Creating a manual shipping method

Creating a manual shipping method allows you to customize the way you charge for shipping your products. It doesn't constrain you to the rules defined by Canada Post or FedEx, for example. Instead you decide what to charge, and you get to define your shipping based on the destination, the cost of the order, the weight, the number of items or some clever combination of all four parameters.

This article describes the basics of defining a manual shipping method and includes links to some typical shipping scenarios you can use as is or customize them to suit your business.

To define a manual shipping method, follow these steps:

  1. From your Administration Panel, choose Administration > Shipping > Shipping methods.



    A list of the Shipping Methods you've already defined appears. Your first time through, this list will be blank.




  2.  To create your new shipping method, click   




  3. For Name and Delivery Time, enter the values you've decided upon for this method. This is how they'll appear to your customers during checkout.

    For Weight Limit you can set an overall order weight range. Canada Post parcel, for example, ships no package heavier than 30kg. To limit your shipping method to a specific weight range, you would enter the lowest acceptable value in the first field, and the highest in the second.

    For Taxes, check each the location you are responsible for collecting from. 

    You can leave all the other fields with their default values.




  4. Click  




  5. Click the Shipping Charges tab.



    Here is where you define your shipping rates for each of the locations to which you ship. To show the rates for a specific location, select that location from the list across the top of the panel. To see more locations in the list of all possible locations, hover your cursor of the More arrow at the right.



    Selecting a location from the list of all possible locations displays the shipping rates currently defined for that location. 



    Here is where you define the shipping rate for this location. You can set this rate based on three dependencies:

         • the total cost of the order (Cost Dependencies)

         • the total weight of the order (Weight Dependencies), and

         • the number of items in the order (Items Dependencies).

    You can define your shipping rate based on a single dependency or some clever combination of two or more. Note: There is no need to activate the checkboxes on this panel. All dependencies are always active. To effectively turn off a particular dependency, set its Rate Value to zero.

    To add or delete an entry in this list of dependencies, hover your cursor over the entry:



    Click + to add an entry. Click x to delete an entry.


  6. We'll cover more sophisticated shipping methods later, but for this example let's choose something really simple: a flat rate of $10.00 no matter what the total cost of the order. 

    Under Cost Dependencies, next to More Than $0.00, enter $10.00 in the Rate Value column. Leave Type as Absolute.



    This means that for any order more that $0.00, the shipping rate will be $10.00.


  7. Click  



    The (+) next to Ontario indicates that this location now has a shipping rate defined for it.

    Note: You must go through the same set-up process for every location to which you ship. Customers from locations not defined in this shipping method will not be able to purchase items from your store using this shipping method. If this is the only method you offer, they won't be able to purchase anything at all.

  8. When you've set up this method for each location you ship to, click  



    The new method appears in your list of Shipping Methods.


  9. Sign into your One of a Kind Store and try out the shipping method. You can experiment with filling up your cart and choosing your shipping options, just don't enter any billing options to complete the transaction.



    In this example we purchased two t-shirts. Here at check-out we can see that the shipping is a flat $10.00. Our method is correctly labelled as "Standard Shipping (3-5 days). And the tax is correct, which means we remembered to tick the right boxes.

Here are some of the more typical shipping methods you might consider using for your store. In each case, you begin by setting up a new manual shipping method. You define the specifics on the Shipping Rates panel by carefully setting the various dependencies:

 

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