Getting Started

Before creating shipping rates it’s important to take a step back and come up with a plan. This plan should describe what shipping rates you want to show your customers, in what circumstances, and how much those shipping rates will cost.

What is a shipping rate?

In Parcelify a shipping rate is the name, description, and delivery time your customers see in your checkout. Each shipping rate you create is a promise to provide a certain level of service. In the shipping industry this is known as a Shipping SLA or Service Level Agreement.

Every shipping rate you create in Parcelify can be an option for your customers to select during the checkout process. Parcelify displays shipping rates when you tell it to, giving you full control over the shipping experience.

Shipping rate names

Your goal when choosing shipping rate names should be to follow patterns customers recognize. Familiarity is key! Some good examples include:

  • Free shipping!
  • Local standard delivery
  • Local express delivery
  • Standard shipping
  • Priority shipping
  • Express shipping

Avoid shipping rate names that are long, lack meaning, or have product names in them. What is in an order shouldn’t change the name of the shipping rates you offer, it should change the price.

Shipping rate cost

How you decide to charge for shipping rates depends on the complexity of your business. No two businesses will have the exact same shipping needs. We recommend that you keep it as simple as you can, so as your business grows it’s easier to modify your shipping rates and prices.

In Parcelify each shipping rate can have as many prices as you need. This lets you add in prices for different products and destinations. This also means Parcelify does not do any rate merging. Simply add the shipping rates you want to offer, then you add how you want to charge for those shipping rates!

Make the plan

Using the following template (or something similar) bring these ideas together to come up with a plan that best suits your business!

Example:

Local Delivery:

Price: $5 flat rate

Offered to: Ontario, Canada - K1A, K2A, K4A

Products: All except products tagged “extra large”

Standard Delivery:

Products: Mugs

Prices:

  • Ontario, Quebec Canada - $5/item
  • Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, PEI, New Brunswick - $7/item
  • Manitoba, Saskatchewan - $9/item
  • Alberta, British Columbia - $11/item
  • Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut - $13/item

Products: Tshirts

Prices:

  • Ontario, Quebec Canada - $2/item
  • Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, PEI, New Brunswick - $3/item
  • Manitoba, Saskatchewan - $4/item
  • Alberta, British Columbia - $5/item
  • Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut - $7/item