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Using the Variable Rate Shipping Method

Variable rate shipping allows shipping costs to be calculated using three factors: weight, order subtotal (cost before shipping, taxes, and discounts), and a configurable flat rate. The store administrator may configure the weighting of each factor in the shipping calculation.

Multiple different shipping options with variable rates may be created. For example, a ‘Standard Ground’ option with a low cost per weight can be created. In contrast, a “Two-Day Air” option can be created that uses the same logic as ‘Standard Ground’, but has a higher cost per weight.

Variable-rate shipping costs are determined by the following formula:

shipping costs = [fixed price] + ([order total weight] * [rate unit weight price]) * ([order subtotal] x [rate percentage])

Activating the Variable Rate Shipping Method

To activate the Variable Rate Shipping Method:

  1. Navigate to the Control PanelCommerceChannels.

    Navigate to Channels in the Control Panel

  2. Click on the desired channel (for example, Sahara.com). (Note that if you had used an accelerator like Minium to create your site, there is already a corresponding channel created by default.)

  3. Scroll down to Shipment Methods.

    Configure the Variable Rate shipping method.

  4. Click Edit next to Variable Rate.

  5. Switch the Active toggle to YES.

The Variable Rate shipping method is now active.

Adding a Variable Rate Shipping Option

To add a Variable Rate Shipping Option:

  1. Navigate to the Control PanelCommerceChannels.

  2. Click on the desired channel (for example, Sahara.com). (Note that if you had used an accelerator like Minium to create your site, there is already a corresponding channel created by default.)

  3. Scroll down to Shipment Methods.

  4. Click Edit next to Variable Rate.

  5. Click the Shipping Options tab.

  6. Click the Add (Add Icon) button to add a new Shipping option.

  7. Enter the following:

    • Name: 2-Day Ground

    • Description: 2-Day Ground

    • Priority: 3.0

    Create the 2-Day Ground option.

  8. Click Save.

  9. Close the configuration window.

The new shipping option has been created. To finish configuring this shipping option, apply the variable shipping costs.

Configuring Variable Shipping Costs

  1. Click the Shipping Option Settings tab.

  2. Click the Add (Add Icon) button to add the variable rate costs formula.

  3. The Shipping Options Settings screen appears.

    Shipping options screen.

  4. Fill in the following fields:

    • Shipping Option: 2-Day Ground

    • Warehouse: Select a warehouse if the method should apply only to shipments from one location. Leave blank to use the method for all warehouses.

    • Country: Use this field if the shipping method should be restricted to the country specified.

    • Region: Use this field if the shipping method should be restricted to the region specified.

    • Zip: Use this field if the shipping method should be restricted to the zip specified.

    • Weight From: Enter a weight minimum for orders that can use this option.

    • Weight To: Enter a weight maximum for orders that can use this option.

    • Fixed Price: An entry in this field sets a minimum price and contributes the fixed component of the shipping cost formula. It can be left blank.

    • Rate Unit Weight Price: An entry in this field imposes a cost per weight. It can be left blank.

    • Rate Percentage: An entry in this field imposes a shipping cost based on a percentage of the order subtotal. It can be left blank.

  5. Click Save.

  6. Close the Edit Shipping Option Setting window.

Commerce 2.0 and Below

Activating a Shipment Method

  1. Navigate to Site AdministrationCommerceSettings.

  2. Click the Shipping Methods tab.

  3. Click Variable Rate.

  4. Click the Details tab.

  5. Toggle the Active button to YES.

  6. Click Save.

The shipment method is now active.

Creating a New Variable Rate Shipping Option

To create a new Variable Rate shipping option:

  1. Navigate to Site AdministrationCommerceSettings.

  2. Click the Shipping Methods tab.

  3. Click Variable Rate.

  4. Click the Shipping Options tab.

  5. Click the Add (Add Icon) button to add a new Shipping option:

  6. Enter the following:

    • Name: 2 Day Ground

    • Description: 2 Day Ground

    • Priority: 3.0

    New 2 Day Ground Shipping Option

  7. Click Save.

The new shipping option has been created. To finish configuring this shipping option, apply the variable shipping costs.

Configuring Variable Shipping Costs

  1. Click the Shipping Option Settings tab.

  2. Click the (+) button to add the variable rate costs formula.

  3. Fill in the following fields:

    • Shipping Option: 2 Day Ground

    • Warehouse: Select a warehouse if the method should apply only to shipments from one location. Leave blank to use the method for all warehouses.

    • Country: Use this field if the shipping method should be restricted to the country specified.

    • Region: Use this field if the shipping method should be restricted to the region specified.

    • Zip: Use this field if the shipping method should be restricted to the zip specified.

    • Weight From: Enter a weight minimum for orders that can use this option.

    • Weight To: Enter a weight maximum for orders that can use this option.

    • Fixed Price: An entry in this field sets a minimum price and contributes the fixed component of the shipping cost formula. It can be left blank.

    • Rate Unit Weight Price: An entry in this field imposes a cost per weight. It can be left blank.

    • Rate Percentage: An entry in this field imposes a shipping cost based on a percentage of the order subtotal. It can be left blank.

      2 Day Ground Settings

  4. Click Save.