Shipping Labels and Shipping in in Marketcube
Shipping labels are a type of identification label that helps describe and specify what's inside a package. Shipping labels differ depending on the carrier you use, but they all consist of things like addresses, names, weight, and a tracking barcode
We do not provide shipping labels, third-party shipping companies like UPS or DHL do. In order for us to send shipping labels to Vendors/Sellers, you the Operator need to have an account with a carrier that shipping labels can be generated against and passed on to each seller on a line-item basis, once an order has been created.
We need to connect to your (operators) carrier account, on your behalf, to request shipping labels based on each line item “To” and “From” locations, which are then passed on to each vendor individually which they can then use to fulfill the order.
All our plans include all the features available today in Marketcube.
On the flip side to give your customers live shipping rates at the time of checkout, in a Shopify driven store, requires that the “carrier API” is enabled in Shopify, you can request Shopify to do that for an additional $20 monthly cost. Why this is needed in Shopify is because any third party supplying rates needs to access this API to push rates into Shopify. We are a wholly independent platform to Shopify so we do not control this aspect.
Please note: In Shopify, the shipping is calculated on the whole order, in a marketplace, the shipping has to be calculated per line item, as the third-party seller’s “From” location will be different to other sellers in the same order, which is what we take care of.
Today in Marketcube we provide two "out of the box” implementations that help you to connect your carrier account, Shippy Pro and Star Ship It with Shippo being introduced in the next 3 weeks. These are the integrations that you can use to connect your shipping carrier account e.g. UPS, to generate Shipping labels for your individual sellers.
We also offer Vendor managed shipping, whereby a vendor can provide shipping rates to you upfront, which again are surfaced to the customer during the checkout process using the same carrier API mentioned earlier. In this case, no shipping label is created as the vendor uses their own carrier.
Any third-party dependencies like shipping rates and labels are catered through integrations but exist exclusive to our platform.