Cannot send data using Software serial and Xbees

Hi, I am new to arduinos so go easy on me. two xbees pro S1s and funduino xbee sheilds for my two arduino unos to communicate with one another. However I am not seeing any data on the recieving end.
I can transmit using hardware serial. but this is part of a bigger project and I’d like to use softwareserial functionality for my data transfer.
Initially someone on the forum suggested that the xbee sheild might be defective but I’ve just tried seed studio sheilds but still no data.
I’ve configured my XBees with X-CTU . I’ve set the same pan ID, the DL on sender is assigned same value as the MY value of the reciever and visa versa.
There seems to be something obvious that I am missing.