Dealing With Multiple Shipping Carriers – UPS, FedEx, USPS, etc.? WooCommerce Multi-Carrier Shipping Plugin Has You Covered


In this article, we will see how to provide multiple shipping options from UPS, USPS, DHL, FedEx, and 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 real-time rates, Flat-rate, and Free Shipping to provide shipping options to your customers based on factors like 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. It’s a well-thought organized shipping plugin that allows you to automate shipping rates from many shipping carriers like,

  • UPS
  • FedEx
  • USPS
  • Stamps
  • DHL
Shipping rates from multiple shipping carriers on the cart page

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 calculations based on the weight of the order. So more the weight of the package, the more will be the shipping cost. Whatever may be the case, it’s clear that you’ll end up spending time calculating shipping costs. Unless you use an automated shipping solution that calculates the rates based on your preferences. WooCommerce Multi-Carrier Shipping plugin allows you to calculate shipping rates based on factors like,

  • Weight Offer shipping rates are based on the weight of all the products that are in the cart.
  • Quantity Offer cheaper shipping options for those customers who purchase more items.
  • Price Provide Free Shipping 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.

Shipping rates based on weight quantity price and destination address

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 their 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.

Import and export shipping rules using WooCommerce Multi-Carrier shipping

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 take 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.

FedEx Standard Boxes

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, the WooCommerce Multi-Carrier Shipping plugin is fully compatible with WPML and supports the multi-lingual functionality with the help of the 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 solutions. One of the widely-used shipping Apps 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 on 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 with 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.

shopify shipping carriers

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.

shopify shipping parameters

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.

shopify fedex shipping labels

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 do 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, the 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 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 that 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 the 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 at one time (quantity)
  • How much the cart weighs (order weight)

Final thoughts

Both WooCommerce and Shopify platforms have a few things in common when it comes to shipping. You can check out the 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.

Happy selling!

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