Airtable is a powerful database, with a simple interface. Whether you're building a database to manage the team, to track a product launch, or to brainstorm new ideas for your business, Airtable is flexible enough to let you focus on the work.
ShipStation is a web-based, multi-carrier shipping solution that is designed to save eCommerce retailers time and money on their order fulfillment process. With ShipStation you get access to a single set of powerful tools for managing your orders from creation through fulfillment—anywhere your business needs to ship.ShipStation Integrations
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Triggers when a new record is available.
Triggers when a new record is available.
Triggers for each individual line item when a new order is created or imported.
Triggers for each individual line item when a new outbound shipping label is created for an order.
Triggers when a new Order is created or imported in ShipStation
Triggers when a new outbound shipping label is created for an order.
Creates a new record with auto-populating fields.
Update the values of specific cells in an Airtable record.
Marks an order as shipped without creating a label in ShipStation.
Airtable is a cloud-based, collaborative tool for managing data. It's similar to Excel, Google Sheet, or even Salesforce. In comparison to the other tools listed above, Airtable focuses on collaboration. With Airtable, multiple users can access one file and make edits at the same time. For this reason, Airtable is often used for inventory management, sales pipeline tracking, or project management.Airtable uses the power of relational databases to store data. In a relational database, data is stored in tables along with fields that describe the data. Each record in a table is called a row and each field in a table is called an attribute. Rows are identified by an id attribute whereas fields are identified by name attributes.For example, consider a table that tracks the items in your pantry. The table might contain a column for the item name, another column for the quantity, and a third column for the date it was purchased. Each row would represent a single item in the pantry. In this case, id would be the name of the item and quantity and date would be attributes of the item.
ShipStation is a warehouse management tool that allows you to manage all aspects of your business from one platform. You can use ShipStation to create labels, print packing slips, and ship orders via USPS or UPS. You can also integrate ShipStation with other shipping carriers like FedEx, DHL, and others. The ShipStation API allows you to automate many of these processes using ShipStation's service as your warehouse management system (WMS.
There are three ways to integrate Airtable and ShipStation:
3. Through the ShipStation APIIn order to connect Airtable and Shopify, you need to buy an app from the Shopify App Store. Most apps are paid but some are free or discounted. The cheapest app that integrates Airtable and Shopify is the Sales & Orders app which costs $9/month or $99/year. This app allows you to sync orders between Shopify and Airtable as well as add new orders from within Airtable. This app has over 200 five star reviews on the Shopify App Store so it seems to be very reliable.While not free or cheap, this integration method has several advantages over the alternatives:
3. It's more secure than using Zapier or the API because it requires a password in order to loginThe main disadvantage of using this app is cost. If you're only using Airtable for inventory management then it may be worthwhile investment. If you want to track other information then you may be better off with a different option.Another option is using Zapier to integrate Airtable and Shopify. There are two ways to do this using Zapier:
2. Using Notifier appAs you can see from the picture below, there are many different apps that allow you to use Zapier to connect Airtable and Shopify. Many people have had success with these apps but they are not as stable as using the built-in integration through the Shopify App Store. Additionally, many of these apps charge a monthly fee which can really add up over time.The final method for integrating Airtable and Shopify is using the ShipStation API. This method requires some coding knowledge but it allows you to make requests directly to ShipStation's servers instead of going through Zapier. This means that you will not have to worry about API limits but you will need to set up a server-side script to handle requests from Airtable's API. Because this method is more complex than other methods, we'll go into more detail about it later in this post.The main advantages of using Zapier or the API include:
3. You can easily get around IP restrictions set by ShipStation if you're not a customer yet by using Zapier or setting up your own server-side scripts using the APIThe main disadvantage of using Zapier or the API is that these solutions do not provide an easy way to update products if they change names or SKUs. Additionally, if you want to update stock levels or mark items as out of stock then you will need some sort of script that handles those requests as well. We'll go into more detail about how this works later in this post.If you do decide to use these methods then it may be easier to start with Zapier because it's easier to get started with and doesn't require much technical knowledge on your part. If you want more advanced customization then you can move onto setting up your own server-side scripts using the ShipStation API.
There are many benefits associated with integrating Airtable and Shopify but most of them relate back to inventory management or project management. For example, let's say that you run an online shop selling plush toys. When a customer buys one of your plush toys then it can be shipped directly from your warehouse via USPS, UPS, or FedEx through ShipStation's integrations with those carriers. However, what happens when one of those carriers changes their policy regarding shipping toys? This could require you change the charges associated with shipping those plush toys or even stop selling certain products altogether if they cause too much trouble for your customers when shipping via USPS or UPS.With an integrated system like Airtable and Shopify, it would be easy to stop selling specific plush toys by marking them as out of stock within Airtable. Then when someone tries to purchase one of those plush toys through your store then they will receive an error message letting them know that they are out of stock until further notice. Additionally, if USPS changes their policy regarding shipping plush toys then you could easily update your shipping costs within Airtable through scripting instead of manually changing each individual product within Shopify.
While there are many benefits associated with integrating Airtable and Shopify, there are some drawbacks as well:
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