How shipment tracking works in ShipStation. Includes video demo, checking and updating tracking statuses, and what carriers support auto-tracking.
Once you've created labels for your shipments and sent them on their way, you can continue to use ShipStation to track the shipments to their destination. ShipStation offers several tracking features to help you.
Tracking links: These links, located in three locations in the ShipStation interface, link directly to the carrier's tracking page.
Tracking statuses: The icons next to the tracking links indicate if the shipment is in transit or has been delivered.
Review each section below for details.
If a shipment receives a tracking number, click on that tracking number anywhere it appears in ShipStation and you will be redirected to the carrier's tracking page, where you can view all tracking events provided by the carrier.
Access the tracking number in the following places: In the Orders grid Sidebar, in the Shipment widget in the Order Details screen, in the Shipment Details screen, and in the Shipments grid.
In the Shipments grid, ShipStation includes status icons next to the tracking number in the Tracking # column to provide a quick view of the shipment status.
All tracking will show an unknown status until ShipStation receives the first tracking event update, usually on the first scan of the label or upon receipt of electronically submitted end of day forms.
A shipment is considered in transit as soon as the carrier receives the label data, which can happen on its first scan at the carrier's facility, or when the carrier receives the shipment data electronically.
The status will update to delivered once ShipStation receives the delivery confirmation from the carrier.
You can also select a status from the left-hand sidebar to view all shipments in the In Transit, Delivered, and Delivery Exception tracking statuses.
ShipStation will request tracking updates from the carriers for all selected shipments (or all shipments not yet in Delivered status, if no shipments are selected) and update the statuses accordingly.
Most carriers periodically send tracking status updates to ShipStation, which will cause the tracking status icons to update on their own. However, for services that do not include auto-tracking updates, or to update the tracking statuses on demand, do the following:
Many of the carriers ShipStation integrates with transmit tracking events back to ShipStation automatically. For these carriers, auto-tracking enables the use of additional features including Delayed Shipment Notifications, Delivery Notifications, and ShipStation's Branded Tracking Page.
Most carriers and services do provide auto-tracking, but a few do not. Below is a list of carrier and service combinations that currently do not provide auto-tracking to ShipStation.
If a shipment uses any of the above carrier/service combinations, you will not be able to use Delayed Notifications, Delivery Notifications, or the Branded Tracking Page for those shipments.