Creating an End of Day SCAN Form for USPS labels
Shipment Confirmation Acceptance Notices (or SCAN Forms/ Shipping Manifests) allow you to group multiple labels into a single barcode, which lets USPS® quickly scan in all your packages at once instead of one-by-one, which saves them a ton of time and can speed up your package's first tracking status updates.
Many local Post Offices require SCAN Forms once you start shipping more than a few packages at once, because it makes their life so much easier. Pirate Ship makes it easy to print these no matter how many packages you're shipping.
How to print SCAN Forms for USPS labels
To create SCAN Forms, go to the Ship page and click the End of Day button.
Pirate Ship automatically groups your labels by their Ship Date. Before the end of each day, you can create a SCAN Form for that day's labels by clicking the Create SCAN Form button next to the group. If you do not click this button, Pirate Ship will automatically generate the SCAN Form every evening. You don't have to use it if you don't need to!
SCAN Forms are generated as letter-size 8.5"x11" PDF documents, which you can print with a normal desktop printer. Once a SCAN Form has been created, you can download/open the PDF to print it by clicking Print SCAN Form. Once you've printed the SCAN Form, just hand it to USPS® when giving them your packages.
When you create them in your End of Day page, SCAN Forms are available for 14 days (sorted by descending order of Ship Date) 👌
You can't edit SCAN Forms once they've been created... and there's no need to!
Once a SCAN Form is created, it cannot be changed. If you purchase more labels for the same Ship Date after creating a SCAN Form, you will have to create another SCAN Form for those labels (you'll see them grouped separately). It's okay to give USPS® multiple SCAN Forms 😉
If you decide not to ship a label that's included in a SCAN Form, there is no need to change the SCAN Form. It doesn't matter if you're just not ready to ship that label yet, or if you will never be shipping that label and are requesting a refund for it. It is not a problem to include labels in a SCAN Form for packages that you will not be handing to USPS® when you give them the SCAN Form. It does not affect the rest of the labels on the SCAN Form, or the ability to use the label separately, or your refund request. Don't worry 👍
You can create SCAN Forms for multiple Ship From Addresses
If you're using multiple Ship From Address, you can create SCAN Forms for all the labels going from each of these addresses. You'll see an option at the top of your End of Day page to toggle between your different Ship From Addresses:
You can also create SCAN Forms for batches of labels, and if you do they are available in the Share Link
Another way to generate SCAN Forms is for a batch of labels. After buying a batch of labels at the same time, when you click the Print Labels button you'll see the Create SCAN Form button. If you click this, it will generate a SCAN Form for just this batch of labels.
If you generate a SCAN Form this way and use the Share Link to send your labels to someone else to print, they will also see the Print SCAN Form button, and will be able to print the SCAN Form for this batch only.
The cut-off time for shipments to be included on a SCAN Form is 8:00 PM local time 🕗
If you purchase any USPS labels after 8:00 PM local time, they will automatically populate towards the following day's SCAN Form. This may result in you needing to generate two separate SCAN Forms to include all of your labels, which is perfectly fine 😊
You can't create SCAN Forms for UPS labels
End of Day SCAN Forms only apply to USPS labels! Any UPS labels you've purchased won’t show up in the “Print All” button in your End of Day page 😅 You'll need to print these directly from your Ship page, or from your Shipments Grid. UPS will also scan in each of your packages individually.
If you have any questions, let us know! We're here to help.