To set up shipping options go to Ecommerce WD>Shippings.
Here you will find tabbed menu for Shipping Zones and Shipping Classes.
The destination, where the products are shipped to is called Shipping Zone. Geographically it can be as large as a group of countries/continent or small as area with specific postcodes. Depending on needs and your client location base you can create multiple shipping services for specific locations, e.g. offer free shipping for US with exclusion of Alaska and Hawaii, where you can offer flat shipping rate.
Zones can be based on:
- Group of Countries ( US and Canada)
- Country (United States)
- State/Province (California, United States or Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom) based on Zip Code ranges
- Individual Zip Codes (10001, 11102 and etc.)
- Rest of the World - Default value for options not falling into any of the rules.
To create New shipping zone, press Add New button. Name the zone, select the country/ies, specify area like state/city with a specific set of zip/postcodes, a range of postcodes (e.g. 10001...11102 for New York City.), or use wildcards (e.g. CB23*).
Choose whether to have paid or free shipping for created zone, general pricing ( applicable before class shipping price), free shipping for certain price and higher purchases if applicable and shipping rate calculation. The latter has two options- per bundle (in case of identical shipping methods the bundle will be considered as a single unit, whereas in case of different methods for included items the shipping will be calculated for each product separately) or per unit (each unit will have its own shipping charge).
As a final step you can fill in prices for each Shipping Class e.g. have $4 for 3-5 business-day shipment by plane and $8 for single business-day express shipment. All Shipping Classes which are not applicable to the zone should be left with existing N/A value.
Shipping class determines the shipping charge paid for the product delivery and can take multiple forms․ It’s can be used as shipping type or method.
In case of type you can determine different shipping classes for product groups based on various characteristics:
- Product weight, e.g. lightweight items such as clothes and heavy items such as kitchen furniture
- Product dimensions (separate price for items larger than certain dimension)
- Product care (separate price for fragile items due to packaging) and etc.
When dealing with shipping method, those can vary depending on store actual location. Most of the common options are:
- Flat Rate for the entire region, e.g $5 for United States regardless of state.
- Custom Carrier shipment, including USPS, UPS, FedEx or any other delivery services with corresponding time ranges, e.g. FedEx Standard Overnight or UPS 3-5 business-day home delivery
- Special/local store delivery options, e.g. Express delivery (1-2 days), Standard delivery (5-10 days)
Note that you can add shipping classes pressing Insert New Row button. Then fill in the name of the shipping class and its slug. Since depending on final destination cost will be different for the same shipping method, you need to provide prices for individual methods within individual shipping zones.
Note that single product can have multiple shipping classes. Those should be set when creating individual products in Shipping tab.
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