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Flexible Parcel Packing for your WooCommerce Shipments with WooCommerce UPS Shipping plugin

In this article, we will check out how WooCommerce UPS Shipping plugin and its parcel packing methods can provide you with flexible ways to pack your products based on your business needs. We will cover a business case where you are required to pack some of your products together up to a certain weight limit and the remaining products are required to be shipped individually.

Business Case

Gabriel is a WooCommerce store owner who has an interesting requirement when it comes to packing his products and shipping them to the customers.

According to Gabriel,

We have 360 products…200 products of those need to have a packing rule such as:

  • Till 70 lbs you want to pack all items in the cart into a single package.

The way that I identify the products is by either applying a WooCommerce Tag or WooCommerce Shipping class to any of those products. Once I do that those 200 products will be tagged. Then if the rule is created, it will only apply to the products tagged with the WooCoommerce tag or Shipping Class (it doesn’t have to be both, it can be either or).

For the other 160 products, these will be packed individually, even if these come in the cart along with any other product from the list of the above 200 products. Does that make sense?

Solution

WooCommerce UPS Shipping plugin provides some of the most flexible parcel packing methods which makes it easy for the WooCommerce store owners to pack and ship their products. In Gabriel’s case, the plugin has a dedicated functionality which works along with the parcel packing methods.

The parcel packing methods which can help Gabriel achieve his business case would be:

  • Weight-Based Packing with Max Weight Set to 70 lbs

Flexible Parcel Packing

Along with the Weight-based packing, Gabriel would require to enable another option in the product level which will create a separate package for the products.

  • Pre-Packed Product

Flexible Parcel Packing

Hence, once you have enabled this option, every time a customer purchases this product it will be packed separately from the other products.

Now, let us check what happens when the Pre-Packed products are purchased and shipped together with a normal product which requires a weight based packing with 70 lbs max weight limit.

Scenario 1

Shipping Pre-Packed Product with a Normal Product

Flexible Parcel Packing

You can see in the above image, you can clearly see both the pre-packed as well as the normal product together in the cart. Once, the order is placed, and the packages and labels are created, you can easily check how the products are packed.

Flexible Parcel Packing


Scenario 2

Shipping Pre-Packed Product with Multiple Normal Products

Flexible Parcel Packing

In the above image, you can clearly see both the pre-packed as well as multiple normal products together in the cart. Once, the order is placed, and the packages and labels are created, you can easily check how the products are packed.

Flexible Parcel Packing


Scenario 3

Shipping Multiple Pre-Packed Products with Multiple Normal Product

Flexible Parcel Packing

In the above image, you can clearly see multiple pre-packed as well as multiple normal products together in the cart. Once, the order is placed, and the packages and labels are created, you can easily check how the products are packed.

Flexible Parcel Packing


Final Thoughts

WooCommerce UPS Shipping plugin and its flexible parcel packing methods allow WooCommerce store owners to make sure they pack their products properly. This way the plugin avoids variable shipping charges and allows you to plan your shipping expenses.

You can read more about the WooCommerce UPS Shipping plugin and different ways this plugin makes your life easier. If you have a complex shipping scenario which requires a flexible and robust shipping solution, feel free to contact our shipping experts so that we can guide you.

Last Updated On April 25, 2019