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Create A Live Rate Combined Shipping Method

When creating a Combined Shipping Method, all shipping rates with the same shipping tags are added together. If your combined method includes a Live Rate Shipping Method with multiple delivery types selected – e.g. ‘Ground’, ‘Next Day Air’, they will also be added together.

Let’s say you have a Shipping Scenario for t-shirts with a live rate shipping method for FedEx. In the shipping method, you’ve selected ‘Ground’, ‘2 Day’ and ‘Priority Overnight’ delivery types. Additionally, you have a Shipping Scenario for drumsticks with a live rate shipping method for USPS. In the shipping method, you’ve selected ‘Ground’ and ‘First-Class Package Service’ delivery types.

Then, you’ve included both of your FedEx and USPS shipping methods in a Combined Shipping Method. When your customer orders both a t-shirt and a set of drumsticks, the Combined Shipping Method will add together all of the delivery types – e.g. FedEx Ground + FedEx 2 Day + FedEx Priority Overnight + USPS Ground + USPS First-Class Package Service.

If this is not the desired behavior, you can create a Live Rate Combined Shipping Method.

Add A Shipping Method

1) Click the Shipping menu button, then select Scenarios from the drop-down list.

2) Click on one of your existing Shipping Scenarios.

3) In the Shipping Methods section at the bottom of the Edit Shipping Scenario page, click Add Shipping Method beside the applicable Shipping Zone – e.g. ‘United States’.

Shipping Zones are created in your Shopify Settings. To learn how to adjust your Shipping Zones, click here.

4) Create a Title for your Shipping Method – e.g. ‘Express Shipping’.

5) If you prefer to use the Title returned by the live carrier rates, check the box ‘Use The Carrier Delivery Method Title’.

The option to override Shipping Method Titles is available for Live Rate Shipping Methods only.

6) Enter a Service Code – e.g. ‘Express’ (Optional).

7) If you prefer to use the Service Code returned by the live carrier rates, check the box ‘Use The Carrier Delivery Method Service Code’.

The option to override Service Codes is available for Live Rate Shipping Methods only.

8) Enter the Delivery Time (in business days) that will be displayed to your customers during checkout (Optional).

9) If you prefer to use the estimated Delivery Time returned by the live carrier rates, check the box ‘Use The Carrier Delivery Method Times’ (Optional).

The option to override Delivery Time is available for Live Rate Shipping Methods only.

10) Enter a Description for your Shipping Method (Optional). The Description will appear below the Shipping Method Title at checkout.

Though Delivery time and the Description are optional, we encourage you to provide customers as much information about the Shipping Method as possible.

Select The Shipping Calculation Method

1) In the Calculate Shipping Based On section, choose the desired Shipping Carrier from the Live Rates section of the drop-down list. For a list of which Shipping Carriers are supported by Intuitive Shipping, click here.

Enter the Shipping Origin Address

1) In the Ship From Location section, select whether your location will be the one provided by Shopify or if you will define a custom ship from location.

2) If you select Define a custom ship from location, enter the Country and Postal/ ZIP Code for your custom location in the Custom Ship From Location section.

Enter the Delivery Method

1) In the Delivery Methods section, select ‘Return All Delivery Methods Selected‘.

2) Check the box beside one delivery method you would like returned at checkout.

To take advantage of this setup, only one delivery method should be selected.

Not all Delivery Methods are available to all shipping destinations. Contact your preferred carrier to discuss any restrictions.

Enter Package Details

1) In the Packages section, select how you would like your packages to be split – e.g. by Combined Weight.

2) Click the Add Another Package button for each package.

3) Enter the ‘Up to‘ value that will be used to determine when packages will be split. For example, if packages are split based on Combined Quantity and the ‘Up to’ value is 2, when a customer orders 3 items, the rate will be calculated based on two packages, where the first package contains 2 items and the second package contains 1 item.

4) Enter the Package dimensions and the empty weight of the package.

5) Add as many custom packages as you need.

Intuitive Shipping supports up to 40 package sizes.

To take advantage of our SmartBoxing™ feature, all custom packages must have dimensions assigned to them.

SmartBoxing™ is automatically enabled when you create a Live Rates Shipping method, assign package dimensions and select ‘SmartBoxing™ Packing Algorithm’ in the Packages section.

Optional Settings

Cost Limits

1) Enter the Minimum Cost. If the shipping cost is less than this value, it will be adjusted to the Minimum Cost. For example, if the actual calculated rate is $7.25, and you’ve put $10 as the Minimum Cost, the customer will be shown $10 at checkout.

2) Enter the Maximum Cost. If the shipping cost is more expensive than this value, it will be adjusted to the Maximum Cost. For example, if the actual calculated rate is $32.50, and you’ve put $20 as the Maximum Cost, the customer will be shown $20 at checkout.

3) Enter the amount of Mark Up or Mark Down to be applied to the final shipping cost. The final shipping cost (after any Additional Fees) will be marked up or marked down by this amount. Enter flat amounts as a numerical value – e.g. enter $10 as ’10’. Enter percentage amounts with the ‘%’ symbol – e.g. 10%

Additional Fees

1) Enter any miscellaneous Handling costs – e.g. packaging material costs. Handling is applied to the Shipping Cost before Mark Up or Mark Down. For example, if the calculated rate is $100 and you add a 10% handling fee, the total shipping cost will be $110.

2) Enter any Insurance fees. Insurance is based on the cart amount. For example, if the cart amount is $50 and the shipping cost is $100 – then you add a 10% insurance fee – the total shipping cost will be $105.

Insurance fees can be entered as a flat rate – e.g. 2.00 – or as a percentage – e.g. 3%.

Insurance fees are not displayed as such, nor are they separated from the shipping calculation. They are added to the total shipping amount.

Round The Shipping Cost

1) Select whether or not to Round the Shipping Cost Up or Down. By default, this is set to ‘do not round’. You can choose to only round up, only round down, or round up or down (whichever is closest to the nearest rounding value).

2) Select the amount of rounding from the drop-down. You can round to the nearest 0.50, 1.00, 5.00 or 10.00. For example, if the calculated rate is $3.53 and you choose to round up to the near the nearest 0.50, the rate will be rounded to $4.00. If you choose to round up or down, the rate will be displayed as $3.50

Free Shipping

1) Select the conditions that must be satisfied for Free Shipping to be activated.

2) Or, leave blank to exclude Free Shipping.

Free Shipping will only be available to products not set to exclude free shipping. To adjust product settings, click the Shipping menu button, then select Products from the drop-down list.

Blend Per Product Custom Shipping Charges

1) Select how products with custom shipping charges will interact with the shipping costs calculated within this Shipping Method. For example, if you choose ‘override shipping method with custom per product shipping charges’, and a customer’s cart includes a product with custom shipping charges, the custom charge will be displayed at checkout for the entire cart.

2) Enter a percentage Mark Up or Mark Down on the blending option.

Combine Shipping Methods

1) Assign a Tag to the Shipping Method that will be used to combine shipping rates. To learn more about Combined Shipping Methods, click here.

Tags can only contain letters and numbers. We strongly recommend using the same tag for all similar Shipping Methods – e.g. ‘Ground’.

Save Your Settings

Click the Save button!

Add More Shipping Methods

1) When you’re returned to the Edit Shipping Scenario page, scroll down to the Shipping Methods section.

2) Click the Copy button beside the Shipping Method you just created, then select the Shipping Zone you want to add the additional Shipping Method to.

3) Repeat the steps for adding a Shipping Method:

4) Enter a Title and complete the Display Settings…

5) Select the Calculation Method…

6) Enter the Shipping Origin Address…

7) Select the Delivery Method choosing one delivery method (a different one)…

8) Enter the Package Details and complete any Optional Settings. Be sure to create unique Shipping Tags for each Shipping Method you add.

9) Save your settings!

10) Repeat the above steps to Add More Shipping Methods for as many delivery types as you would like to offer. Be sure to make a note of the Shipping Tags you assign to each Shipping Method.

Combine Shipping Methods

1) Click the Shipping menu button, then select Combine Shipping Methods from the drop-down list.

Add A Combination

1) Click the Add Combination button.

Create Display Settings

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

2) Enter the Title of the Combined Shipping Method that the customer will see at checkout.

3) 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.

4) Enter a Service Code – e.g. ‘Express’ (Optional)

5) Select how the Service Code will be generated from the Combined Shipping Method.

6) 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.

7) Select how the Delivery Time will be generated from the Combined Shipping Method.

8) Enter a Description for your Shipping Method (Optional). The Description will appear below the Shipping Method Title at checkout.

9) 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.

When creating a Custom Shipping Method, the standard shipping method’s Title, Delivery Time and Description will be overridden by the Custom method.

Calculation

1) Under Condition, select whether or not all of the Shipping Tags in the formula must have a value.

2) 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.

3) Add one of the Shipping Tags that will be used to combine the Shipping Methods.

Save Your Settings

Click the Save button!

Add More Combinations

1) Repeat the above steps to Add A Combination for each of the additional Shipping Methods you created earlier, assigning each only one of the Shipping Tags.

Awesome!
You just combined live rate shipping methods!

We know that setting up Combined Shipping Methods can be challenging. If you have any questions or get stuck along the way, please contact us by clicking the ‘Contact Support‘ button at the top of this page. We’re here to help!

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Updated on September 2, 2020

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