FedEx Shipping Guide for WooCommerce Multi-Vendor with Dokan

In this guide, we will show you how to fulfill orders on a Multi-Vendor marketplace website with FedEx as the shipping option. We will use Dokan to set up the multi-vendor store and WooCommerce FedEx Shipping Plugin to fulfill orders.

Order fulfillment can be a complicated process, especially for a Multi-Vendor marketplace. When an online shopper places an order containing products from multiple vendors, he or she has to pay the shipping cost provided by both vendors. The two vendors, on the other side, have to process the order, pack the items into boxes, print the labels, and update the tracking statuses.

Challenges such as these can be easily handled by an end-to-end WooCommerce shipping solution. The following plugin is the best option to streamline the shipping process on your multi-vendor store. Read along to know how WooCommerce FedEx Shipping plugin works together with Dokan to provide a great multi-vendor shipping experience.

WooCommerce FedEx Shipping Plugin

The WooCommerce FedEx Shipping Plugin is a type of plugin that will help you completely automate FedEx shipping on your WooCommerce store. It helps you display real-time rate from FedEx on the Cart/Checkout page, pay postage and print labels. You can also choose the preferred box packing method for your packages and automatically share the tracking information with your customers.

Dokan Multi-Vendor Plugin

As mentioned earlier, Dokan is possibly one of the best multi-vendor plugins out there. It offers some amazing multi-vendor features that could help you build the perfect marketplace.

Multi-Vendor Add-On Plugin

Advanced Shipping for WooCommerce Multi-Vendor plugin acts as a bridge and allows your vendors to set up their FedEx shipping account. You can also change the way the Cart behaves when two products from two different vendors fall in the cart. To be specific, the plugin has two options – ‘Split and sum’ and ‘Split and separate’. We will talk about this later in this guide.

Setting up vendors on your WooCommerce

The complete installation and plugin configuration process are quite simple. You just need to download and install the Dokan Multi-Vendor plugin after which the setup wizard guides you through.

Dokan Setup

Once you are done installing the plugin, you would have to set up the rules for the vendors. To do that, you need to go to WooCommerce > Dokan > Settings. You can choose the Dashboard appearance, define the commission percentage, set up withdrawal methods, etc.

Dokan Settings

How to Add vendors?

There are two ways to add vendors—you can add vendors all by yourself in the WordPress backend or allow vendors to register on your website like any typical application form.

Adding vendors from WordPress Backend

Add a user on WordPress> Users > Add New and assign him/her the role o ‘Vendor’ as displayed in the image below.

Add New Vendors

Register from Website

As mentioned before, vendors can register from the frontend of your WooCommerce store. Prospective vendors can go to the My Account page of your website and fill-up the form shown in the image below.

Register as Vendors

How to Configure Vendors’ Addresses?

The vendor should add his or her warehouse address which will be used as the Pickup location by FedEx. This step is essential as the real-time FedEx rates would be calculated based on this address.

To add a vendor address, you would have to go to My Account > Addresses, where you would find the area to enter the address.

Vendors Address

How can Vendors add and manage their products?

Vendors can add their products. To add and manage the products, vendors have to go to the Vendor’s dashboard > Products. Here they can click on Add New Product to add products.

Dokan Vendors dashboard

Install the Advanced Shipping for WooCommerce Multi-Vendor plugin

After you have set up the Dokan plugin, you need to install another plugin called the Advanced Shipping For WooCommerce Multi-Vendor Plugin. As discussed earlier this acts the bridge and lets vendors add their carrier account details.

Vendor FedEx Account Details

To add FedEx Account details go to Vendors Dashboard > Edit Account Details > Add FedEx Account details. 

Vendors FedEx Account details

Display FedEx Shipping Rates on the Cart/Checkout

Go to WooCommerce > Settings > PlugiHive Multi-Vendor. You will find Split and Sum, and Split and Separate options in the plugin settings page.

Split and sum or Split and Separate option on Advance Multi-Vendor Addon

If you choose the first option, i.e Split and Sum, then the rate would be shown as the sum of the individual shipping costs of the products. And to show shipping prices of both the vendors separately select split and separate option. You can refer the following image to see how it looks on the Cart page.

Split and Sum
Split and Separate
Split and Sum of shipping cost from a multiple vendors on a cart page Split and Separate of shipping cost from a multiple vendors on a cart page

This Feature provides the WooCommece admin the options with the shipping methods. You can also refer to this article that explains more about this plugin.

Setting up FedEx Shipping on your WooCommerce

Once you are done the setting up Dokan plugin, you can start with the setup of FedEx Shipping Plugin.  It is very easy to set up this plugin you need to enter the FedEx credentials, your address, choose the packing method, enable shipment tracking feature, etc.

FedEx plugin account setup

You can follow the documentation on Setting Up WooCommerce FedEx Shipping Plugin.

  1. Within the FedEx plugin, we need to make some changes for Multi-Vendor shipping.

Set Ship from address preference as vendors Address

2. under Shipping Label settings, Set Send Shipping Label via Email to Vendor

Set send shipping label to Vendor

Order Fulfillment using FedEx

Now, let us assume that a customer is going to purchase two products from two different vendors. The customer will add the items to the cart and would proceed to the Cart page to see the shipping rates and fulfill the order.

multiple orders from multiple vendors on a cart page

You can see that the real-time FedEx shipping rates appear on the cart page. These rates are calculated by FedEx and are returned from their API. Now WooCommerce store admin can process the orders and generate the shipping label.

Print FedEx label for Multiple-Vendor

Vendor’s FedEx Label via Email

As soon as WooCommerce store admin generate the shipping labels Vendors will receive an email containing the FedEx label.

Vendor 1:

Vendor 1 FedEx label email

Download the label from the email:

Vendor 1 Shipping label

Vendor 2:

Vendor 2 FedEx label email

Download the label from the email:

Vendor 2 Shipping label

Conclusion:

The combination of these plugins can help you achieve almost all multivendor business ideas. It provides a lot of advantages and benefits of the online model without any hassle. This article has acquainted you with some of the efficient WordPress marketplace solutions. These include a range of plugins and themes designed to produce optimum results for a marketplace model.

If you have any doubts or need help setting up UPS shipping on your WooCommerce-based website then feel free to Contact PluginHive Customer Support. Our support team should be able to help you out.

Good luck! 😊

Last Updated On August 08, 2019