How to manage orders going to PO Boxes

Overview

  • Some couriers do not deliver to PO Boxes and so you may need to have orders with a PO Box address to go with a different courier.
  • Starshipit will check your orders for you to ensure you don't accidentally send the order with a carrier that doesn't support a PO box. 
  • You can also create rules to handle PO boxes in a way that suits you 
  • The only couriers that support PO Boxes are Australia Post eParcel, MyPost Business, Startrack and the Plain Label couriers. 

How it works

Starshipit has implemented logic that automatically checks the building, street, suburb and city field for the below values:

  • parcel locker;parcel-locker;po box;p.o.b.;pob;p.o. box;po-box;p.o.-box;po-box;p.o box;pobox;p-o-box;p-o box;post office box;p.o. box;po box;p/o;g.p.o box;gpo box;g.p.o. box;g-p-o box;g-p-o-box;locked-bag;locked bag; parcel collect

If this is detected and you print with an unsupported carrier, you will be presented with an error. 

Rules

If you would like to further customise PO box logic you have a few options. 

PO Box & Parcel Locker Orders Rules Condition

There is a condition that will check to see if the PO box or parcel locker has been included in any of the address fields for you. You can then choose whichever action you would like to apply in this scenario. 

  1. Go to Settings > Rules.
  2. Click Add new rule.
  3. Select PO Box & Parcel Locker Orders as the condition
  4. Set equals to True or False depending on what you require
  5. Add your action to take e.g. Assign courier or do not import order (more info on this in section 2).

Street, Suburb/City Rules Condition

If the above mentioned keywords don't suit you, you can also create a custom rule by using the street rule condition

  1. Go to Settings > Rules.
  2. Click Add new rule.
  3. Select Destination Street as the condition.
  4. In the condition value field enter each possible combination for PO Boxes. You can find some common values below which are already separated by semi-colons (each value should be delimited by a semi-colon).
  5. Add your action to take e.g. Assign courier or do not import order (more info on this in section 2).

Example Rule Conditions

Click one of the options below to view example rule conditions.

PO Box and Parcel Locker parcel;parcel locker;parcel-locker;locker;po box;p.o.b.;pob;p.o. box;po-box;p.o.-box;po-box;p.o box;pobox;p-o-box;p-o box;post office box;p.o. box;po box;p/o;
GPO Box and Locked bag g.p.o box;gpo box;g.p.o. box;g-p-o box;g-p-o-box;locked-bag;locked bag;bag;
Combination of the above parcel;parcel locker;parcel-locker;locker;po box;p.o.b.;pob;p.o. box;po-box;p.o.-box;po-box;p.o box;pobox;p-o-box;p-o box;post office box;p.o. box;po box;p/o;g.p.o box;gpo box;g.p.o. box;g-p-o box;g-p-o-box;locked-bag;locked bag;bag

 

Note: Rules are not case sensitive. You can enter "PO Box" or "po box" in your rule condition, and both values would work.

2. Common use cases

Common use cases of a rule checking for PO Boxes are detailed below:

  • Assigning the orders to a different courier service (e.g. Australia Post).
  • Preventing the order from importing into Starshipit. 

Assigning to another courier:

NOTE: To determine what each service code represents, go to Settings > Couriers and then click Settings next to the courier you want to check the services for. 

Preventing the order from importing into Starshipit:

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