Shopify shipment updates

When items are shipped in Brightpearl the order will be updated in Shopify with details of the items in the shipment, the shipping method and the tracking reference. Shipment updates from Brightpearl to Shopify are enabled by toggling the “enable fulfillments” option.

Shipment update triggers

Shipments are sent to Shopify in near real-time when a goods-out note or drop shipment are sent.

Shipment update features

Feature Supported?
Partial shipments (multiple shipments for one order) Yes
Items split to back order (we recommend a status change) No
Drop shipments Yes
Send updated shipping method (i.e. different from original order) Yes
Tracking reference sent to Shopify Yes
Shipment updates triggered from integrated shipping system Yes

Partial/split shipment

A shipment update will be sent to Shopify for each separate shipment made in Brightpearl.

Back orders

Back orders should not be used for Shopify orders, instead, advanced fulfillment should be used to split the shipment.

If items from the original order are split to a Brightpearl back order those items will not longer have a link to the order in Shopify. This means that no shipment updates will be triggered and Brightpearl cannot update the order in Shopify with the shipment details.

Shipping method and tracking reference

The order shipping method is provided by the Shopify store and is assigned to the order in Brightpearl as long as a shipping method of the same name exists. If a different shipping method is used and assigned to the goods-out note in Brightpearl, the shipment will show the shipping method name in the shipment on Shopify.

Tracking references are entered against goods-out notes in Brightpearl at the point the items are marked as packed. This might be added by an integrated shipping application. Any tracking reference entered will be uploaded to Shopify once that goods-out note is marked as shipped.

Shipping confirmation emails to customers

Either Shipstation (or similar apps), Brightpearl or Shopify can be used to trigger email updates to be sent to customers. Ensure only one or the other is being used.


Once a dropship purchase order is marked as shipped in Brightpearl the sales order will be updated as shipped too. This will trigger a shipment to be created in Shopify with the relevant shipping method and tracking reference, if available. To enter a tracking reference on dropship orders in Brightpearl, the advanced dropshipping option must be activated in Brightpearl.

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