Shipping & Handling

Introduction

The Shipping & Handling tab of your configuration allows you to control what shipping methods you offer, where you ship, if you charge handling, if you wish to block or place restrictions on the delivery address/location, and if you offer will call pick up.

Contents

Overview

To be ready to set up your Shipping & Handling tab, you will need to know what type of shipping you would like to use. Basic shippinghandling chargesinternational shipping, and quote shipping will be strictly based off of the information that you enter on this tab and/or the price of the products added to your customer's cart. On the contrary, calculated shipping (such as FedExUPS, and USPS) will be determined using the weight of the product(s) and the shipping destination. 

Steps

Complete the following to access this tab in Web Shop Manager.

  1. Log into Web Shop Manager
  2. Hover over System
  3. Click on Configuration
  4. Click on the Shipping & Handling tab

Form Fields Defined

Below is a list of each field in the Shipping & Handling tab.

Shipping & Handling
Default CountryThis dropdown indicates the country that will the default when displaying a listing of countries for the customers to select from on the Checkout Screen. The default is United States. Most WSM users will select the country that they are located in as the Default Country.
Available CountriesThis list of checkboxes allows you to choose which countries will be available for your customers to select for their billing & shipping addresses. When selecting countries outside of the U.S., confirm that you have either enabled International Shipping or you have selected the appropriate method within UPSFedEx and/or USPS
Non-Cont. U.S. RemarkThis field offers a place to enter a message for orders which are being shipped to Hawaii or Alaska. This message will be displayed directly above the Submit Order button on the checkout pag. This is good if you don't want to block shipping or charge a surcharge, but want to warn these customers that the shipping amounts shown are only an estimate to ship to their location. Notice: If the Non-Cont. U.S. Block is set, entering a message here will have no effect because Hawaii and Alaska addresses will be rejected. 
Handling LabelThis field offers a place to enter the text you would like to be displayed when handling is used on your site. If left blank the label is displayed as "Handling".
Handling Percent ChargeThis field offers a place to enter the percentage you want calculated based on the orders subtotal. When this feature is used it will add the calculated amount to the Product Handling amount(s), if used on products. The percentage should be entered in decimal format, 0.10 is 10%.
Handling Base ChargeThis field offers a place to enter a flat rate handling amount that will be added to any Product Handling amount(s), if used, during checkout.
Handling Minimum ChargeThis field offers a place to enter the a handling amount that is the minimum amount for any order. For example, if you use a Handling Percent of .10 and your order subtotal is $5.00 the handling amount would be 50 cents. However, if you entered 1.00 in the Handling Minimum Charge field then your customer would be charged $1.00. 
Quote Shipping

The shipping quote method is automatically activated when a customer has one or more products with the Quote Shipping set to Yes. If a customer adds a product to their cart that has Quote Shipping set to yes, no other shipping methods will be available to them on checkout. Quoted shipping is typically used for oversized products that require truck freight.
Note: Available for U.S. only.

Display Name: This is the label viewable by the customer. If no value is entered the label will be Quote. 
Message: This text box offers you the ability to enter additional information about the Quote Shipping method. This message will only appear on the checkout screen when the method is selected. Commonly this is used to notify customers that they will be contacted with an amount prior to shipping.
Base Estimate: This field offers a place to enter a flat amount for the Estimated Shipping it is added to the Percent EStimate (see next field), if used, during checkout.
Percent Estimate: This field offers a place to enter the percentage you want calculated, it is based on the orders subtotal. When this feature is used it will add the calculated amount to the Base Estimate amount, if used. The percentage should be entered in decimal format, 0.10 is 10%.
Minimum Estimate: This field offers a place to enter a minimum amount for any order using this method. For example if you use a Percentage Estimate of .10 and your order subtotal is $5.00 the Quote Shipping amount would be 50 cents. However, if you entered 1.00 in the Minimum Estimate field then your customer would be charged $1.00. 

Free Shipping

When the Enabled checkbox is selected this method is active. Additional fields will be viewable for you to enter the settings for this shipping method.
Display Name: This is the label that will be viewable by the customer when the order meets the requirements. If no value is enter the label will be Free Shipping. It is popular to enter what they are receiving for free, such as Free UPS Ground.
Message: This text box offers you the ability to enter additional information about the Free Shipping method or requirements. This message will only appear on the checkout screen when the method is selected. A common use of this field is "Free Shipping for a limited time only" or "Free Shipping ends on May 1".
Required Subtotal: Enter the required minimum cart subtotal that must be reached before this method is displayed as a shipping option.
Block P.O. Boxes: When the Enabled checkbox is selected this method will not appear if the customers enters a PO Box as their shipping address.

Block Non-Cont. U.S: Shipping will be blocked to Non_Continental locations - If you want to offer free shipping to US, but not external, you may use this functionality along with the individual product shipping option set to System Configurator.
International Free Shipping: When enabled you have the ability to view a list of international countries and select those you want to include in your the free shipping option.

Basic ShippingWhen the Enabled checkbox is selected this method is active. Additional fields will be viewable for you to enter the settings for this shipping method. Available for United States, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Marshall Islands, Northan Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Palau, and Virgin Islands. Basic shipping allows you to control shipping charges based on a flat rate and/or a percentage of sales and does NOT take into consideration the weight, size or destination of the product(s). 
Display Name: This is the label that will be viewable by the customer. If no value is enter the label will be Basic Shipping. 
Message: This text box offers you the ability to enter additional information about the Basic Shipping method. This message will only appear on the checkout screen when the method is selected. Commonly this is used to notify customers of when they will receive their order, ie. "7-10 Business Days".
Required Subtotal: Enter the required minimum cart subtotal that must be reached before this method is displayed as a shipping option.
Base Charge: This field offers a place to enter the starting shipping amount that will be added to the Percent Charge (see next field) and/or any Product Shipping amount(s), if used, during checkout.
Percent Charge: This field offers a place to enter the percentage you want calculated based on the orders subtotal. When this feature is used it will add the calculated amount to the Base Charge and/or Product Handling amount(s), if used on products. The percentage should be entered in decimal format, 0.10 is 10%.
Minimum Charge: This field offers a place to enter an amount that is the minimum amount for any order using this method. For example if you use a Percentage Charge of .10 and your order subtotal is $5.00 the Basic Shipping amount would be 50 cents. However, if you entered 1.00 in the Minimum Charge field then your customer would be charged $1.00. 
Block Non-Cont. U.S.: When the Enabled checkbox is selected customers with a shipping address in Hawaii or Alaska will not be offered this method. 
Non-Cont. U.S. Surcharge: If you are shipping to Hawaii or Alaska, this field offers a place to enter an amount that will be added to the total shipping charge for customers with shipping addresses in Hawaii or Alaska.
Block P.O. Boxes: When the Enabled checkbox is selected customers with a P.O. Box shipping address will not be offered this method. 
P.O. Box Surcharge: If you are shipping to P.O. Boxes, this field offers a place to enter an amount that will be added to the total shipping charge for customers with P.O. Box shipping address.
Note: Available for U.S. only.
Shipping MatrixAvailable for the United States and US Territories. 
Display Name: This is the label that will be viewable by the customer. If no value is enter the label will be Shipping Matrix.
Message: This text box offers you the ability to enter additional information about the Shipping Matrix method. This message will only appear on the checkout screen when the method is selected. 
Base Charge: The shipping amount displayed to the customer if the order meets the subtotal range.
Subtotal Range: Range for the order subtotal to qualify for the coinciding base charge Hide Price Select if you do not want the price to not be shown until it is selected.
Add Row: The ability to add an additional row for the next price range. 
Delete Matrix : Clear the contents within that matrix 
Clear Changes:  Clear all changes that were made during the edit sessions. It will result back to the settings based on the last time it was saved. 
Add Matrix Add a brand new matrix for different increments of amounts. 
International ShippingWhen the Enabled checkbox is selected this method is active. International shipping allows you to offer set rates for any Non-U.S. shipping addresses and does NOT take into consideration the weight, size or destination of the product(s). 
Display Name: This is the label that will be viewable by the customer. If no value is enter the label will be International Shipping.
Message: This text box offers you the ability to enter additional information about the International Shipping method. This message will only appear on the checkout screen when the method is selected. Commonly this is used to notify customers if the displayed amount is only an estimate or when the customer will receive their order.
Required Subtotal: Enter the required minimum cart subtotal that must be reached before this method is displayed as a shipping option.
Base Charge: This field offers a place to enter the starting shipping amount that will be added to the Percent Charge (see next field) and/or any Product Shipping amount(s), if used, during checkout.
Percent Charge: This field offers a place to enter the percentage you want calculated based on the orders subtotal. When this feature is used it will add the calculated amount to the Base Charge and/or Product Handling amount(s), if used on products. The percentage should be entered in decimal format, 0.10 is 10%.
Minimum Charge: This field offers a place to enter an amount that is the minimum amount for any order using this method. For example if you use a Percentage Charge of .10 and your order subtotal is $5.00 the Basic Shipping amount would be 50 cents. However, if you entered 1.00 in the Minimum Charge field then your customer would be charged $1.00. 
Will Call ShippingWhen the Enabled checkbox is selected this method is active. Even when enabled, this method will only be displayed to customers who enter a Shipping Address with the same state as you, which is controlled in your Site Information tab or the same State for a Warehouse assigned to a product in the cart.
Display Name
: This is the label that will be viewable by the customer. If no value is entered the label will be "Local Pickup".
Message: This text box offers you the ability to enter additional information about the Will Call method. This message will only appear on the checkout screen when the method is selected. Commonly this is used to confirm that the customer will be picking their order and/or to display your address for pickup. 
Sales Tax Override: This field offers a place to enter the sales tax that will be used when Will Call is selected if no sales tax percentage is entered the sales tax will be calculated from the percentage entered on your Payment & Processing tab. This field is typically used when the sales tax in the pickup location is significantly different than the statewide sales tax percentage. 
Required Groups: When the Enabled checkbox is selected, Will Call pickup will only be available to registered customers that are also in a customer group. This is typically used when you only want to offer pickup for certain customers. 
UPS ShippingWhen the Enabled checkbox is selected this method is active. UPS is a calculated shipping method that takes into consideration the weight and destination of the product(s). Once enabled a list of available shipping methods will be displayed. Please select the checkbox for each method that you would like to offer on your site. It is best to not offer more methods than needed, in the interest of not confusing your customers. 
Use Negotiated Rates: When the Enabled checkbox is selected additional required fields will appear that allows you to pass along discounts that you may receive from UPS. If this is not selected, UPS' counter rates will be used. 
Access License Number: This field offers a place to enter your UPS Access License Number that can be obtained from your account on UPS.com.  
User Id: This field offers a place to enter your UPS User ID which is the same User Id that you use to log into UPS.com.
Password: This field offers a place to enter your UPS Password which is the same password that you use to log into UPS.com.
Shipper Number: This field offers a place to enter your UPS Shipper Number which is assigned to you by UPS, you can find yours by logging into UPS.com
Adjustment Amount: This field offers a place to enter an amount that will be added to the shipping amount returned by UPS. This is commonly used when your negotiated rate is less than you want your customers to pay and you want to increase it by a fixed amount. This can be used in addition to the Adjustment Percent
Adjustment Percent: This field offers a place to enter a percentage that will be calculated based on the shipping amount returned by UPS and added to the returned amount. This is commonly used when your negotiated rate is less than you want your customers to pay and you want to increase it by a specific percent. This can be used in addition to the Adjustment Amount but is calculated based on the original returned shipping amount. 
FedEx Shipping

When the Enabled checkbox is selected this method is active. FedEx is a calculated shipping method that takes into consideration the weight and destination of the product(s). You can not use FedEx with WSM without a FedEx account, please contact a FedEx representative for additional information on account setup and/or the below fields. Once enabled a list of available shipping methods will be displayed. Please select the checkbox for each method that you would like to offer on your site. It is best to not offer more methods than needed, in the interest of not confusing your customers.
* Key: This field offers a place to enter your FedEx Key, contact your FedEx representative or log in to the developers section of FedEx.com
* Password: This field offers a place to enter your FedEx Password, contact your FedEx representative or log in to the developers section of FedEx.com
* Account Number: This field offers a place to enter your FedEx Account Number, contact your FedEx representative or log into the developers section of FedEx.com.
LTL Account Number: This field offers a place to enter your FedEx Account Number, contact your FedEx representative or log into the developers section of FedEx.com. When LTL freight is enabled and verified you need to select "FedEx Freight Economy" and/or "FedEx Freight Priority" as a method for FedEx. You must also assign a "Freight Class" at the product level. Note: When a Freight item is added to the cart the ONLY shipping method that is displayed to your customer is Freight not matter what they have in the cart. This means the only calculation that is used is the Freight.
* Meter Number: This field offers a place to enter your FedEx Meter Number, contact your FedEx representative or log in to the developers section of FedEx.com.
Adjustment Amount: This field offers a place to enter an amount that will be added to the shipping amount returned by FedEx. This is commonly used when your negotiated rate is less than you want your customers to pay and you want to increase it by a fixed amount. This can be used in addition to the Adjustment Percent
Adjustment Percent: This field offers a place to enter a percentage that will be calculated based on the shipping amount returned by FedEx and added to the returned amount. This is commonly used when your negotiated rate is less than you want your customers to pay and you want to increase it by a specific percent. This can be used in addition to the Adjustment Amount but is calculated based on the original returned shipping amount.
Home Delivery Override: This checkbox is used to ensure that residential deliveries can still be made via the "residential ground shipping" option when shipments exceed the residential weight maximum and need to be delivered via a commercial route/delivery truck. If this option is left unchecked, the user will only see options such as 2day or overnight when a commercial truck is needed for delivery to a residential address. Please note that the website FedEx account will be billed for the additional service fees for having a commercial truck bring the overweight item to the residential delivery address. 

USPS Shipping

When the Enabled checkbox is selected this method is active. USPS is a calculated shipping method that takes into consideration the weight, destination of the product(s) and may use product dimensions. Once enabled a list of available shipping methods will be displayed. Please select the checkbox for each method that you would like to offer on your site. It is best to not offer more methods than needed, in the interest of not confusing your customers.

Use International Commercial Rate: When the Enabled checkbox is selected your customers will be offered the Commercial Shipper Rates which are cheaper than the Internations Counter Rates. 
Password: This field offers a place to enter your USPS Password 
User: This field offers a place to enter your USPS User 
Adjustment AmountThis field offers a place to enter an amount that will be added to the shipping amount returned by USPS. This is commonly used when your negotiated rate is less than you want your customers to pay and you want to increase it by a fixed amount. This can be used in addition to the Adjustment Percent
Adjustment Percent
This field offers a place to enter a percentage that will be calculated based on the shipping amount returned by USPS and added to the returned amount. This is commonly used when your negotiated rate is less than you want your customers to pay and you want to increase it by a specific percent. This can be used in addition to the Adjustment Amount but is calculated based on the original returned shipping amount.

Saving

Each time you edit the information on your Site's Configuration, it is important that you click the Save Changes button before navigation to another menu option in Web Shop Manager. Note: you can be on any tab on the System's Configuration screen when you click Save Changes and it will save the changes on all tabs. 

FLAT RATE shipping - At the product level = All products or no products (all on or all off). Using the handling feature for flat rate shipping on individual products is possible. On an individual product open it from the dashboard Catalog > Products. Set the product to Free Shipping, enter an amount in Handling, this would be the flat rate fee.  Note: If a customer orders three items with flat rate pricing selected, all three will be charged shipping. 

Summary

Shipping & Handling may be the most important part of setting up your configuration. Keep in mind that you can edit your shipping methods at any time to test what combinations of free shipping or discounted rates increase conversion rates among your customer. Shipping rates can have a great effect, positive and negative, on conversions. When editing shipping methods, make sure to take the time to proceed to checkout with a few different products to confirm that your customers will experience your desired shipping options.