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Volumetric Weight Based Shipping using WooCommerce FedEx Shipping plugin

In this article, we will be discussing WooCommerce FedEx Shipping plugin and how using this plugin WooCommerce store owners can easily ship their products based on the volumetric weight. For that, we will need a live example of a product with actual weight and dimensions. But before that, let us take a quick look at the plugin that we will be using.

WooCommerce provides an option to add weight to the products based on the fact that the products will be shipped based on the weight of the products. However, this is not true in every scenario. Does it ever happen to you that you may be shipping a product that may not weigh much but it requires more space..? Products such as cotton balls, pillows, etc. do not have much weight. However, the space they require for packing is comparatively greater than their weight. In such scenarios, actual weight is not considered for calculating the shipping rates. It is because the volumetric weight of the product exceeds the actual weight of the product.

WooCommerce FedEx Shipping plugin

WooCommerce FedEx Shipping plugin is the #1 shipping plugin when it comes to automating the whole process of shipping. WooCommerce store owners can use this awesome plugin to get real-time accurate shipping rates from FedEx, automatically generate shipping labels, to track your shipments, and much more. To get a complete idea of what all the plugin can do, please visit the link here.

Now, let us see how the plugin handles shipping for products which have a greater volumetric weight than the actual weight.

Our Product – Cotton Balls (Pack of 100)

Here is a product which has a higher volumetric weight than the actual weight of the products. Now, let us see how you can compare the volumetric weight and the actual weight of the products.

How To Calculate Volumetric Weight Of Your Products..?

So, now we have the actual weight and the dimensions of our product, let us see how you can calculate the volumetric weight of your products easily.

Dimensions of the product
10 x 07 x 02 in = 25.4 x 17.78 x 5.08 cm

The volume of the products
140 cu. in = 2294.18896 cu. cm = 2294.2 cu. cm

Volumetric Weight – Volume / 5000 kg
2294.2 / 5000 kg = 0.45884 kg

Volumetric Weight (in lbs)
1.015 lbs = 1.02 lbs

Now, since we already had the actual weight of the product, we can easily compare and see which one is greater.

Actual Weight of the Product – 1 lbs
Volumetric Weight of the Product – 1.02 lbs

Our product here is having more volumetric weight than the actual weight. Hence, this weight will be considered for calculating shipping rates. According to FedEx, the official shipping rates for FedEx Ground for our product will be based on the volumetric (dimensional) weight of the product. The image below shows the shipping rates based on the volumetric weight of the product.

Now, let us see the shipping rates as well as the weight that the plugin uses as the package weight.

Comparison…

WooCommerce FedEx Shipping plugin can provide real-time shipping rates for both domestic as well as international shipments. However, in our case, where the volumetric weight is greater than the actual weight, you need to enable the setting which will calculate and compare the two weights and check which to consider for shipping rate calculation and creating packages. the following image shows the plugin settings store owners need to enable.

Once we enable the setting and add the product to cart, the following shipping rates were shown on the cart page.

You can easily see the shipping rates are similar to the shipping rates returned by official FedEx shipping calculator. Now, once the order is placed, the plugin creates shipping packages based on the weight of the product. However, in our case, since the volumetric weight is greater than the actual product weight, the volumetric weight will be considered while creating packages. The image below shows the weight of the package generated to ship our product.

As you can clearly see, the package weight matches the volumetric weight that we calculated in the section before. Hence, the plugin is more than capable of handling shipping based on the volumetric weight of the products.

Final thoughts…

Shipping carriers like UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc. have a standard based on which they charge shipping rates. Mostly the shipping rates that we get are based on the weight of the product. However, there is a different aspect that needs to be considered. This article covers how WooCommerce store owners can handle shipping of those products whose volumetric weight exceeds the actual weight. In this article, we have discussed how to calculate volumetric weight. Also, using WooCommerce FedEx Shipping plugin, how WooComerce store owners can easily ship the products without having to worry about the packaging issues.

About the plugin…

WooCommerce FedEx Shipping plugin

  • Get real-time accurate FedEx Shipping rates
  • Add extra handling charges to the shipping cost
  • Provide discounts on shipping cost
  • Generate shipping labels
  • Track your FedEx Shipments
  • Premium Version Cost – $69
Last Updated On September 21, 2018