Written by Starshipit
When it comes to DIY blog and website design, WordPress is one of the most well-known brands out there. But what happens when you want to turn your WordPress website into an online store?
WooCommerce is a customisable, open-source eCommerce platform that’s built for WordPress websites. It’s proving popular, with almost 94% of all WordPress eCommerce websites using the WooCommerce plugin, which equates to over 28% of all online stores.
WooCommerce is a plugin that you can add to any WordPress website to set up a store in minutes. It comes with secure payments, configurable shipping options and much more. If you want to add more features and extend the functionality of your store, you can plug in more extensions from the WooCommerce Extensions Store.
WooCommerce might enable payments on a website, but how do any orders that get placed get dispatched? WooCommerce has its own shipping functionality that integrates with USPS. This is great for US-based customers who are happy using just the one courier. But for retailers who want more choice, that’s where Starshipit comes in.
Starshipit integrates with WooCommerce to automate the fulfilment of orders. The leading provider of integrated and automated fulfilment solutions for online businesses of every age and stage, Starshipit integrates with a large range of couriers and eCommerce platforms.
The integration between WooCommerce and Starshipit is simple. A customer places an order on your WordPress website. Their order is automatically imported into Starshipit (via your inventory or warehouse management system if you also run one of those). Once in Starshipit, your orders are automatically allocated to couriers.
When they’re dispatched in Starshipit, information is then written back to WooCommerce, and notifications can be triggered to keep your customers informed and drive them to your branded tracking page.
All of this adds up to a streamlined fulfilment process that reduces handling time, minimises human error, and improves overall customer experience.
The key benefit of integrating WooCommerce with Starshipit is the number of courier companies Starshipit integrates with. While WooCommerce Shipping integrates with just USPS, Starshipit integrates with more than 25 domestic and international couriers worldwide, including DHL Express, Royal Mail, DPD, UPS, TNT, Australia Post and NZ Post.
Once you’ve integrated with your couriers, orders are automatically allocated to certain couriers based on rules you’ve set up as they come through your WordPress store. It’s fast and easy to print shipping labels and generate customs documentation, and you can engage with your customers at every step of the delivery journey using branded tracking pages and email or SMS notifications.
If you use both WooCommerce and Starshipit, you can also display live rates at checkout. This is useful if you have multiple shipping methods and want to give your customers choice and total transparency around delivery speed and cost.
Starshipit also lets WooCommerce users add Authority to Leave and Signature Required tick boxes at checkout, which gives customers greater flexibility around how they want their orders delivered.
For online retailers who use WooCommerce to power their online store, it’s easy to streamline and improve the efficiency of your fulfilment by integrating with Starshipit. Sign up for a free 30-day trial and take control of your fulfilment today.