This tab lists all of the shipping methods that you have enabled. You can click on a method to set various options for that method.
In Version 9.0004 and later you can assign a shipping method to one or more Availability Groups.
|Keep in mind that, once you assign a shipping method to an availability group, that shipping method can only be seen and used by members of that group. However, you can assign the same shipping method to as many availability groups as you want.|
The Edit Priorities button gives you some control over the order of shipping options in the Ship Via list box that customers see in the Shipping/Payment selection screen (OSEL) during checkout.
The Filter by Shipping Module button temporarily shows or hides some shipping methods, to make the Shipping Method Rules tab a little less cluttered. It's similar to running a List Search.
For example, let's say that you have the following shipping modules enabled in your store:
With these modules, you might have dozens and dozens of shipping methods enabled. If you only want to view the U.S.P.S. shipping methods, click on the Filter by Shipping Module button and select U.S.P.S. Note that you can also select more than one shipping module at a time.
Module: The shipping module that contains the current method.
Shipping Method: The name of the shipping method.
Priority: Sets the order that the shipping methods will appear in the "Ship Via" drop-down list in the Shipping/Payment Selection screen. ( User Interface > Edit Page OSEL). Initially, all of the shipping methods that you have enabled will show up in this screen with priority 0. You can use any integer as the priority, but shipping methods with higher numbers will appear first in the drop-down list. Many companies set the priority so that the shipping methods are listed from least expensive to most expensive. See also Edit Priorities Button.
Display As: Set the text that will appear in the "Ship Via" drop-down list in the Shipping/Payment Selection screen for the shipping method (see figure above). If you leave this field empty, the system will show the default shipping method name. For example, the default Shipping Method name might "UPS Ground", but you could set the Display As text to "Standard Shipping".
Rate Adjustment Allows you to adjust the shipping rate, after it is returned from the carrier's estimating software, but before it is shown to your customer. For example, you could take the quoted rate from the carrier and add to it to cover your packaging or handling costs. You could adjust the carrier shipping quote down if you wanted to offer your customers a discount on shipping. The customer won't see or know about any adjustment that you make.
For example, if you enter "1.00" in this field and the rate quote from the carrier was $5.00, the customer will see a shipping charge of $6.00 for this shipping method. You can adjust the rate downward by entering a negative number in the field "-1.00".
For example, if you enter "5.00" in this field and the rate quote from the carrier was $10.00, the customer will see a shipping charge of $10.50 for this shipping method. You can adjust the rate downward by entering a negative percentage in the field "-5.00".
Restrictions The Shipping Method Rules dialog box has five types of "restrictions".
These restrictions let you control when a particular shipping method will appear or be removed from the "Ship Via" drop-down list in the Shipping/Payment Selection screen. For example, you could make sure that UPS Standard shipping only appears as a choice in the Shipping/Payment Selection screen when the order total is $10.00 or less:
Or you could remove UPS Standard shipping for orders that weigh more than 500 pounds:
But see also Example: Creating a Free Shipping Option.
Exclude This Method When Shipping to a P.O. Box: If you are using a shipping method that cannot deliver to a U.S. post office box, check this box. If the customer's shipping address is a post office box, this shipping method won't be displayed in the Shipping/Payment Selection screen (OSEL).
Miva Merchant software figures out if the customer has a post office box by looking at two fields in the Shipping Address (Ship To):
At least one of these fields must contain, exactly, one of these strings:
Capitalization doesn't matter, but other variations are not recognized, and the system will assume that the customer does not have a post office box:
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Exclusions: The exclusions feature has two purposes:
The grayed out boxes mean that UPS is not going to allow (in this example) rates for UPS Standard service to be displayed in the same screen with shipping methods from USPS. When the customer reaches the Shipping/Payment Selection screen, they would see a "Ship Via" drop-down list that looks like this:
Notice that UPS Standard does not appear as a shipping option.
Then whenever UPS Ground is a valid shipping method, UPS Next Day Air will not be offered as a shipping method.
Then whenever UPS Next Day Air is a valid shipping method, UPS Ground would not be offered as a shipping method.
For another example, see To Create Free Shipping for a Standalone Gift Certificate.