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How to Configure Multiple Magento 2 Shipping Methods

Updated on  8th October

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Magento 2 shipping
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As an ecommerce merchant, you want to control every aspect of your Magento store. You set up how your website looks so that it will attract the customers, with pictures that will best represent your products. You set up all the required operations of your Magento store but the essential step to configure is Magento 2 shipping methods.

The question here is why it is so important? Because once your customer’s orders are shipped what happens after that is out of your control. That’s why the shipping method that you choose is the essential part of your entire process of taking orders and shipping them. If you select the wrong method of shipping, you and your customers will face many problems.

So, if you want your precious customers to be happy you have to pick a good shipping method. The Magento 2 offers multiple shipping methods by default, and this tutorial shows you to configure them. First of all, you need to know four methods that are listed below:

  1. Free Shipping
  2. Flat Rate
  3. Table Rates
  4. Dimensional Weight

1.   Free Shipping

The first Magento 2 shipping method is the most fulfilling method over the other three because it contains promotion. To attract your customers, you set the standard condition for the customer. For example, if I want to give my customers free shipping, I must set some conditions. Supposing that free shipping is for those customers who generate an invoice of more than $200, so due to this condition my customers will shop up to $200. So this is a smart and efficient way to increase the sale.

Read More About: Create a Magento 2 Shipping Extension

These are some steps to do free shipping:

Step 1: Navigate to Store > Configuration > Sale > Shipping Methods

Configuration of Shipping Methods

Step 2: In Free Shipping menu you have to enter the required information.

  • To active, the Free Shipping just set Enable to “Yes.”
  • Now you need to add Title box
  • After adding Title box, you have to enter Method Name
  • To get free shipping put Minimum Order amount
  • Put Displayed Error Message
  • Ship to Applicable Countries, this option depends on the developing plan of your store, that means you can set it to All Allow Countries or Specific Countries.
  • According to your decision, you have to configure a value of the Show Method if Not Applicable to “Yes” or “No.”
  • In the last option Sort Order, this option is set when you want to position the free shipping method in Magento 2
  • Last but not the least hit Save Config.

Step 3: Configuring the Carrier

  • In shipping method menu, go to UPS and then set Free Method to
  • Minimum Order Amount for Free Shipping, this field allows you to set a specific amount for your customer on which reaching he can get free shipping. You can set any amount like $100, $200, etc.
  • Again press Save Config to complete the setup for this method.

 2.  Flat Rate Shipping

The store owners are used to set up this Magento 2 shipping method because it is a fixed option for the customer, i.e., the shipping charges will be fixed for each product.

To learn how to do it, follow the three steps below:

Step 1: Store > Configuration > Sale > Shipping Method > Flat Rate

Configure Flat Rate Shipping

Step 2: Fill in all the  required information in the following fields

  • Set the value of Enable to “Yes” to enable the Flat Rate
  • Add Title in my case it is “Flat Rate Shipping Method.”
  • Enter the name of the method in Method Name
  • Depending on your requirement set value for Type Per Order or Per Item
  • Next is Price add that fee you want to charge your customer for shipping service
  • In Calculate Handling Fee calculate the shipping cost either it can be fixed amount, or it can be percent amount
  • In case of any error type the error message in Displayed Error Message.
  • Ship to Applicable Countries, this option depends on the developing plan of your store, that means you can set it to All Allow Countries or Specific Countries.

Step 3: Hit Save Config

3.  Table Rate Shipping

This Magento 2 shipping method itself calculates the shipping charges according to the weight or destination or price of the product that the customer has bought.

To apply this Magento 2 shipping method, there are five steps which are listed down below:

Step 1: Store > Configuration > Sale > Shipping Methods > Table Rate

Table Rate Shipping

Step 2: Fill in all the required information in the following fields

  • Set the value of Enable to “Yes.”
  • Add Title in my case it is “Best Way.”
  • Enter the name of the method in Method Name that will be shown on the checkout page
  • The next and most crucial step is to choose a formula that will calculate the shipping fee. Magento provides you three different methods here. 1. Weight VS Destination 2. Price VS Destination No. of Items VS Destination
  • Now, if your store has virtual products then set the value of Include Virtual Products in Price Calculate
  • In Calculate Handling Fee calculate the shipping fee either it can be fixed amount, or it can be percent amount
  • For the case of any error type, the error message is Displayed Error Message.
  • Ship to Applicable Countries, this option depends on the developing plan of your store, that means you can set it to All Allow Countries or Specific Countries.
  • In the last option Sort Order, this option is set where you want to position this Magento 2 shipping method.
  • Last but not the least hit Save Config

Step 3: Building Table Rate Date

To apply these changes first, you have to choose the Store view in the admin view of Magento 2

  • Clear Use Default Checkbox and use another option
  • Export CSV on clicking this button and to alter the data inside this file you have to download it
  • Hit Save Changes button

Step 4: Import the data of Table Rate. Return in store configuration to Table Rates section and then

  • First, you have to choose the Store view in the admin view of Magento 2 where this method will be used
  • Import the CSV file that you first downloaded and then edited by clicking Choose File
  • Again hit Save Config button

Step 5: To ensure the rates are calculated accurately go through the payment process using a different address. This process will assure you that you have calculated the shipping and handling rate correctly using the above steps.

Read More About: How to Integrate Magento 2 Payment Methods

4.  Dimensional Weight

The last and fourth method is Dimensional Weight. This Magento 2 shipping method also calculates the shipping charges, but it bases on the volume of the package of the product. This is calculated by many shipping companies that are responsible for the delivering of packages to customers from merchants worldwide. Therefore most of the merchants use this shipping method in Magento 2.

Magento 2 supports the following carriers who apply the Dimensional Weight Shipping Method:

  • United Parcel Service (UPS): It is an American multinational package delivery and supply chain management company which allows both domestic and international shipping service for more than 220 countries by land and air.
  • United States Postal Service (USPS): It is an independent company of the United States Federal Government which is responsible for providing postal service within the United States.
  • FexEd: FedEx is a multinational courier company which offers both domestic and international shipping service to approximately 200 countries around the globe.
  • DHL: DHL is a division of the German logistics Deutsche Post, providing the international courier and express mail services. It provides the world’s largest logistics services operating in every country of the world, particularly in all three areas, i.e. land, sea, and air.

All these four courier companies share primary Magento 2 shipping method configurations. Keep in mind that you will require to signup and open a shipping account to integrate and offer these shipping methods to your customers.

Conclusion

The techniques mentioned above are different ways through which you can configure the Magento 2 shipping method for your online store. You can use any of the above methods according to your business plan. Still, if you have any problem comment below and feel free to ask questions about this tutorial.

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