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How to: Enter Package Weight and Dimensions for Every Shipment

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When selecting a carrier and service, your rates will depend on a mix of the package weight and dimensions. As such, every shipment should include weight and dimensions. Doing so ensures accurate rate quotes.

Read on for more information about entering weights and dimensions into ShippingEasy.

Weight:

When product weights are configured in your store, the weight of line items will automatically pull into ShippingEasy with your orders. This will then be used to calculate your shipment weight.

If you have not setup product weights in your store, you will need to provide a shipment weight to get a postage rate. You can do so manually for each shipment. Or use one of ShippingEasy's automated options to assign weights.

How to: Enter package weight while shipping

Typing in package weight manually works well if you are using the READY TO SHIP page to purchase postage.

  1. From the blue navigation bar, hover over SHIPMENTS and select READY TO SHIP.
  2. Select the shipment you want to purchase postage for. Learn how to find a shipment.
  3. Enter the weight in the Weight field. Then select Update to retrieve a rate quote.
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How to: Automatically assign weight to shipments

Use the Product Catalog, Shipping Rules, or integrate your USB scale to assign weights to your orders.

Product Catalog:

When order line items contain SKUs, ShippingEasy's Product Catalog can help. The Product Catalog gives you the most control over the weights assigned to your products. Just add your products to the catalog and enter weights. Then ShippingEasy will match the Product Catalog to order SKUs and automatically calculate order weight. Learn how to set up your Product Catalog.

Shipping Rules:

If there is a "0" weight assigned to your orders in store, then the "estimated weight" rule is a great option. This will assign weights based on your Shipment History. Learn more about the estimated order weight rule.

USB Scale:

Operations that rely on USB scales can connect their hardware with ShippingEasy. This helps your team quickly enter the most accurate parcel weight for every shipment. Learn how to integrate a USB scale with ShippingEasy.

 

Dimensions:

Dimensions are needed if you are sending the shipment in a custom box or envelope. Most carriers are offering dimensional rates these days, so entering dimensions also ensures an accurate rate quote. Learn how package dimensions affect rates.

In some cases, ShippingEasy subscribers can access cheaper USPS rates on small, but heavy packages. Learn about special dimensional rates through ShippingEasy.

You can either manually assign dimensions to each shipment or use one of ShippingEasy's automated options to assign dimensions.

How to: Enter package dimensions while shipping

Typing in package dimensions manually works well if you are using the READY TO SHIP page to purchase postage.

  1. From the blue navigation bar, hover over SHIPMENTS and select READY TO SHIP.
  2. Select the shipment you want to purchase postage for. Learn how to find a shipment.
  3. Enter the length, width, and height measurements in the Dimensions field. Then select Update to retrieve a rate quote.
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How to: Automatically assign package dimensions to shipments

Save your custom packages and find versatile ways to apply dimensions with Shipping Presets or Shipping Rules. Or use the Product Catalog to assign dimensions to your orders.

Save Custom Packaging:

The PACKAGE SETUP page is a database for your frequently used packages. Enter the dimensions, give them a name, and find them in the Packaging menu next time you go to ship on the READY TO SHIP page. Learn how to save a custom package.

Shipping Presets:

Once you have saved your custom packages, you can combine these with a carrier and service to form a Shipping Preset. This makes it faster to make carrier selections and purchase postage. Learn more about Shipping Presets.

Shipping Rules:

Using your Shipping Presets and simple If-Then logic, you can set up Shipping Rules that automatically assign carrier services and packaging to your orders. Merchants find that Shipping Rules are a game changer for shipping efficiency. Learn how to assign packaging with Shipping Rules.

Product Catalog:

When orders contain a single Product SKU, the Product Catalog can help assign shipment dimensions. Each Product SKU can be assigned dimensions. Then ShippingEasy will match the Product Catalog to order SKUs and automatically update the package dimensions. Learn how to set up your Product Catalog.


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