Where exactly is my package? Shipping notifications explained

By Oleg Mikhailenko
Published in Solutions
April 15, 2022
3 min read
Where exactly is my package? Shipping notifications explained

Congratulations! You’ve just gotten an email or perhaps one of those handy mobile notifications letting you know that your order has shipped. Instead of refreshing your Shein order status in the desperate hopes that a tracking number comes up, though, you might take the opportunity to learn the meanings of all the different notifications you might see. Read on to see some of the different shipping status notifications you might receive alongside their corresponding stages in the fulfillment process.

What does ‘awaiting fulfillment’ mean?

Often the first notification you’ll get after an order confirmation, this means that your order has been processed and confirmed by the e-commerce channel, but hasn’t been picked, packed, or shipped just yet. This can be a process that takes a day or more, from the moment your order is logged and received by the distribution company to the moment that a worker is sent to pick and box everything. Be patient— assuming everything is in stock, it won’t be long until your items are selected, packaged, and sent to your door!

What does ‘shipped’ mean?

Good news! Your items have been carefully packaged and sent off to the courier. It’s likely that your parcel will spend a few hours in a receiving or sorting facility, as it takes time for the shipping label to be read and the package to be moved to the correct location to make sure that it gets sent out in the correct direction. Once everything is situated at the facility, though, it’s only a matter of time before your goods are well on their way to you. It’s at this point that you’ll likely receive a tracking number, either through the courier or through Deliver-It tracking.

What does ‘in transit’ mean?

Your package has officially left the facility it started in and is now on its way to you! Before it gets there, though, it may hit another couple of destinations. Additional sorting facilities, freight depots, and even airports may be on your parcel’s itinerary over the next couple of days as it travels over. If you’re still carefully tracking your package we mentioned before and hit the ‘track my Shein order’ button, you’ll be able to watch each and every stop your order makes in pretty close to real time thanks to software integrations that communicate your box’s location each and every time it’s scanned.

What does ‘out for delivery’ mean?

This is the exciting part! If your parcel is out for delivery, that means it’s been dispatched and is currently on its way to its final destination - your front porch. You can rest easy knowing your order will arrive very soon, safe and sound (although let’s face it - you’re more likely to be sitting and peeking out the window waiting for the delivery truck to come!).

At long last, your order has been delivered. As long as you like everything and don’t need to make any returns, that’s the end of the whole process. Now you’re free to enjoy your new stuff, leave a review online, and even go back to browsing and perhaps make another order.

Whether you’re a customer or a merchant, these sorts of updates are incredibly important to ensure that e-commerce fulfillment operations run as smoothly as possible. Confusion as to where goods are can lead to anxiety and negative customer experience, as you’re left wondering whether your items have been lost and if they’ll even arrive at all.

Luckily, P2Pseller has your back. We offer a number of key software integrations to make sure that you’re able to have real-time updates as to the location of every single order, which can be conveniently checked through either the website or mobile app. No matter whether you’re at the office, on the bus, or sitting on the couch, you always have the option of tracking each and every parcel you send out. Register a free account with us today in order to browse all our offerings and see how we can help you scale infrastructure, sell more, and grow your business. All with zero stress and zero phone calls.


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