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What are the shipping methods on CuteMesh.com?

At CuteMesh.com you can choose from the following shipping methods: ↓ Local Pickup, ↓ Flat Rate Shipping and ↓ Free Shipping. Using any of these methods, and a little bit of ingenuity, you can deliver a 5-star shipping experience. Combining these methods can be even more effective! For example, you could offer free standard shipping with a delivery time of 2 – 3 weeks, as well as expedited shipping for a flat fee with a delivery time of 1 – 2 days. This allows you to balance your revenue needs with promotional opportunities, while providing the customer with various options. When it comes to shipping, think outside of the box! To configure your shipping zones and shipping methods, read this article.

selecting shipping method

selecting shipping method

 

Local Pickup

This method allows the customer to collect their order themselves. It works best for stores with a brick-and-mortar location or designated pick up point. You can then email your customers, or add a note to their order, providing them with details for the collection, such as the address, opening hours and what date their order will be ready. We also recommend adding a shipping method named “Local delivery”. This should be used for deliveries in your local area, using a shipping zone with defined zip/postal codes that you are able to deliver to. Customers with matching zip/postal codes will be able to select “local delivery” as a shipping method at checkout. It is usually a great idea to offer a simple and reliable local delivery method as one of your cheaper options, in order to attract more local customers – it should generally cost you less than your other methods too! To do this, simply create a shipping zone named “Local” with your local zip/postal codes, and rename the “Local Pickup” method to “Local Delivery”.

 
Flat Rate Shipping

This method allows you to set a standard rate per item, per shipping class or per order. Because this method is so versatile and easy to use, it is very popular. It works best when you have a fairly standard product line of items that have similar sizes and weights. However, it tends to become a bit more complicated if you sell a wide variety of products with different sizes and weights. But if this is the case, you can use shipping classes to automatically charge different shipping rates depending on the products purchased, such as bulky products (which tend to be more expensive) and lightweight products (which tend to be cheaper). Once you have configured your shipping zones, you can add your shipping class costs to your flat rate shipping method, and add a shipping class to your products in the “Shipping and Tax” section when creating your product listing. See more detailed instructions here. If you ship to various destinations, each with varying shipping costs, it is best to use different flat rate shipping methods for several shipping zones. This will allow you to adjust the shipping price per zone, which is especially useful if a destination is very far away. Flat Rate Shipping allows for advanced costs. You can enter a defined cost, or a sum for calculating the cost. The cost field allows you to charge a flat rate per item, a percentage based cost, or a minimum fee. There is no need to include currency symbols when adding costs. For advanced calculations, the available placeholders are:

  • [qty] – Number of products in the cart.
  • [cost] – Total cost of products in the cart.
  • [fee] – An additional fee. This fee has optional arguments
    • percent – A percentage based on total order cost.
    • min_fee – A minimum amount. Useful when using percentages.
    • max_fee – A maximum amount. Useful when using percentages.

For example: 10 + ( 2 * [qty] ) is a base shipping cost of ₵10 plus ₵2 for each item in the cart. 20 + [fee percent=”10″ min_fee=”4″] is a base shipping cost of ₵20 plus 10% of the order total, which is at least ₵4. The risk with flat rate shipping is that the actual cost of shipping that you pay to the shipping carrier may vary, which means some of your orders will be covered by the fixed cost that you charge your customer, but other orders may exceed your flat rate shipping cost. For this method, it is imperative to know all of your costs and charge accordingly, while avoiding overcharging or undercharging your customer. Read more of our shipping tips here.

 
Free Shipping

This method allows the customer to have their order delivered at no additional cost (free). It works best if you want to attract customers, encourage them to spend more, increase conversions and reduce shopping cart abandonment. It is the simplest method to use. However, while the shipping may be free for your customers, it is not free for you. So to cover the costs of using a ‘free’ shipping method, you have three options: 1) increase product prices so that your customers pay the shipping costs indirectly, 2) slightly increase product prices so that your customers partially pay the shipping costs or 3) you pay the full price of shipping using your profit margins or overhead. You also have the option when adding the shipping method to set a minimum order order amount, before qualifying for free shipping. Although most customers love free shipping, this method isn’t suitable for every store. If your shipping costs vary dramatically, or if you have low profit margins, you could end up losing money. Carefully consider all of your costs before implementing this shipping method.

Note: A “Shipping Zone” is a geographical area that you ship items to. A “Shipping Method” is the means of delivery, such as Local Pickup, Flat Rate Shipping and Free Shipping. A shipping zone can contain multiple shipping methods. Read more here.

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