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How to add a fixed rate shipping method in Auctiva Commerce

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Auctiva Commerce allows you to manually set up custom shipping methods that accurately assess shipping charges for a customer's purchase. This tutorial will show you how to add a fixed rate shipping method to your Auctiva Commerce store.

What is a fixed rate shipping method?

A fixed rate shipping method is used to assess a flat shipping charge at checkout. This is a useful shipping method to apply to a certain product or group of products that always ship separately. The fixed rate shipping method will always return the flat rate shipping charge you've configured for this method. A fixed rate shipping method cannot compute any other shipping charges based on variables, such as weight, quantity or cost.

Shipping method parameters

A shipping method involves multiple parameters that determine whether or not a customer's order is eligible for this shipping service. Here are those parameters:

  • Shipping zones: defines the geographical areas where products can or cannot be delivered.
  • Warehouses: defines what products will be or will not be shipped by this shipping method.
  • User groups: defines which customers can or cannot choose the shipping method at checkout.

If you need to define these parameters, it's a good idea to set them up prior to creating a shipping method. Otherwise, you could provide a shipping service for products or customers that should not be eligible.

How to add a fixed rate shipping method

For this task, you can use the Shipping Method wizard for a guided tour. To access the wizard, go to the Auctiva Commerce Dashboard and click on the Shipping link in the Welcome box. Otherwise, you can follow the steps below for more detailed instructions.

Step 1. Add a fixed rate shipping method.
  • Go to Store> Shipping> Methods
  • Locate the Add Custom Method box at the bottom of the Configure Shipping Methods page.
  • Type: Choose the Fixed Rate option. The Fixed Rate option will apply a flat rate to the customer's shipment.
  • Name: Type in the name of the shipping method. This is the name that will display on your storefront as a shipping option for your customers.
  • Click on the Add button.

You should now be at the Edit Method page for this shipping method. Continue to the next step to finish creating this fixed rate shipping method.

Step 2. Edit the fixed rate shipping method.
  • Ship Rate: Enter in the fixed rate for this shipping method. This is the amount charged to your customers for this method of shipping.
  • Handling Fee: Enter in any handling fees to be added to the shipping charges. Choose whether the handling fee is a Fixed Amount or Percent. The Fixed Amount will be the value you enter into this field and the Percent amount will take that percentage from the shipping amount to create the handling fee charge.
  • Choose how you want the handling fee to show if there is a handling fee.
  • Warehouses: Choose which warehouses that will be assigned to this shipping method. Choosing the All Warehouses option will apply this shipping method to every product in your store.
  • Zones: Choose which shipping zones will be assigned to this shipping method. Choosing the All Zones option will allow customers in every shipping zone that you've created to receive shipments by this shipping method.
  • Groups: Choose which user groups will be assigned to this shipping method. Choosing the All Groups option will allow all customers with eligible orders and shipping addresses to use this shipping method.
  • Minimum Purchase: Enter in the minimum purchase value that a customer needs to spend on their order to be eligible for this method. Leave this field blank if there is no minimum purchase required.
  • Tax Code: Choose a tax code option if you wish to assess taxes on the shipping charge. Don't choose a tax code if no taxes should be assessed on the shipping charge.
  • Click the Save button to finish.

You've completed the task of creating a fixed rate shipping method. This shipping method will assess a flat shipping charge at checkout when it's applicable to the customer's order.

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