How do I set Up a Custom Shipping Method?
3dcart offers two types of shipping methods. Real time Shipping Methods through the regular shipping carriers (UPS, USPS, FedEx, etc) and Custom Shipping methods that can be based on the Weight, Order Amount, Number of Items, or Zip Code.
In some cases you may need to create a custom shipping method in order to cover shipping costs for a particular set of circumstances. For example, perhaps your products need special shipping considerations not directly offered by 3dcart (freight shipping) or perhaps you'd like to set a free shipping type option where your customers come to your warehouse directly to pick up the merchandise. In these cases, you would use the custom shipping methods to accommodate these circumstances.
With 3dcart, you are able to set up 4 different types of custom shipping methods. These are:
-Custom - By Quantity:
The basic set up for each of these is the same. However, their execution is what sets them apart from each other. For the purposes of this article, we will first describe where to set up your custom shipping method and then detail how they can be used.
Setting Up Custom Shipping Methods
You will see your store's currently configured Shipping Methods.
Next, you will need to create the specific ranges for each of these methods that you added.
After creating your custom shipping methods, you will then need to specify the ranges used by each Shipping method. Clicking on the "Settings" link for each will allow you to change the label for the individual methods as well as add a markup cost to them as needed. More importantly, you will see the "Advanced Settings" link which will allow you to further configure the Custom Shipping method by specifying the weight ranges and customer groups that it will apply to.
Furthermore, within the Advanced Settings section, you will have the ability to click on "Edit Ranges" to add your the applicable ranges that will apply to the shipping method..
The ranges are the factors that set the different custom shipping methods apart from each other, so we will describe these in more detail with example scenarios where they may apply. Please keep in mind however, that the examples offered are only suggestions as there are many possible applications possible for your specific needs which may be addressed using custom shipping methods.
Custom by Quantity
Also, for quantity shipping, please make sure there are no gaps in the specified ranges. If a range ENDS in 15, the next range should START at 16 etc.
Custom by Value
Also, for Value based shipping, please make sure the cost ranges take decimal prices into consideration by having the ranges start in x.01. For example, if a range is specific for $0 to $10 and the next range is for orders up to $30, the second range should START with 10.01 to cover the ranges completely.
Custom by Weight
Also, when adding ranges for weight, please keep decimals in mind to cover weight between ranges. For example, if your create a range for 1 to 5 pounds, and the next range is intended for 6 pounds, you will need to make the first range END in 5.99.
Custom by Zip
As a merchant, you may have specific shipping needs that are not addressed by your shipping carriers. In these special circumstances, the Custom Shipping Methods should be customizable enough to provide you with a solution.