What do the UPS/Fedex/USPS Shipping Calculators do?

These accurately calculate the order shipping cost based on weight, from the merchants (origination) zip code to the customers (destination) zip code. The rates are identical to the ones calculated at the UPS websites "Quick Cost" calculator and the FedEx website "Rate Finder".

How do I use the UPS/FedEx/USPS Shipping calculators?

1) Make sure to provide the weight of each product in your cart's item variable code (field 9).

value="[cart-id]^pnum^product desc^6.32^1^^^^weight^"

(substitute 1.2 for "weight" above for 1.2 pounds.)

2) Configure your cart to use the UPS/FedEx/USPS Shipping module from the virtualCART® shopping cart control panel.

Complete the appropriate fields for "UPS QuickCost / FedEx Rate Finder / USPS Shipping Calculator"

The following services are supported by the UPS/FedEx/USPS Shipping Calculator:

  • UPS Ground
  • UPS Next Day Air
  • UPS 2nd Day Air
  • UPS Three Day Select
  • FedEx First Overnight
  • FedEx Priority Overnight
  • FedEx Standard Overnight
  • FedEx 2nd Day Air
  • FedEx Express Saver
  • FedEx Ground Service
  • USPS Domestic Parcel Post [APO, FPO & Territories]
  • USPS Priority Mail [APO, FPO & Territories]
  • USPS Express Mail [APO, FPO & Territories]
  • USPS Domestic Media Mail [APO, FPO & Territories]
  • USPS Express Mail International
  • USPS Priority Mail International
  • USPS First Class International
  • UPS Worldwide Express
  • UPS Worldwide Expedited
  • FedEx International First
  • FedEx International Priority
  • FedEx International Economy

I am not a U.S. based merchant, can I use the UPS/FedEx/USPS Shipping module?

No, the system is only available for U.S. based merchants and will not function properly without a valid U.S. origination zip code.

Can I use the UPS/FedEx/USPS Shipping module in conjunction with some of the "calculated" shipping methods?

No, If you previously used a "calculated" method of shipping with virtualCART®, you will need to disable it. Instead, you can use the Multi-Method Shipping lookup table along with the UPS/FedEx/USPS system, which is great for adding that certain shipping method you want to offer.

What if I need to ship something free, can I still do this?

Absolutely, just use the =SF= tag in the item part number of your product item variable code. ie., ^=SF=partnum^

I ship a lot of merchandise to International destinations, can the UPS "Quick Cost" Shipping module support this?

Yes, the module supports the following International shipping options:

UPS Worldwide Express (Any non-US destination fast as possible)
UPS Worldwide Expedited (Most non-US; slower, saves a bit)

You can also use the "Multi-Method Shipping lookup table" to add international shipping options at the rates you desire.

I understand that the UPS "Quick Cost" Shipping module will calculate accurate rates for a shipment, but what if I need to send certain items in separate boxes?

The UPS/FedEx/USPS Shipping module has a special tag =SHIPSEP= that when included in the item part number of your product item variable code will tell virtualCART® that this item needs to be shipped in its own box. ie., ^=SHIPSEP=partnum^. virtualCART® can calculate accurate shipping charges for an unlimited number of packages in a shipment.

What if I need to assess a surcharge for packaging material, can I do that?

Yes, In the "UPS Shipping Method Fee Structure" in the shopping cart control panel you can enter the amount you wish to add to each box for handling.

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