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FAQs: Buy & Print

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What is the Buy & Print button on the ORDERS page?

The Buy & Print button 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 then select which orders you're ready to ship and 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: Saved Carrier Selections, Shipping Rules, Automatic Postage Refills, Arrange Columns.

Saved Carrier Selections:

These are saved combinations of your most used carrier, service, and packaging. Learn how to save you Carrier Selections.

Shipping Rules:

Also called mapping, these allow you to automate your preferences. Buy & Print requires that you apply Saved Carrier Selections via a Shipping Rule to get a rate quote when the order pulls in. Learn how to create a Shipping Rules or read our FAQs.

Automatic Postage Refills:

If an Endicia 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.

Arrange Columns:

Customizing columns on the ORDERS page puts rate quote and Saved Carrier Selection information at your fingertips. Learn more about customizing columns.

How do I know if a rate quote was obtained?

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 "$Rate".
  • If no rate quote was available, then "$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.

Orders with a rate quote will also be marked with a thumbs up icon displayed to the left of the order.

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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.

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How do I know which Saved Carrier Selection has been applied to the order?

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. 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.
  • If no Saved Carrier Selection was applied, then the "Saved Carrier Selection" column indicates N/A.

If a rate quote is present, it will be for the specified Saved Carrier Selection.

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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. 

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.

Will labels be sent directly to my printer or to my print queue on the READY TO PRINT page?

It depends on whether or not you have integrated your printer with ShippingEasy via ConnectEasy.

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.  
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