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Third-party calculated shipping rates for Drop shipping

ainsbee
Tourist
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Hi Everyone,

 

Is it advisable to use third-party calculated shipping rates when you are a drop shipping business? We have our own suppliers by the way and we only deliver within Australia. Our products are industrial items.

 

Hope to hear some thoughts about this. Thank you.

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Sophia
Shopify Staff
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@ainsbee wrote:

Hi Everyone,

 

Is it advisable to use third-party calculated shipping rates when you are a drop shipping business? We have our own suppliers by the way and we only deliver within Australia. Our products are industrial items.

 

Hope to hear some thoughts about this. Thank you.


Hi, @ainsbee!

 

Typically, it isn't advisable for dropshipping stores to use third-party calculated rates for the following reasons:

  • you might not know which carriers the suppliers will use
  • you can't necessarily guarantee the same shipping times associated with some of the rates (for example, some carrier rates include overnight shipping or 1-3 business day shipping)

We'll usually recommend that dropshipping stores use flat shipping rates. However, calculated rates could work in your case provided that your suppliers can tell you which carriers they're using and can specify which methods/time frames they offer.

 

Shopify Shipping is available in Australia with Sendle. Alternatively, there are third-party apps that offer shipping rates with other carriers in Australia.

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dropship_helps
Shopify Expert
1823 56 280

Hi @ainsbee 

 

It is recommended to collect shipping cost from your supplier itself. 

ainsbee
Tourist
11 0 1

Hi @dropship_helps 

 

Thank you for the answer. But customers paid shipping costs when they check out the item on our site. That's why we need a freight calculator that could match our supplier's freight costs.

 

 

Sophia
Shopify Staff
1659 107 216

This is an accepted solution.


@ainsbee wrote:

Hi Everyone,

 

Is it advisable to use third-party calculated shipping rates when you are a drop shipping business? We have our own suppliers by the way and we only deliver within Australia. Our products are industrial items.

 

Hope to hear some thoughts about this. Thank you.


Hi, @ainsbee!

 

Typically, it isn't advisable for dropshipping stores to use third-party calculated rates for the following reasons:

  • you might not know which carriers the suppliers will use
  • you can't necessarily guarantee the same shipping times associated with some of the rates (for example, some carrier rates include overnight shipping or 1-3 business day shipping)

We'll usually recommend that dropshipping stores use flat shipping rates. However, calculated rates could work in your case provided that your suppliers can tell you which carriers they're using and can specify which methods/time frames they offer.

 

Shopify Shipping is available in Australia with Sendle. Alternatively, there are third-party apps that offer shipping rates with other carriers in Australia.

Sophia | Social Care @ Shopify 
 - Was my reply helpful? Click Like to let me know! 
 - Was your question answered? Mark it as an Accepted Solution
 - To learn more visit the Shopify Help Center or the Shopify Blog