Configuration of Shipping Methods in Magento 2

a) How to Configure Free Shipping Method

Configure Free Shipping Method is considered as a part of promotion program you offer customers. The free shipping method is applied based on the minimum purchase or the condition of cart price rule you set. In addition, the shipping method can be set for certain product or an entire order, that depends on your current strategy.

If you need to charge different shipping rates on your store, you can do it with Flat Rate Shipping Method and Method. Let’s first start with the Free Shipping Method, refer to the below process to configure free shipping on your store.

Configure Free Shipping Method

  • Step 1: Complete Free Shipping Method settings
  • Step 2: Display Free Shipping in the Carrier Configuration

Step 1: Complete Free Shipping Method settings

On the Admin sidebar Panel go to Stores > Settings > Configuration.

On the left panel, under Sales, select Shipping Methods tab.

Open the Free Shipping section

  • Enable the shipping method by choosing Yes for that.
  • Set the Title for the free shipping on the checkout page.
  • Create a description about the shipping method in the Method Name field.
  • Offer the Minimum Order Amount for the shipping.
  • Enter a error message in the Displayed Error Message box that will appear if Free Shipping is not available.
  • Set Ship to Applicable Countries to one of two options.
  • All Allowed Countries: Free Shipping is supported for every country.
  • Specific Countries: Free Shipping is only supported for selected countries.
  • Set Show Method if Not Applicable to yes if you want to show Free Shipping all time.
  • Set the Sort Order on the Shipping Method on the checkout page.
  • Finally Save Config button to finish.

Step 2: Activate Free Shipping in the Carrier Configuration

  • From the Shipping Methods configuration, open the UPS section.
  • Set Free Method to “Ground.”
  • Enable the Free Shipping with Minimum Order Amount and set a minimum number of orders applying free shipping in the Minimum Order Amount for Free Shipping field.
  • Save Config to finish.

b) How to Configure Table Rates Shipping Method

Applying Table Rates Shipping to calculate the shipping fee bases on the combination of conditions such as Weight v. Destination, Price v. Destination, and # of Items v. Destination. All are listed in a table rate file that you can export and import in Magento 2 settings. When the customer asks for a quote, the results appear in the shipping estimate section of the shopping cart.

If you need to charge different shipping rates on your store, you can do it with Free Shipping Method and Flat Rate Shipping Method. And now, we will learn together how to configure the table rate shipping method in Magento 2.

Configure Table Rates Shipping Method

Step 1: Configure the Table Rate Shipping Method

Step 2: Preview the Table Rate Data

Step 3: Import the Table Rate Data

Step 4: Check the Rates

Step 1: Configure the Table Rate Shipping Method

  • On the Admin sidebar Panel go to Stores > Settings > Configuration.
  • On the left panel, under Sales, select Shipping Methods.
  • Open the Table Rates section,
  • Enable the shipping method by choosing Yes for that.
  • Set the Title for the table rate shipping on the checkout page. You can use the default value – “Best Way” for the table rate title.
  • Choose Conditions by the calculating methods: Weight v. Destination, Price v. Destination, or # of Items v. Destination.
  • If the order includes virtual products for the price calculating, choose Yes in the Include Virtual Products in Price Calculation field.

Virtual products are as a service with no weight, or certain item. They cannot change the result of a calculation that is based on the Weight v. Destination condition. However, the virtual products can change the result of a calculation that is based on either the Price v. Destination or # of Items vs. Destination condition.

  • If you ask to charge an additional handling fee, set Calculate Handling Fee to fixed or percent, and then enter the number you want to set in the Handling Fee field.
  • Set Ship to Applicable Countries to one of two options:
  • Set the Sort Order on the Shipping Method on the checkout page.
  • Save Config to complete.

Step 2: Preview the Table Rate Data

  • In the upper-left corner, select the Store View where the configuration is active, you can choose “Main Website” or any website you need.

There are the new appearance of the Import and Export option and the Use as Default checkbox that is next to each field in the Table Rate Shipping section.

The “Use as Default” checkbox have been remarked, so if you want to change any settings, let clear it.

  • Click on Export CSV button and save the file (tablerate.csv) on your computer.

  • Complete the CSV file in a spreadsheet
    1. Use an asterisk (*) as a wildcard to represent all possible values in any category.
    2. The “Country” column must contain a valid three-character code for each row.
  • Save the file on your computer after finishing it.
  • Go back to the Table Rate Shipping section.
  • In the upper-left corner, select the Store View where allow using the method.
  • Import the “tablerate.csv” file by tapping the Choose File button and then upload the file from your computer.

Save Config to complete.

Step 4: Check the Rates

To check the Rates for the assurance, try conducting the payment process with different shipping addresses in the checkout. Thus, you can ensure that the calculating for the shipping as well as handing rates are absolute accuracy.

C) How to Configure Flat Rate Shipping Method

Flat Rate Shipping Method is the simple solution to configure the shipping method at your store. It charges a fixed shipping fee for any order with different sizes or weights or any shipping addresses. Because it is easy to configure and apply, the flat rate shipping is popular to many carries.

If you need to charge different shipping rates on your store, you can do it with Free Shipping Method and Table Rate Shipping Method. And now, we will learn together how to configure the flat rate shipping method in Magento 2.