Automatic Shipping in Magento
>>Autoship Tracking Extension
Magento being such a huge open source ecommerce web application, carries out a possibly every function that can be carried out on an ecommerce website. There are a lot of extensions available on the Magento Connect [Magento Extension Marketplace] which adds up to the existing functionality in magento. There are a very few extensions focusing on shipping and shipping related issues and specifically there is not even scarce extensions carrying out the whole shipping automatically.The need to carry out shipment automatically would increase when there are a large number of orders being placed at any point of time. It would be tiresome for a person to just get into an order and click on the “Ship” button. It would be resourceful if there was a way by which magento would carry out shipment automatically, like rest of the processes which can be done automatically by one or the other extension. If an extension is made which can make the complete shipping method automated it would be of great use as it would reduce the work of a person in clicking on a button to carry out the shipment.
The intention behind making the extension is to make the working of shipment module automated. In order to carry out automatic shipping in magento it is necessary to know the shipping methods that are used in magento. The major shipping methods used in magento are FedEx, UPS, USPS and DHL. Magento also supports flat shipping rates i.e. it collects an amount from the customer and carries out shipping manually. The shipment module in magento is used in creating shipping in which it has a part to create shipping labels and creating invoices according to the shipments. The shipping labels are created in FedEx, UPS, USPS and DHL shipping method. There is also a facility to fetch tracking number of a particular shipment by calling the API of the shipping method selected.
The extension that we created helps in removing the person’s work of manually shiping the orders one after another. The extension has an inbuilt cron functionality which runs every 15 minutes, hence the need of the person to manually create the shipping is remove completely. The shipping is automatically carried out by this extension. If a person has selected a shipping method with FedEx or UPS then it will also fetch the tracking numbers by calling their API’s. This Automatic shipping extension will also create a shipping label in which the ordered products will be made into one package. This extension will be of great help in online stores where they have large numbers of orders being placed day in and out. Autoship extension is developed using similar code that magento follows in the core system.
1. No core file changed.
2. Orders will be automatically Shipped after every 12 hours.
3. Automated Shipment is carried out for the orders placed using Fedex and UPS
4. Tracking Numbers are generated during automation of the process.
5. Shipping Labels are created during the automation of the process.
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