FedEx Label Printing made Easy for your WooCommerce

In this article, we will show you how the FedEx shipping label printing process works in WooCommerce FedEx shipping plugin and Shopify FedEx App. Read along to know more.

Why do you need FedEx shipping labels?

FedEx shipping labels allow FedEx agents to fulfill an order. These labels contain vital information including the source and destination addresses, shipment details, service name, and necessary barcodes and numbers for tracking purposes. The shipping labels are generally attached along with the package and FedEx agents use the information stored on it at every checkpoint.

With so many e-commerce platforms coming into play, you can directly print FedEx shipping labels right from your website. Both WooCommerce and Shopify users can generate and shipping labels for their orders.

This has been possible with the introduction of some amazing shipping solutions. Store owners can make use of these solutions in order to integrate logistics services like FedEx into their online store. These solutions even allow users to print the labels in various different sizes, formats, and types.

How to print FedEx shipping labels in WooCommerce?

By using the WooCommerce FedEx Shipping plugin, you can automate the label printing process as soon as an order is received. If you wish to go manual and print the shipping labels based on the specifications of your printer, this plugin will allow you to do so.

This plugin can be easily integrated with your WooCommerce. Which means all of your products, store information, and orders are automatically synced. This simply proves how intelligent and intuitive this shipping plugin is. The WooCommerce FedEx shipping plugin will allow you to perform the following tasks.

  • Print Shipping Labels from the Edit Order page
  • Print Return Shipping Labels
  • Automate the FedEx Label printing process
  • Manually print the FedEx Shipping Labels

Let’s go ahead and check out the shipping label printing process with WooCommerce FedEx shipping plugin.

Print labels from Edit Order page

With the WooCommerce FedEx shipping plugin installed on your WooCommerce, you can directly print the shipping labels from the Edit Order page. For that, you must create the shipment first and then you should see the following options. In the image given below, you can see three options – Print Label, Void Shipment, and the Generate return label.

print label

The Print Label option lets you download the shipping labels. Your web browser will download the shipping label file onto your system which you can further print using your thermal or normal printer (depending on your printer).

There are cases where you’d be forced to cancel an order. This plugin lets you do that and to void/cancel a shipment, you just must click on the Void Shipment option. Upon doing that the plugin API will send a cancellation request to FedEx. For which FedEx will cancel the shipment giving you the liberty to cancel the shipment.

Now, for some reason, if you wish to generate a return shipping label for any one of your orders, this plugin will let you do that. For that, you just have to click on the Generate return label option and the return label would be generated. The FedEx shipping plugin even allows you to choose the FedEx service for the return orders.

Video showing the return label printing process

If generating return labels feels a lot of work, then you can also allow your customers to print the return labels directly from their My Account page. You can check out the following video that shows how this plugin allows customers to print the return shipping label:

FedEx label printing processes—Automatic and Manual

As mentioned earlier at the beginning, you can either choose to automate the label printing process or manually configure the order/packages before printing the shipping labels. In the video given below, you can see that the Label Generation section of the FedEx settings page allows you to automate the process.

If you choose the option Generate Shipping Labels Automatically After Order Received and then click Save changes, you can download and print the labels right after clicking on the Generate packages in the Edit Order page.

Please note that this process is simple and easy, but it doesn’t allow you to modify the order/shipment before generating the labels.

So, if you wish to manually define the shipment or change the FedEx service, you can do that by disabling the option Generate Shipping Labels Automatically After Order Received and then by clicking Save changes. After doing this, if you go to the Edit Order page and click the Generate packages button, you would be able to see something like below.

create shipment

Print shipping labels from your WooCommerce

If you look closely at the above image, you can see that you have the option to choose the service and define the weight and dimensions of the package. Moreover, you can even opt for the Cash On Delivery option and request FedEx to deliver the package(s) on Saturdays by clicking on the Saturday Delivery for any particular order.

Furthermore, if you would like to add another package and assign a separate FedEx service for the same package, you can do that as well. You should note that in this case, you would get two separate shipping labels if you have selected separate FedEx services for different packages.

Now, after you have configured your final shipment, you can go ahead and click the Generate package option and then click Create Shipment option. In the image given below, we created another package with custom dimensions and a different FedEx service.

print two shipping label

You should keep in mind that these shipment specifications and requests would directly go to the official FedEx API. So, based on their rules and guidelines, you will be provided with the correct shipping label.

If you send a request that does not validate with their rules then you would not be able to generate and print the shipping labels for that particular shipping configuration. To avoid such issues, kindly check your requests before sending one.

How to print FedEx shipping labels in Shopify?

Shopify has it all in terms of easy setup, with a handy dashboard area for quickly adding products, customizing the look of your site, and setting up Shopify shipping. It’s great because Shopify asks you if you plan on moving from another platform during the signup process. The system then provides a link for importing products from your previous store.

By using Shopify FedEx Appyou can generate and print FedEx shipping labels directly from your Shopify store. The process is almost automated and you can manage to finish the complete process under one minute.

In addition to the label printing feature, Shopify FedEx shipping App has a lot under its sleeves. With this App, you can display live FedEx shipping estimate, schedule FedEx pickup, adjust shipping prices, enable order/shipment tracking, and much more.

Printing FedEx shipping labels in Shopify

You can print the shipping labels in various different sizes, formats, and image types. Under the Labels option, you can find the Print Label Size and Image Type drop-downs that allow you to opt for the right shipping labels.

For instance, to print labels off Zebra thermal printers, you need either ZPLII or EPLII formats in order to print the labels. Here’s an article talking about printing FedEx shipping labels via Zebra thermal printers in details. Check it out to know more about it.

zebra thermal printers

Once an order is placed on your store, you can access it from the Orders section as shown below. You can fulfill the order by clicking on the Auto-Generate Label option which basically completes the entire shipment-creation process. After that, the App sends the necessary information to FedEx APIs to generate the shipping labels.

Once everything is confirmed and validated by FedEx, they will deliver the shipping label directly to the App. You can hover down to the Apps section where you will the FedEx App. Once you enter the App, you should be able to see the following option with Track Order and Download Label.

download fedex shipping labels

Once you do that, you should be able to download the shipping labels as shown in the image above. Please mind that the shipping labels would be downloaded based on the type of image format you’ve selected and cannot be changed once done. Here’s a sample FedEx shipping label generated in PNG format.

ship frozen

To know more about the Shopify FedEx App, check out its product page.

Conclusion

Selling products online is no longer a chore. With so many options to choose from, store owners no longer have to sit back and manage their store all day long. Solutions like WooCommerce FedEx shipping plugin and Shopify FedEx App, FedEx shipping has become much easier.

We hope that this article would have helped you understand FedEx shipping on your online store. Do contact us if you have any issue regarding this article or need help setting up FedEx shipping on your store.

Happy selling!

Last Updated On April 11, 2019