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Shipping centre 2.0 (Test phase)

In the Orders » Shipping centre 2.0 menu, you can use the integrated interfaces to control all of the processes that are related to shipping your items. You cannot only search for and edit shipping orders but also register shipping orders directly with a shipping service provider or alternatively create a polling file or order summary to hand it over to a shipping service provider. By using the group function, you can, for example, register multiple orders or returns at the same time or reset multiple orders at the same time.

The Orders » Shipping centre 2.0 menu is structured as follows:

shipping centre 2.0 menu structure
  • Navigation: Here you can navigate through different parts of the menu. The currently selected area (blue font) is displayed in the main window on the right. If you open several shipping orders at once, they will be displayed underneath each other. Click on to expand or collapse the navigation bar.

  • Toolbar: Here you can search for shipping orders, configure columns, set the results to be shown per page and click through the pages with the shipping orders.
    Note: The standard filter is set to the date range of the last 4 weeks up to and including today’s date.

  • Main window: Here you can see whichever area is currently open.

    • Overview: When you start a search, you’ll see the results in an overview. The overview provides information about the shipping orders found at a glance. For example, you can see the shipping service provider the order was registered with, the number of packages contained in the order and the recipient region.

    • Detail view: When you open a shipping order, its details are displayed in the main window on the right. The detail view of a shipping order is divided into the following areas: Overview, Recipient, Packages and Returns.

New features

New features compared to the “old” shipping centre

You can find the following improvements in the shipping centre 2.0 that haven’t been available in the “old” shipping centre:

  • When registering an order, select an order status in case of successful registration and in case of a failed registration.

  • Group function to reset orders

  • Group function to download return labels

  • Checkbox to automatically download the shipping labels when registering the orders

  • A column with registered returns can be displayed in the overview

  • New filters: Order date from / to, Order type, Country

1. Searching for an order in the shipping centre

Open all orders in a list or select filters () to narrow down the search results in the overview of the shipping centre 2.0. By default, the date range of the last 4 weeks is set.

Searching for an order in the shipping centre:

  1. Go to Orders » Shipping centre 2.0.
    Note: By default, the data range of the last 4 weeks is set. You can, of course, adjust the date range by using the filter.

    • Option 1: Click on to see a list of all orders.

    • Option 2: Click on to narrow down the search results with filters.

  2. Note the explanations about the filters in Table 1.

Table 1. Filter options in the shipping centre
Setting Explanation

Order ID

Enter an ID to search for the order with this exact ID.

Order type

Select one or more order types () to search for orders with this order type.

Order status

Select an order status to search for orders in this status.
Note: The colour that you saved in the Setup » Orders » Status menu for the corresponding statuses will be shown in the overview in front of the order status.
Examples: or .

Registered with

Select a shipping service provider to only search for orders that have been registered with this shipping service provider.
Note: Select the option All to search for all orders.
Select the option Open to only search for orders that have not been registered yet.
Select the option Registered to search for all registered orders – regardless of the shipping service provider.

Shipping service provider

Select a shipping service provider to only search for orders that use this shipping service provider.

Shipping profile

Select a shipping profile to search for orders with this shipping profile.

Country

Select a country to search for orders to this country.
Note: This list shows all countries that are activated in the Setup » Orders » Shipping » Settings menu in the Countries of delivery tab.

Payment method

Select a payment method or the option All to search for orders with this payment method.
Note: The drop-down list shows all payment methods that are activated in your system. Go to Setup » Orders » Payment » Methods to see whether a payment method is activated.

Owner

Select an owner to search for orders with this owner.

Contact ID

Enter the ID of the contact to only search for orders from this contact.

Client (store)

Select a client to search for orders with this client.

Warehouse

Select a warehouse to search for orders with this warehouse.

Order date from / to

Select the dates from the calendars () to search for orders within a certain time period.

Reset

Resets the selected filter criteria.

Search

Executes the search. The orders found are listed in the overview.
Tip: Don’t choose any filters if you want to see all of the orders in the overview.

1.1. Saving the current filters

When you start a search, your selected filters are displayed up top as so-called “chips”. You can save these filters to apply them again more quickly and easily in the future.

Saving the current filters:

  1. Start a search.

  2. Click on Saved filters ().

  3. Click on Save current filter.

  4. Enter a name and decide whether the filter preset should be visible for all user accounts ().

  5. Click on SAVE.
    → The filter settings now appear under Saved filters ().

Use drag-and-drop to arrange the filter presets in a specific order by clicking on Move (). Click on to delete a filter preset.

1.2. Applying saved filters

Applying saved filters:

  1. Click on Saved filters ().

  2. Click on an existing filter preset.
    → The search is started and the search settings are displayed up top as so-called “chips”.

2. Configuring columns

You can have the following columns displayed in the overview of the shipping centre 2.0:

  • Order ID

  • Order type

    • Shows the order type, e.g. order, return or credit note.

  • Order status

    • The colour that you saved in the Setup » Orders » Status menu is shown in front of the status.

  • Registered with

    • Shows the shipping service provider that you registered the order with.

  • Return registered with

    • Shows the return service provider that was used to create the return label for this order.

  • Shipping profile

  • Packages

    • Shows the number of packages contained in the order.

  • Recipient name

  • Recipient region

  • Order created at

  • Order registered at

Click on the button Configure columns () on the top right to deactivate the columns that are already shown in the overview.

3. Carrying out the group function

Once you have selected an order (), the different buttons become visible (see Figure 1). Select at least 2 orders from the list to be able to use the group functions. Table 2 lists the elements from the group functions as well as their explanations.

shipping centre group function
Figure 1. Group function in the overview
Table 2. Using the group function in the shipping centre
Element Symbol Explanation

Editing orders

Shows all selected orders in a list on the left side.
Click in the line of the order Order ID to open the order in the detail view. Click on to remove the order from the list. Click on in the line of an order to open a list with the areas of the order: overview, recipient, packages, returns. Click on one of the areas to open the order in the detail view. Click on to close the areas of the order again. The order remains in the list, however.
Tip: You can find a detailed step-by-step guide on how to edit orders below this table.

Register orders

Registers all selected orders.
After clicking on Register orders, a window opens. Select the shipping service provider that you want to register the selected orders with from the drop-down list. Two further drop-down lists are available from which you can select the order statuses that the orders should switch to in case of successful and failed registration.
The option Automatically download shipping labels in PDF format after registration is activated by default and automatically downloads the shipping labels to your computer after the orders have been registered.
Tip: You can find a detailed step-by-step guide on how to register orders below this table.

Polling

Creates a polling file in CSV format for all selected orders.
After clicking on Polling, a window opens. Select the service provider and the order status from the drop-down lists.
Tip: You can find a detailed step-by-step guide on how to create the polling file below this table.

Register returns

Registers a return for all selected orders.
After clicking on Register returns, a window opens. Select the return service provider from the drop-down list.
Note: If you installed and deployed the DHL Retoure Online plugin, different settings for generating the labels are visible: one label per order (one file), one label per package, one label per package (multiple files).
Tip: You can find a detailed step-by-step guide on how to register returns below this table.

Summary

Creates a summary in PDF format of all selected orders.
After clicking on Summary, a window opens. Select the service provider from the drop-down list.
Tip: You can find a detailed step-by-step guide on how to create the order summary below this table.

Download shipping labels

Downloads the shipping labels of orders that have already been registered in PDF format.
The number of PDF files corresponds to the number of shipping service providers. This means: One PDF file is generated for each shipping service provider.
Note: If an export document is available, these are also downloaded in a separate file.
Tip: You can find a detailed step-by-step guide on how to download shipping labels below this table.

Download return labels

Downloads the return labels of orders that have already been registered as returns in PDF format.
The number of PDF files corresponds to the number of return service providers. This means: One PDF file is generated for each return service provider.
Tip: You can find a detailed step-by-step guide on how to download return labels below this table.

Reset orders

Resets all selected orders.
After clicking on Reset orders, a window opens. Note: Cancelling an order is only possible in the detail view of an order, not in the group function of the overview.
Tip: You can find a detailed step-by-step guide on how to reset orders below this table.

Step-by-step guide for the group functions

Click on one of the following tabs to see a step-by-step guide of the individual group functions.

Proceed as described below to edit multiple orders using the group function.

Editing multiple orders using the group function:

  1. Go to Orders » Shipping centre 2.0.

  2. Search for the orders by using the filter settings as described in the Searching for an order in the shipping centre chapter.
    → The orders that correspond to the search criteria entered are shown in the overview.

  3. Select () the orders that you want to edit.

  4. Click on Edit orders () in the toolbar on the top.
    → The selected orders are shown on the left side.

  5. Click in the line of the order Order ID to open the order in the detail view.

  6. Carry out the desired changes.

  7. Click on in the line of an order to remove the order from the list.

  8. Click on in the line of an order to open a list with the order areas.
    → Click on one of the areas to open the order in the detail view.

  9. Click on to close the order areas again.
    → The order remains in the list, however.

Proceed as described below to register multiple orders using the group function in the overview.

Registering multiple orders using the group function:

  1. Go to Orders » Shipping centre 2.0.

  2. Search for the orders by using the filter settings as described in the Searching for an order in the shipping centre chapter.
    → The orders that correspond to the search criteria entered are shown in the overview.

  3. Select () the orders that you want to register.

  4. Click on Register orders () in the toolbar on the top.
    → The Register orders window opens.

  5. Select the shipping service provider from the drop-down list which you want to register the orders with.
    Note: Depending on the selected shipping service provider, further drop-down lists with additional options are available. The additional options allow you to change the shipping profile for selected orders after they have been registered. They also allow you to change the shipping date so it is predated or postdated.

  6. Select the order status from the drop-down list which the order should switch to after having it successfully registered with the shipping service provider.
    Note: You can link the switch to this order status with an event procedure which, for example, automatically books outgoing items.

  7. Select the order status from the drop-down list which the order should switch to when the registration with the shipping service provider failed.
    Note: You can link the switch to this order status with an event procedure.

  8. If you do not want that the shipping labels are automatically downloaded after registration, deactivate () the option Automatically download shipping labels in PDF format after registration.
    Note: This option is activated by default.

  9. Click on Register orders.
    → The orders are registered with the shipping service provider.

Proceed as described below to create a polling file for multiple orders using the group function.

Generating a polling file for multiple orders:

  1. Go to Orders » Shipping centre 2.0.

  2. Search for the orders by using the filter settings as described in the Searching for an order in the shipping centre chapter.
    → The orders that correspond to the search criteria entered are shown in the overview.

  3. Select () the orders that you want to create a polling file for.

  4. Click on Polling () in the toolbar on the top.

  5. Select the service provider from the drop-down list.
    Note: Based on the selected service provider, further settings are possible.

  6. Select the order status that the orders should switch to.

  7. Click on Create polling file.
    → The polling file is generated.

  8. Save the file to your computer and send it to the shipping service provider.

Proceed as described below to register returns for multiple orders using the group function.

Registering returns for multiple orders:

  1. Go to Orders » Shipping centre 2.0.

  2. Search for the orders by using the filter settings as described in the Searching for an order in the shipping centre chapter.
    → The orders that correspond to the search criteria entered are shown in the overview.

  3. Select () the orders that you want to register a return for.

  4. Click on Register returns () in the toolbar on the top.
    → The Register returns window opens.

  5. Select the return service provider from the drop-down list which you want to register the orders with.

  6. Click on Register returns.
    → The orders will be registered with the return service provider and the package numbers are saved at the order.

Generate an order summary or a manifest for the shipping service providers that are set up in your plentymarkets system.

Such a summary contains all orders that have been registered with the shipping service provider during one day and should be picked up by the shipping service provider. The person who picks up the parcels on behalf of the shipping service provider signs this list instead of each shipping label individually. Thus, the list serves as a pick-up receipt.

Proceed as described below to create a summary for multiple orders using the group function.

Creating an order summary for multiple orders:

  1. Go to Orders » Shipping centre 2.0.

  2. Search for the orders by using the filter settings as described in the Searching for an order in the shipping centre chapter.
    → The orders that correspond to the search criteria entered are shown in the overview.

  3. Select () the orders that you want to create an order summary for.

  4. Click on Summary () in the toolbar on the top.

  5. Select the service provider from the drop-down list.
    Note: Additional options for the shipping service provider are displayed, if available.

  6. Carry out the setting for the options, if needed, such as selecting the shipping date.

  7. Click on Create summary.
    → The PDF file is created.

Using the elastic export to export order summaries

As an alternative to the order summary of one day in the Orders » Shipping centre 2.0 menu, you can also carry out an elastic export. To do so, create in advance an export format with the FormatDesigner and use the format type Orders.

Proceed as described below to download shipping labels for multiple orders using the group function.

Downloading shipping labels using the group function:

  1. Go to Orders » Shipping centre 2.0.

  2. Search for the orders by using the filter settings as described in the Searching for an order in the shipping centre chapter.
    → The orders that correspond to the search criteria entered are shown in the overview.

  3. Select () the orders whose shipping labels you want to download.

  4. Click on Download shipping labels () in the toolbar on the top.
    → The PDF file is generated and you can save it to your computer.
    Note: The number of PDF files corresponds to the number of shipping service providers. This means: One PDF file is generated for each shipping service provider.
    Note: If an export document is available, these are also downloaded in a separate file.

Proceed as described below to download return labels for multiple orders using the group function.

Downloading return labels using the group function:

  1. Go to Orders » Shipping centre 2.0.

  2. Search for the orders by using the filter settings as described in the Searching for an order in the shipping centre chapter.
    → The orders that correspond to the search criteria entered are shown in the overview.

  3. Select () the orders whose return labels you want to download.

  4. Click on Download return labels () in the toolbar on the top.
    → The PDF file is generated and you can save it to your computer.
    Note: The number of PDF files corresponds to the number of return service providers. This means: One PDF file is generated for each return service provider.

Tip: Refer to the DHL Retoure Online page to learn more about how to generate return labels with the DHL Retoure Online plugin automatically with an event procedure or a process.

Proceed as described below to reset multiple orders using the group function.

Resetting multiple orders using the group function:

  1. Go to Orders » Shipping centre 2.0.

  2. Search for the orders by using the filter settings as described in the Searching for an order in the shipping centre chapter.
    → The orders that correspond to the search criteria entered are shown in the overview.

  3. Select () the orders that you want to reset.

  4. Click on Reset orders () in the toolbar on the top.
    → A window opens and you need to confirm your decision.

  5. Confirm your decision by clicking on Reset orders.
    → The orders are reset.

Difference between cancelling an order and resetting an order

If you cancel an order in the shipping centre, the registration is cancelled in plentymarkets and also with the shipping service provider. This means that the order will not be picked up.

If you reset an order, it is available as a pending order in plentymarkets. However, it is still registered with the shipping service provider and you are billed for it. The Reset function simply resets the registrations. The order itself will not be cancelled with the service provider. Therefore, we recommend that you always cancel the order.

Note: It is only possible to use the cancelation function within a single order, not via the group function. For further information, refer to the Cancelling a single order chapter.

4. Editing a single order

The following sub-chapters describe which options you have to edit a single order. The following sub-chapters are available:

4.1. Displaying an order

When you open an order, you will see the following 4 areas in the detail view:

  • Overview

  • Recipient

  • Packages

  • Returns

These areas are described in the following sub-chapters.

Furthermore, the following functions in the order are available in the toolbar on the top:

shipping centre functions single order
Figure 2. Available functions in a single order

Table 3 lists the elements from the single order as well as their explanations.

Table 3. Available functions in a single order
Element Symbol Explanation

Register order

Registers the order.
After clicking on Register order, a window opens. Select the shipping service provider which you want to register the order with from the drop-down list.
Two further drop-down lists are available from which you can select the order statuses that the order should switch to in case of successful and failed registration.
Furthermore, the shipping label is automatically downloaded in PDF format after the order has been registered. This option is activated by default.
Tip: You can find a detailed step-by-step-guide on how to register an order in the Registering a single order chapter.

Polling

Creates a polling file in CSV format.
After clicking on Polling, a window opens. Select the service provider and the order status from the drop-down lists.
Tip: You can find a detailed step-by-step-guide on how to create a polling file for a single order in the Creating a polling file for a single order chapter.

Register return

Registers a return.
After clicking on Register return, a window opens. Select the return service provider from the drop-down list.
Note: If you installed and deployed the DHL Retoure Online plugin, different settings for generating the labels are visible: one label per order (one file), one label per package, one label per package (multiple files).
Tip: You can find a detailed step-by-step guide on how to register a return in the Registering a return for a single order chapter.

Reset order

Resets the order.
After clicking on Reset order, a window opens to confirm your decision.
Tip: You can find a detailed step-by-step guide on how to reset an order in the Resetting a single order chapter.

Cancel order

Cancels the order.
After clicking on Cancel order, a window opens to confirm your decision.
Tip: You can find a detailed step-by-step guide on how to cancel an order in the Cancelling a single order chapter.

4.1.1. Overview

In the Overview area, you can see general information regarding the order’s registration status:

  • Order ID

    • By clicking on the ID, you will be redirected to the order in the Orders » Edit orders menu.

  • Registered with

    • In this column, you can see the name of the shipping service provider that you registered the order with.
      Note: If the order has not been registered yet, the note Not registered is shown here.

  • Number of packages

  • Registration time of the shipping label

    • Date and time when the order was registered

4.1.2. Recipient

In the Recipient area, you can see some delivery details such as the shipping region and the recipient’s address. Click on the contact ID to open the contact data record in the CRM » Contacts menu.

4.1.3. Packages

The Packages area shows the following columns by default:

  • ID

  • Name

    • Here, the Standard package or the name of the shipping package that you created in the Setup » Orders » Shipping » Shipping packages menu is shown.

  • Weight

  • Dimensions

  • Volume

  • Number of items

  • Type

    • Here, the packing unit type is shown.

  • Package number

    • Here, the package number is shown that is returned by the shipping service provider after having successfully registered the order.

Click on the button Configure columns () to deactivate the columns that are already shown in the overview.

A detailed description about the shipping packages can be found further down on this page in the Editing a shipping package chapter.

4.1.4. Returns

The Returns area shows the following columns by default:

  • ID

  • Return ID

    • If the return was registered via the main order, no ID is visible in this field. If the return is an order of the type Return, the ID is visible in this field.

  • Return service provider

  • Registered on

    • Date and time when the return was registered

  • Valid until

    • Validity how long the labels are available for download to your customers in your plentyShop.

  • Package number

    • Here, the package number is shown that is returned by the shipping service provider after having successfully registered the order.

Click on the button Configure columns () to deactivate the columns that are already shown in the overview.

4.2. Registering a single order

When you register your orders with a shipping service provider in the shipping centre, the orders are directly transmitted to the shipping service provider.

For example, use the filter settings in the search of the shipping centre to only show orders of a certain shipping service provider in a certain order status. During the registration process, you receive messages from the shipping service provider informing you of both success and errors.

Proceed as described below to register a single order.

Registering a single order:

  1. Go to Orders » Shipping centre 2.0.

  2. Search for the order that you want to register by using the filter settings as described in the Searching for an order in the shipping centre chapter.
    → The orders that correspond to the search criteria entered are shown in the overview.

  3. Search for the order that you would like to register.

  4. Click on Register order () in the toolbar on the top.
    → The Register order window opens.

  5. Select the shipping service provider which you want to register the order with from the drop-down list.
    Note: Depending on the selected shipping service provider, further drop-down lists with additional options are available. The additional options allow you to change the shipping profile for selected orders after they have been registered. They also allow you to change the shipping date so it is predated or postdated.

  6. Select the order status from the drop-down list which the order should switch to after having it successfully registered with the shipping service provider.
    Note: You can link the switch to this order status with an event procedure which, for example, automatically books outgoing items.

  7. Select the order status from the drop-down list which the order should switch to when the registration with the shipping service provider failed.
    Note: You can link the switch to this order status with an event procedure.

  8. If you do not want that the shipping label is automatically downloaded after registration, deactivate () the option Automatically download shipping labels in PDF format after registration.
    Note: This option is activated by default.

  9. Click on Register.
    → The order is registered with the shipping service provider.
    → The registered order receives a package number in the Packages area.

4.3. Downloading the shipping label

If the order has been successfully registered, the shipping label is visible in the Packages area. Click on Download shipping labels () in the Packages area of the order to save the label to your computer and print it afterwards.

Another option to download the shipping label is the group function in the overview. For further information, refer to the chapter Step-by-step guide for the group functions in the tab Downloading shipping labels.

Automatically sending shipping labels via email

You can automatically generate the shipping labels via an event procedure and send them via email. For this procedure, 2 event procedures are required. These are listed below:

Event procedure to register the order

First, set up an event procedure that registers the order and returns the package number.

Setting up an event procedure to register the order
  1. Go to Setup » Orders » Events.

  2. Click on Add event procedure.
    → The Create new event procedure window opens.

  3. Enter a name.

  4. Select the event as listed in Table 4.

  5. Save () the settings.

  6. Carry out the settings as listed in Table 4.

  7. Select the option Active.

  8. Save () the settings.

Table 4. Event procedure for automatically registering orders
Setting Option Selection

Event

Status change: New order

Cleared for shipping

Procedure 1

Plugins > Register order with shipping service provider

Procedure 2

Order > Change status (optional)

Select a status.

Event procedure for the email despatch

Now, set up another event procedure that reacts to the successfully registered order and send the email with the shipping label to your customers.

Setting up an event procedure for the email despatch
  1. Go to Setup » Orders » Events.

  2. Click on Add event procedure.
    → The Create new event procedure window opens.

  3. Enter a name.

  4. Select the event as listed in Table 5.

  5. Save () the settings.

  6. Carry out the settings as listed in Table 5.

  7. Select the option Active.

  8. Save () the settings.

Table 5. Event procedure for automatically generating return labels
Setting Option Selection

Event

Order change: Package number

Procedure 1

Customer > Send email

Select the email template that contains the attachment Shipping label from the first drop-down list. Select as recipient the option Customer from the second drop-down list.

Procedure 2

Order > Change status (optional)

Select a status.

4.4. Resetting a single order

Note the end of the shipping day that you defined with your shipping service provider. When the end of the shipping day is reached (this is often a point in time between 4:00 and 6:00 pm), you can only reset the order, but it is not possible to cancel it any longer.

Difference between cancelling an order and resetting an order

If you cancel an order in the shipping centre, the registration is cancelled in plentymarkets and also with the shipping service provider. This means that the order will not be picked up.

If you reset an order, it is available as a pending order in plentymarkets. However, it is still registered with the shipping service provider and you are billed for it. The Reset function simply resets the registrations. The order itself will not be cancelled with the service provider. Therefore, we recommend that you always cancel the order.

Proceed as described below to reset a single order.

Resetting a single order:

  1. Go to Orders » Shipping centre 2.0.

  2. Search for the order that you want to reset by using the filter settings as described in the Searching for an order in the shipping centre chapter.
    → The orders that correspond to the search criteria entered are shown in the overview.

  3. Open the order.

  4. Click on Reset order () in the toolbar on the top.
    → A window opens and you need to confirm your decision. Note the reference in the box Difference between cancelling an order and resetting an order at the beginning of this chapter.

  5. Confirm your decision by clicking on Reset order.
    → The order is reset.

4.5. Cancelling a single order

Note the end of the shipping day that you defined with your shipping service provider. When the end of the shipping day is reached (this is often a point in time between 4:00 and 6:00 pm), you can no longer cancel the order, but only reset it.

Difference between cancelling an order and resetting an order

If you cancel an order in the shipping centre, the registration is cancelled in plentymarkets and also with the shipping service provider. This means that the order will not be picked up.

If you reset an order, it is available as a pending order in plentymarkets. However, it is still registered with the shipping service provider and you are billed for it. The Reset function simply resets the registrations. The order itself will not be cancelled with the service provider. Therefore, we recommend that you always cancel the order.

Proceed as described below to cancel a single order.

Note that you can only cancel an order in the detail view of a single order, but not in the group function.

Cancelling a single order:

  1. Go to Orders » Shipping centre 2.0.

  2. Search for the order that you want to cancel by using the filter settings as described in the Searching for an order in the shipping centre chapter.
    → The orders that correspond to the search criteria entered are shown in the overview.

  3. Open the order.

  4. Click on Cancel order () in the toolbar on the top.
    → A window opens and you need to confirm your decision. Note the reference in the box Difference between cancelling an order and resetting an order at the beginning of this chapter.

  5. Confirm your decision by clicking on Reset order.
    → The order is reset.

4.6. Creating a polling file for a single order

Create a polling file for the shipping service provider’s software. A polling file is necessary if no direct interface to the shipping service provider’s software exists, i.e. if shipping orders cannot be registered in the shipping centre 2.0. The polling file generated in plentymarkets is usually a CSV file.

Creating a polling file for a single order:

  1. Go to Orders » Shipping centre 2.0.

  2. Search for the order by using the filter settings as described in the Searching for an order in the shipping centre chapter.
    → The orders that correspond to the search criteria entered are shown in the overview.

  3. Open the order.

  4. Click on Polling () in the toolbar on the top.

  5. Select the service provider from the drop-down list.
    Note: Based on the selected service provider, further settings are possible.

  6. Select the order status that you want the order to switch to.

  7. Click on Create polling file.
    → The polling file is generated.

  8. Save the file to your computer and send it to the shipping service provider.

4.7. Registering a return for a single order

After you have registered the return, the return label is available for download as a PDF file in the Returns are of the order. You can register a return via the main order or via the order type Return. For further information about the order type Return, refer to the Managing orders page.

Registering a return for a single order:

  1. Go to Orders » Shipping centre 2.0.

  2. Search for the order that you want to register a return for by using the filter settings as described in the Searching for an order in the shipping centre chapter.
    → The orders that correspond to the search criteria entered are shown in the overview.

  3. Open the order.

  4. Click in the toolbar on the top on Register return ().
    → The Register return window opens.

  5. Select the return service provider from the drop-down list.

  6. Click on Register return.
    → The return for the order is registered and the package number is saved at the order.

4.8. Retrieving the return label

Once the return has been successfully registered, the return label is available in the Returns area of the order. Click on Return label () to save the label on your computer and print it afterwards.

Figure 3 shows as an example a return that was registered with DHL Retoure Online with the setting that one label is generated per package. If multiple packages are available, one PDF file per return label is generated.

shipping centre return label
Figure 3. Printing the return label

Besides the manual option, you can, for example, use DHL Retoure Online to automatically generate the return labels via an event procedure or a process:

The following options are both available in the event procedures and in the processes:

  • Plugins > Generate DHL Retoure Online label

    • Registers the return with DHL Retoure Online. One label per order is generated, regardless of the number of packages.

  • Plugins > Generate DHL Retoure Online label (1 label per package / 1 file)

    • Registers the return with DHL Retoure Online. One label per package is generated. If multiple packages are available, one PDF file with all return labels is generated.

  • Plugins > Generate DHL Retoure Online label (1 label per package / multiple files)

    • Registers the return with DHL Retoure Online. One label per package is generated. If multiple packages are available, one PDF file per return label is generated.

You can select the options mentioned above in the following areas of the plentymarkets back end:

  • in the procedure group Plugins of the event procedures

  • as Return type in the procedure Return label in the processes

  • in the shipping centre when registering the return

For further information about the DHL Retoure Online plugin, refer to the DHL Retoure Online page.

Sending return labels of all available shipping service providers as email attachment via an event procedure

Go to CRM » EmailBuilder and select the setting Return label from the drop-down list of dynamic attachments in the email template. By doing so, the return labels of all shipping service providers available in plentymarkets - be it via a plugin or an integration in the back end- can be sent as email attachment. You only have to link the email template where you saved this setting with an event procedure to ensure that the email template will be sent automatically to your customers once the event occurs.

4.9. Downloading the export label

You need a customs declaration for shipments that you send to countries outside the European Union, the so-called CN23 form. Once you successfully registered an order where the country of delivery is outside of the European Union, the export label is automatically available in the Packages area of the order.

Downloading the export label:

  1. Go to Orders » Shipping centre 2.0.

  2. Search for the order by using the filter settings as described in the Searching for an order in the shipping centre chapter.
    → The orders that correspond to the search criteria entered are shown in the overview.

  3. Open the order.

  4. In the Packages area, click on Download export labels ().
    → The PDF file is generated and you can save it to your computer.

Another option to download the export label is the group function in the overview. For further information, refer to the chapter Step-by-step guide for the group functions in the tab Downloading shipping labels.

5. Editing a shipping package

If an order has not been registered yet, you can edit, add or delete the shipping packages at any time. The parameters such as weight and volume are calculated based on the item data. Therefore, check the shipping package information and correct it if necessary.

If you want to shipping packages from the shipping centre 2.0, the package content list will open in a new tab.

Editing a shipping package:

  1. Go to Orders » Shipping centre 2.0.

  2. Search for the order by using the filter settings as described in the Searching for an order in the shipping centre chapter.
    → The orders that correspond to the search criteria entered are shown in the overview.

  3. Open the order.

  4. Click in the Packages area on the package ID.
    → The package content list opens in a new tab.

  5. In the Packages area, click on Edit package ().
    → The Edit package window opens.

  6. Carry out the desired changes. Note Table 6.
    Note: Select the option at the bottom if you want that the settings are transferred to all packages in the pallet.

  7. Save the settings.

Table 6. Editing the shipping package in the package content list
Setting Explanation

Shipping package

Select the shipping package to assign a package size to the order.
Note: If you have not yet created a shipping package in the Setup » Orders » Shipping » Shipping packages menu, standard packages are assigned to the orders.
Important: The number of shipping packages entered in the Orders » Edit orders » [Open order] menu in the Settings tab does not influence the packages saved here. This means that changes that you carry out in that menu are not updated here. This is why you should change the number of packages in the shipping centre 2.0 only.

Weight (g)

Enter the weight of the shipping package.
If you saved a weight for the item, this weight is carried over to the shipping order.
If you did not save a weight for the item, a weight of 100 g is entered automatically as standard.
If the item consists of more than one packing unit, the weight is distributed between the number of packages it consists of.

Packaging unit

Select a packaging unit.
If you have selected a packing unit type at the item, this packing unit type is shown here.

Volume

Enter the volume.
If you saved the length, width and height for the item, the volume is calculated automatically based on these values.

5.1. Adding a shipping package

Proceed as described below to add a shipping package to the shipping order.

Adding a shipping package:

  1. Go to Orders » Shipping centre 2.0.

  2. Search for the order by using the filter settings as described in the Searching for an order in the shipping centre chapter.
    → The orders that correspond to the search criteria entered are shown in the overview.

  3. Open the order.

  4. Click in the Packages area on Add package ().
    → The package content list opens in a new tab.

  5. Click on the button Add package.
    → The packages is added and you can edit it.

  6. In the Packages area, click on Edit package ().
    → The Edit package window opens.

  7. Carry out the desired changes. Note Table 6.
    Note: Select the option at the bottom if you want that the settings are transferred to all packages in the pallet.

  8. Save the settings.

5.2. Deleting a shipping package

Proceed as described below to delete a shipping package from the shipping order.

Deleting a shipping package:

  1. Go to Orders » Shipping centre 2.0.

  2. Search for the order by using the filter settings as described in the Searching for an order in the shipping centre chapter.
    → The orders that correspond to the search criteria entered are shown in the overview.

  3. Open the order.

  4. Click in the Packages area on the package ID.
    → The package content list opens in a new tab.

  5. In the Packages area, click on Delete package () next to the package to be deleted.
    → A window opens and you need to confirm your decision.

  6. Confirm your decision by clicking on Yes.
    → The shipping package is deleted.

6. Splitting up orders into delivery orders

Define which criteria is used to split orders into delivery orders. The following options are available:

  • Warehouse

  • Shipping profile

  • Warehouse and shipping profile

  • Warehouse stock and net stock

Further information can be found in the Orders section in the Working with delivery orders chapter.

7. FAQ

Where can I see error logs when registering the order failed?

An error message is displayed if an order cannot be registered.

Refer to the Data » Log menu when searching for errors. Entries are saved in this menu for 4 weeks. For further information, refer to the Data log manual page.

Note the FAQ thread in the forum

If you get stuck at some point, it’s worth having a look at the comprehensive forum thread in our fulfilment category where the most common errors and the corresponding solutions are shown. You find the thread here . Please note that this thread is currently available in German only.

The thread is divided into 4 big topics:

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