How do I configure USPS Media Mail?

Overview

Media Mail shipping is a cost-effective way to send educational materials. This service has restrictions on the type of media that can be shipped. Due to these restrictions ShipperHQ must be setup to only present this shipping method when qualifying items are the only items in the shipment.

To display this method when only the appropriate items are in the cart requires that each of those products has a MEDIA MAIL shipping group assigned to it, and no other shipping group. This, combined with the shipping rules listed below, will ensure that only the correct products receive Media Mail as a shipping option.

How to setup up USPS Media Mail

Step 1: Set up your USPS carrier

Use the steps outlined in our How to Set Up a USPS Carrier guide, if you have not done so already.

Step 2: Add Media Mail as an available shipping method on your USPS carrier.

  1. Select Carriers in the left nav bar of ShipperHQ
  2. Click on your USPS carrier
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the Basic tab and click Add Methods
  4. Check the box next to Media Mail
  5. Click Add
  6. Click Save

Step 3: Create a MEDIA MAIL Shipping Group

Use the steps outlined in our Setting Up Shipping Group guide to create a MEDIA MAIL shipping group.

The MEDIA MAIL shipping group should not be restricted to just the Media Mail shipping group, this will prevent those items from shipping by other methods when they are in the cart with other types of items.

Step 4: Create a Shipping Rule to hide Media Mail when the MEDIA MAIL shipping group is not in the shipment.

  1. Select Shipping Rules in the left nav bar of ShipperHQ
  2. Click the +New button
  3. Give the rule a name that describes what it does ie: Hide Media Mail method when MEDIA MAIL shipping group not in cart
  4. In the I want to… section select the action Hide a Shipping Method
  5. Under Live Shipping Methods to be affected click Add Methods and select Media Mail
  6. In the Shipping Groups Do NOT Include field select MEDIA MAIL
  7. Click Save

Step 5: Create a Shipping Rule to hide Media Mail when the MEDIA MAIL shipping group is in the cart with other items.

  1. Select Shipping Rules in the left nav bar of ShipperHQ
  2. Click the +New button
  3. Give the rule a name that describes what it does ie: Hide Media Mail method when MEDIA MAIL shipping group is in the cart with other items
  4. In the I want to… section select the action Hide a Shipping Method
  5. Under Live Shipping Methods to be affected click Add Methods and select Media Mail
  6. In the Shipping Groups Include ALL field select MEDIA MAIL
  7. In the Shipping Groups Include One or More field select every shipping group other than MEDIA MAIL. This should also include All Products not assigned to a Shipping Group.
  8. Click Save

Step 6: On your eCommerce store assign the Shipping Group MEDIA MAIL to all of your media mail qualifying products.

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