How to Enable Address Validation Verification on your Cart with WooCommerce UPS Shipping Plugin

In this guide, we’ll explain to you how the WooCommerce UPS Shipping plugin performs address validation verification on the Cart page to ensure the entered address is valid. We will take a real business case to help you understand the situation even better.

The Business Case— Address Validation Verification

WooCommerce UPS Shipping plugin is packed with all the features one would expect from an enterprise level shipping solution. Tasks like displaying real-time shipping rates directly from UPS, printing the labels, tracking the shipments, generating labels in bulk, are all handled beautifully with no hiccup.

One of the many useful features of this plugin is the Address Validation Verification. One customer had trouble understanding the feature and was facing difficulty configuring this feature with WooCommerce UPS Shipping plugin. Let’s go through his request and check out the exact problem.

Hello. I wondering how does the Address Validation Verification feature work in your plugin. I wanted to enable this verification feature and use it on my Cart page. Also, is there a way to automatically make the city and state appear in the address fields by entering only the Zip Code? How do I configure this? 

Solution using WooCommerce UPS Shipping plugin

The Address Validation feature provides direct automated integration between your WooCommerce website and UPS API. The API checks a customer’s address and provides suggested alternatives if an error is discovered. Whether built into your public website or integrated with your internal systems, this API can help you reduce operating costs and improve customer service.

Address validation verification feature is an essential part of UPS Shipping and WooCommerce UPS Shipping plugin provides it to its users. The plugin also offers a feature indicated by the image below.

address validation verification

By enabling this option, the WooCommerce UPS Shipping plugin will assume every address as Residential and will send the request to UPS every time a new order is placed. This option will enable store owners who ship across residential addresses and want the address to be automatically marked residential.

If you decide to disable the above-mentioned option, the address will be automatically categorized as a Commercial or Residential address by the UPS API. The API will automatically determine if the address and based on its type will return shipping rates for your shipments. So you may leave it unchecked if you wish to ship to both commercial and residential addresses.

Why are residential rates higher than commercial rates?

If you have ever shipped any package using UPS Shipping services, you may be well aware of the fact that UPS charges differently for different address types. Based on the address, UPS may charge you less if the address provided by you is a Commercial Address. Whereas, if the address is a Residential Address, UPS generally charge more shipping charges.

UPS ship items to two types of locations—Commercial/business and Residential. Commercial addresses are generally the locations which are considered as commercial real estate. These locations are usually classified as a warehouse that has tractor-trailer access and a loading dock.

Residential addresses, on the other hand, are any business location that is operated from a home, apartment, or any other similar area where people live. Delivery trucks usually enter these areas to perform the final delivery. In addition, the overall shipping charges are slightly higher than that of commercial addresses.

Would WooCommerce UPS Shipping plugin automatically make city and state appear in the address field by entering only the Zip code?

No. Any address can be recognized as Commercial/Residential only when ‘Street Address’ line details are provided on the checkout page. WooCommerce, by default, does not provide an option to enter Address Street Lines on the Cart page.

Additionally, the Cart and Checkout pages are provided by WooCommerce itself. WooCommerce UPS Shipping plugin will only display the rates and services received from UPS API. So the plugin does not have any control over these fields and is completely handled by WooCommerce and the theme used by the store owner.

What is Address Suggestion option from UPS?

address validation verification suggestion

You can enable the above option to get real-time address suggestions directly from UPS. The plugin directly interacts with the UPS Database to validate all the address in real-time. This feature can be really useful, especially when you want to help your customers check their addresses on the Cart page.

 

Conclusion

We hope this guide would have cleared some of your doubts regarding Address Validation Verification feature and how it works in WooCommerce UPS Shipping plugin. To learn more about the features, kindly check out the product page.

If you have any doubts or need help setting up UPS 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 June 20, 2019