Shipping Advise

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Tourist
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Hello everyone!

 

I am just starting up my online shop and need shipping advise. My website will sell items such as clothing, purses, jewelry and shoes, but I am not sure what to charge for shipping. My business is running in Canada and I would like to know what I should charge for international shipping as well. At what point should I give free shipping? If a customer spends $50+? If someone can help me with all the shipping rates and what I should charge, that would be amazing!! My website is: www.simplyeverything.ca if you need to see what kind of products I sell.

 

Thanks so much!

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Shopify Staff
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Hi Joseph,

First of all, your shop looks great :)

Now as far as shipping goes, you'll want to see what price works best for the weight of your products and how far you're willing to ship to. Here is a great link to help you get started as far as using Canada Post: http://www.canadapost.ca/tools/pg/prices/default-e.asp

When it comes to offering free shipping, it's a good idea to test things out. So I would give it a try with free shipping on all orders of $75 and up. If you're finding that you're not getting that many free shipping orders, you can always lower it to free shipping on orders over $50 or lower until you find what works best. Keep testing the waters with your discounts and free shipping. You can also test which countries you offer free shipping to. For example, you offer free shipping on orders $75 and up to the USA but $50 and up for Canada. 

Hope that helps! Here are three great shipping articles that you might also find helpful:

- Shipping rate strategies 

- Free and flat rate shipping 

- Should you offer free shipping 

Liz (@Lizzymac) | Shopify Training & Onboarding
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Tourist
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Hello!

This is information is so helpful, thank you so much! Is there anyway you can send me the last three shipping articles to my email? It wont let me view them here :(

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Hi Joseph

We have been working on an app that might solve your problem!

The app is called Sendly (the friendly way to send your packages). Sendly is free to all Shopify users and it’s currently in Beta.
You can find it here: http://apps.shopify.com/sendly

You can use Sendly to find the best rate for shipping your packages then you can pass on the savings to your customers. Sendly will allow you to ship with services you know and trust: UPS, Canada Post, FedEx and save up to 30% on shipments originating in Canada.

Find out more: http://apps.shopify.com/sendly
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions – support@secureship.ca

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New Member
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Hi Joseph,

We have been working on an app that might solve your shipping advice problem!

The app is called Sendly (the friendly way to send your packages). Sendly is free to all Shopify users and it’s currently in Beta.
You can find it here: http://apps.shopify.com/sendly. 

You can use Sendly to find the best rate for shipping your packages then you can pass on the savings to your customers. Sendly works with shipping services and brands you know and trust like UPS, Canada Post, FedEx and will help you save up to 30% on shipments originating in Canada.

Find out more: http://apps.shopify.com/sendly
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions – support@secureship.ca 

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Here is what i have seen most customers do. The first few days they would try out with real time shipping rates by enabling carrier calculated rates in their Shopify account. Usually using 3-4 carriers helps you to understand the cheapest and the fastest service among them. The next few days you can analyse and see how many orders are coming and from which countries. For example, if 50% orders are coming from Canada, but 5% orders are coming from the UK, then you can give Canada complete free shipping and charge UK a little more than normal. Otherwise you can opt for 'Free Shipping' over a certain price of on total weight of the shipment. Similarly, you have to try multiple combinations and then come to a conclusion.

Also, if you are looking to use your own account to get rates from Canada Post, UPS, USPS, FedEx, DHL, etc and also use special services like signature option and insurance for international shipments, then you can use the Multi Carrier Shipping label app for this purpose.

 

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