A Shipping Carrier is a third-party company that transports goods and provides quotes for shipping fees automatically through their online service. In order for your store to calculate shipping fees automatically during Checkout, at least one Shipping Carrier must be activated.
You do not have to configure a Shipping Carrier if you plan to calculate shipping fees as a flat-rate or a percentage of the Order total. Instead, use an advanced Shipping Method. Skip to the section on Activating an Advanced Shipping Method for more information.
The first step to enabling shipping on your site is to establish an account with one or more of the supported providers:
We suggest carefully reviewing each provider to decide which one is best for your store. Each will have their own policies, fees, shipping rates, etc.
It is possible to have more than one Shipping Carrier active at the same time.
Once you have setup an account with one of the supported providers you can activate that Shipping Method on your site. To access the Shipping Carriers, from the Administration Console, click on "Settings" then on "Shipping Methods":
Click "Modify" next to the appropriate Carrier to activate it, then add your account information (merchant ID, user ID, password, etc.) and change the name if appropriate. The information required will be different, depending on which provider you are using:
Click "Save" after activating the Shipping Carrier and adding your account information. Your customers will be able to select from any of the active Carriers during Checkout and have the shipping cost added automatically to their order.
Although shipping fees are automatically calculated by your Shipping Carrier, you must schedule the pickup of the merchandise yourself.
Shipping Carriers calculate their fees based on several factors:
Before activating a Shipping Method, ensure that you have properly configured your store, it's Products and your account with the Shipping Carrier.
Some of the available Shipping Methods are not associated with any particular provider, but instead allow you to customize a method of shipping that is specific to your store. This is useful if you want to use a flat-rate for shipping, have your customers select a specific delivery date, or allow them to pick up their merchandise during your business hours.
To activate and configure an advanced Shipping Method, click "Modify" next to any of the following items:
Allow the customer to pickup their own order at your main business location:
Specify the shipping fee, as a dollar value, to be applied to all orders.
Specify the shipping fee, as a dollar value per Product, to be applied to all orders.
Specify the shipping fee, as a percentage of the order total, to be applied to all orders.
Specify the shipping fee, as a dollar value, to be applied to all orders. Also allows the customer to select a delivery date.
Allow customers to select a Shipping Method that does not have fee associated with it, such as a digital download. It may be necessary to change the name of this method before you use it.
Below the Shipping Methods, there are three options for overriding the shipping costs under certain conditions: