Calculating the shipping cost for big orders in WooCommerce can be really problematic. With more than one package, shipping cost should be appropriately enlarged. How to automate this process and estimate an accurate shipping cost for more than one package?
All you need is a good plugin. And if it comes to UPS Live Rates, there is no better solution than UPS WooCommerce Live Rates and Access Points PRO. It has it all – it gives you control over UPS Live Rates and option to add Access Points service in your store.
UPS WooCommerce Live Rates and Access Points PRO is an extended version of the free plugin that has more than 9,000 active installations. With this plugin you can add estimated delivery date, handle fees and get automatic box packing of WooCommerce order.
Let’s focus on automatic box packing. If the customer orders multiple products that don’t fit into one or more boxes, the plugin will automatically split them into UPS boxes and display the cost for multiple packages.
Basically, products in the cart are matched to selected types of packages from the smallest ones. The plugin calculates quantity and types of packages, and then get live rates shipping costs directly from UPS API. Information about box packing will be displayed in the order edit page in WooCommerce.
First, you have to configure the plugin, by connecting it to UPS API. Don’t know how to do it? Read about configuring WooCommerce UPS integration. When everything is configured, go to WooCommerce→Settings→Shipping and choose the shipping method you want to edit. In Parcel Packing Method field set Pack into boxes by weights and dimensions to enable UPS automatic box packing.
Then you can choose UPS packages that you want to use in the specified shipping method. Complete list of UPS packaging types you’ll find in official UPS site. If you use only selected UPS packaging types, limit them and only these will be used for box packing.
It’s very important to also enable Fallback. In the same window, enable fallback in Fallback field and set the Fallback Cost. That shipping cost will be applied if there are no UPS services available or the plugin detects some error.
Last thing is to set dimensions and weight of all products in your WooCommerce store. If they won’t be set, the plugin will use the fallback cost of shipping. If the ordered product exceeds the dimensions of the package, the plugin will throw fallback (if it’s set up).
UPS WooCommerce Live Rates and Access Points PRO is a great solution for WooCommerce stores that use UPS as the delivery option. Thanks to calculating costs based on multiple box packing, your customers will always get the right price of shipping and you’ll never overpay for it. With other features of the plugin, you can control UPS Live Rates even more accurately.