have tested it on staging or local install. If you have any problems or run into issues please let us know below.