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You've researched for and finally found the best products that you can sell on your dropshipping store. They've all been nicely set up on your store and are almost ready to go. There's just one last problem... shipping methods and rates. It's easy to just type in a few numbers and easily make a few extra bucks out of it, but you should know that shipping costs greatly affect how much your customers would want to buy from you.
If you have visited a few online shopping platforms for the last few months, you may have noticed a few promotions such as "Free Shipping" or "Spend xxx to get free shipping." Doesn't these words just entice you and make you want to buy those products included in the promotion more than those that are not?
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Yep, you've just found out that you can use shipping costs to help boost sales. And if you are using CommerceHQ as your eCommerce platform, you might just find this post to be extra helpful, especially when you are still just getting some traction for your business.
In this post, I am going to show you how you can set up shipping costs in CommerceHQ. But before we get to that, I want to discuss with you some of the factors that will affect your final shipping costs.
Factors That Affect Shipping Costs
The countries of origin and destination play the biggest role in the determination of your shipping costs. Here you should take into consideration the mode of transportation to be used -- be it via a truck, a train, a ship or a plane. All of these have their own unique fees, which are what you will be paying for them to take extra precautions when handling your goods.
Of course, when it comes to shipping, you should look into the type of goods to be sent, as well as its physical dimensions such as height and weight. When you send your products over to your courier, they need to be stored in boxes or any other packaging material to maximize the space in their choice in mode of transportation and to prevent tampering or damage, as well.
Another factor is the continuous rising of fuel costs. Yep, nothing we can do about that unless we produce our own.
There are also other external factors that may increase shipping costs such as the weather, accessibility of the destination country, and the like.
How to Setup Shipping in CommerceHQ
On your CommeceHQ dashboard, go to Store Setup > Shipping > Create My First Shipping Zone. Here are the following fields that you need to fill up:
Zone Name (Not visible to customers)
This is what you will be naming your shipping zone. As stated, your customers will not see this zone name, though it is always a good idea to properly name it for reference purposes (this name will be shown on the lefthand side of your CommerceHQ screen).
Here is where you will be putting your actual shipping cost. Remember the factors we just talked about? Keep those in mind, or better yet, contact your courier of choice before setting this up.
However, I do find that $4.95 works best for me in terms of my shipping rate for the USA. This is because people would actually expect this number to be the amount that they will be paying, regardless of however far they are from my store's location. Furthermore, $4.95 is not too expensive nor is it too cheap, so it's a win-win for me and my customers. Besides, most suppliers from China offer free shipping via ePacket (or whatever the deal between the supplier and seller may be).
As for international shipping, I choose to use $6.95 for the same reasons mentioned above.
Based on my own experience (and on observations from other online stores), I found that it is possible (and agreeable) to separate the United States from the rest of the world in terms of shipping. Simply create a shipping zone for the USA and International Shipping to set this up.
Shipping Service Description
This is what your customers will see on the checkout page. The important thing to take note of is that this is what you can use to entice people into making a purchase. As you can see from the sample website below, they have used "Insured Shipping" as their description, and they don't even have to put in additional services just to prove that they are indeed insured.
You can type in "Insured Shipping", "Shipping to [country]", etc.
Rule Based Exceptions
Let's say you want to offer free shipping once a customer reaches a certain amount or number of items to purchase in a single receipt. You can add exceptions to shipping according to the following criteria:
- Items in cart.
- Order total.
Just type in the range of weight, number of items or order total that will trigger the exception, rate of promotion, as well as the shipping service description for this particular exception.
Additional Shipping Options for Customers
You can learn more about Additional Shipping Options for Customers via CommerceHQ Help, or you can personally ask me via the contact form provided below.
Let's Wrap It Up!
Your shipping rates can sometimes be a deciding factor for your customers when it comes to making a purchase from your dropshipping store. Of course, these rates are affected by a good number of factors, and that is why a little research never hurt anyone.
Setting up shipping rates and services in CommerceHQ is as easy as pie, and if you have any more questions or if there is anything unclear in this post, feel free to watch the full video.
If you have any more questions about CommerceHQ, shipping and shipping rates, dropshipping in Australia or anything regarding this video, feel free to personally contact me via the Contact Form HERE. You can also leave your comments and feedback below, and our team over at WagePirate will definitely get back to you with a response. For more reviews, news and updates, don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel!