Real-Time Shipping Method

In this method, the shipping rates are calculated at checkout by a third-party shipping provider based on the order details. This helps you charge your customers the exact amount that a shipping carrier, such as USPS or FedEx, will charge you when you purchase a shipping label. 

You need to have an account with the shipping provider in order to set up a real-time shipping rate. Purposemart is integrated will the following providers: 

  • USPS 
  • UPS 
  • FedEx 
  • DHL
  • Australia 
  • Canada
  • Swiss Post

Step 1 #

To add new real-time shipping methods go to Administration → Shipping & taxes → Shipping methods and click the + button on the far right corner. 

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Step 2 – General #

Fill in all the details:

  1. Name: the name that will be displayed to buyers 
  2. Rate calculation
    • Select your preferred real-time carrier 
    • To use a real-time rate, you need to have an account with the carrier. 
  3. Delivery time  ( optional)  – the expected delivery time for this shipping method 
  4. Weight limit  (optional) – specify min and max weight if necessary for this shipping method 
  5. Click create 

Step 3 – Configure #

Next, open the Configure tab and specify the necessary settings there. 

  • USPS:  enter credentials in the User ID field. If you do not have any, you need to sign up for the USPS User ID here.
Configuring the USPS shipping method.

Step 4- Shipping Time & Rates #

  • Next, go to the Shipping time and rates tab.
  • Decide where your shipping method will be offered. To do this, choose rate areas ( countries you can ship to) from the dropdown list. If a certain rate area does not exist in your store, contact us and we’ll add it.  This is only necessary if you need to add different conditions and availability/unavailability of delivery to this area.
  • (optional) Specify the Shipping time value for each rate area. If a rate area has its own shipping time, it will be displayed to customers from this area instead of the Delivery time from the General tab.
  • Add different conditions for each rate area (optional). There are three types of conditions:
  • Price condition — the surcharge/discount depends on the total order amount.
  • Weight condition — the surcharge/discount depends on the weight of products in the order.
  • Items condition — the surcharge/discount depends on the number of products in the order.

Shipping conditions #

  • There are three types of conditions:
    • Price condition — the surcharge/discount depends on the total order amount.
    • Weight condition — the surcharge/discount depends on the weight of products in the order.
    • Items condition — the surcharge/discount depends on the number of products in the order.

Use a negative value to offer a discount and a positive value to add a surcharge . The rates within each section are not summed up.  Let’s use the Price condition as an example:

The image below shows $10 shipping discount on orders that are $200 to $500 and $20 shipping discount on orders that are over $500. The discount will calculated automatically at the checkout.

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