In this article, we will see how to provide multiple shipping options from UPS, USPS, DHL, FedEx, and Stamps.com on your WooCommerce. We will also explore available options in Shopify that provide shipping from multiple shipping carriers.
You will also see how you can combine the real-time rates, Flat-rate, and Free Shipping to provide shipping options to your customers based on factors like the product weight, quantity, price, destination address, etc.
Exploring multiple shipping options in WooCommerce
The true nature of WooCommerce reflects flexibility and extendability, which other e-commerce platforms don’t have. You can exploit its shipping features and facilities to implement your business case and earn profits. Let’s explore a few possibilities.
Versatility in terms of shipping carriers
There aren’t many solutions that support more than one or two shipping carriers. WooCommerce, for example, only provides basic USPS shipping options by default. As a result, online store owners who prefer using multiple shipping carriers either have to buy multiple shipping solutions or compromise with having just one.
WooCommerce Multi-Carrier Shiping plugin is like no other plugin. Its a well-thought and organized shipping plugin which allows you to automate shipping rates from many shipping carriers like,
The plugin allows you to simultaneously display real-time shipping rates from multiple shipping carriers, on your website. This way you can choose the shipping option(s) that you want to be displayed and also set certain shipping preferences.
Flexible shipping calculation based on specific parameters
It all boils down to how you’re going to offer deliveries to your customers. For instance, certain businesses provide free shipping after a certain Cart value and charge some money otherwise. While some provide shipping calculation based on the weight of the order. So more the weight of the package, more will be the shipping cost.
Whatever may be the case, it’s clear that you’ll end up spending time calculating shipping cost. Unless you use an automated shipping solution which calculates the rates based on your preferences. WooCommerce Multi-Carrier Shipping plugin allows you to calculate shipping rates based on factors like,
Offer shipping rates based on the weight of all the products that are in the cart.
Offer cheaper shipping options for those customers who purchase more number of items.
Provide Free Shiping for your customers based on how much they spent on your store.
- Shipping Class and Product Category
So this way you can easily set up various conditions based on which the shipping rates will be calculated and displayed to the customers.
Handle Multiple Shipping Rules
No matter how big your business is, when it comes to defining multiple shipping rules, you don’t want to handle it all alone. In fact, spending time and effort in creating those rules and checking its accuracy is a real pain.
WooCommerce Multi-Carrier Shipping plugin has got a really simple solution to this problem. The plugin allows you to import and export your shipping rules as a CSV file. This makes it very easy to create and modify the shipping rules without getting confused.
Customize Your Packaging with Custom & Standard FedEx Boxes
One of the ways to ensure your products are delivered safely and not damaged in transit is to make sure you pack them properly. FedEx is among the shipping carriers which takes this to another level with the help of FedEx Standard boxes. FedEx provides an option to pack your products in FedEx standard boxes where you will be charged a flat rate shipping fee.
WooCommerce Multi-Carrier Shipping plugin has extensive support for the FedEx Standard boxes. You can enable these boxes from the plugin settings and the plugin will automatically find the correct shipping box based on the weight and the dimensions of your products. This way you can be assured that your products will be packed accurately every time your customer places the order.
Extensive Compatibility with WPML
When it comes to multi-lingual capabilities, there is hardly any plugin as good as WPML Multi-Lingual Plugin. It helps you to smoothly run your website in different parts of the world. This way your customers from different countries can place orders and get their shipments delivered to them.
Well, fortunately, WooCommerce Multi-Carrier Shipping plugin is fully compatible with WPML and supports the multi-lingual functionality with the help of WPML plugin. Hence, you don’t need to worry about your customers in different countries. The plugin will carry out shipping flawlessly throughout the world.
Exploring multiple shipping options in Shopify
Shopify is known for making the overall online business experience simple. And it does to an extent. You have two concepts of providing shipping based on, shipping carrier (FedEx, UPS, etc.,) and parameters (package weight, cart value, etc.,).
And then you have Apps that provide complete shipping solution. One of the widely-used shipping App is the Shopify FedEx App which provides pretty much everything, real-time FedEx shipping rates, print shipping labels, FedEx Pickups, Box packing, you name it.
Let’s explore the various shipping options available in Shopify.
Real-time estimates from multiple shipping carriers
As mentioned before, Shopify provides shipping based on carriers by default. You have real-time shipping rates displayed from carriers like UPS, FedEx, USPS, DHL, and Canada Post. Shopify requires you to enter your account details and configure the shipping based on your needs and requirements.
However, these services only provide basic shipping services and don’t get anything else special. Shopify FedEx App, on the other hand, provides you FedEx One Rate along with FedEx Standard Rates. Moreover, you get even more shipping services like FedEx SmartPost, FedEx Freight services, FedEx Saturday delivery services, and much more.
Price calculation based on shipping parameters
With Shopify, you get two shipping parameters— Price and Weight. Among the two, the weight-based shipping price calculation is more popular. You can have the shipping price displayed based on the weight of your shipment. And so Shopify will charge a certain amount for orders going beyond the defined weight limit.
Price-based shipping, on the other hand, works based on the total cart value. If a certain order crosses the pre-defined value, Shopify will display the necessary shipping cost. You can even enable free shipping based on this rule and achieve your business case.
Printing shipping labels from multiple carriers
Printing shipping labels would help you big time. We all know the importance of shipping labels and how they help both your and your delivery agents to ship from one place to another. Shopify allows you to print shipping labels in two different sizes from various different carriers but it has certain limits.
But Shopify FedEx App is not the one with limits. You can print FedEx shipping labels in bulk, for shipments containing alcohol, dry ice, dangerous goods, you name it. You can even print shipping labels for your FedEx Freight shipments, and yes, you can print in different sizes and image types.
You can read more about how Shopify shipping works if you have a Shopify store.
Using multiple shipping options in real-life
One of the amazing parts of dealing with so many satisfied customers is the fact that you get to know the business better day after day. Not only we help our customers with their shipping needs, but we also make sure it helps others that are looking for a similar solution.
Hence, here are some business cases, directly from our customers. We hope this will help you with your business.
Set up weight based shipping rates using UPS and USPS
Do you use UPS and USPS both for shipping?
The best part about using UPS and USPS together for shipping is that you get two things,
- More Geographical Coverage and Cheaper Rates for Lighter Products – From USPS
- Quality Service and Reliable Shipping – From UPS
Hence, this is the reason most of the store owners prefer to use them together. However, there is no shipping solution for WooCommerce which provides real-time shipping rates for both UPS and USPS. So, there is no way for the store owners to use these shipping carriers together on their website.
Fortunately, WooCommerce Multi-Carrier Shipping plugin is the only solution that will make it happen. Using this plugin you can set up weight limits for both the shipping carriers. Since USPS provides cheaper shipping rates for lighter products, you can set up a weight range up to which the plugin will display the real-time USPS shipping rates. And similarly, you can set up another weight range for UPS.
Provide International Shipping via FedEx and DHL
When it comes to international shipping, there are two shipping carriers that provide both the reliability and quality of service. And these are DHL and FedEx. Similar to the case that we discussed above, using both these carriers on your website is still a challenge which only the WooCommerce Multi-Carrier Shipping plugin can fulfill.
Using the plugin, you can easily set up shipping rules for different shipping zones or countries, and enable FedEx and DHL as the default shipping carrier for the destination addresses under the specified location.
Boost Sales with Free Shipping above a Certain Purchase
There are many ways to boost the sales of your online store. However, Free Shipping is among the best and the easiest of them. The hard part is the fact that not many people know on what basis you should provide the option of free shipping.
With the help of WooCommerce Multi-Carrier Shipping plugin, you have the ability to choose between various factors based on which you can provide free or cheaper shipping options. You can provide free shipping based on,
- How much the customers are spending (price)
- How many products customers are purchasing in one time (quantity)
- How much the cart weighs (order weight)
Both WooCommerce and Shopify platforms have a few things in common when it comes to shipping. You can check out WooCommerce Multi-Carrier shipping plugin to learn more about the versatility and Shopify FedEx App to explore FedEx shipping in Shopify.
If you need any assistance, feel free to contact us and discuss your shipping scenario with our shipping experts. We will definitely get back to you and make your shipping experience better.