Shift4Shop offers two types of shipping methods. Real-time Shipping Methods through 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 to cover shipping costs for a particular set of circumstances. For example, perhaps your products need special shipping considerations not directly offered by Shift4Shop (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 custom shipping methods to accommodate these circumstances.
The basic setup 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
Login to your Shift4Shop Online Store Manager.
Select Settings > Shipping.
Look for the section labeled "Shipping Methods" and click on its Select Methods button.
You will see your store's currently configured Shipping Methods.
4. Scroll down the page until you arrive at the "Custom" section and click on Add Methods to begin creating some custom shipping methods.
5. Select the Country and State that the shipping method(s) will apply to.
6. Place a mark in each checkbox that you'd like to create a custom shipping method based on (see descriptions listed above).
7. Click on the +Add button to add them.
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 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
You may be selling clothing accessories that don't weigh much and aren't very expensive but tend to be ordered in bulk. In a situation like this, you may need to use a Custom Shipping - By Quantity method. This will allow you to specify shipping rates dependent on the number of items placed for the order. After you create your Custom - By Quantity method, click on its "Edit Ranges" link to enter your specific ranges.
Custom by Value
Your products may need to have shipping calculated based on the value of the order. For example, jewelry -which doesn't weigh much but is somewhat of a high-priced item - may need to be shipped in a manner based on the order's total value. For this type of situation, you would use a Custom Shipping - By Value method. This will allow you to specify ranges based on the overall price of the order. After you create your Custom-By Value method, click on its "Edit Ranges" link to enter your specific ranges.
Custom by Weight
You may have certain items that need to be shipped via freight - a method that is not integrated into the regular shipping carrier settings Shift4Shop offers. For this type of situation, you would use a Custom Shipping - By Weight method. This will allow you to specify ranges based on the order's total weight and calculate shipping accordingly. After you create your Custom-By Weight method, click on its "Edit Ranges" link to enter your specific ranges.
Custom by Zip
You may have a "brick and mortar" store where customers in your local area can come to the store to pick up their items. In a case like this, you would want to offer a free shipping method, but you obviously don't want to do this on a global scale for your non-local customers. For this type of situation, the Custom Shipping - By Zip method would be ideal. After you create your Custom-By Zip method, click on its "Edit Ranges" link to enter your specific zip code ranges.
As an alternative, you can also use an asterisk to create a partial list of zip codes that all begin with the same numbers. For example, 554* would treat all zip codes ranging from 55400 to 55499. On the other hand, 55* would include all zip codes in the range of 55000 to 55999
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.