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Handling Bulk Packing using UPS Custom Box Configuration in WooCommerce

In this article, we will be discussing the scenario of packing products in bulk using WooCommerce UPS Shipping plugin’s Box Packing parcel packing method.

Packing the products may not seem that difficult of a task. However, for an online business owner, packing his products properly is as important as delivering it to the customer. The task may seem simple at first but it can be a lot complex with multiple products having different shapes, dimensions, and weight. Just like Brad, a WooCommerce store owner, there are a lot of WooCommerce store owners who face the issue of packing while shipping their products.

According to Brad,”…I have multiple products with different weight and dimensions. Say, Product 1 having Weight: 2.0 LBS, Length: 3 In, Width: 3 In, Height: 3 In and Product 2 having Weight: 3.0 LBS, Length: 4 In, Width: 4 In, Height: 4 In.
I want them to ship in custom boxes with weight and dimensions as Box 1 having Weight: 2.0 LBS, Length: 3 In, Width: 3 In, Height: 3 In, and Box 2 having Weight: 3.0 LBS, Length: 4 In, Width: 4 In, Height: 4 In. Also, there should be a third box with Weight: 5.0 LBS, Length: 4 In, Width: 4 In, Height: 7 In. However, I am still getting double shipping amount. Can you please help me with the product packing..? And understanding  the concept of box packing in case of bulk packing..?

Configuring Box Packing

Brad’s case is very simple. All Brad want to achieve is a way to pack both products A and B together in a box. Using the Pack Into Boxes Weight and Dimensions parcel packing method in WooCommerce UPS Shipping plugin, he can easily achieve that. The image below shows the parcel packing method in the plugin settings page.

Box packing

Once the parcel packing method is selected, all Brad needs to do is create shipping boxes by adding weight and dimension limits based on his products. There will be the following options to fill,

  • Outer Dimensions
    These are the box dimensions. These dimensions must be greater than the product dimensions in case of adding some protective covering.
  • Inner Dimensions
    These dimensions are the dimensions up to which the products will fill up the box. These dimensions must always be lesser than the outer dimensions.
  • Box Weight
    This is the approximate weight of the empty shipping box.
  • Max Weight
    This weight is the weight limit of the box. It will contain the maximum weight of the products which can be filled inside the box. This value is the combined weight of the products weight and the Box weight.

In Brad’s Case, his box configuration will be something similar to the configuration shown in the image below.

Custom boxes in the plugin settings

Summary…

So this article covers an interesting shipping scenario where the online store owner has multiple products to ship to the customer. Using WooCommerce UPS Shipping plugin, it becomes very easy to pack more than one products in a single box. This way the shipping cost can be decreased drastically. With the help of this article, WooCommerce store owners can pack multiple products in a single package using Box Packing parcel packing method.


If you have any suggestion regarding the article, feel free to share your views in the comment section below. We have also attached some details about the plugin that we had discussed in this article.

About the plugin

WooCommerce UPS Shipping plugin

  • Get real-time accurate UPS Shipping rates
  • Add extra handling charges to the shipping cost
  • Provide discounts on shipping cost
  • Generate shipping labels
  • Track your UPS Shipments
  • Premium Version Cost – $69
Last Updated On September 24, 2018