How to Merge Different Shipping Rates Together

When a cart contains products that don’t have common shipping options, because they ship from separate origins or warehouses, or they ship with separate carriers, ShipperHQ needs to be configured to combine them and return shipping rates.

Method Merging Rules can be used in order for ShipperHQ to return shipping options.

Use Cases

Multiple origins

You may have two or more products coming from different origins and each origin has it’s own carrier. For example, product “Tent” ships from origin “Houston” which uses UPS as it’s carrier, and product “Bucket” ships from origin “Dallas” which uses Fedex as it’s carrier. You can define a merge rule that has both methods selected, create a new method name, and when you have both of the products in the cart, the new merge rule will show up with both UPS and FedEx rates combined into one under the method name you created.

Split Shipping Groups

You may have two or more products coming from the same origin but they require a separate shipping method. For example, product “Umbrella” is assigned to the “Regular” shipping group and that group is restricted to be rated via UPS Ground, and on the other hand, you have product “Salt” which is assigned to the “Rush” shipping group which is restricted for UPS Next Day Air.

Rate Shopping: The Carrier Merge Rules page is also used to set up rate shopping between two or more methods. This will take the selected shipping methods from one or more carriers and compare them to find the cheapest rate. The cheapest of these rates will display at checkout. Here is how you can setup Rate Shopping.

Requirements

Method Merging Rules requires the Multi Origin and Dropshipping Advanced Feature. To turn it on, go to:

Account Settings –> Advanced Features –> Multi-Origin Shipping –> Update

Setting Up Method Merging Rules

In the following sections, we walk through some common scenarios that require method merging and give examples of how to configure.

Shipping with the Same Carrier

Same Carrier, Different Origins

If all your products ship from different origins, but offer the same carrier methods, there is no need to set up merged rates. ShipperHQ will automatically merge the like-methods.

Same Carrier, Same Origins

If your products all ship from the same origin, but offer different methods, you will need to create a merge rule and use duplicate carriers. (Example: “Rush” shipping group offers UPS 2nd Day only, and “Regular” shipping group offers UPS Ground only.) Steps below:

Steps

We assume you already have Multi Origin Advanced Feature enabled. This example will use UPS as the Carrier reference.

  1. Go to the Carriers tab in ShipperHQ and Duplicate the existing UPS Carrier. Name it “UPS Expedited” and set it to only offer your expedited method (in this case, I’d pick 2nd Day)
    NOTE: Duplicate Carrier is required because you cannot merge methods from the same carrier.
  2. You will keep your original UPS Carrier the same.
  3. Go to Shipping Groups > set one of your Shipping Groups to Rate as a Separate Shipment. In this example, I would choose my “Rush” shipping group.
  4. Restrict that Shipping Group to the new duplicated UPS 2nd Day method > Save it.
  5. Go to Method Merging Rules tab in the lefthand navigation > Add New
  6. In Overview section, set a name for the Merge Rule — this will be the name of the method in the cart
  7. Set the Method Code — you can use any word or letters, but it is a required field
  8. Choose the 2 methods that you will be merging from the 2 UPS Carriers. In this case, I would choose Ground from my original UPS Carrier, and I would choose 2nd Day from my duplicated UPS carrier.
  9. Save the Merge

We recommend you add Carrier Rules to hide your duplicated 2nd Day method in scenarios when the rush item is not in the order. In my case, I would add a Carrier Rule to Hide my duplicated 2nd Day Carrier if “Rush” is excluded from the cart.

Shipping with Separate Carriers

If you are using different origins with different carriers (i.e. NY origin ships UPS, but CA origin ships FedEx), or have 2 products in the cart with an uncommon method (i.e. “Regular” items gets FedEx Ground, but “Perishable” items gets UPS 2nd Day Air), you need to set up merge rules.

Steps

We assume you already have Multi Origin Advanced Feature enabled.

  1. Go to Method Merging Rules tab in the lefthand navigation > Add New
  2. In Overview section, set a name for the Merge Rule — this will be the name of the method in the cart
  3. Set the Method Code — if you do not use method code, you can set this to whatever, but it is a required field
  4. Choose the 2 methods that you will be merging.
    NOTE: You cannot merge methods from the same carrier.
  5. Save the Merge

If you look at the example in the screenshot below, we are saying that when items that require FedEx ‘2nd Day’ and UPS ‘2nd Day Air’ are together are in the cart, show the combined rate and call it “2nd Day”.

Showing Split Rates

On Magento 1, Magento 2, and Zoey, it is possible to show a breakdown of the rates per origin or per product in the checkout. This is specified in the Settings under Origins.  Even if you set to show this breakdown in checkout, ShipperHQ will still show merged rates in the cart estimator, as we believe it is better to keep the shipping quote estimation simple.

Troubleshooting

If you see the error message ‘No merged rates. Please review your carrier mappings‘ then you need to review your settings for merging rates.  This error implies that it can find rates for the products when individually in the cart e.g. for Origin A can find FedEx rates, for Origin B can find UPS rates, but there are not sufficient rules to merge those rates together (e.g. Ground maps FedEx Ground and UPS Ground).

To determine if merged rates are properly configured, you can test by

  1. adding 1 product from Origin A and ensure that you see the rates you expect
  2. clear the cart and add a product from Origin B  and ensure you see rates you expect
  3. add 1 product from Origin A to the cart with one product from Origin B and ensure your merged rates are shown

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