Once you make sure products and orders are synced between your store and Spark Shipping, it is time to start setting up your vendors. 

By vendors we mean your suppliers, manufacturers, warehouses, or your own internal warehouse. Any party that you want to send orders to, or update inventory from can be called a vendor. 

You can choose to set up your vendor yourself for free. It is your responsibility to ensure the vendor is correctly set up. We recommend that you use this Self-Setup for easier methods of integrations like Plain Text Email, CSV or XML files. 

  1. Go to Vendors > Scroll Down to find 'Custom Integrations' > Find the Self-Setup box and click Add Vendor. 
  2. You'll find the vendor you just created in your vendors list > Click on the vendor name to move to the Vendor Page where you can start setting it up.
  3. On the vendor page you'll find 3 main sections: Inventory , Fulfillment, Tracking. Each one of these sections can be set up as you need it. 

* Using Self-Setup to set up Inventory:

You can set up the inventory to keep your products quantities in sync with your vendor's stock by clicking "New Inventory Update" > Choose the inventory method and set it up accordingly. You can refer to the "Inventory" solutions for more tips. 

*Using Self-Setup to set up fulfillment:

You can set up the Orders Fulfillment method for your vendor to have Spark Shipping send orders automatically to your vendor by clicking on 'Update Fulfillment Settings' > choose the Fulfillment Method from the Fulfillment Type drop-down menu and set it up accordingly. You can always test the Fulfillment Method by using your email address as the Vendor email address, and processing/reprocessing an order. The order will go to your email address for testing. You can refer to the "Orders Fulfillment" solutions for more tips. 

*Using Self-Setup to set up tracking:

You can set up Tracking method to allow Spark Shipping to update the tracking information for shipped orders as it recieves this info from your vendor. Spark Shipping will send this tracking info to your store to update the order status automatically. Go to 'Update Tracking Settings' > New Tracking File > choose the tracking method from the drop down menu and set it up accordingly. You can refer to the "Tracking" solutions for more tips. 

Note: Once the vendor is created, it's time to map your SKUs. We recommend that you start by mapping only few SKUs to use for testing, and map the rest of your SKUs when you're ready to go Live.