I would like to offer a 'Free Shipping' option to customers for a yearly fee. Is there a way to do this in Shopify that will
1) automatically give the member free shipping when they shop or a custom order is created by me?
2) automatically cancel free shipping once the year is up?
Thank you so much!
That's a really interesting idea. So, you could have a product in your store for people to purchase the membership. To do that, it might be easiest to use a membership app like Bold Memberships or AAA Membership. This would handle automatic tagging when someone becomes a member and removal if their membership lapses, as well as reminder emails. Otherwise, you would have to do all that manually.
Then, create a free shipping code for each year and have it be only applicable to people that are members. So you would tell new members that the free shipping code for 2018 is freeshipping2018 and then on Jan 1, that the free shipping code for 2019 is freeshipping2019. You can set up the discount so that it automatically and only applies to people who have memberships. So if someone's membership lapses, they will not be able to use the free shipping discount.
You can read more about creating discount codes here.
Hope that helps.
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Nick here from Shopify.
This is a fantastic idea. It’s something which isn’t very common but unique at the same time. It could be an interesting way to create repeat customers to increase loyalty.
In saying all that, it is a feature which would not be native to the Shopify admin. I investigated this for you through some apps in the Shopify App store. For what you are looking to do, it feels like a membership app might be the best avenue for you to look down and there are two membership apps on the app store which stand out:
I did some testing on both of the apps and while a lot of what you’re looking to do can be accomplished (Automatically renew/ cancel after a year, create a membership based upon a specific order or order principles) I did have trouble linking it all to the shipping and specifically creating free shipping with them. I’ve reached out to both of the app developers on your behalf asking if the aspect of applying free shipping can be integrated into a membership for you and once I hear back from them, I will update you.
Another idea I did have was to create a membership with one of the apps for some products in your store (maybe all of them, depending on what you want exactly) where if someone is a member they can access a product which will, in turn, have free shipping which you have applied via the FREE shipping calculator app. So you would essentially have the products in the store twice but only give access to the members for one of them (nobody else would see the duplicate product) where you would apply free shipping to it.
Once again, this is a great idea, but also quite complex to put together. Hopefully, this helps and don’t hesitate to ask any other questions. I’ll be in touch once either of the app developers gets back to me also.
All the best, Nick
I heard back from the team at Bold who develop the Bold Memberships app. They said the following:
"Unfortunately, we currently are unable to apply tag-based shipping rates, primarily within the Memberships app. But used in conjunction with another app like "Bespoke Shipping" or "Intuitive Shipping" which both have the ability to apply tag-based shipping rates, the merchant that you're in communication with could use our app to apply the membership tag, and then let the shipping app handle the free shipping"
While they don't have the ability to apply memberships to shipping rates, they do mention something similar along the lines of what Todd and myself did whereas you can still use the membership concept but apply the shipping aspect a slightly different way.
Hope this helps.
All the best, Nick
So in short...
The MEMBERSHIP app applies the tag that either of the other two SHIPPING apps can the read and use. If we utilize this approach we can offer a membership that provides free shipping for any period of time ranging from a day (not saying I would), to a month, year or infinity correct?
Also, will the "member" need to apply a discount code or can this be an automatic discount that they get based on the tag the membership applied to their account? The auto application is really what I want.
I dont understand why free shipping cannot be automatic based on customer tags.
I do not want to manage unique codes for free shipping for each one of my membership customers.
You allow for automatic discounts on product tags, why can this not be done for customer tags....
Seems like a simple code change to me.