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How to Pack a Product into Multiple Packages using WooCommerce FedEx Shipping Plugin

This article will show you how to optimally sell products that have multiple parts. You will also see how a store owner can divide a single product into multiple packages. Moreover, they can further ship them using WooCommerce FedEx Shipping plugin. Besides, this plugin will also help them show the real-time shipping rates, directly from FedEx.

It is a fact that every store needs to implement different strategies in order to run a successful business. The foundation of these business strategies is based on the type of product sold in the store. For instance, selling multiple packages from other vendors require different business strategies than selling self-produced products.

But somehow, it is proving to be more and more difficult for the shop owners to implement these business strategies. This is because there has been a sudden migration of the local businesses to online platforms like WooCommerce. They find it difficult to ship their products because of the limitations such as packing methods, weight limits, and many other. But with simple techniques and appropriate digital solutions, they can find a way to achieve their business case.

So, without any further delay let us jump right into the article.

Understanding the multiple packages business case

Have a look at the following product.

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This is a pack of three separate items

You can see that the weight of the entire product is 5 lbs with dimensions, 9x10x11 inches. This product is a set of three items that come along with it – Poster, T-shirt, and Wallpaper. Please note that each item has its own weight and dimensions.

In the FedEx Shipping plugin, we will define the Parcel Packing Method as Weight based and the Maximum weight limit as 2lbs. You can refer the following image for reference.

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The maximum weight limit is 2lbs

As you can see in the above image, the Pack heavier items first have been selected as the Packing Process. In order to pack the items optimally, we have chosen this parcel packing method. Please note that this parcel packing method will not consider the dimensions of the items and will only calculate the shipping rates based on the weight.

Configuring the packages using an Add-On

Now, let us configure the product in such a way that it can be divided based on our need. Here, we need to create three packages. If you look carefully in the video given below, you would find that we can add custom package dimensions.

As you can see in the video, we have mentioned the weight of each product not more than 2lbs. We have done this because if the weight of the package crosses the maximum weight limit of the packing method then the rule will break. This breakage will result in incorrect package quantity and thus, will show higher or lower rates than the actual rates.

After completing the above steps you would have to update the product page. Now, go to the Cart page and choose a shipping destination. Since the Debug mode is turned on, you would be able to see the FedEx Request and Response. If you click on the FedEx Request, you will be able to see that there are three Arrays.

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The number of arrays will show the number of packages

In the video, you can see the there are three arrays, [0] => Array, [1] => Array and [2] => Array, that shows that there are three parcels of weights 2lbs, 2lbs and 1lbs respectively.

If you look at the FedEx Response, you will find that the FedEx is calculating the shipping rates by taking the weight as 5lbs. You can refer the following image for that.

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The total weight is shown as 5lbs

In the video shown above, we have enabled FedEx Ground as the only shipping service. If you compare the shipping rates to the that of the FedEx Rate calculator then you would find that the rates are same. Have a look at the following screenshot of the FedEx Rate calculator.

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Now, if we go ahead and place the order, the store owner can see the order something like shown in the screenshot below.

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As you can see that there are three packages and if you click on the Create Shipment option, then the next page would something like this.

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Three shipping labels are generated

The shipping labels for these packages would like the following set of images.

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This way customers can pay the exact shipping charges and you will be able to optimally pack your products into multiple packages.

Summary…

So this article covers an advanced functionality which can help a lot of store owners to customize the way they pack and ship their products. WooCommerce FedEx Shipping plugin and the add-on plugin together serve as a complete WooCommerce shipping solution. The need to add multiple dimensions and weight to the products has haunted the store owners for quite some time now. With this add-on, WooCommerce FedEx shipping plugin is the best way for the store owners to make sure their products are packed the way they want. At the same time, store owners can also enjoy other features of WooCommerce FedEx shipping plugin such as shipping labels, showing estimated delivery dates to the customers, shipment tracking, and much more.


If you have any query regarding this article or the integration of WooCommerce FedEx shipping plugin with the add-on plugin, feel free to share your views in the comment section below. I will be more than happy to help you understand how these plugins can work together in fulfilling your shipping requirements.

Or in case you are wondering what more does the WooCommerce FedEx Shipping plugin serve, I would request you to kindly visit the official product page here. If you need assistance regarding our plugins, you can also contact our support team. We are always happy to help.

Last Updated On September 25, 2018