Buy & Print enables you to purchase many labels with less than three clicks from the ORDERS page. The ultimate "Quick Ship", orders which qualify for different carrier services may be purchased simultaneously!
How does Buy & Print work?
Buy & Print couples oversight with efficiency, using the automation that you build to provide rate quotes on the ORDERS page. You can select which orders you're ready to ship, then purchase labels - all from the ORDERS page.
If an order has a Saved Carrier Selection assigned by a Shipping Rule, then ShippingEasy will try to get a rate quote. If the rate quote is successful, a label can be purchased from the ORDERS page by selecting the order and then clicking the Buy & Print button.
Even better, multiple orders can be selected at once, regardless of different Saved Carrier Selections. Buy & Print offers all of the benefits of batching without the need to make sure all orders are being shipped the same way - plus the convenience of Quick Ship!
Once the Buy & Print button is selected, a window displays to confirm the postage purchase amount. Select Purchase and your labels will print to your selected printer. If you have selected a label format that does not include packing slips, you will be able to choose to print packing slips when you print your labels with Buy & Print.
For more details, take a look at our step by step guide.
What settings do I need to configure to use Buy & Print?
You will need to verify that the following settings have been configured:
- Automatic Postage Refills
- Arrange Columns
Automatic Postage Refills:
If a USPS postage balance runs out mid-buy, the USPS label purchase will not be successful. To avoid interruptions, we recommend setting up automatic postage refills to specify how much postage you would like to add to your balance when you reach a minimum threshold. Learn how to set up Automatic Postage Refills.
Customizing columns on the ORDERS page puts rate quote and Saved Carrier Selection information at your fingertips. Learn more about customizing columns.
These additional options can be used to set the carrier service:
- Previous selections
- Saved Carrier Selections
- Shipping Rules
These do not need to be configured. Rather, they are automatic recommendations made by ShippingEasy for how to ship each order, based on past order history. Learn more about previous selections.
Saved Carrier Selections:
These are saved combinations of your most used carrier, service, and packaging. Use these to manually override a previous selection or use Shipping Rules to apply them to orders automatically. Learn how to create Saved Carrier Selections.
Why would the Buy & Print option disappear from the buttons at at the top of the ORDERS page?
ShippingEasy provides two options for using the ORDERS page: Advanced View and Standard View. The Buy & Print button is only visible in the Advanced View. Learn more.
To switch between the Advanced and Standard views, locate the Advanced View switch in the bottom left corner of the ORDERS page, and toggle on or off.
Will labels be sent directly to my printer or to my print queue?
It depends on whether or not you have integrated your printer with ShippingEasy via ConnectEasy.
- If ConnectEasy has been configured: the purchased labels are automatically bundled and dispatched to the designated ConnectEasy printer. Learn more about ConnectEasy and how to configure direct printing.
- If you have not enabled ConnectEasy: all purchased labels will end up on the READY TO PRINT page. Learn more about printing to PDF.
Can I see if a rate quote was obtained?
Yes. There is an optional column on the ORDERS page, "$Rate", which will display the rate quote. Learn how to customize which columns are displayed.
- If a rate quote was obtained: it is shown in "$Rate". These orders will also be marked with a thumbs up icon displayed to the left of the order.
- If no rate quote was available: then "$Rate" indicates N/A.
- If some sort of error prevented a rate quote from being obtained: an error indicator is shown; click it to get the details.
Can I filter my orders for just those with a successful rate quote?
Yes. There is a filter on the left-hand side of the ORDERS page, "$Rate Quote", that makes it easy to filter to just the orders that have a valid rate quote.
Just expand the "$Rate Quote" filter and select With a rate quote. Your orders will filter to display only those that returned a successful rate quote.
TIP: if you regularly use the "$Rate Quote" filter with other filters, consider setting up a Saved View. Learn more.
Can I see which Saved Carrier Selection has been applied to the order?
Yes. There is an optional column on the ORDERS page, "Saved Carrier Selection", which will indicate which Saved Carrier Selection has been applied to each order via your Shipping Rules or from a previous selection.
Learn how to customize which columns are displayed.
- If a Saved Carrier Selection has been applied to an order: then the name of the Saved Carrier Selection will appear in this column. Any rate quote shown will be for the specified Saved Carrier Selection.
- If no Saved Carrier Selection was applied: then the "Saved Carrier Selection" column indicates N/A.
Can I automatically advance the date of my labels when using Buy & Print?
Yes. Advance label date settings can be automatically applied, but only to shipments created by the Account Owner user login.
NOTE: any shipments created by non-account owner logins will not see their dates automatically advanced when using Buy & Print, and instead will need to be manually advanced.
Can I print packing slips with my labels?
Yes. To do so, you must select a label format without a packing slip to prevent duplicate packing slips from printing. This will give you the option to print packing slips from the ORDERS page before processing your labels.
Check the Print Packing Slips checkbox to print packing slips with your labels. ShippingEasy will remember your Print Packing Slips setting when you click the Purchase button.
Can I filter my shipments by purchase batch?
Yes. Groups of labels purchased together via Buy & Print will be assigned a Batch ID. The Batch ID for Buy & Print purchases will always end in the letter "P". This Batch ID can be searched from the SHIPMENT HISTORY page. Learn how to filter shipments.