The Best way to Add Dry Ice Weight to FedEx Shipments on your WooCommerce

Dry Ice is generally used to ship items such as frozen food, perishable items, medicines, etc., In this guide, we will discuss how the WooCommerce FedEx Shipping plugin enables users to define dry ice weight and attach it to FedEx shipments right from their WooCommerce store. Let’s begin with a simple business case. 

Business Case: Add Dry Ice Weight to FedEx Shipments

Online store owners, nowadays, sell all kinds of products thanks to WooCommerce. But certain products/items are shipped frozen and are perishable by nature. These types of products require Dry Ice for shipping and thus need special care. 

FedEx provides you with a wide variety of shipping options, one of which is the Dry Ice. Let’s take a real business case to understand the working functionality of this feature better. According to John, a WooCommerce store owner,

“Hello. I have a meat shop and these are frozen and perishable products. The problem is if the product quantity changes then the amount of dry ice weight needed will change. For example, if someone orders 1 pound of meat then .033 pounds of dry ice is needed. 3 pounds requires about 1 pound of dry ice. If there were a way to multiply .033 times the number of pounds selected then that would solve the problem. Is there a way to get the dry ice weight multiplied times the product variable weight in your WooCommerce FedEx Shipping plugin?”

Solution using WooCommerce FedEx Shipping

WooCommerce FedEx Shipping plugin offers an in-built feature to let users ship their items via dry ice. You can find this option right in the plugin settings. Have a look at the screenshot below for your reference:

dry ice weight

You need to enable the Ship Dry Ice option as indicated by the image above. Once enabled, you will find a new option to provide the exact Dry Ice weight for your products in the WooCommerce product edit page. Now to use this feature, you need to enter the Actual weight of the product plus Dry Ice weight in the product edit page under the Shipping section in the Weight tab (Shipping→Weight). After which you need to provide the Dry Ice weight value under FedEx Shipping Details. Refer the following screenshot:

dry ice weight

Once done, you will see the following results:

  • Rate Calculation: FedEx API will calculate the shipping rates based on the weight value that is configured under the Product edit page→ Shipping→ Weight. 
  • Shipping Label: Now, on the FedEx label, you will see two weight values displayed, one of which is the  ACTWGT (actual weight) value and the other is the Dry Ice weight value in KG.

Based on the above use case, John wants to add one-third(0.33) of the total weight of his products as Dry Ice weight to his shipments. So he can calculate the one-third of the weight of his product, add it to the actual weight and configure it in the Product edit page→ Shipping → Weight.

Now let’s say, 1 pack of meat weighs 1 pound. So he has to set the product weight as 1.33 under Product edit page → Shipping → Weight and set Dry Ice weight as 0.33 under FedEx Shipping Details → Dry Ice (FedEx). Now, on the FedEx label, the “Actual weight” will be displayed as 1.33 LB and Dry Ice weight as 0.15 KG (which is 0.33 LB). Refer the following screenshot:

dry ice weight

Summary

So in this article, we discussed how to include Dry Ice weight to certain products in a WooCommerce store using the WooCommerce FedEx Shipping plugin

If you have any suggestions regarding the article, feel free to share your views in the comment section below. And if you have any doubts or need help setting up FedEx Shipping on your WooCommerce-based website then feel free to Contact PluginHive Customer Support. Our support team should be able to help you out.

Good Luck! 🙂

Last Updated On August 09, 2019