Shipping 

Settings and Configuration

Since every vendor store is different, we have created a shipping system that allows for a lot of flexibility when charging shipping costs for your products.  To access the shipping settings, you will need to follow these steps:

  • Log into your Home Brewed Outdoors account
  • Hold your mouse over “Welcome, <your name>” and click on “Vendor Dashboard”
  • Click on “Settings” and then “Shipping.”

 

This will open your shipping setup page, and you will be able to add a handling fee, select how you want your shipping to be calculated, and begin building your pricing tiers!  Below, we will outline the three elements involved in building your shipping policy.

Handling Fee

The “Handling Fee” is simply a flat rate fee that will added to your overall shipping cost.  This field can be used to cover the cost of packing materials, or, if you do not wish to charge any additional fee, be left blank.

Calculation Method

You are able to collect shipping charges based on a tiered system, and using one of three different criteria.  You can charge shipping based on:

  • Cart Subtotal – The dollar amount of your products a customer has in their shopping cart at checkout.
  • Number of Items – The total number of your items a customer has in their cart at checkout.
  • Total Weight of Items – The total weight (in ounces) of your items a customer has in their cart at checkout.

Simply select the Calculation Method you wish to use, and click on “Save Changes!”  Once you have clicked “Save Changes,” your shipping table will appear, and you are ready to get started!

Shipping Tiers

Once you have selected your calculation method, it’s time to setup your shipping rates based on that criteria.  To do this, we will create a table showing the shipping cost you wish to charge within a specified range.  This may sound confusing, but is very easy!

When you setup your shipping table, you need be thinking about ranges.  This is the most important aspect of setting up your shipping table.  Lets say you want to use the “Cart Subtotal Price” as your shipping calculation method, and you want to charge shipping based on the below scale:

  • Order totals of $0.00 – $24.99 = $2.50 shipping charge
  • Order totals of $25.00 – $49.99 = $5.50 shipping charge
  • Order totals of $50.00 – $99.99 = $7.50 shipping charge
  • Order totals of $100+ = $9.50 shipping charge

To build this table, you would:

  • Start with your first rate minimum, which is “$0.00,” and add that to the first column.
  • Enter your shipping cost of $2.50.

That would give you a table that looks like this (and a completed first row!):

Table Rate 1

 

Now that the first row is done, it’s time to add the rest (and they go just as easy as the first).

  • Click “Add Cart Rate” and a new row will appear under the one you just filled in.
  • For your second row, enter $25.00 for “Orders Equal to and Above.”
  • For “Shipping Cost” enter $5.50.
  • Click “Add Cart Rate” and a new row will appear.
  • Enter $50.00 for “Orders Equal to and Above.”
  • Enter $7.50 for “Shipping Cost”
  • Click “Add Cart Rate” to create your final row.
  • Enter $100 for “Orders Equal to and Above.”
  • Enter $9.50 for your “Shipping Cost.”
  • And now for the most important click!  Be sure to click “Save Changes.”

One thing to keep in mind is since you place the minimum criteria for each shipping tier into the table, it is not necessary to also place the maximum.  That is calculated automatically!  So, once you have add all the rows mentioned above, your shipping table should look like this:

Table Rates

That’s it! You have created a shipping table based on the dollar amount of products your customer has purchased from you!  If you wish to use this exact setup, your all done.  If not, then you can either modify this table or delete all the rows, and build your very own.  Below are a couple more examlpes shipping tables you can build on Home Brewed Outdoors! 

Example Shipping Tables


Click on a tab above to see some examples of more advanced shipping setups.

  • Example 1 shows a handling fee added, and a way to offer customers free shipping (only charged a handling fee) if they spend a certain amount of money.  Offer customers free shipping after they spend a certain amount is very popular, and a great way to encourage sales!
  • Example 2 shows a shipping table setup based on item weight.  This is a great way to charge shipping if you use the USPS, as their shipping charges are very dependent on weight calculations.

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For this example, we will setup a shipping table based on the cart subtotal price a customer has in their cart at the time of checkout.  Keep in mind, these calculations only use your products to calculate the total, not all products from all vendors that may be in their cart.  For this shipping table, these are the criteria we will use:

  •  $1.50 handling fee
  • Orders under $25, we will charge $2.50
  • Orders from $25 – $49.99 we will charge $5.50
  • Orders of $50 or more and shipping will be free

To begin building your table, click on “Add Cart Rate,” and your first tier will appear.  In the first column, place the lowest dollar amount this tier will apply to.  Since this is your first tier, this one will need to be $0.00, meaning that anytime a customer has a product of yours in their cart, this will be the base fee they are charged.  To the right of that, you will then need to select either the % or $ sign.  This is how you will calculate the actual fee being charged, either as a percentage of the cart subtotal, or as a flat amount.  In this case, we are going to charge a flat amount, so we selected the $, and since our base shipping charge is $2.50, that is the value we will type in. 

 

With the first tier finished, we click on “Add Cart Rate” again, to create the second tier.   Once you have created all of the tiers you wish to have, click on the “Save Changes” button, and you are all done with shipping!

For our example above, this is how the finished table will look (click for a larger view):

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For this table, we will be setting up a table based on the weight of all of your items within the customers cart.  This is a great way to calculate shipping, because most shipping services will charge their shipping rates based on the weight of your shipment.  If you are shipping via USPS, you can charge minimal shipping fees if a customers order will ship First Class mail, and you can be sure of this based on total weight calculations.  These calculations are in ounces.

The only caution we will have for you is thie; BE SURE YOU HAVE THE WEIGHT ENTERED FOR EACH OF YOUR ITEMS.  If an item does not have a weight entered, the system will assume its weight is 0!

This is the criteria we will be using:

$0 handling fee

Orders weighing under 6 ounces will ship for $2.50

Orders weighing between 6 and 12 ounces will ship for $3.50

Orders weighing 12 ounces or more will ship for $5.50

Steps to create this table:

  • Select “Total Weight” as your Calculation method
  • If a row is not availble on your shipping table, click “Add Cart Rate.”  If a row is available, ignore this step
  • Enter “0” for “Total Weight Equal to and Above” and enter “$2.50″ for the Shipping Cost”
  • Click “Add Cart Rate” to create another row
  • Enter “6” for “Total Weight Equal to and Above” and enter “$3.50” for “Shipping Cost” 
  • Click “Add Cart Rate” to create your final row
  • Enter “12” for “Total Weight Equal to and Above” and enter “$5.50” for “Shipping Cost”
  • Click “Save Changes”

That’s it!  Once you have finished, this is what your table will look like:


Shipping - By Weight

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