Assign Carrier Service to Shipments based on Products - Shipping Rules | Guide

There are many times when you need to use a specify carrier service due to the product that you're shipping. Perhaps you offer free shipping for certain items and you want to select a less costly method. Maybe some of your inventory is perishable and you need to be sure to use an expedited service. In situations like these, you can use Shipping Rules to automatically assign a Saved Carrier Selection based on which products your orders contain.

Before you create this Shipping Rule, you'll need to make sure that you have the following settings setup:

In this example, we sell food, including fresh baked cookies. We have a variety of cookies, each with a different SKU. We've added each SKU to our Product Catalog and created a Product Category, "Cookies", to group them together. Since we want our customers to receive them at peak freshness, we need to use our "Expedited" Saved Carrier Selection.

Use this rule as a launching point to customize the IF conditions based on your specific products and store configuration:


  2. Click the blue Add New button.
  3. In the field Rule Name, enter a name that describes this rule, such as "Perishable - Expedited Shipping".
  4. Set the "IF" condition to the variable(s) that define when a specific Order Category should be applied to an order.

    Remember, we use Product Categories to classify our cookies.

    Product category | Is equal to | Cookies

  5. Set the "THEN" action to apply the Saved Carrier Selection that fits the conditions.

    Remember, we need to ship these fast, using our "Expedited" Saved Carrier Selection.

    Set saved carrier selection | Expedited

    TIP: you can also categorize these with Order Categories to make it easy to filter for them on the ORDERS page. Learn more.
  6. By default, your rule will be applied to orders on the ORDERS page. If you'd like to automatically create a shipment for these orders and their packing slips, you can select to do so.
  7. Save your new rule and you're done!

As ShippingEasy receives new orders, it will automatically assign the Saved Carrier Selection that you specified to any orders that contain products assigned to the Product Category you created.


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