How do I connect Zulily to my ShipStation account?

This guide will help you prepare your SKUs and ShipStation account for integration.

If you have any questions along the way, your ZPS Account Manager will be your best point of contact.

 

Preparing Your SKUs

SKUs in ShipStation matching the SKUs in ZPS will make the integration successful.  There are two ways ZPS allows you to match ShipStation SKUs to ZPS SKUs.

Option 1: Unique SKU:  A SKU in ShipStation matches a SKU in the ZPS Catalog in order to uniquely identify a product in an order. For example, if a SKU is SHE-0004-39-107, and this is the only item that has this particular SKU, then that would be valid as there are no other items that have this SKU.

Option 2: 3-Way Match:  A non-unique SKU in addition to color and size in ShipStation matches a SKU, color and size in ZPS Catalog in order to correctly identify a product in an order.

If the same item's SKU were just SHE-0004, and were no more unique to this product than it were to any other pair of shoes, then there would need to be something more unique to identify them. 

In this case, it would also account for the size and color item options to uniquely identify the product.

Color: Royal Blue
Size: 7

Prior to importing your shipments make sure SKUs in ShipStation orders match SKUs in ZPS Catalog.

Use the below guides to help you correctly match ShipStation order item information to ZPS Catalog product information when a SKU represents more than 1 product in the ZPS Catalog.

 

ShipStation-ZPS Connection

Now, let's go over connecting ShipStation to Zulily with your unique ShipStation API Key and API Secret. 

Head to your Account Settings (the gear icon in the upper right).

Next, select Account and then API Settings from the sidebar on the left.

On the page that appears, copy your API Key and API Secret.

You will send this key and secret to your ZPS account manager, they will connect ShipStation to your ZPS Account. 

 

Order Import

You will now need to add tags to your ShipStation account that will correspond to tags in ZPS System. 

Create the following tags:

ZPS
ZPS_IMPORTED
ZPS_PROCESSING
ZPS_ERROR
ZPS_SHIPPED
ZPS_CANCELLED

These tags will represent the following.

After your ZPS account manager verifies that your API keys are setup correctly, you will begin importing your first orders.

Select a given order by checking the check box, then click the Tag dropdown from the top action bar and select  ZPS to apply the ZPS tag to the order.

Head back to your Zulily Vendor Portal and click Services then Ship to My Customers. You will now see this tagged order in the Ready to Ship or Needs Attention tab. 

In ShipStation, you will now see two more tags automatically appear next to your imported order.

(ZPS_IMPORTED and ZPS_PROCESSING

Once the order has been picked, packed and shipped, the ZPS_SHIPPED tag will be automatically selected.

 

To view tracking, open the Order Detail and head to the Order Activity Section.

This tracking number will be sent to the customer if you have setup Shipment Confirmation for this selling channel in ShipStation. 

 

Other Options

ZPS allows you to reserve inventory for specific ShipStation Sales Channels or Marketplaces.  Your Account Manager will prepare your Hold shells prior to your first connection.  After these shells are created, you will need to reserve inventory for each Hold in the Vendor Portal Catalog. This process requires you to continually update inventory in each Sales Channel hold in the Vendor Portal.

If this features sounds like a good option for you, provide your Account Manager with the following:

  • List of Sales Channels and Marketplaces in ShipStation. ZPS will set up a Hold for each Sales Channel or Marketplace.
  • Answer: Do you want ZPS to pull from general inventory pool if a current Sales Channel Hold does not have inventory?

This is an optional feature and is not required. Consult your Account Manager if you think Inventory Holds is a good option for your company.

 

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