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Create A Multi-Vendor Setup

One of the most common uses of Intuitive Shipping is to create different shipping setups to reflect each of your Vendor’s warehouse locations and shipping strategies. This setup works well for drop shipping.

You will need one (1) Shipping Scenario per vendor to complete this setup.

Add a Vendor Scenario

  • Click the Shipping menu button, then select Shipping Scenarios from the drop-down list.
  • Set Visibility to On.
  • Enter the Shipping Scenario Title. We recommend using your Vendor name as the Title.

The Shipping Scenario Title is not visible to customers, but it helps keep you organized within the Intuitive Shipping app.

Set Vendor Scenario Condition

  • Leave the Default settings under Condition Match, Product Filtering, and Products with Custom Shipping Charges.
  • Click the Add Another Condition button.
  • Click the Condition field. Then from the list of options, select Vendor under the Individual Product Conditions section.
  • Set the Condition to Equals.
  • Hover over the Vendor list, then check the box beside the Vendor name.

Add Shipping Methods for the Vendor Scenario

  • Add a Shipping Method for each Shipping Zone based on how you want shipping to be calculated for your Vendor.

To learn how to create a Live Rate Shipping Method, click here. To learn how to create a Custom Shipping Method, click here.

  • When creating your Shipping Method, be sure to assign a Shipping Tag under Combine Shipping Method.

Shipping Tags are especially important when creating a multi-vendor setup. Since it is likely a customer will order products that are fulfilled from multiple vendors, Shipping Tags will allow you to determine how shipping methods are combined for a multi-vendor order.

Save Your Settings

  • Click the Save button!

Add More Vendor Scenarios

  • Repeat the above steps again for each of your Vendors.

Combine Shipping Methods

To learn why you need to Combine Shipping Methods, click here.

  • Click the Shipping menu button, then select Combine Shipping Methods from the drop-down list.
  • Click the Add Combination button.

Create Display Settings

Choose how the Combined Shipping Method will be presented to your customers.

  • Enter the Title of the Combined Shipping Method that the customer will see at checkout.
  • Select how the Title of the Combined Shipping method will be generated.

Combined Shipping Method Titles are visible to your customers, so be sure to make them easy to understand.

  • Enter a Service Code – e.g. ‘Express’ (Optional)
  • Select how the Service Code will be generated from the Combined Shipping Method.
  • Enter the Delivery Time (in business days) that will be displayed to your customers during checkout (Optional).

If you choose not to create a custom Delivery Time or use the Combined Delivery Time, we strongly recommend using the Slowest Delivery Time option.

  • Select how the Delivery Time will be generated from the Combined Shipping Method.
  • Enter a Description for your Shipping Method (Optional). The Description will appear below the Shipping Method Title at checkout.
  • Select how the Description will be generated from the Combined Shipping Method.

Entering a Title, Service Code, Delivery Time and Description are only required if you select the Custom generated options.

Calculation

  • Under Condition, select whether or not all of the Shipping Tags in the formula must have a value.
  • Under Calculation Method, select how the Combined Shipping Costs will be calculated. You can choose Sum, Average, Lowest or Highest.

We suggest choosing to SUM all of the Shipping Methods together at checkout.

  • To create a custom calculation formula, click Advanced Settings (Optional). We recommend this option for advanced users only.

To learn more about Advanced Settings, click the Help button, then select Documentation from the drop-down list. Then click Combine Shipping Rates from the Navigation Menu.

Save Your Settings

  • Click the Save button!
Nice!

You’ve just created a Multi-Vendor setup!

What’s Next: Test Your Setup or check out more Common Setups

Updated on October 29, 2019

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