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.
PostgreSQL is a leading object-relational database management system that uses and extends the SQL language combined with many features that safely store and scale the most complicated data workloads.PostgreSQL Integrations
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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.
Triggered when you add a new column.
Triggered when you add a new row.
Triggered when new rows are returned from a custom query that you provide. Advanced Users Only
Marks an order as shipped without creating a label in ShipStation.
Adds a new row.
Updates an existing row.
PostgreSQL includes the powerful SQL language for handling data storage and retrieval. As we have seen in other posts, SQL is also quite versatile. SQL can be used for data storage and retrieval but also for creating new tables and indexes. This allows for significant flexibility when using PostgreSQL and SQL. A good example of this is the Full-Text Search (FTS. extension. With FTS you can index large blocks of text and search them for keywords or phrases. This allows for very quick searching of large amounts of text, even if the documents are stored in a different table.
ShipStation makes use of this functionality to create a list of your most used carriers. When you add a product to your cart, ShipStation will automatically check your preferred carriers to see if there are any matches with products you have added to your cart. If it finds matches, it adds the items to a "Carrier" page in your cart that contains all items that ship with a particular carrier. The items are sorted by which carrier will be the cheapest for you to ship them.
This type of functionality would not be possible without FTS. As products change, new terms will need to be added to the FTS index; thus updating the list of carriers. The ability for PostgreSQL to allow for modifications based on user input is what makes ShipStation possible. When a user adds a product to their cart that requires special shipping instructions (for example. a gift card), ShipStation will update the FTS index to include those instructions. When the user checks out, PostgreSQL will search the FTS index and return only products that require specific shipping instructions.
In addition to being able to add new terms to an FTS index, PostgreSQL has several other advantages over other databases that make it better suited for this application. One advantage is its query speed. PostgreSQL's query performance is one of the best in class across all relational databases. With the ability to handle complex queries with ease, it is no surprise that ShipStation uses PostgreSQL as its backend database. When dealing with such a large amount of data in real time, slow and cumbersome queries could lead to extremely long wait times for customers trying to checkout. Since PostgreSQL can return results so fast, there are no issues with waiting periods when customers check out on ShipStation's website. Another advantage is that PostgreSQL supports full text search via the FTS extension we discussed above. Being able to search thousands of products in seconds is a crucial part of what makes ShipStation so successful. There is another advantage that we will talk about later in the conclusion section of this article.
The benefits of using PostgreSQL as the backend database for ShipStation are numerous. Let's look at some of these benefits:
As we have seen throughout this article, ShipStation has several features that would not be possible without PostgreSQL as its backend database system. The fact that it can be used as an object database along with having full text search capabilities makes it especially useful for this particular application since there are many different types of data that need to be stored and retrieved quickly and efficiently from one central system. Another major benefit is its security features which are crucial when dealing with sensitive customer information such as credit card numbers or personal preferences regarding shipping methods or delivery dates/times etc.. In conclusion, there are many reasons why ShipStation uses PostgreSQL as its backend database system but the biggest reason is because its versatility and ability to scale up are key components when running any business online today but especially one as large as ShipStation's which relies heavily on its website processes working correctly at all times.
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