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Understanding the FedEx Box Packing Priority and Custom Boxes

The WooCommerce FedEx Shipping Plugin with Print Label offers you to set up the FedEx box packing priority and create custom boxes for your order. In this article, we will tell you how both the features work and how they can help you with you daily orders.

FedEx offers quite a lot of boxes to ship different kinds of orders. Our WooCommerce FedEx shipping plugin offers some of those boxes and allows store owners to create own custom boxes as well. But before using this plugin to deal with your FedEx orders, you need to understand how the FedEx boxes are packed and how you can customize your own boxes.

Let us see an example from one of our customer who explains his business case.

Lorenzo: We are going to use our own custom boxes. Is there a way to prioritize one speciality box over the other in the packaging generation? For example, we have one box that will fix most of the items, and we have another box that is bigger that we will use when the customer orders many items together and it cannot fit in the small box.

Here, he wants to use our plugin in order to pack his items optimally and our plugin does exactly that. You see, our box packing algorithm prioritizes boxes by itself. Meaning, if the item does not fit into a particular FedEx box then it automatically goes for the next FedEx box that has a bigger dimension. So, if an item does not fit the FedEx Medium box, the plugin automatically shifts to the FedEx Large box and generates rates for the same.

Now, if you have some items that will fit into the default FedEx boxes, then you can opt for custom boxes. In the FedEx settings under the WooCommerce shipping section, if you have selected the packing option as Recommended: Pack into boxes with weight and dimensions, then you would be able to see various boxes.

packing method

You can find the option to do that in the FedEx settings under the WooCommerce Shipping settings. You can refer the following image as shown below.

WooCommerce FedEx Boxes

In the image above you can see that we have created some custom boxes – Large framed art box, laptop box, small electronics box, and tablet box. Thus, if a customer orders one of these items from our store, FedEx can pack the items based on these dimensions. You can even choose only the type of FedEx packages that you want to offer to your customers.

In the image given above, the red arrow on the right side points to the checkboxes that will allow you to choose the required FedEx box. However, the shipping rate would be calculated based on the weight, physical dimension, shipping distance, taxes, and many other factors as well.


We hope this article would have helped you in some way. Please let us know in the comment section if you have a query.

Last Updated On September 20, 2018