How to Enable Shipping

Here you will learn the initial setup of shipping. At the bottom you will find links to specific shipping articles for location.

How to Enable Shipping.

  1. In the admin area of your cart, select Settings > Shipping.
  2. There are three things we must be sure to enable before real-time shipping will work. We must have weight assigned to products, we must have the correct real-time credentials setup, and we must create a ship-from address. Select Advanced Settings from upper right.
  3. In section labeled Shipping Origin Address, select Edit.
  4. Fill in physical address orders will be shipped from. Real-time shipping calculations are based on the weight of the order and where it's shipping form and to. After you've filled this out, select Save.
  5. Click Handling Settings to expand it out. If you plan to charge handling, use these settings to enable it. The settings are explained below:
    • Charge per-order handling fee: The amount entered will be applied per order for handling. This price will be added to whatever other shipping charges are selected in the set-up process.
    • Handling fee type:  You can either select a percentage (%) of total cost of order or flat amount to be applied per order.
    • Show handling separately?: When enabled this will separate shipping method cost and base handling fee. The default setting (Off) will display the total cost on checkout.
    • Charge per-order handling fee when sipping is free: This setting allows you to place a handling fee when the shipping method chosen doesn’t have any cost associated.
    • Is handling fee taxable?: When enabled this setting allows you to determine a Tax rate to be applied to shipping.
    • Handling tax class: When “Is Handling fee taxable” is enabled, this setting allows you to choose from a pre-existing Tax Class that have been built into the cart.

    Once proper options are in place, select Save.

  6. Click Misc. Settings to expand it out. The settings are explained below:
    • Allow orders to be completed if no shipping methods are available? - With this disabled, a customer will be unable to checkout if their order doesn't qualify for shipping.
    • Display alternative shipping methods when product ships free? - With this disabled, products that have free shipping will not display other methods, including fast methods. Enable this to have a situation like Standard Shipping- Free, 2 day Shipping - $12.99.
    • Use USPS Validation Services - Enable this to use USPS' address validation service. This will ensure that customers are entering a valid address for shipping.
    • Is shipping taxable? - Decide whether you want to charge tax on shipping or not. If you enable this, choose a tax class from the Shipping tax class drop-down menu.
    • Enable "Shipping Quote" feature? - With this enabled, your customers will be able to click a link to get an estimated price on shipping before proceeding to the checkout page.
    • Allow separate billing and shipping addresses? - Enabled by default, if this is disabled, customers will not be able to enter a shipping address that differs than the billing.
  7. Once you've established all of your preferred settings, click Save at the top right.
  8. Return to the main shipping page by clicking Cancel next to Save.

Setting up Shipping to the United States.

  1. Click Add New Method.
  2. In Where do you primarily ship to?, make sure Unites States is selected.
  3. What kind of shipping do you plan to offer? Whichever you choose, only orders to the US will trigger these methods. Flat Rate Shipping is your own custom shipping method, with rates that you choose. Real-time uses real live rates from the major carriers, USPS, UPS, and FedEx. Let's go over the options for Flat Rate:
    • Title - Title of your Flat Rate (Custom) method.
    • Ship By - Determines how your Flat Rate charge is applied. Options include: Per Item (Default), By order subtotal, Per order total weight, or Set individually by product.
    • If Per Item is chosen:
      • Min Items - Minimum amount of items being purchased in order for the Flat Rate option to appear.
      • Max Items - Maximum amount of items being purchased in order for the Flat Rate option to appear.
      • Price - Flat Rate price per item in the cart. Choose either dollar or percentage amount to be applied when used.
    • If Order Subtotal is chosen:
      • Min Subtotal - Set the minimum subtotal the customer needs to hit in order to trigger this shipping method.
      • Max Subtotal - Set the maximum total the subtotal can hit before the shipping method is no longer offered.
      • Price - Set the total shipping price the customer will get if they meet the range you set. Set as a flat dollar amount or % of subtotal.
    • If Per order total weight is chosen:
      • Min Weight - Set the weight the entire order has to hit in order to trigger this shipping method. The weight is in pounds (lbs).
      • Max Weight - Set the max weight the order can hit before it's no longer offered. The weight is in pounds (lbs).
      • Price - Set the price for the entire weight range.
    • If Set individually by product is chosen:
      • You will need to enable this to set the shipping price at the product level. We have a detailed article on how to set this up at Multi-shipping and How it Works.
  4. Real-time is the other and more common option chosen. This allows you to pull real-time rates from the major carriers USPS, UPS, FedEx, and Canada Post.
  5. The first of these options is UPS. You can see the US options below. You can also see How to Add UPS Shipping to PinnacleCart for details on how to add it:
  6. The second option is USPS. You can see the US options below. You can also see How to Add USPS Shipping to PinnacleCart for details on how to add it:
  7. The third option is FedEx. You can see the US options below. You can also see How to Add FedEx Shipping to PinnacleCart for details on how to add it:
  8. The fourth option is Canada Post. You can see the US options below. You can also see How to Add Canada Post to PinnacleCart for details on how to add it:

Setting up Shipping to Canada.

Most of the steps for setting up shipping to Canada are identical to the steps to the US which are listed above.

  1. Click Add New Method.
  2. In Where do you primarily ship to?, make sure Canada is selected.
  3. What kind of shipping do you plan to offer? Whichever you choose, only orders to Canada will trigger these methods. Flat Rate Shipping is your own custom shipping method, with rates that you choose. Real-time uses real live rates from the major carriers, USPS, UPS, and FedEx. Let's go over the options for Flat Rate:
    • Title - Title of your Flat Rate (Custom) method.
    • Ship By - Determines how your Flat Rate charge is applied. Options include: Per Item (Default), By order subtotal, Per order total weight, or Set individually by product.
    • If Per Item is chosen:
      • Min Items - Minimum amount of items being purchased in order for the Flat Rate option to appear.
      • Max Items - Maximum amount of items being purchased in order for the Flat Rate option to appear.
      • Price - Flat Rate price per item in the cart. Choose either dollar or percentage amount to be applied when used.
    • If Order Subtotal is chosen:
      • Min Subtotal - Set the minimum subtotal the customer needs to hit in order to trigger this shipping method.
      • Max Subtotal - Set the maximum total the subtotal can hit before the shipping method is no longer offered.
      • Price - Set the total shipping price the customer will get if they meet the range you set. Set as a flat dollar amount or % of subtotal.
    • If Per order total weight is chosen:
      • Min Weight - Set the weight the entire order has to hit in order to trigger this shipping method. The weight is in pounds (lbs).
      • Max Weight - Set the max weight the order can hit before it's no longer offered. The weight is in pounds (lbs).
      • Price - Set the price for the entire weight range.
    • If Set individually by product is chosen:
      • You will need to enable this to set the shipping price at the product level. We have a detailed article on how to set this up at Multi-shipping and How it Works.
  4. Real-time is the other and more common option chosen. This allows you to pull real-time rates from the major carriers UPS, and Canada Post.
  5. The first of these options is UPS. You can see the US options below. You can also see How to Add UPS Shipping to PinnacleCart for details on how to add it:
  6. The second option is Canada Post. You can see the US options below. You can also see How to Add Canada Post to PinnacleCart for details on how to add it:

Setting up Shipping to International Countries.

Most of the steps for setting up shipping to International Countries are identical to the steps to the US which are listed above.

  1. Click Add New Method.
  2. In Where do you primarily ship to?, make sure International is selected.
  3. What kind of shipping do you plan to offer? Whichever you choose, only orders to International Countries will trigger these methods. Flat Rate Shipping is your own custom shipping method, with rates that you choose. Real-time uses real live rates from the major carriers, USPS, UPS, and FedEx. Let's go over the options for Flat Rate:
    • Title - Title of your Flat Rate (Custom) method.
    • Ship By - Determines how your Flat Rate charge is applied. Options include: Per Item (Default), By order subtotal, Per order total weight, or Set individually by product.
    • If Per Item is chosen:
      • Min Items - Minimum amount of items being purchased in order for the Flat Rate option to appear.
      • Max Items - Maximum amount of items being purchased in order for the Flat Rate option to appear.
      • Price - Flat Rate price per item in the cart. Choose either dollar or percentage amount to be applied when used.
    • If Order Subtotal is chosen:
      • Min Subtotal - Set the minimum subtotal the customer needs to hit in order to trigger this shipping method.
      • Max Subtotal - Set the maximum total the subtotal can hit before the shipping method is no longer offered.
      • Price - Set the total shipping price the customer will get if they meet the range you set. Set as a flat dollar amount or % of subtotal.
    • If Per order total weight is chosen:
      • Min Weight - Set the weight the entire order has to hit in order to trigger this shipping method. The weight is in pounds (lbs).
      • Max Weight - Set the max weight the order can hit before it's no longer offered. The weight is in pounds (lbs).
      • Price - Set the price for the entire weight range.
    • If Set individually by product is chosen:
      • You will need to enable this to set the shipping price at the product level. We have a detailed article on how to set this up at Multi-shipping and How it Works.
  4. Real-time is the other and more common option chosen. This allows you to pull real-time rates from the major carriers USPS, UPS, FedEx, and Canada Post.
  5. The first of these options is UPS. You can see the US options below. You can also see How to Add UPS Shipping to PinnacleCart for details on how to add it:
  6. The second option is USPS. You can see the US options below. You can also see How to Add USPS Shipping to PinnacleCart for details on how to add it:
  7. The third option is FedEx. You can see the US options below. You can also see How to Add FedEx Shipping to PinnacleCart for details on how to add it:
  8. The fourth option is Canada Post. You can see the US options below. You can also see How to Add Canada Post to PinnacleCart for details on how to add it:

Links to Related Articles.

How to Enable Shipping – United States.

How to Enable Shipping – Canada.

How to Enable Shipping – International.

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