If you sell products of different sizes and weights then you need something more than the default Flat rate. You just can’t offer the same price for everyone. Shipping classes configuration may be a part-time solution, but you need something more. I have a solution for reducing shipping costs in WooCommerce Shipping India. I will show you the solution in this article.
WooCommerce Shipping India – how to reduce shipping costs?
You want to charge customers a right amount for shipping. Charging too much is a problem because you’d like your store to be competitive. But you don’t want to charge too little! It generates costs and your store must be profitable. The shipping cost for your customer should be exactly the same to the one that parcel company charges your store.
How to achieve a perfect solution for WooCommerce Shipping India? You need a table rate shipping method.
How does it work? Use rules
There are some basic calculations for shipping cost such as depending on the weight of an order. For example 1-5 kg: ₹150, 5-10 kg: ₹500, 10-20 kg: ₹900 and so on. It doesn’t look that advanced. But… You can combine such rules with shipping classes and other conditions. This way you can set virtually any shipping cost for an order.
Every rule can add some cost to the total cost or subtract a cost from it. You can use different conditions such as:
- when all items from the order weight from 0 kg to 3 kg, then add ₹200 to the shipping cost,
- when items from shipping class “Promotion” are in the cart, then subtract ₹50 from the shipping cost,
- if there are more than 10 items in the order, then add ₹80 to the shipping cost.
Table rate consists of rules
Table rate shipping method uses a table to establish such rules. The conditions we talked about above could be written down like this:
|Rule based on||Conditions||Shipping class?||Cost to add|
|weight||0-3 kg||no, every product||₹200|
|items||any item||yes, "Promotion"||-₹50|
|items||10 or more items||no, every product||₹80|
It’s so much easier when you use the table! You’ll appreciate this method when you will have a lot of rules and conditions 🙂
Flexible Shipping – the table rate shipping plugin
There is a plugin called Flexible Shipping which offers the table rate shipping method. Look how it works:
Flexible Shipping is a really simple and easy-to-use plugin which is used by over 30,000 WooCommerce shops worldwide.
Flexible Shipping configuration
Once you download and install the plugin in your store, you’re ready to configure the rules.
Look at this quick video guide:
It’s quite easy, isn’t it?
Are you going to use Flexible Shipping in India?
In this article, you have learned how to reduce cost of WooCommerce Shipping India. I hope I helped you! Let us know in the comments section below if you have any questions.
PS. If you are a beginner, you should definitely check out our Ultimate Guide to WooCommerce Shipping. People love it!