What are shipping templates?
Shipping templates are used on Amazon to set up specific shipping settings. In Channable you can select different shipping templates for certain products. For example, you can create a shipping template for products with a shipping cost and another template for products without a shipping cost. Setting up these shipping templates requires three steps:
Step 1: Create Shipping Templates in your Amazon account
Login to your Amazon seller account and navigate to Settings > Shipping Settings. Here you can create new shipping templates by clicking on the "Create New Shipping Template" button. Copy the names that you gave to your shipping templates, since you will need these in the next step. For our example we created two shipping templates called "ShippingExtraCosts" and "ShippingNoExtraCosts".
Step 2: Setup the templates with a rule in Channable
Login to your Channable account and navigate to your Amazon API. In the Rules step create a new rule in which you fill in the copied name of your shipping template in a "shipping_template" field. If you do not yet have a "shipping_template" field, add a new field in the mapping of your import. For our example, we can setup the rule below.
Step 3: Link the
shipping_template field in the Build step
Now that we have created a rule to setup the shipping templates for all products, go to the Build step where you can find the shipping tab. Here, link your "shipping_template" field to the Shipping Template option. Your shipping templates will be connected once the API runs again.
Here you can also find the Fulfillment center and Fulfillment latency fields. You can leave these fields empty when you are handling your own orders with self-fulfilled inventory (MFN = Merchant Fulfillment Network). In Fulfillment latency, you fill in the amount of days between receiving the order and shipping it. The default is 1 to 2 days. Use this field only if you need longer than 2 days.
Fulfilment by Amazon
When you are using fulfillment by Amazon inventory (AFN = Amazon Fulfillment Network), you need to fill in the Fulfilment center with the correct code. For example: AMAZON_NA, AMAZON_EU, AMAZON_JP, AMAZON_CN, or AMAZON_IN. Read this article to understand the implication of merchant or Amazon fulfilment in the orders.