How much time does your parts team spend on the shipping part of your parts eCommerce website?

Most dealerships selling parts online don’t need to buy extra software for shipping, because a few orders a week are easy to handle without extra help.

But for high-volume power sellers, the parts website sees enough orders every day that a dedicated shipping management software makes more sense.

So how do you decide if it’s time to invest in a shipping manager?

Our Partnership with ShipStation

RevolutionParts has been integrated with ShipStation for a while, but now we’re proud to now be an official ShipStation Partner!

This partnership will bring even more benefits to RevolutionParts customers, so that shipping out auto parts & accessories is easier than ever.

Some of the benefits and supported integrations include:

  • Seamless synchronization for products, orders, and customer information between RevolutionParts and ShipStation
  • Distribution centers for easy and organized shipping from multiple shipping locations
  • Bulk label printing and customization to better brand orders when you ship them out

Check out our partnership page on the ShipStation website for more details about the program.

Why a shipping manager?

A shipping manager like ShipStation or ShipWorks can actually save your team a lot of time and headache, making it the financially smart choice despite the extra cost.

Shipping managers make your life easier in a lot of different ways, like organizing your data, automating customer emails, automating shipping decisions, and more. You can even run reports on your shipping manager to gain valuable insights about your online parts business.

That said, it’s not necessary for everyone, and you don’t need a shipping manager to be successful online.

In fact, according to a recent survey, 80% of dealers on the RevolutionParts survey reported that they haven’t needed to hire additional staff to deal with parts eCommerce yet. The shipping manager built into the RevolutionParts platform is enough for the majority of dealers!

Since shipping software does add another expense, you want to make sure the timing is right and your dealership will truly benefit from the added features!

3 Signs your Dealership might need a Shipping Manager

1.You’re a power seller shipping out a TON of parts.

For the average dealership selling parts online, a shipping manager like ShipStation isn’t absolutely necessary.

And luckily for dealers, it takes a while to reach that threshold where there are too many orders to handle without help.

The RevolutionParts platform does a lot of cool things, but we’re not a dedicated shipping management software. The built-in shipping tools should be PLENTY for the majority of our customers, but if you’re a high volume powerseller, you might benefit from a dedicated piece of shipping software.

For example, RevolutionParts doesn’t offer a lot of tools as far as branding your shipping labels and order confirmations. If you want to focus on building an online brand, then dedicated shipping software can help.

2. You’re selling on multiple channels.

Is your dealership selling on a standalone website in addition to a marketplace like eBay? Or are you part of an auto group with multiple websites for each of the car brands you sell?

Shipping managers will let you access all your orders—regardless of where it came in—on the same dashboard.

If your dealership has a successful eBay Motors store in addition to sales on a standalone parts website, the shipping manager can consolidate your orders and have them all organized in a single location.

P.S. RevolutionParts customers don’t have to worry!

All your orders will be listed in the same place, regardless of where they came from. You’ll be able to filter by marketplace if you want, but you do NOT have to log into all your different accounts in order to fulfill an order, collect payment, and ship.

3. You have multiple distribution centers.

Similar to having multiple selling channels, shipping software can also come in handy if you’re shipping from more than one location. You can add all your stores to the same account and then set up multiple distribution centers to stay organized even if you’re shipping from multiple locations.

Plus, shipping managers like ShipStation let you login from any computer. Since the software is browser-based, you don’t need to download anything to access your orders.

P.S. Again, this won’t be an issue for most RevolutionParts customers!

Our Advanced Tier includes features for Warehouses and Order Routing. You can set up multiple “ship from” locations, known as “warehouses” in the system, along with rules that will automatically send the order where you want it to go.

You can set up rules to distribute orders by brand, distance to shopper, or simply cycle through the designated warehouses equally.

If you still want this feature with a lower price tier of RevolutionParts, then a shipping software like ShipStation might just be the answer.

Conclusion

If your team is getting to the point where you think it’s time to hire another employee, try investing in shipping management software instead. Most shipping managers offer a free trial period so you can test out the software for yourself and see if it helps you sell parts more efficiently.

If you’re a RevolutionParts customer, click here to get a free trial of ShipStation and take advantage of our new partnership status with them!

There are plenty of shipping software options out there, so make sure it integrates with your eCommerce solution before making a choice!