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Liz Hull

Liz Hull

Liz Hull is a writer for Merchant Maverick. In her three years with Merchant Maverick, she has tested and reviewed over 40 eCommerce platforms and published two ebooks on the topic of online selling. Liz has also been published in Startup Nation and Home Business Magazine Online. Liz has a BA in English and Spanish from George Fox University.

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    Hari K

    Hey Liz, Great article! This would be really helpful for merchants struggling with choosing the right shipping method.

    However, there are many specific cases that require an additional app like PluginHive’s Multi Carrier Shipping Label app to completely automate the process.

    For example, Shopify only considers the product weight for the packaging. This solution is suitable only if the volumetric weight is lesser than the actual weight.
    Similarly, Shopify doesn’t support address classification; determining residential and commercial address accurately is important for the precise shipment rate calculation.
    Now, if you would like to provide shipping options based on product type or quantity, you will have to use an app that does the work.
    Most importantly, merchants outside the US or Canada won’t be able to make use of the carriers available in Shopify.

      Trista

      Love this article. Just don’t see Shopify being able to help our business with shipping. Different rates, different locations along with our product needing a forklift. I do not see an option through their shipping to be able to do this as of yet.

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        Emily Hale

        Hi Trista,

        Thanks for your comment! As far as your unique shipping challenges, you want to explore integrating with a third-party solution like ShipStation, that may solve at least some of your issues with different rates. Hope that helps and best of luck!

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          Kathryn DeShaw

          We have been using Shopify for several years. It seems that if you are shipping individual products, less than 1 cubic foot, the shipping system works fine. But for packages over 1 cubic foot it grossly under rates the shipping. We have actually lost money because of this. Am I missing something? Can Shopify account for dimensional weight? Yes, shipping is a nightmare if you have packages over 1 cubic foot.

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            Emily Hale

            Hi, Kathryn!

            We looked into what Shopify had to say about it, and it looks like they do recognize that their calculated rates for dimensional weights are not very accurate for packages over 1 cubic foot. They recommend integrating with a shipping app for better accuracy. I’m going to point you to our post, Best Shipping Software 2019 which helps break down some of your options. I think you’ll be happy with some of the solutions here. I hope you are able to find a better, easier solution that saves you money over time. Best of luck!

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              srikanth

              Very good article LIZ, This article is very helpful for e-commerce stores owners who have just started shipping through Shopify.

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