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Shipping Methods in Ecommerce

Shipping methods are the rates and services that customers can select at the time of buy. They’re determined by the carriers you work with. It also depends on how much buyers pay for shipping and how they receive their buy.

Here we discussed some of the shipping methods, their rates, and delivery time. It helps you to choose your favorite shipping method.

Flat-rate shipping

  • Flat rate shipping is a popular option for retailers looking to simplify their shipping strategy and fulfillment process.
  • The price of flat-rate shipping is determined by the size of the box or envelope, rather than the dimensional (DIM) weight of the item(s) being shipped.
  • Flat-rate shipping is designed to give companies a way to normalize their shipping costs. For online merchants looking to optimize their shipping strategy, flat-rate shipping can thus be a very helpful shipping option.

Real-time carrier rates

The best way to calculate shipping costs is to use real-time shipping rates obtained from your shipping carriers. With the help of this method, you can calculate how much shipping from one location to another will cost your business. By doing this, you can be sure that you won’t overcharge or undercharge your clients.

  • When a carrier ships in real-time, the exact shipping costs that they calculate are recovered during the checkout process for any given order.
  • When customers enter their shipping address during the checkout process, real-time carrier rates are displayed. You do not need to perform any complicated calculations to determine the exact amount.
  • If you use real-time carrier shipping, you can be sure that your customers will always receive an accurate quote from any location, including abroad.

Local shipping

Depending on where your company is located, you might need to ship only locally or globally. If you can’t enter the international market or don’t want to, shipping locally is a great option.

  • The delivery border can be set up, which is particularly helpful for small businesses in large cities.
  •  You can specify the districts where you deliver if you can’t quite cover all of Canada. Customers who live in your delivery area will therefore be able to select local delivery.
  • By providing free local delivery, you can attract more clients because most people would pay more for the actual product than for delivery.

International shipping

International shipping is a mode of transportation that uses sea routes to transport goods rather than roads or air channels (air transport). Shipping is by definition international because its goal is to connect two countries separated by sea or ocean.

  • International shipping can increase sales and thus revenues. There will be new customers, and sales can increase with careful marketing.
  • One benefit of international shipping is that customers are more likely to carefully research and test their purchases. This lessens the possibility of a repeat customer.
  • Ecommerce companies that offer international shipping can introduce new products that may spark the interest of international customers. Simply, because those products are not available in their country.

Expedited shipping

 Expedited shipping is a type of freight shipping that ensures goods arrive faster than regular transit times. These shipments are picked up and delivered immediately. In practice, this implies using courier services such as same-day, next-day, and express delivery.

You can consider that expedited services will cost more than standard courier options because any urgent or priority facility is more expensive than a standard one.

This term varies depending on the carrier, but for most domestic deliveries, it falls between overnight and two days.

  • The assurance of a specific delivery date is likely the biggest advantage of expedited shipping. The guaranteed delivery outweighs the cost (and risk) of subpar customer service, and shippers follow strict schedules.
  • There are fewer touch points when choosing expedited shipping, which is a huge advantage. It implies that there are fewer chances of something breaking while being transported.
  • Many expedited shipping companies provide location updates, GPS tracking, and a variety of other track and trace technologies. This is useful for determining when your shipment will arrive at the port. It can provide you with a much more accurate estimate of when you will be able to receive it.