Stacking products on top of one another using dimensional shipping

Overview

Oftentimes, you run into a scenario where you need to pack a product inside of other product(s) like buckets nesting in other buckets, or hats nesting in other hats. With ShipperHQ, such functionality isn’t available out of the box with the packing mechanisms in place. However, there are workaround configurations that can be set in place to achieve this unique packing scenario.

Setup

  • First, ensure that your boxes/packing rules are configured per the following doc. This is important, as you want to ensure that packing rules are utilized.
  • On the products you intend to nest within one-another during packing, within the e-commerce platform, you must ensure that there are no dimensions. If dimensions are present on the product, ShipperHQ will not be able to “nest” them.
  • In ShipperHQ, within boxes, define a box (or series of boxes) with the desired dimensions, and on each box’s optional tab, ensure to set “Max Quantity Box can Hold” to the desired QTY per each of the boxes defined.

    For example, if you are shipping buckets, and up to 4 buckets can be stacked into each other within a single box, you’d want to set the maximum quantity of that box to 4. If you have a different box that can accommodate up to 8 stacked buckets, you’ll want to create another box and set that max quantity to 8.
  • Create a packing rule, using “Pack According to Box Rules”, then assign the boxes you’ve created to that packing rule.
  • Go back to the product on the e-commerce platform and assign the packing rule to the desired product(s). Here is how you can assign attributes to products on Magento, Shopify, BigCommerce, and WooCommerce.

Conclusion

The system will now pack products into boxes based on QTY counts. The smaller box will be used if the QTY count is met and it will scale up from there as the QTY increases and use larger boxes. This will mimic packing products inside of one another and return desired shipping rates.

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