Using E-junkie Cart Shipping Calculation
STEP A: Enable Shipping for your product(s)
When adding or editing a product in Seller Admin:
- Enable Shipping/Buyer's Address to trigger collection of a street address during checkout and (if configured) apply your shipping charges, when this product is added to a buyer's cart order.
- Click Submit or Next to reach the Shipping Options screen:
- This should normally be the weight of each unit of the product, including any packing/padding material that would normally accompany it. If you are enabling Shipping to obtain a Buyer's Address without adding shipping charges, set product Weight to 0.00. This setting is only relevant to Shipping Rules using USPS/UPS rate lookups or "Price per unit weight" methods (see below for details on Rules).
- Packaging Type
- Select which type of container the product will be shipped in.*
- Packaging Capacity
- State how many units of this product will fit in the selected Packaging Type.*
- Click Next until you can click Submit to save settings;
- If you haven't already, copy the product's Add to Cart button codes to paste into your product page (E-junkie Shipping settings will not work with Buy Now buttons nor with PayPal Cart buttons).
Different products configured to ship in the same Packaging Type will share any unoccupied Capacity in the same container -- e.g., if Product A and B both ship in a Regular Box with Capacity of 2, then an order for 1 unit each of A and B would ship together in just 1 Regular Box.
Tubes can also consolidate all Tube-packaged items into any unoccupied capacity in the largest Tubes defined for products in the same order -- e.g., if Product A ships in a Small Tube, and Product B ships in a Large Tube with a Capacity of 2, then an order for 1 unit each of A and B would ship together in just 1 Large Tube, as 1 unit of A can occupy the vacancy in B's Large Tube.
* NOTE: If you will be using a live rate-lookup calculation method (e.g. USPS/UPS, see below for details) and expect to ship each order as a single parcel containing all items, make sure you configure every product to use the same Packaging Type, and specify their Packaging Capacity as some absurdly high quantity that will never be reached (e.g. 9999).
STEP B: Configure Shipping Calculation for your cart
Go to Seller Admin > Cart Shipping Settings:
- Shipping Origin
- Select your country, and US Merchants will also need to enter a ZIP code (if you are outside the US, just enter any 5-digit number here).
- Shipping Destinations
- If you will ship to any country worldwide, leave this alone (no countries selected = will ship to all countries); otherwise, select specific countries you will ship to -- to select more than one destination country, hold down Ctrl (on a PC) or Command (on a Mac) while clicking countries.
- Weight Unit Preference
- Select Ounces or Grams (and remember to specify all other Weight settings on this basis!).
- This is added just once to the total Shipping amount calculated for each order, can be a flat surcharge amount or a percentage boost (e.g., 10% Handling would multiply the calculated Shipping amount by a factor of 1.10 to arrive at the final Shipping charges applied to the order).
- Define Packaging
- Here you can odefine the Cost and Weight of various containers:
- Normally the empty weight of the container itself, including any general packing/padding materials that would normally go inside/around it (not counting any packing/padding that is used for each product unit, which should be included in that product's Weight).
- Can be a charge to pay for the empty container itself, or you can use this to define flat-rate shipping according to package type.
- Packaging Types (Large Box, Small Envelope, etc.)
- Note these are just arbitrary names and do not affect how rates are determined or what type of packaging you're actually using -- i.e., the mere fact that a product ships in an "Envelope" rather than a "Box" does not affect the rate obtained (assuming all other factors/settings are equal), as we always query USPS/UPS for a generic Package rate (rather than any Envelope/Oversize/Freight/etc. rates).
- Click Next to save settings and proceed to the Shipping Rules screen.
Existing Shipping Rules
This menu shows Shipping Rules you have already defined (if any). Selecting any Rule from the menu will display its Shipping Method and Rate just underneath the menu. Rules cannot be edited, but you can select a Rule and click Delete to remove it, and then create a new Rule to replace it if you wish.
Create New Shipping Rule
Select a Shipping Method for this new Rule:
- USPS - Cheapest Available (excluding Media Mail, Parcel Post): Queries USPS.com for the First Class and Priority Mail rates and applies whichever is cheaper;
- USPS Priority: Queries USPS.com for the Priority Mail rate;
- USPS Express: Queries USPS.com for the Express Mail rate;
- USPS Media Mail: Queries USPS.com for the Media Mail rate;
- USPS Parcel Post: Queries USPS.com for the Parcel Post rate;
- UPS Ground: Queries UPS.com for the UPS Ground rate;
- Price per unit weight: Lets you set a custom per-ounce/-gram weight (see Weight Unit Preference above);
- Price per unit: Lets you set a custom flat rate per item ordered;
- Percentage of order total of shippable items: Shipping will be a percentage of the price total for all items with Shipping enabled in a buyer's order;
- Flat: Lets you set a single flat Shipping charge;
- Pickup: Lets you offer buyer a no-ship-no-charge option for local "will call" pickup orders.
Specify conditions in which the above Method will be made available:
Define conditions that an order must meet to qualify for the Rule you are creating. If an order qualifies for more than one Rule, the cart would show the buyer a choice of available Shipping Methods and costs in their cart before checkout. You can just leave these settings alone (blank or 0) if you want to offer the chosen rate to all buyers for all orders. Note that the Min./Max. Item Total thresholds apply to the total, combined price of all items in the buyer's cart before any discounts or tax are applied.
Rules for specific locations will override those for more-general locations -- i.e., Rules for All Countries can be regarded as "international/rest of the world", as they would apply to all your chosen Shipping Destination countries that don't have a specific Rule of their own. E.g., any Rules you define for United States would override your Rules for All Countries when a buyer selects their location in the cart as United States (and of course Rules defined for any specific State would override Rules for United States:All States).
Click SUBMIT to save a new Rule, which will then be added to your Existing Shipping Rules menu above.