Discover the benefits of integrating Shiptime with Advanced Shipment Tracking (AST) PRO for WooCommerce. This integration connects your WooCommerce store with your Shiptime account, facilitating seamless order processing, label generation, and tracking number synchronization.

Overview of Shiptime Integration

Shiptime WooCommerce integration automates the transfer of processing orders from your store to Shiptime for efficient shipping label creation and tracking management.

The Problem Addressed

When using Shiptime to create a shipping label:

  • Order Notes Update: Shiptime adds a note with the Shipping Carrier, Tracking Number, and tracking link to the WooCommerce order notes API.
  • Order Status Update: It changes the WooCommerce order status to Completed (Shipped).
  • Lack of Shipment Tracking API Utilization: Shiptime doesn’t use the Shipment Tracking API provided by AST, meaning tracking info isn’t added to the Shipment Tracking Order Meta. This omission results in the absence of the shipment tracking widget in the shipping confirmation email.

Shiptime Tracking Integration Solution

The Shiptime Tracking Integration with AST PRO addresses these challenges by:

  • Automating Tracking Information Retrieval: Automatically extracting tracking information from the order notes and updating it in AST’s shipment tracking order meta.
  • Enhancing Fulfillment Workflow: Streamlining the order fulfillment process by reducing manual data entry and the potential for errors.

Enabling Shiptime Tracking Integration

To activate the Shiptime integration:

  1. Navigate: In your WordPress admin, go to WooCommerce > Shipment Tracking > Integrations.
  2. Locate and Enable: Search for the Shiptime integration and enable it.
  3. AutoComplete Option: Choose to enable the ‘AutoComplete shipped orders’ option. With this, AST will automatically update the order status to ‘Shipped’. For manual control, keep this option disabled.

Post-Integration Workflow

Once enabled, every time you generate a shipping label in Shiptime for a WooCommerce-originated order, the shipment tracking details will be automatically updated in AST’s shipment tracking order metadata.

Handling Carrier Name Discrepancies

  • Name Mismatch Issue: Shiptime might use different carrier names than those listed in AST’s shipping carriers.
  • Solution: Use the ‘Map Shipping Carriers’ option to reconcile the names received from Shiptime with the standardized names in AST, ensuring the inclusion of a tracking link in the shipping confirmation email.

Best Practices and Notes

  • Carrier List Sync: Regularly update your carrier list in AST for precise mapping and tracking.
  • Integration Checks: Routinely ensure the integration’s functionality, particularly after plugin updates.
  • Customer Awareness: Clearly communicate the availability of tracking features and encourage customers to use them for improved service satisfaction.

By following this guide and enabling the Shiptime integration with AST PRO, you can significantly enhance your order fulfillment process, ensuring that tracking information is accurately and efficiently applied and communicated.


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