Charge a Flat Rate on Individual Shipping Groups, Live Rates on Combinations

Scenario

Let’s say you have some items that you charge a flat rate of $5.95 “Standard” shipping, no matter how many are in the cart and $7.95 “Standard” shipping for another set of items. But if they are in the cart together then they should use live UPS rates.  How do you set this up in ShipperHQ?

Solution

Carriers

  1. Set up a User Defined Carrier set to “Custom Defined”. In “Shipping Methods” create a method named “Standard” and configure the other options for your flat method.
  2. Set up a UPS Small Package Carrier. Select all shipping methods you wish to show and the countries you wish UPS to be valid for.

Shipping Groups

Two shipping groups will be used for this configuration. “FLAT5” will be used for the products that receive the $5.95 flat rate and “FLAT7” will be used for the products that receive the $7.95 flat rate.

Carrier Rules

  1. Create a carrier rule “Flat Rate $5.95 on FLAT5 items”
    • Select Standard as the applicable shipping method
    • Denote that the rule must include the “FLAT5” shipping group but exclude the “FLAT7” shipping group.
    • Specify any zones you wish this to apply to (if required), e.g you may just want for US48
    • In actions set the price to be $5.95.
  2. Create a carrier rule “Flat Rate $7.95 on FLAT7 items” and follow the above steps, swapping the included/excluded groups and set 7.95 as the shipping price.
  3. Create a carrier rule “Hide UPS for FLAT5”.
    • Select all methods under the UPS carrier
    • Under conditions select FLAT5 in the must include drop-down field and all groups except FLAT5 in the excludes field
    • Under actions set the action to perform to hide the selected methods
  4. Repeat the last step for the FLAT7 shipping group
  5. Create a carrier rule “Hide Flat Rates for non Flat Rate items”
    • Select the Standard shipping method
    • In the include one or more shipping group field, select all shipping groups except FLAT5 and FLAT7
    • Specify any zones you wish this to apply to (if required).

Magento Platform

  1. Sync your shipping groups, then you will see FLAT in the shipping tab

BigCommerce Platform

  1. Add the shipping group FLAT to any items you wish to ship flat rate

Expected Outcome

When items assigned to the FLAT5 shipping group are in the cart alone $5.95 will show with “Standard” as the shipping method.

When items assigned to the FLAT7 shipping group are in the cart alone $7.95 will show with “Standard as the shipping method.

When items are in the cart from both shipping groups UPS methods will be displayed but “Standard” will not. Similarly, if any other products are in the cart only UPS will be displayed.

Other Options

You can optionally have flat rates surcharge UPS rates by changing the rule to surcharge rates.