How to parse Amazon dispatch notifications

See also:
Capturing an HTML tag from an email
Exporting to Google Sheets

This example shows how to capture information from an Amazon email that is received when an order is dispatched. It uses two different text capturing methods: starts with… continues until… and capture HTML tag and saves the data to a Google Sheet. It also features the use of multi-step parsing and some fancy regular expressions for email filtering. It may sound complicated as it concentrates many Email Parser techniques but, if we go further into its details, you will find it is easy to understand. And an incoming email from Amazon looks as this:
We want to capture from this email the following information:
  • The Amazon order number. We will call the field order_number and will use the parsing method Starts after… continues until using the plain text version of the email as input
  • The delivery address. We will first capture all the block of text at the top right and call it destination_address_block using the parsing method Capture HTML tag from the HTML version of the email body. Then we will use this block as input to capture the actual address (which starts in the second line) and we will call it destination_address_actual_address.
  • The estimated delivery date. This field will be called estimated_delivery and will use the method Capture HTML tag.
  • The total amount. This is the field called ‘total’ and is parsed using the method Starts with… continues until using the plain text version of the email as input.
  • The date this email was sent by Amazon. This is the default email field DateTimeSent so we use this field in the Google Sheet action.
Let’s go from top to bottom showing each item starting with the email filter:

Email filter Amazon order dispatch:

The dispatch notifications are sent from the address (for the United Kingdom). We have set it to take the emails from an address containing “” and with a subject matching the regular expression:
Your order (.*?) has been dispatched
This regular expression is very simple, the element .*? means any text, so any subject containing that format will be processed by the following items.

Field order_number

The order number appears in the top right of the email body. We will take it from the plain text version of the email, which looks like this:
All we need is to take the text that starts after the word “Order” and continues until the end of line:

Field total

The total amount of the order is stored in a field called total in Email Parser. We also use the technique Starts with… continues until… to get this information. Let’s see how it looks like:

Field estimated_delivery

With this field we use a more complex technique: Capture HTML tag. We have found taking a look at the HTML version of the email body that Amazon puts this information in <strong> tag:

Fields destionation_address_block and destionation_address_actual_address

We use two steps to capture the destination address of the Amazon order. In the first step, we capture the area of the text of the email containing the physical address but also other information. Then, in the second step, we separate the address from the rest of information we do not need. The result of the first step is called destination_address_block and is captured like this:
As you can see Amazon has called this area of text critialInfo, very descriptive. We have found that it sometimes also includes the delivery date or simply the text ‘Your delivery info’. Either way, we use this as input for the field destination_address_actual_address which is the field we will use to fill our Google Sheet:

Action Save to Google Sheets

The final step in this example is to save the field we have retrieved from the email (except destination_address_block, which is a field we used to store intermediate text). The action looks like this:

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