FedEx Saturday Delivery services on your Shopify store

In this article, we will explain what is FedEx Saturday Delivery service and how you can integrate the FedEx Saturday Delivery services on your Shopify store using the Shopify FedEx app. Also, we will see how to provide accurate FedEx shipping estimation to the customers by enabling Saturday pickup.


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What is FedEx Saturday Delivery?

This simply implies product delivery on Saturdays. Saturday delivery is a special service provided by different carriers to deliver a package to a recipient on Saturday, rather than usual business days of Monday-Friday.

FedEx offers Saturday delivery services. But, the shipping costs and time for these deliveries differ between various FedEx services. FedEx’s Saturday delivery services are provided to handle the increasing demand from online shoppers for immediate delivery.


FedEx Services that offer Saturday Delivery

FedEx is well known for its reliable shipping services as it provides some of the best available shipping services that include both domestic and international shipping. But, not all services offer a Saturday Delivery. As you can see in the image below, there are some services that don’t provide a Saturday delivery option.

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You can see that the services like the FedEx Ground don’t deliver on Saturdays. If the delivery doesn’t happen by the end of Friday, the package delivery is automatically scheduled for Monday.


Setting up FedEx Saturday Delivery using the Shopify FedEx app

Enable the Saturday Delivery option

The first step is to enable the FedEx Saturday Delivery option. To do that, head to App settings –> Account –> Enable FedEx Saturday Delivery, as shown below.


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Choose the required Saturday Delivery services

Now, you need to choose the required FedEx Saturday Delivery services. Head to App settings –> Rates. Under this section, you will be able to see all the FedEx Saturday Delivery services supported by the app. By default, all the services will be enabled. You can disable the services that are not required.

Also, if required, you can add an Adjustment value or an Adjustment (%) for the Saturday Delivery services. This allows you to add an additional charge over the shipping costs. Visit understanding FedEx shipping rates in your Shopify store to know more.


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FedEx Saturday Delivery services on the Shopify checkout page

Once you have set up the Saturday Delivery, add a product to the cart, and proceed to checkout. You will be able to see the FedEx Saturday Delivery services at checkout as shown below.


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Generate FedEx shipping labels for Saturday Delivery services

Once the order is placed, head to the Shopify orders section. Select the orders and click on “Auto-generate Labels”.


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This will generate the FedEx labels that will be available under the shipping section within the app. You can click on the “print icon” to print the labels for the required orders.


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Here is a sample FedEx shipping label for Saturday Delivery.

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Provide accurate FedEx shipping estimation to the customers by enabling Saturday pickup

With the app, you can also provide accurate FedEx shipping estimation to customers by enabling Saturday Pickup.

Normally, if a customer orders on a Friday or a Saturday, the shipping is done only on the next working day, ie. Monday. But, if the Saturday pickup is enabled the merchant means that the shipping will be done on Saturdays as well if a customer orders on a Friday or Saturday. Also, the app displays the checkout rates and the shipping cost based on Saturday shipping.

For example, if a customer checkouts on 14th Aug’ 20, ie. Friday and the Saturday shipping is not enabled, the shipping will be done only on Monday and the delivery estimate is displayed as 18th Aug’ 20, ie. Tuesday, for FedEx First Overnight service.


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Now, a customer checkouts on 14th Aug’ 20, ie. Friday and the Saturday shipping is enabled, the shipping will be done on Saturday and the delivery estimate is displayed as 17th Aug’ 20, ie. Monday, for the same FedEx First Overnight service.


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This setup is to display the checkout rates for the customers based on the Shipment Cut Off time that you have setup. As mentioned above, if this is enabled, the merchant is letting FedEx know that the shipment will be sent on Saturdays as well.

Note:
Shipment Cut Off Time is the time beyond which the store does not allow orders to be placed for the day. These orders will be scheduled for the next working day.

Current Time is the time during which the customer tries to checkout.

To enable this, head to App settings –> General –> Enable Saturday Ship. You can also set up the Shipment Cut Off Time under this section.


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How does this process work with the app?

If a customer tries to checkout, the app checks if the Saturday Ship is enabled or not.

If Saturday Ship is not enabled: The app checks the Shipment Cut off time. If Shipment Cut off time is higher than the current time, rates for the present day will be displayed at checkout. If the Shipment Cut off time is lower than the current time, the rates for the next day will be displayed at checkout. (In case of Friday, the rates for Monday will be displayed).

If Saturday Ship is enabled: The app checks the present day. If it is from Monday-Thursday, the process in the above step will be carried out.

If it is Friday, the app checks the Shipment Cut off time. If the Shipment Cut off time is higher than the current time, rates for Friday will be displayed at checkout. If the Shipment Cut off time is lower than the current time, rates for Saturday will be displayed.
If it is Saturday, the app checks Shipment Cut off time. If the Shipment Cut off time is higher than the current time, rates for Saturday will be displayed at checkout. If the Shipment Cut off time is lower than the current time, rates for the next working day, ie. Monday will be displayed.


FedEx Saturday Delivery for Return Shipments

For normal return shipments, the customer can return the package and FedEx delivers it on any of the days from Monday to Friday. But some of the stores might be open on Saturdays, which allows the return shipments to be delivered on Saturdays as well.

The Shopify FedEx app allows merchants to handle FedEx Saturday Delivery for return shipments. The merchants can generate the return shipping labels for Saturday delivery that informs FedEx that the store is open on Saturdays and the return delivery will be accepted on Saturdays as well.

To enable FedEx Saturday Delivery for return shipments, head to the Orders section under the app and choose the required order for that has to be returned. Select the “Return icon” as shown below.


FedEx Saturday delivery for return shipments

Now, enable/disable the Saturday delivery according to your choice, select the current return quantity, return reason, and choose “Refresh rates”. Choose the required service and generate the FedEx return label.


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If Saturday Delivery is not enabled: The return shipping is handled as a normal case where the customer can return the shipment and FedEx can deliver it from Monday to Friday. As explained above, you can refresh and select the required FedEx service and generate FedEx return shipping label as shown below.

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If Saturday Delivery is enabled: The return shipping is handled along with the Saturday delivery, where the customer can return the shipment and FedEx can deliver it from Monday to Saturday. You can enable the FedEx Saturday delivery, refresh and select the FedEx service that supports Saturday delivery and generate FedEx return shipping label as shown below.

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If you have any queries regarding the Saturday shipping process with the app, do contact PluginHive support.

Last Updated On August 19, 2020