This article is about using the WooCommerce Table Rate Shipping plugin to easily bind your shipping rules to your shipping zones. This way you can have a single way to calculate shipping rates for all your WooCommerce shipping zones. You will also learn to set up flexible quantity based shipping on your WooCommerce store.
If you are among those store owners who prefer charging shipping cost based on the number of products in their cart, this article will surely help you with some of the most efficient ways to do so. We have already discussed the importance of weight based shipping and how you can configure the WooCommerce Table Rate Shipping plugin to calculate weight based shipping rates. So in this article, we will discuss quantity based shipping for your WooCommerce store.
Provide Free Shipping Based On Number Of Products In The Cart
Unlike WooCommerce, which provides a very complex method to set up free shipping along with quantity-based shipping, WooCommerce Table Rate Shipping Pro helps you provide free shipping with the help of simple rules. You can provide different conditions within the rules to achieve quantity based shipping. Moreover, the plugin interface makes it easier to set up the plugin based on your shipping needs.
In the case of Free Shipping based on the number of products in the cart, you need to first select the following matrix columns in the plugin settings.
- Method Title
Allows you to set a name to the shipping option. This name will be displayed on the cart page and will be visible to the customers.
Allows you to set product quantity based on which the plugin will identify which rule to follow.
- Rate Based On
Allows you to configure shipping calculations based on weight, items in the cart or the price value of the cart.
- Base Cost
The one time cost that the plugin will display on the cart page.
Once you select these matrix columns, you can create shipping rules as shown in the image below.
The image shows Free Shipping in case the customers purchase more than 10 products. This way you can increase your sales and at the same time, ship your products using cheaper and slower ground shipping services. It will not only keep your customers happy but also help in increasing your profits.
Provide Different Shipping Rates for Different Quantity Ranges
In the previous scenario, we dealt with a particular quantity of a product and how to provide free shipping beyond that quantity. However, in most of the cases, WooCommerce store owners require multiple product quantity ranges, so that they can charge different shipping rates for those ranges.
Let’s say you ship products like gift cards to your customers. So for gift cards, you provide free shipping for bulk order (50 or more units), the same way we did in the previous section. However, suppose you want to charge a specific amount based on different product quantity ranges. You can easily create different shipping rules for let’s say, every 10 units that customers purchase. The table shown in the image below will help you to understand the scenario better.
So based on the above shipping scenario, you can create different shipping rules using WooCommerce Table Rate Shipping Pro. The image below shows the shipping rules for different quantity ranges.
You can clearly see different shipping rules for a particular range of products in the cart. Based on these shipping rules, every time customers add a product to the cart, the plugin will match and identify the range for that quantity. After that, the plugin will instantly calculate the shipping rates and display them on the cart page.
Shipping Cost For Any Additional Item Added In The Cart
Now since we have already covered the shipping rates calculation for a fixed number of products in the cart, let’s consider shipping rates for every additional product that is added to the cart. This way, every time your customer adds a product to the cart, the shipping rates will recalculate based on the shipping rule. Let us take an example to understand it in a better way.
Joe owns an online WooCommerce store where he provides shipping based on the following factors,
- Charge $10 as shipping cost if there are up to 10 products in the cart
- Beyond 10 products, charge $10 and add an additional $1.5 per product shipping cost
Now WooCommerce Table Rate Shipping Pro is an amazing plugin which offers superb flexibility. Using this plugin you can charge your customers based on the additional products that your customers add to the cart. Take a look at the image below.
As you can clearly see, the plugin not only calculates the shipping rates for you but also makes sure you understand the shipping rules that you have created. For people who find it difficult to understand complex shipping rules, the plugin translates these rules to plain English. It sure is both flexible and convenient way to calculate shipping rates.
Charge Quantity Based Shipping In Case Of A Particular Type Of Product
You may wonder, what if I want to charge my customers shipping rates based on the product quantity for only one particular type of product? How will this plugin help me with that?
Well, the plugin is well integrated with WooCommerce product categories as well as shipping classes. Hence, to calculate WooCommerc shipping rates for a particular product, you can either assign that product to a product category or a shipping class. The steps to configure shipping rates will be the same for both the shipping class as well as a product category. First, you would require one more matrix column which you can add from plugin settings.
- Shipping Class or Product Category
This will allow you to create dedicated shipping rates for a particular product only.
Now once you have done that, create your shipping rules in the same manner as displayed in the image below.
As you can see, we have selected the shipping class for which we need to calculate quantity based shipping. Hence, once the customers select the products that fall under the specified shipping class, they will be charged the shipping cost based on these shipping rules.
When Products of Different Types Are Added To Cart Together
Shipping products of different types can be tricky sometimes. Especially when you have multiple types of products. When the customers arrive at your website, they may end up buying products of different types. In such situations, you need to have a way to calculate shipping rates accordingly.
As discussed in the previous section, WooCommerce Table Rate Shipping Pro lets you define shipping rules for different types of products. However, the plugin also lets you smartly calculate shipping rates for situations when the customers buy different types of products together. Interestingly, the plugin provides two ways to do so.
- Single Rule for Combined Shipping
So, the plugin allows you to choose the shipping class or the product category for which you want to calculate shipping rates. If you are having more than one shipping classes or product category, you can combine them in a single rule and calculate shipping rates. Now, this rule will calculate shipping rates when the customers buy products associated with these shipping classes. Take a look at the image below.
The image shows a single rule for both the shipping classes Parcel and Envelope. So, if the customer purchases products that are in the shipping classes Parcel and Envelope, the will be charged shipping based on this rule. An important thing that you need to consider is to enable the Calculation AND logic in the plugin settings.
- Adding Shipping Rates From Dedicated Rules
If you are not someone who wants to go an extra mile with a new shipping rule for different combinations of your shipping classes or product categories, you can choose to add different shipping rates instead. This method allows you to work with the existing shipping rules that you have created for your shipping classes. However, by changing the calculation mode to Calculate Shipping Per Shipping Class, you can easily avoid any confusion related to shipping calculation.
WooCommerce Table Rate Shipping Pro will calculate shipping rates for every shipping class and if there are products from more than one shipping class, the plugin will add the shipping rates calculated for the respective shipping classes. Take a look at the image below.
The image shows a dedicated rule for every shipping class. Also, the shipping mode allows the plugin to adjust the shipping calculation based on your preferences.
Quantity Based Shipping For Different Shipping Zones
WooCommerce has a dedicated option to create new or even combine different shipping locations together. Yes, we are talking about WooCommerce Shipping Zones. Shipping Zones play a very important role in identifying the shipping location and the method of shipping for that location.
WooCommerce store owners create multiple shipping zones based on their shipping preferences. However, if you want to provide quantity based shipping for your customers residing in different parts of the world, there is no default way to do so. Fortunately, WooCommerce Table Rate Shipping Pro saves the day. The plugin provides an easy way to get shipping rates based on the number of items in the cart.
Take a look at the image below.
Using WooCommerce Table Rate Shipping Pro, you can easily bind your shipping rules to a single or even all your shipping zones. This way you can have a single way to calculate shipping rates for all your shipping zones. Or you can also have the flexibility of calculating shipping rates for a particular shipping zone separately.
If you have any queries regarding this article or need help setting up shipping on your WooCommerce store then feel free to contact our customer support.