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  1. #1
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    Jan 2014

    Default Website shipping setup

    Hello everyone, just wondering how to setup shipping costs on a website? I pretty much got the price figured out for 1 product, but not sure how to figure it out if somebody miss matches 2 or 3 different products. Any help is appreciated. Thanks, Jon

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Washington, VT


    Probably depends on the website. With Wix.com we had to include the shipping with the price of the syrup. So for example you can choose two half gallons for $55 (includes shipping). Three half gallons for $80 (includes shipping)...........
    3x8 Algier Evaporator. 600 gph Lapierre RO. 10" Filter press. We buy sap.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Oneida NY


    Mine is set up thru Woocommerce and wordpress. In the program there's a place for you to assign dimensions of each product and a weight. Then test out some combinations in a test order. You will then need to adjust the dimensions until the program gets it right all of the time. I started with exact sizes but soon found I had to allow for packing material. It took 2 or 3 refunds I had to send back to customers in the initial stages of going live but after that it has worked perfectly. Woo commerce also tracks your inventory and you can edit it as you bottle more or sell some locally. I only show about 80% of my inventory in each item on the site and that way I only need to edit the inventory every 2-3 weeks rather than every time I sell some locally. Right now I only offer plastic jugs except my bourbon barrel aged syrup which only gets packed in glass. In the future I might also expand to ship more glass, I have not decided yet.
    In the program you will need to choose which size boxes you want to use. I only use 3 sizes, a 6x6x7 priority mail, a medium flat rate and a large flat rate. One nice thing about going thru woo commerce is that you actually get a lower shipping cost from the USPS. I think it's about 10% discount if I remember correctly.
    I wasn't smart enough to set it up, my computer IT son did it. Check it out, I went live with it last fall and my sales from my website more than tripled. I never took credit cards with my old site, just paypal, and the customer had to fill out a form, then I calculated the shipping and sent them a PayPal invoice. With the new site in Woo Commerce, the program does it all, gives the customer choices for method of payment and I never see their credit card number, I just get the order marked paid. For my credit cards I use Stripe who take all or most cards, or the customer can choose to use PayPal or they can mail a check. Since the site started in the fall no body has chosen the check option yet.
    As each order is placed you will get an email from woo commerce. Then you go into the program and process it. In the program you click on "create label" and you will then see the mailing label, then select print and your printer will print off the label. I chose the option to show the customer the full price on shipping and the label just says postage paid. I figure the difference help pay for the bubble wrap I use and part of my time. After I print the label(s) I go to th USPS web site and schedule a pick up. If done with your regular mail delivery they pick up at no extra charge so I don't even need to go to the P.O. and all of the boxes I use are delivered free, the cost of the box is part of the postage charge.
    My web prices are the same as at the sugarhouse, some producers charge more but I don't. Right now, I sell about 45% of my product thru the site (and I retail 90-95% of my production, the only bulk I sell is any commercial I might make), if I get to 60% or more I might raise the syrup prices on the site a little to cover my time for packing too, but not yet. Check out my site: www.cnymaple.com Send me a PM if you have any further questions, I'll try to answer them if I can.
    Dave Klish about 1320 taps in '15, down to about 700 in '16, up to 1000 for 2019?
    2012 Mahindra 36 HP 4x4/ loader/cab/heat/AC:-)
    added a gooseneck equipment trailer and F350 to tow it to haul more sap
    3x8 raised flue evaporator
    250 GPH converted to electric, RO by Ray Gingerich
    6.32 KW solar system, 1.48KW is battery backed up, all net metered
    website: www.cnymaple.com

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Plymouth, CT


    I'll second using WooCommerce with Wordpress (https://retirementrocketscience.com/maple/shop/) Shipping is automatically calculated, but there are plug-ins that allow for 'shipping tables' to be created. I got the main site up and running in a few hours, and then placed an "order" (they're free) for flat-rate priority shipping boxes from USPS. The plan is to figure out every combination of syrup that will fit in each box size, which WooCommerce will then select from the shipping tables I create as orders are placed. If someone selects a combination I didn't think of, the software will default to figuring out shipping on its own, so I won't ever be stuck covering shipping because I didn't charge the actual amount. The install of WooCommerce itself is simple, and as Dave mentioned, it makes processing orders easy. They even have steps for signing up for Stripe or Square for credit card processing. If you sign up with Square using a referral link (such as squareup.com/i/PLYMOUTHSW) you both get $1000 in free credit card processing for 180 days. That's more than I'll sell online in a season. They also send out a credit card reader for free. I also accept PayPal, and so far with the handful of ordered placed on my site, it's the preferred way for people to pay, but has slightly higher fees. I kept the option in WooCommerce for local pickup; I've had many people buy online just because they don't have cash on hand.

    The other thing I am considering doing is offering some free shipping combinations, maybe call them gift packs. 10 3.4oz bottles for $x.xx. I'll see how the math works out once I get all of the sizes of flat-rate boxes in.

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