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Setting Up a 'Real Time Shipping Quote' Shipping Method

Being able to provide the lowest possible shipping costs on your products can help you convert more shoppers into buyers and give your brand a competitive edge in the marketplace. Using real-time quotes to calculate your shipping charges gives you the ability to pass your costs on to the customer.

Real-time shipping quotes can benefit both the merchant and shopper. As a merchant, you're able to ensure you don't lose any money when it comes time to purchase postage. Transparency in shipping costs helps to improve consumer confidence and assures shoppers they're not paying too much for shipping. Customers feel empowered by having access to a variety of shipping options — from low-cost ground delivery to premium, expedited fulfillment.

BigCommerce features built-in, real-time quote integrations with major shipping providers, including USPS, FedEx, UPS, Canada Post, Royal Mail and Australia Post. Your Shipping Manager shows you services appropriate for your shipping origin. For example, you won't be able to see and set up Canada Post unless your origin address is in Canada.

If you need advanced shipping rules like multiple points of origin, LTL, or freight quotes, try ShipperHQ.

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Calculating Shipping Costs

Shipping carriers use a number of factors to determine the cost of shipping an order, including:

  • total weight and size of the order
  • value of the order
  • shipping origin
  • delivery (shipping to) address

For this reason, it's important that you have accurate weights and dimensions defined in your product.


Real Time Quote Providers

Real time shipping quotes require creating an account with the provider, obtaining credentials, and then putting that information into the BigCommerce shipping method. Since the process differs from service to service, we have created separate guides for each carrier:

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