Learn about return statuses

AfterShip Returns Center is a fully customizable returns portal. It is carefully designed to streamline returns for your customers. Tailored for fast-growing online retailers it is packed with features like:

  • Self-service returns - customers can initiate return requests in just a few clicks without contacting customer service.
  • Branded returns page - convert returns into repurchases. Add marketing assets, social media links, and enable easy navigation.
  • Easy to access returns policy - 96% of people are more likely to shop from eCommerce stores that offer a hassle-free return experience.
  • Automated returns - set up smart routing rules for each shipping zone and auto-approve return requests.
  • Branded notifications - keep customers informed at all times with email notifications at each step of the returns journey 

📝 List of return statuses

At any time, return requests can be classified by one of the following statuses.



Pending approval

  • This status is assigned to each new request
  • Requests will be approved automatically if you have enabled the auto-approval feature 


  • Returns that have been approved are assigned this status
  • Once a request is approved, customers receive a notification with instructions to ship the return items.

Shipment received

  • Once the returns package is received, you can update the return status to shipment received
  • Customers receive a notification immediately after a shipment is marked as received  


  • Returns that have been rejected are assigned this status
  • Requests in the pending approval and approved state can be rejected manually by going to the Returns admin page


  • Once return requests are completed successfully, their status can be updated to Resolved
  • Customers receive an email upon successful completion of the request

All notifications are triggered automatically upon each step of the returns process. Notifications can be fully customized to meet your branding requirements and can be sent from your custom email addresses.

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