Managing shipping entirely from your home or business

By combining Shopify Shipping with existing shipping carrier features, you can manage your shipping entirely from your home or business without visiting a post office.

You can order shipping boxes and materials online, print your shipping labels at home, and then request the shipping carrier to come pick up your packages.

Buying shipping labels

After a customer places an order, you can buy a discounted shipping label in Shopify. If you're in the United States, then you can purchase labels from USPS, UPS, and DHL Express. If you're in Canada, then you can purchase labels from Canada Post.

For more information, refer to Buy a shipping label

Printing shipping labels

After you purchase the label, you can print the label from a label printer or a desktop printer.

For more information, refer to Print a shipping label.

Schedule a pickup

After you package your product and attach the shipping label, you can schedule a pickup with the shipping carrier. The shipping carrier will come to your door and collect your packages, instead of you leaving your home or business to drop off the packages.

Each carrier charges different amounts for pickups:

  • USPS - Free for anytime during regular mail hours on the specified date, or $24.00 USD to select the time of day
  • UPS - $4.00 USD per pickup for unlimited packages
  • DHL Express - Free
  • Canada Post - Free for Priority™ and Priority™ Worldwide shipping services, otherwise flat fee of $3.50 CAD per pickup for unlimited packages

To schedule a pickup with USPS, UPS, or DHL Express, refer to Scheduling a package pickup.

To schedule a pickup with Canada Post, refer to Canada Post's Request a pickup page.

Domestic and international shipping

If you ship domestically, then consider offering local delivery options for customers who are nearby.

If you ship internationally, then make sure that the shipping carrier that you want to use currently ships to the countries that you want to ship to. For more information, refer to Shipping carrier statuses.

Order flat rate carrier packaging

Some shipping carriers offer free packaging for their flat-rate shipping options. Review the following to see if any carrier's flat-rate box options work for your products:

USPS

You can order free shipping supplies directly from USPS. You need to sign up for a free USPS account to receive your supplies.

UPS

You can order free shipping supplies (for example, envelopes, labels, and pouches) directly from UPS. You need to sign up for a free UPS account to receive your supplies.

DHL

You can order free shipping supplies by emailing DHL Express at USShopifySupplies@dhl.com. This button opens a template email in your preferred email client:

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