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Customise your WooCommerce Shipping by Providing Flat Rates on Some Products and Ship Others via UPS and USPS

In this article, we will check out how you can provide flat rates shipping options to your customers ranging from a fixed Flat Rate shipping to variable real-time shipping from shipping carriers like UPS and USPS, using WooCommerce Multi-Carrier Shipping Plugin. We will also see a business case where different products will be shipped differently within the US using either the Flat Rate or UPS and USPS shipping.

Business Case

Charles owns an E-commerce store where he ships his products domestically within the US. He uses UPS as well as USPS as his shipping carriers and provides timely deliveries to his customers. Charles came up with a business case where he would require to use the Flat Rate Shipping along with the other shipping rates that he was displaying on his website.

According to Charles,

We are trying to set up a flat rate shipping fee for one of our products. And the other products would ship through UPS or USPS. Would it be possible and if yes, please let us know how we can set this up?

Solution

Charles’s business case can be easily set up with the help of WooCommerce Multi-Carrier Shipping plugin. However, in order to make it work, he would require to set up the following things:

Create Shipping Classes

Based on Charles’s requirements, he would require different WooCommerce Shipping Classes for his products based on the way he wants to ship them. Hence, he can create the following shipping classes and assign products to these classes:

  • Special Products – For the products he requires to provide Flat Rate Shipping
  • Standard Products – For the products, he requires live rates from UPS or USPS

Create Shipping classes

Once he sets up the shipping classes and assigns the products to the shipping classes, he can set up the WooCommerce Multi-Carrier Shipping plugin in order to set the shipping conditions.

Set Up The Shipping Area

Since Charles ships his products across the US only, he needs to define the shipping area under the Shipping Area Management section in the WooCommerce Multi-Carrier Shipping plugin settings, as shown in the image below.

Shipping Area Management

Charles can create a new shipping area with the Country field and set it to the US. Once done, the same will be visible while creating shipping rules.

Create Shipping Rules

Based on Charles’s requirements he can set the shipping rules in the WooCommerce multi-Carrier Shipping plugin settings, as shown in the image below.

How to set up WooCommerce Multi-Carrier Shipping plugin to display Flat Rates and Live Shipping Rates from UPS & USPS based on the Shipping Classes?

Based on Charles’s requirements, if you also have a similar business case, then you can achieve this using WooCommerce Multi-Carrier Shipping plugin by following the steps below:

  • After successfully installing and activating the WooCommerce Multi-Carrier Shipping plugin, you can visit the area management section in order to create a shipping area based on your business case.
  • Once you are done with the shipping area, visit the Multi-Carrier Shipping Settings and enable a click on Enable this Shipping Method. This will allow the plugin to display the shipping rates on the cart page.
    Enable Shipping Rates
  • You can now enter the shipper address in the Shipper Settings in the plugin settings, as shown in the image below.
    Shipper Settings
  • Now you need to enter the account details of your shipping carrier(s) which you want to use. This will allow the plugin to get the live rates from the shipping carrier.
    Shipping Carrier Details
  • Now you need to set up shipping rules under the Rules Table, based on your business requirements. Based on Charles’s requirements, here is how his shipping rules will look like.
    Providing Flat Rates on Some Products and Ship Others via UPS and USPSYou can easily see the following rules created in the image:

    • A Flat Rate $5 is charged for a particular type of product assigned to the shipping class A.
    • All other products are either shipped via UPS Ground service or the USPS Priority Mail Express shipping service.
    • Also, since there are multiple rules for flat rates, you can use the customized solution to hide the multiple shipping rules for the flat rates.

Final Thoughts…

In this article, we discussed the WooCommerce Multi-Carrier Shipping plugin and how using the plugin you can easily set up a complex shipping scenario where a particular type of product is required to have a flat rate shipping along with other products being shipped via UPS and USPS live shipping services.

We hope this article would have helped you in some way. Please contact our customers support if you need any help in setting up shipping on your online store.

Last Updated On April 25, 2019