What Does Shipping Now Mean on Amazon?

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What Does Shipping Now Mean on Amazon

Amazon’s ordering process is straightforward enough, but their shipping process and their estimated order shipping status can get a little confusing. On that note, what does the “Shipping Now” status mean?

What Does Shipping Now Mean on Amazon?

“Shipping Now” means that the product that you placed an order for on the Amazon website is on its way.

The notifying message of “Shipping Now” is the order status of your purchase; pretty much all e-commerce sites have an order process, which is essentially a series of steps that must be met to successfully fulfill an order.

These steps are put into place to ensure that both the order process and the shipment process are carried out efficiently and in a timely manner; while simultaneously informing the customer of what stage their order is in and when to expect its delivery.

This is probably the most exciting stage of the order process since it does mean that your package is on its way to you; so, those knee-high disco boots that you may have or may not have ordered will be at your doorstep very soon.

Also, with Amazon receiving approval for drone delivery by them acquiring a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved part 135 Air Carrier Certificate, they are authorized to deliver small packages with drones and can now operate as an airline.

The customer-based residents of Lockeford, California, are among the lucky firsts to experience this drone-flown delivery system.

Why Don’t You See Shipping Now As Soon As You Place an Order?

There are many variables that can affect the order process on Amazon that can also delay the order status from being changed to the enticing “Shipping Now” status.

All of these variables depend on many other possibilities, such as; if the company you ordered the product from has

the item in stock or how long Amazon’s order list is, then factoring in where you are located in comparison to the nearest Amazon warehouse also whether that warehouse has the product that you ordered or not.

All of these possible reasons will be covered below, and one or more may match your situation.

1. The Order Process

Whether you are buying or selling on the Amazon website/app, there is an order process that all purchased products must go through. This is why you will not immediately see the “Shipping Now” message.

If you are selling your product on the Amazon website or app, when someone buys one of your products, the first step in the order process is for Amazon to subtract the number of products that were purchased from your product inventory.

This can also affect the order status for the customer as well, seeing as the “Shipping Now” message will not immediately appear.

When you are a seller on Amazon, and when the order is pending, the order will not show up in the “Orders” report or in the “Unshipped Orders” report. The order will be grayed out, meaning that you cannot interact with the order at this point.

Similarly to being a seller on PayPal, Amazon will hold all placed orders for up to thirty minutes in order to provide buyers with an adequate window of time to cancel their order if they so wish.

This pending period, under certain circumstances, could be potentially carried out over 21 days, depending on the situation.

Any buyer-canceled orders will show up grayed out in the “Manage Orders” section of the seller’s account. The next step is for Amazon to attempt to validate the buyer’s order details and payment method.

Once Amazon has verified the order, they will then change the order status to “Unshipped” and will typically send an order confirmation to the buyer and an order notification to the seller.

When the order status has been changed to “Unshipped,” the seller must either fulfill the order or cancel the order.

All that is left for the seller after the previous steps are to acquire the buyer’s appropriate shipping address and then send the product to the customer. This whole “Order Process” will appear to you, the customer, as “Preparing for Shipment.”

2. The Shipping Process

Once the order process (Preparing for Shipment) is completed by the seller sending the product out to your provided address, Amazon’s shipping estimate will begin, and this is when you will see the order status changed to “Shipping Now.”

The order status of “Shipping Now” means that your purchase has been processed, your chosen payment method has been charged, and the order should be in the process of being loaded up on a delivery truck for shipment.

Keep in mind that the delivery method you choose also has an effect on the shipment process; if you were to choose the standard shipping method, you could expect to receive the package within two to five business days.

However, if you are an Amazon Prime member, you can enjoy benefits such as free two-day shipping for any eligible items that you may purchase on the website or app.

Also, if you are in an eligible zip code area, you can even take advantage of the free same-day delivery option.

If you may have pre-ordered an eligible item, you can select the free release-date delivery option, which means that you will receive the pre-ordered item on the release date for ZIP codes within the continental US.

There is also the option for Amazon Prime members to select the free no-rush shipping option, which means that you can earn rewards for future purchases on the Amazon website or app.

Finally, for Prime members, on Amazon Day (July 12th), you can choose a delivery day for the items you may purchase throughout the week.

Within the United States, Amazon will use shipping companies such as FedEx, UPS, and DHL to transport and deliver their packages.

What Happens During the Shipping Now Process?

Amazon’s shipping process will begin once the order process (Preparing for Shipment) is completed by the seller sending the product out to your provided address.

Amazon’s shipping estimate will start, and this is when you will see the order status changed to “Shipping Now.”

The order status of “Shipping Now” means that your purchase has been processed, your chosen payment method has been charged, and the order should be in the process of being loaded up on a delivery truck for shipment.

Keep in mind that the delivery method you choose also has an effect on the shipment process; if you were to choose the standard shipping method, you could expect to receive the package within two to five business days.

When you opt for the standard shipping process, the wait is not intolerable, but some would prefer not to wait as long.

However, if you are an Amazon Prime member, you can enjoy benefits such as free two-day shipping for any eligible items that you may purchase on the website or app.

Also, if you are in an eligible zip code area, you can even take advantage of the free same-day delivery option.

If you may have pre-ordered an eligible item, you can select the free release-date delivery option, which means that you will receive the pre-ordered item on the release date for ZIP codes within the continental US.

There is also the option for Amazon Prime members to select the free no-rush shipping option, which means that you can earn rewards for future purchases on the Amazon website or app.

Finally, for Prime members, on Amazon Day (July 12th), you can choose a delivery day for the items you may purchase throughout the week.

Within the United States, Amazon will use shipping companies such as FedEx, UPS, and DHL to transport and deliver their packages.

1. Unshipped (Applies to Sellers on Amazon)

For Amazon sellers, the “Unshipped” order status means that the item is yet to be shipped to the customer that ordered the item. During the shipping process, this order status will remain until a carrier gets the order.

As a seller, you may be sending the product yourself, in which case you (the seller) will need to show you shipped the item(s) in order to change the order status of the product.

2. Pending (Likely Means A Longer Wait)

This particular part of Amazon’s shipping process essentially tells the seller to hold off on sending the product. Do note that this does not mean that the package is on its way.

This “Pending” order status typically means that there was an issue with an order, it could be a problem with the payment method, or it could also be an issue or insufficient funds.

Under normal circumstances, this order status can carry out over two days or even two weeks until it is cleared; this will also depend on your location and the nearest Amazon fulfillment center.

This order status can also be displayed if the product that was ordered is out of stock or if Amazon is waiting to assemble all of the eligible free shipping items.

3. Canceled (The Payment Failed to Go Through or There is A Concern for Fraud)

If and possibly when you see this order status, it means that Amazon has canceled the payment for the ordered product. Typically Amazon will be sure to notify you if this has occurred with your order.

This order status can also mean that your payment was detected to be fraudulent or your payment has failed to go through.

Your payment can also fail to go through if the provided information was incorrect or when your funds may be insufficient for the product you are attempting to order.

When filling out the payment method portion of an order, be sure that all of the pertaining information is indeed correct; otherwise, your payment could be canceled.

4. Order Fulfillment (Amazon is Processing The Order)

The order status of “Fulfillment” will be reached when your payment is accepted by Amazon and without any difficulties.

At this point, your order will be moved to the shipping process, which can be carried out one of two ways, one being through the Amazon fulfillment center or by the seller if they do self-shipping.

After that, either Amazon’s fulfillment center or the seller will prepare your order item for shipping, then it will be carefully boxed up to protect it through the shipping transport, and then the item is labeled so that the package can be scanned and tracked through its shipment; the tracking information will also be sent to the carrier so that it can be tracked.

The Shipping Process

The shipping process begins with Amazon sending an order notification to the seller; this helps the seller prepare and be ready for an incoming order.

Next, you (the customer) will have to fill out the billing information or payment method for the order, which will be sent to the seller soon as it is fulfilled and passes the approval check from Amazon, after which the seller can proceed with the order.

For the next part, known as processing the order, the seller will then prepare the order, gather the product(s), receive the appropriate information, and collect the materials necessary for the order to be shipped out.

It is that magical time! At this point, the seller will go to the carrier that they have chosen for the shipment, or it will be picked by the selected carrier, which is when the product is shipped out, and you will finally see that wonderful notification message that reads “Shipping Now.”

This message means that your order is on its way to you, and it is only a matter of time before the carrier gets your package to you.

If you would like to, you can also track your order from either the website or the application (app). To track your package, you can follow these provided steps:

Step 1. Firstly, go to either Amazon’s website or open your “Amazon Shopping” app, and then go to your “Orders.”

Step 2. Next, you will want to select the order that you wish to track.

Step 3. Once you have selected the order, you would like to track it, and you can select the “Track Package” option that should be beside the order.

Step 4. Once you have done that, you can select the “See All Updates” option to view your delivery updates and to get a rough estimate of the delivery time of your package.

You can quite easily track your order by following the provided steps above, and you will receive your order shortly.

It should be mentioned that the Amazon Shopping app is a fantastic app that boasts a number of great features, such as the full 360° product view, where you can closely inspect an item to be sure that it is everything you want before you purchase it.

And not to mention, if save items by tapping on the heart icon, not only will they be saved, but Amazon will also let you know when the item(s) go on sale so that you are getting the best deals possible.

Let’s not forget that Amazon will ship to 100+ countries within three to five business days; also, if you are unsure of a product brand, you can have the Amazon Shopping app find it for you by tapping on the scan icon in the search bar within the app.

So whether you are buying gifts, reading reviews, or just looking for a specific item, the Amazon Shopping app is the place for all of it.

Final Thoughts

Amazon is genuinely an excellent multinational technology company with an admirable dedication to quick and easy ordering online.

Not only that, but Amazon has also been dipping its toes into AI (Artificial Intelligence) and has expanded its technical reach with apps such as Amazon Prime Video, on which you can stream movies and shows, with some only being available on the Amazon Prime Video app.

Remember that you do have to be an Amazon Prime member in order to enjoy all of the benefits of both Amazon and its streaming app Amazon Prime Video.

Amazon has done a lot to simplify the ordering and shipping process as much as possible while maintaining a secure procedure as well, and with their plans to keep on expanding, including their drone delivery, it will be exciting to see where the company may go in the next couple of years.

While on the subject, did you know that Amazon started as an online bookstore? It is an interesting fact, and it is also fascinating to see how they have managed to grow into an e-commerce company that sells almost anything under the sun.

We hope you gained some helpful knowledge in this feature and if you did, then consider sharing it with a friend or family member that might need the information.

Brady Klinger-Meyers is an experienced tech writer and marketer who currently writes for Techzillo as well as other popular sites like MakeUseOf. At Techzillo, he focuses on consumer technology in general with his interest being Android OS. Read our Editorial Guidlines and Fact Checking process.

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