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Create A Parcel Service Shipping Method

This guide is for those using the New version of Intuitive Shipping. If you’re using the Legacy version of the app, go here.

Not sure which version you’re using? Find out here.

A parcel service shipping method lets you create a paid shipping service using live rates from one of our integrated carrier partners.

If you’re not using live carrier rates and need to set up free or paid shipping options with pre-determined costs, skip this guide and create a custom service shipping method.

You can add unlimited shipping methods – both parcel services with live carrier rates and custom services with pre-determined rates – to each zone within any Scenario.

You must create at least one Scenario and set up at least one zone before you can complete this setup guide.

Add a Shipping Method

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

2) Click Edit beside the Scenario you wish to add the shipping method to.

Learn about Scenarios.

3) Scroll down to Shipping rates & services, then click the Create shipping method button.

Select A Parcel Service

This guide will help you set up a paid shipping service with real-time rates from your preferred carrier.

1) Click the downward arrow beside Parcel services to display a list of live rate carriers.

2) Select your preferred carrier from the list, such as Canada Post.

3) Click the Next button.

4) Select a Zone.

Learn about Zones.

5) Click the Configure shipping button.

General

1) Enter a shipping method title. When you choose the title type ‘Use the shipping method title’ in Step 2, the title entered here will be visible to customers.

2) Choose the title type.

You have two (2) settings to choose from:

Service title provided by carrier – The service title (or titles) provided by the carrier in the rate calculation, such as ‘Canada Post Expedited Parcel’ or ‘Canada Post Priority’, will be displayed as the shipping method title (or titles) at checkout. This is the default setting.

Use the shipping method title – The shipping method title entered in Step 1 will be displayed at checkout. If you select multiple carrier service options, all of the service titles provided by the carrier are replaced with the shipping method title.

When multiple shipping methods with the same title are activated, Shopify will only display the cheapest option at checkout.

3) Choose the shipping method status.

You have three (3) settings to choose from:

Off – The shipping method will be ignored by the Scenario it is assigned to, even if the Scenario conditions are met. The shipping method will not be displayed at checkout, even in Setup & Testing Mode.

Test – The shipping method will only be visible at checkout when you use the word ‘Intuitive’ as either the customer’s first or last name.

On – The shipping method will be visible to customers. If the Scenario conditions are met, the shipping method will be displayed at checkout. This is the default setting.

While in Setup & Testing Mode, ‘On’ will function the same as ‘Test’ until you have activated a billing plan to begin your free trial.

Learn more about testing your Intuitive Shipping setup.

4) If desired, enter a description for your shipping method. We recommend limiting your description to 90 characters or less to ensure it displays properly on the checkout page.

Descriptions are displayed below the shipping method title at checkout.

Additional display settings are available for delivery times, order processing times and service codes. If you do need to adjust these settings, skip ahead to Packages. Otherwise, continue to Step 5.

5) Click Show additional display settings.

6) Choose whether or not you wish to have a delivery time displayed at checkout along with the rate. Delivery times are shown at checkout by default.

If you selected ‘Do not show delivery time’ in Step 6, skip ahead to Step 9. Otherwise, continue to Step 7.

7) If you’re planning to show delivery times, choose the type of delivery time you wish to have displayed at checkout.

You have two (2) settings to choose from:

Carrier delivery time – delivery times displayed at checkout are estimates provided directly by the carrier along with the live rate calculation.

Custom delivery time – delivery times displayed at checkout are the values entered by you in Step 8. When you select this option, additional fields will appear on the screen.

8) If you selected Custom delivery time in Step 7, enter a minimum and, if desired, a maximum number of days.

Min delivery time – enter the lower limit of your delivery time range.

Max delivery time – enter the upper limit of your delivery time range. When combined with the min setting, delivery times will be displayed like ‘3 to 5 business days’ at checkout.

To display a single, fixed number of days, leave either Min or Max blank.

For example, if you prefer to have delivery time displayed as ‘3 business days’ instead of ‘3 to 5 business days’, enter ‘3’ in either minimum or maximum and leave the other field blank.

9) If desired, add order processing time, in days. This is useful when you sell products that cannot be shipped out the same day the order is placed.

Order processing time is added to either carrier delivery times or custom delivery times, depending on which setting you selected in Step 7.

For example, if you enter 3 days for order processing and the carrier returns an estimated delivery time of 2 days, Intuitive Shipping will display the delivery time as ‘5 business days’ at checkout.

10) If desired, enter a custom service code, such as ‘GRD’. The service code is pushed to your fulfillment service (if applicable) when a customer successfully completes their checkout.

Entering a custom service code will override the service codes provided by the carrier. If you want to use the carrier-provided service codes, leave this setting blank.

Service codes are not visible to customers.

Packages

You can determine how the customer’s order will be packaged by selecting the appropriate packing algorithm and assigning the packages you want to be used by the shipping method.

1) Select a packing algorithm.

Your have six (6) options to choose from:

SmartBoxing™ – Intuitive Shipping will select the best package combination based on the weight and the volume of the order.

Weight-based – Intuitive Shipping will select the best package combination based only on the weight of order.

Quantity-based – Intuitive Shipping will select the best package combination based only on the number of items on the order.

Volume-based – Intuitive Shipping will select the best package combination based only on the volume of order.

Points-based – Intuitive Shipping will select the best package combination based on a point system.

Total-based – Intuitive Shipping will select the best package combination based only on the total value of order.

Products must have dimensions in Intuitive Shipping and weights in either Intuitive Shipping or Shopify in order to use SmartBoxing™.

Products must have weights in either Intuitive Shipping or Shopify to use weight-based.

Products must have dimensions in Intuitive Shipping to use volume-based.

Learn more about product settings.

Additional packing settings are available for packing methods and multiple package blending. If you do not need to adjust these settings, skip ahead to Step 5. Otherwise, continue to Step 2.

2) Click Show additional packing settings.

3) Select a packing method.

You have two (2) settings to choose from:

Pack products together – all of the products in the order will be packed together. Packages will be split based on the selected packing algorithm and the packages assigned to the shipping method. This is the default setting.

Pack products separately – each product in the order will be packed separately based on the selected packing algorithm and the packages assigned to the shipping method.

For example, if a customer orders 3 black hats and 2 yellow t-shirts, the hats will be packed together and the t-shirts will be packed together when you select the ‘separately’ setting.

Products already set to pack separately will ignore this setting. Learn more about product settings.

4) Choose how multiple packages will be blended when carrier services don’t match.

Occasionally, packages in the order may not qualify for the same service. In the event that does happen, the costs of each package will be blended according to this setting. For example, if Package 1 returns a cost for service A and Package 2 returns a cost for service B, the flexible setting will blend them together. The strict setting will not return a shipping cost.

You have two (2) settings to choose from:

Flexible blending – an attempt will be made to blend costs based on services. The lowest cost for each package will be blended together if packages do not have matching services. This is the default setting.

Strict blending – costs will be blended only if all packages have matching services. No costs will be returned if packages do not have matching services.

When packages qualify for matching services, this setting is ignored.

All of the packages saved to your main Packages settings will be listed in the Packages section of the shipping method as selectable options. You can also add a package directly from the shipping method.

If all of the packages you want to assign to the shipping method are listed, skip ahead to Step 15. Otherwise, continue to Step 5.

5) To add a package that is not currently listed, click Add package.

6) Enter a package title, like ‘Box 1’ or ‘Large Envelope’.

7) Select a package type.

You have two (2) settings to choose from:

Box – a rigid container with flexible dimensions.

Soft package – a flexible container with adjustable height.

Learn about package types.

8) Add the outer LengthWidth and Height of the package. These dimensions are used by the carrier service to calculate the shipping cost.

If you selected Soft package in Step 7, the height dimension is the maximum height. Intuitive Shipping will automatically adjust this dimension based on the size of the products being packages.

Learn about soft packages.

Additional settings are available for inner dimensions, maximum weight, empty weight and package cost. If you don’t need these settings, skip ahead to Step 15. Otherwise, continue to Step 9.

9) Click Show additional settings.

10) If desired, add the inner LengthWidth and Height of the package. These dimensions provide greater accuracy for SmartBoxing™ when there is a tangible difference between the inner and outer dimensions or when extra packing material is required.

Inner dimensions can also be used with simple packing algorithms like weight-based or quantity-based packing if products in the order have been assigned dimensions.

Learn more about inner dimensions.

11) If desired, enter the maximum weight of the package. When specified, Intuitive Shipping will ensure that the combined product weight does not exceed this amount for a single package.

Learn more about maximum weight.

12) If desired, enter the empty weight of the package. When specified, Intuitive Shipping will add this weight to the total weight of the products.

Learn more about empty weight.

13) If desired, enter the cost of the package. When specified, Intuitive Shipping will add this cost to the total shipping cost.

Learn more about package cost.

14) Click the Save button.

The package will be listed as a selectable option in this shipping method and it will be saved to your main Package settings for use in other shipping methods.

15) Select each of the packages you want to be included in the parcel service shipping method.

Packages not selected will be ignored by the shipping method.

Packages that have been turned off are muted. They cannot be selected or deselected, and will also be ignored by the shipping method.

To change the On/Off status of a package, go to your main package settings after saving your shipping method.

Packages that were previously selected and have since been turned off (muted) will still be ignored. They cannot be selected or deselected when they are turned off.

Learn more about package status.

Shipping Origin

Real-time carrier rates can be calculated using the primary location set up in Shopify, or a custom ship-from location.

1) Select the ship from location.

You have two (2) settings to choose from:

Dynamic origin location – live carrier rates will be calculated based on the distance between the customer’s address and your primary Shopify location address. This is the default setting.

Specify origin location – live carrier rates will be calculated based on the address specified in Step 2.

If you selected dynamic, skip ahead to Services.

All of the custom locations saved to your main Locations settings will be listed under Locations as selectable options. Or, you can add a location directly from the shipping method.

If the custom shipping origin you want to assign to the shipping method is listed, skip ahead to Step 6. Otherwise, continue to Step 2.

2) Click Add location.

3) Enter a location title, such as ‘Warehouse 2’.

Location titles are not visible to customers.

4) Enter the address for your custom ship from location.

A complete address is not required.

That means you don’t have to fill in every field, such as the postal/zip code field. Some carriers require a complete address in order to accurately calculate live rates.

5) Click the Save button.

The location will be listed as a selectable option in this shipping method and it will be saved to your main Location settings for use in other shipping methods.

6) Select a location. This location will be used as the starting point for live carrier rate calculations in this shipping method.

Services

Carriers typically offer multiple delivery services, both domestic and international. Most services offered by the carrier are supported by Intuitive Shipping. If a carrier delivery service is not shown as an option, please contact us to let us know.

1) Select all of services you wish to offer to your customers.

If this shipping method was assigned to a domestic zone, be sure to select domestic services. If this shipping method was assigned to an international zone, be sure to select international services.

Only services available in the customer’s postal code or zip code will be displayed at checkout.

Let’s say you’ve selected Canada Post Expedited Parcel, Regular Parcel and Priority. If a customer lives in a postal code where Priority is not offered by Canada Post, they will only see Expedited and Regular services at checkout.

By default, all selected services are displayed at checkout, if available. Each parcel service can be filtered so that only one service is displayed, depending on your preference.

If you want all of the selected services to appear at checkout, skip ahead to Account. Otherwise, continue to Step 2.

2) Click Show additional service settings.

3) Choose how services will be filtered.

You have six (6) options to choose from:

Return all selected – all available services selected in Step 1 will be displayed to the customer at checkout.

Best value – from the services selected in Step 1, only the available service with the best value will be displayed to the customer at checkout.

Cheapest cost – from the services selected in Step 1, only the available service with the lowest cost will be displayed to the customer at checkout.

Most expensive – from the services selected in Step 1, only the available service with the highest cost will be displayed to the customer at checkout.

Fastest delivery time – from the services selected in Step 1, only the available service with the fastest estimated delivery time will be displayed to the customer at checkout.

Slowest delivery time – from the services selected in Step 1, only the available service with the slowest estimated delivery time will be displayed to the customer at checkout.

Best value considers both cost and delivery time to determine overall value.

Account

If you have an account with the carrier you selected at the beginning of this guide, you can use that account to access your discounted or negotiated rates. If you previously connected your preferred carrier account with Intuitive Shipping, it will be listed below Carrier accounts as a selectable option.

Learn how to connect a carrier.

Most carriers offer retail rates which can be used if you don’t have an account with the carrier. If the carrier you selected at the beginning of this guide offers retail rates, a ‘Standard retail rates’ option will be displayed below Carrier accounts and selected as the default option. If the carrier does not offer retail rates, nothing will be displayed.

If the carrier requires an account, the shipping method cannot be saved unless the account is available and selected.

To use the standard retail rates option (if available) or if the carrier account you want to assign to the shipping method is available and listed, skip ahead to Step 5. To add a new carrier account, continue to Step 1.

1) Click Add a carrier account.

The Add form is formatted to suit the carrier selected at the beginning of this guide.

2) Enter a carrier account title.

Carrier account titles are not visible to customers.

3) Enter your account credentials. Required credentials vary from carrier to carrier.

Learn about connecting specific carriers.

4) Click the Save button.

The carrier account will be listed as a selectable option in this shipping method and it will be saved to your main Carrier accounts settings for use in other shipping methods with the same carrier.

5) Select a carrier account or use standard retail rates, if available.

Optional Settings

Additional settings are available for each parcel service shipping method. These settings are optional and not required. If you don’t need to apply any further settings, skip ahead to Save Your Settings. Otherwise, continue to Step 1.

1) Click Show optional settings

Carrier Settings

Some carriers have additional settings that can be customized. For example, FedEx lets you choose destination address type, package insurance, pickup method, packaging type and whether or not you want to use FedEx One Rate. Whereas, USPS lets you choose between retail or discounted rates.

Each carrier has different settings, and some carriers, like Canada Post, don’t have carrier settings.

1) Adjust the carrier settings as needed, and if available.

Carrier Service Fallback Rate

1) Choose if you want a fallback rate to appear at checkout in situations when the carrier service times out. This is useful when the carrier’s servers are down or when they’re overwhelmed during peak periods like Black Friday.

You have two (2) settings to choose from:

Do not use a fallback rate – when carrier service calls time out, no shipping rates from this shipping method are displayed at checkout. This is the default setting.

Define a fallback rate – when carrier service calls time out, the fallback rate entered in Step 3 is displayed at checkout.

Fallback rates do not trigger when there is an error with the rate calculation.

That means the fallback rate won’t be displayed if an error, such as an over-sized shipment, results in the carrier not returning a rate to Intuitive Shipping. It only activates when the system times out waiting for a response.

2) If you selected Define a fallback rate in Step 1, enter a fallback shipping cost.

The fallback shipping cost is multiplied by the number of packages required for the customer order.

Let’s say you’ve set up a fallback rate of $15.00, and a customer order results in three (3) packages being required. If the carrier rates time out and the fallback rate is activated, the customer will be charged $45.00 for shipping at checkout ($15.00 x 3 packages).

Additional settings are available for fallback rate titles, descriptions, delivery times and service codes. In the event the fallback rate is activated, these settings will override the main settings.

3) Click Show optional display settings.

4) If desired, enter a fallback rate title, such as ‘Shipping’ or the carrier’s name.

5) If desired, enter a fallback rate description.

6) If desired, enter a fallback rate delivery time. For fallback rates, consider using a range that covers your average to longest carrier delivery times.

Min delivery time – enter the lower limit of your delivery time range.

Max delivery time – enter the upper limit of your delivery range. When combined with the min setting, delivery times will be displayed like ‘3 to 5 business days’ at checkout.

To display a single, fixed number of days, leave either Min or Max blank.

For example, if you prefer to have delivery time displayed as ‘3 business days’ instead of ‘3 to 5 business days’, enter ‘3’ in either minimum or maximum and leave the other field blank.

7) If desired, enter a fallback rate service code. The service code is pushed to your fulfillment service (if applicable) when a customer successfully completes their checkout.

Service codes are not visible to customers.

Cost Adjustments

Take full control of how parcel service shipping costs will be presented at checkout by applying final adjustments to the live rate calculation.

Cost adjustments are applied in the order they are listed in the app: cost limits first, then discounts, then mark ups, then handling, then insurance, then rounding.

1) If desired, add cost limits.

You have two (2) settings to choose from:

Min shipping cost – if the shipping cost returned by the carrier is less than this value, it will be adjusted up to the minimum cost.

Max shipping cost – if the shipping cost returned by the carrier is more than this value, it will be adjusted down to the maximum cost.

You can apply both a min and max cost to the same shipping method.

2) If desired, add a discount.

You have two (2) settings to choose from:

Flat – this amount will be subtracted from the shipping cost after any cost limit adjustments.

Percentage – this percentage of the shipping cost, after any cost limit adjustments, will be subtracted from the adjusted shipping cost.

You can apply both a flat discount and percentage discount to the same shipping method. The flat amount is subtracted first. The percentage is calculated after the flat amount is subtracted.

3) If desired, add a mark up.

You have two (2) settings to choose from:

Flat – this amount will be added to the shipping cost after any cost limit adjustments and discounts.

Percentage – this percentage of the shipping cost, after any cost limit adjustments and discounts, will be added to the adjusted shipping cost.

You can apply both a flat mark up and percentage mark up to the same shipping method. The flat amount is added first. The percentage is calculated after the flat amount is added.

4) If desired, add a handling fee.

You have two (2) settings to choose from:

Flat – this amount will be added to the shipping cost after any cost limit adjustments, discounts and mark ups.

Percentage – this percentage of the shipping cost – after any cost limit adjustments, discounts and mark ups – will be added to the adjusted shipping cost.

You can apply both a flat handling fee and percentage handling fee to the same shipping method. The flat amount is added first. The percentage is calculated after the flat amount is added.

5) If desired, add insurance.

You have two (2) settings to choose from:

Flat – this amount will be added to the shipping cost after any cost limit adjustments, discounts, mark ups and handling fees.

Percentage – this percentage of the total product value will be added to the adjusted shipping cost.

You can apply both a flat insurance cost and a percentage insurance cost to the same shipping method. The flat amount is added first. The percentage is still calculated from the total product value, then applied to the adjusted shipping cost after the flat amount has been added.

6) If desired, apply rounding.

You have two (2) settings to choose from:

Do not apply rounding – the final shipping cost, after all other cost adjustments, will be displayed exactly as calculated.

Round final shipping cost – the final shipping cost, after all other cost adjustments, will be rounded up or down, depending on the settings selected in Steps 7 and 8.

7) Choose which direction to round the shipping cost.

You have three (3) settings to choose from:

Up/down – the final adjusted shipping cost will be rounded either up or down by the increment selected in Step 8 – whichever is closer.

Up – the final adjusted shipping cost will be rounded up by the increment selected in Step 8.

Down – the final adjusted shipping cost will be rounded down by the increment selected in Step 8.

8) Choose the amount to round the shipping cost.

You have four (4) settings to choose from:

0.50 – the final shipping cost will be rounded up or down to the nearest 0.50 of your base currency. If the final shipping cost is $18.80, the rounded cost will be either $18.50 or $19.00, depending on the setting selected in Step 7.

1.00 – the final shipping cost will be rounded up or down to the nearest 1.00 of your base currency. If the final shipping cost is $18.80, the rounded cost will be either $18.00 or $19.00, depending on the setting selected in Step 7.

5.00 – the final shipping cost will be rounded up or down to the nearest 5.00 of your base currency. If the final shipping cost is $18.80, the rounded cost will be either $15.00 or $20.00, depending on the setting selected in Step 7.

10.00 – the final shipping cost will be rounded up or down to the nearest 10.00 of your base currency. If the final shipping cost is $18.80, the rounded cost will be either $10.00 or $20.00, depending on the setting selected in Step 7.

Free Shipping

Activate free shipping when the customer’s cart crosses a threshold limit. This is useful if you have a minimum order value or if you want to offer paid shipping only above a certain weight limit.

If you don’t need a free shipping threshold, skip ahead to Custom Shipping Blending. Otherwise, continue to Step 1.

When the free shipping threshold is met, live rates provided by the carrier are overridden, and free shipping is displayed to the customer at checkout.

1) If desired, select Set a free shipping threshold.

2) Select a cart value type.

You have three (3) settings to choose from:

Total – free shipping will activate based on the total value of items in the cart.

Quantity – free shipping will activate based on the total number of items in the cart.

Weight – free shipping will activate based on the total weight of items in the cart.

3) Select the logic.

You have six (6) settings to choose from:

Greater than – free shipping will activate when the actual cart value is more than the value entered in Step 4.

Greater than or equals – free shipping will activate when the actual cart value is equal to or more than the value entered in Step 4.

Less than – free shipping will activate when the actual cart value is less than the value entered in Step 4.

Less than or equals – free shipping will activate when the actual cart value is equal to or less than the value entered in Step 4.

Equals – free shipping will activate when the actual cart value is exactly the same as the value entered in Step 4.

Does not equal – free shipping will activate when the actual cart value is anything but the value entered in Step 4.

4) Enter the threshold value. Free shipping will activate when this threshold is met, depending on the settings selected in Steps 2 and 3.

Additional free shipping settings are available for a title, description, delivery time and service code when the free shipping threshold is met. This is useful if you want to override the parcel service settings when free shipping is activated.

If you don’t need a custom title, description, delivery time or service code for free shipping, skip ahead to Custom Shipping Blending. Otherwise, continue to Step 5.

5) Click Show optional display settings.

6) If desired, enter a free shipping title. The free shipping title will override the main title, regardless of which title option you selected in General Step 2, when the free shipping threshold is reached.

7) If desired, enter a free shipping description. The free shipping description will override the main description from General Step 4 when the free shipping threshold is reached.

8) If desired, enter a free shipping delivery time. The free shipping title will override the delivery time, regardless of the delivery time settings from General Steps 6-8, when the free shipping threshold is reached.

9) If desired, enter a free shipping service code. The free shipping service code will override the service code from General Step 2, when the free shipping threshold is reached.

Custom Shipping Blending

If you have products with custom shipping costs, those special costs can be blended with your parcel service shipping method rates.

For example, if a customer’s cart includes a product with a $100.00 custom shipping cost – meaning it always costs you $100.00 to ship that product, regardless of what else is ordered – and this shipping method calculates a shipping cost of $27.50, the customer will be charged $127.50 for shipping at checkout.

If you don’t have products with custom shipping costs, these settings are ignored regardless of how they’re set. Skip ahead to Rate Blending. If you have products with custom shipping costs, continue to Step 1.

1) Select a custom shipping blending option.

You have two (2) options to choose from:

Do not blend – custom shipping costs are ignored by this shipping method. For example, if you have a product with a $100.00 custom shipping cost, and this shipping method has a flat rate of $50.00, a customer ordering the product with custom costs will be charged $50.00 for shipping at checkout.

If you choose this setting, skip ahead to Rate Blending.

Blend custom shipping costs – custom shipping costs are blended with this shipping method based on the setting selected in Step 2. This is the default setting.

2) Select a blending mode.

You have two (2) settings to choose from:

Add to final shipping cost – custom shipping costs are added to the shipping costs calculated by the shipping method. For example, if you have a product with a custom shipping cost of $250.00 and the shipping method calculates a shipping cost of $75.00, the customer will be charged $325.00 for shipping at checkout.

Replace shipping cost – custom shipping costs replace the shipping costs calculated by the shipping method. Using the same example as above, the customer will only be charged $250.00 for shipping at checkout.

Additional custom shipping blending settings are available for a filtering, mark ups and discounts.

If you don’t need to filter or apply cost adjustments to products with custom shipping charges, skip ahead to Rate Blending. Otherwise, continue to Step 3.

3) Click Show additional custom shipping blend settings.

4) Select a filter products option.

You have two (2) settings to choose from:

Include in shipping calculation – all products with custom shipping costs will be included in the rate calculation. The product weight and dimensions will be included in the packing algorithm and added to the overall package information sent to the carrier.

Exclude from shipping calculation – all products with custom shipping costs will be excluded from the rate calculation. The product weight and dimensions will be ignored by the packing algorithm and excluded from the overall package information sent to the carrier.

5) If desired, add a mark up to the custom shipping costs.

You have two (2) settings to choose from:

Flat – when there are products with custom shipping costs in the cart, this amount will be added to their combined custom shipping costs. The adjusted custom shipping costs will then be blended with the final live rate cost depending on the Blending mode settings in Step 2.

Percentage – when there are products with custom shipping costs in the cart, this percentage of their combined shipping costs will be added to that combined cost. The adjusted custom shipping costs will be blended with the final live rate cost depending on the Blending mode settings in Step 2.

For example, if you have 2 products with custom shipping costs of $50.00 and $30.00 respectively, and you add a 10% mark up, the custom shipping cost will be adjusted to $88.00, then blended with the live rate from this shipping method.

You can apply both a flat mark up and percentage mark up to the same custom shipping cost. The flat amount is added first. The percentage is calculated after the flat amount is added.

6) If desired, add a discount to the custom shipping costs.

You have two (2) settings to choose from:

Flat – when there are products with custom shipping costs in the cart, this amount will be subtracted from their combined custom shipping costs. The adjusted custom shipping costs will then be blended with the final live rate cost depending on the Blending mode settings in Step 2.

Percentage – when there are products with custom shipping costs in the cart, this percentage of their combined shipping costs will be subtracted from that combined cost. The adjusted custom shipping costs will be blended with the final live rate cost depending on the Blending mode settings in Step 2.

For example, if you have 2 products with custom shipping costs of $50.00 and $30.00 respectively, and you add a 10% discount, the custom shipping cost will be adjusted to $72.00, then blended with the live rate from this shipping method.

You can apply both a flat discount and percentage discount to the same custom shipping cost. The flat amount is subtracted first. The percentage is calculated after the flat amount is subtracted.

Rate Blending

If you have multiple Scenarios – perhaps you have a mix of parcel services and custom services depending on the product – you can decide if those rates should be blended together or not.

For example, if one product type has a flat rate shipping cost of $10.00 and another product type has a live rate shipping cost of $27.50, rate blending can add those two costs together when a customer orders both product types.

If you don’t have rates that need to be blended, leave rate blending set to the default ‘Do not blend’, and skip ahead to Save Your Settings. Otherwise, continue to Step 1.

1) Select Blend with other rates.

The rate blending setting is ignored if you have not created a blended rate. Blended rates are set up elsewhere in the app.

Learn about rate blending.

2) Choose a blending mode.

You have two (3) settings to choose from:

Best value – the carrier service from this shipping method with the best overall value is blended with other rates.

Cheapest cost – the carrier service from this shipping method with the cheapest cost is blended with other rates.

Fastest delivery time – the carrier service from this shipping method with the fastest delivery time is blended with other rates.

By default, Intuitive Shipping is set to simple rate blending.

If you have not adjusted your account settings for rate blending, the message ‘Your account is currently set up to use simple rate blending’ will appear at the bottom of the Rate blending section.

If you previously adjusted your account settings for advanced rate blending, the message ‘Your account is currently set up to use advanced rate blending’ will appear at the bottom of the Rate blending section, along with a setting for Blending groups.

To switch between simple and advanced rate blending, click on Account settings. Changes to your rate blending account settings will be applied after you save your parcel service shipping method.

If you’re using simple blending, skip ahead to Save Your Settings. Otherwise, continue to Step 3.

3) Add a Blending group tag. All shipping methods with the same blending group tag, whether they are parcel service shipping methods with live carrier rates or custom service shipping methods with pre-determined rates, will be blended together by the Blended rate.

Blending group tags are not case-sensitive and can be any letter or word. We recommend something simple like the letter ‘A’.

Blending group tags cannot contain spaces or special characters.

Save Your Settings

1) Click the Save button to save your parcel service shipping method.

Outstanding!
You just created a parcel service shipping method!

What’s Next:

Update product settings

Check out our common setups and additional setups sections for setup ideas.

Updated on November 22, 2021

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