A good logistics system is a vital aspect of every successful store. Let’s say you convert a lead into buying your product, but it’s all useless if you can’t deliver it to them. So to cater this, we’ve gone ahead and created a simple guide on how to set up shipping on your Shopify store. But before that, it’s important we clarify a few jargons and concepts to help you better understand and implement Shopify shipping.
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What Is Shopify Shipping?
Shopify Shipping is basically a tool that enables Shopify store owners to holistically keep track of and manage order fulfillment from a centralized platform while offering various different shipping options to choose from, for their customers.
It is a robust and powerful way of handling all your Shopify shipping related needs for your Shopify store.
Shopify shipping gives you access to a variety of different features;
- Order tracking
- Label printing
- And the ability to track Shopify shipping rates from various carriers in real-time.
To make matters easier, Shopify is official partners with various shipping giants and companies like;
- DHL Express
- Canada Post.
Adding Shipping Locations To Your Store
Your shipping location is where all your orders are dispatched from. Whichever address you enter when signing up will be set as your default Shopify shipping location. So make sure your actual shipping address coincides with what’s entered, if it doesn’t, make sure to go back and rectify it.
How many different Shopify shipping locations you can have at once is dependent on what Shopify plan you are currently using. We’ve listed below (for reference) which Shopify plan can hold how many locations at once.
- With the Shopify Lite Plan, you get up to 3 shipping locations
- With the Basic Shopify Plan, you get up to 4 shipping locations
- With the Shopify Plan, you get up to 5 shipping locations
- With Advanced Shopify Plan, you get up to 8 shipping locations
- With Shopify Plus, you get 20+ shipping locations
To add Shopify shipping location, just go to the “Shipping” section which can be found in “Settings”. Then choose location and click on the “add location” button. Fill out the information such as the name of your shipping location along with the address. To fulfill orders, just check the box under the respective location.
Adding Shipping Zones To Your Store
You can create various Shopify shipping zones with varying shipping charges and details, depending on where your store is located. For example, if you have a store in Belgium, you can set your Shopify shipping zone (the EU in this case) in such a way that all the countries get the same rate and plan.
To set up a Shopify shipping zone, all you need to do is go to “Settings” which can be found in the admin dashboard. Then “Shipping & Delivery”. After that, move to the profile where you want to add your preferred shipping zone and click on “Manage Rates”. Then choose the “Create Shipping Zone” option which can be found next to the locations. Create a name for the Shipping Zone, select which region(s) you want included in your shipping zone, fill out any other details it requires to finish the setup.
Setting Up Shipping Profile
In case your store has multiple locations, you will need to set up a custom Shopify shipping profile. To set it up, go to “Settings”, then “Shipping & Delivery”, then “Custom Shipping Rates”, and then click on the “Create a New Profile” option. Remember to name your profile before you go ahead and add products in the “Products’ Tab”. Now all that’s left is to name each shipping zone and start adding the countries you want included in that list, as well as setting the Shopify shipping rates (which we’ve discussed below).
Set Up Shipping Method
Give a shipping option—such as UPS international or DHL—for each shipping zone. By defining each zone and shipping method separately, you can customize the Shopify shipping charges.
Note: Provide a variety of shipping options to attract as many consumers as you can. This includes, for instance, standard or express delivery to the front door or a parcel station.
Add Shipping Rates
Now that your Shopify shipping zones and methods are set up, let’s move onto setting up the Shopify shipping cost. You have variety of different shipping options to choose from;
- Free shipping: Free shipping is an enticing option for customers. If you’re looking to give your customers free shipping, you can add a minimum order value criterion.
- Flat rate shipping: Flat rate shipping is yet another enticing option for customers as they can estimate how much shipping will cost them. You can limit the flat rates to certain shipping regions or on the basis of total weight.
- Calculated shipping rates: This type of shipping rate is mostly used with external shipping companies. The Shopify shipping calculator lets you know the exact cost of shipping when the customer completes their order.
- Increase or decrease shipping rates: Since these shipping rates are calculated, they can decrease, as well as increase.
The shipment terms are surely included in setting the Shopify shipping charges. Your consumers are kept fully informed of all aspects of shipping and refunds. The document or a link must be accessible as soon as the customer chooses the shipping method in the shopping cart.
A quick word on the total charges before you establish your Shopify shipping costs. It is usual practice in business-to-consumer (B2C) transactions to display the price inclusive of tax. The phrase “plus. VAT and delivery expenses” is only used in B2B transactions (with business clients). Link the tax rates to your shipping zone as a result.
To achieve this, navigate to “Taxes” in the Shopify admin’s “Settings” section. Choose your Shopify shipping zone’s tax rate from there. Shopify automatically calculates the appropriate sales tax as soon as the customer adds the item to their shopping cart. Regular updates are made to the tax rates. Verify that the tax rate being displayed is accurate, just to be on the safe side.
Now you can configure and set up shipping on Shopify with confidence knowing that you have considered all the necessary factors. If you want to learn more about Shopify, get in touch with us at Trango Tech, the leading Shopify App Development company.