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How to: Advance the ship date of shipments

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When shipping via USPS, FedEx, or DHL Express, you have the option to select an advanced ship date. Each carrier has specific limits for how far in advance you can post date a label:

  • USPS: up to six days
  • FedEx: up to 10 days
  • DHL Express: up to 10 days

Sometimes you'll have a need to advance the date for individual orders - while other times you might find it easier to automatically advance the date for all labels processed after a certain time each day.  In either case, we have you covered!

NOTE: when using Buy & Print or Shipping Rules to create a shipment, advance label date settings will not be automatically applied to shipments. This setting will only apply to shipments sent to the READY TO SHIP page by a user.

How to: Advance the date for individual orders

When selecting a carrier and service within the READY TO SHIP page, you are able to select a ship date up to six days in advance for USPS shipments. To the right of the selected date, the estimated delivery date will be displayed based on the selected shipment date and the selected service.

NOTE: if you would like to schedule a USPS pickup, you are only able to select one day in advance. Learn more about selecting  USPS pickup for your shipment.

How to: Automatically advance the date after a cut off time

If you have a cutoff time after which your qualifying shipments should always have the following day's date, you can have ShippingEasy advance the date automatically.

NOTE: when using Buy & Print or Shipping Rules to create a shipment, advance label date settings will not be automatically applied to shipments. This setting will only apply to shipments sent to the READY TO SHIP page by a user.
  1. Click on the My Profile link at the top left of your account.



  2. Then select the time of day when you want ShippingEasy to automatically advance the ship date to the following day.



  3. Click Update Profile.
NOTE: the time used to automatically advance ship date is based on the account's time zone.

Find the account's time zone by going to SETTINGS >> ACCOUNT SETTINGS. If individual users are in different time zones, adjust the Automatically advance ship date time in relation to the account's time zone.

For example, the account is based in CST and the user is in EST. The cut off time for the warehouse where the user works is 3:00 pm EST. Since the user is in EST, set the user's Automatically advance ship date after time to 2:00 pm CST.


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