Instant rate is a feature within ShippingEasy that makes getting shipping prices quick and effortless and allows one-click purchasing to get your labels as quickly as possible. This guide will explain how to get the most out of this convenient feature.
What is Instant Rate?
Instant rate automatically assigns a carrier, service, and packaging option on the orders page to orders that meet the requirements of having a verified address and weight for the order. An eligible order will have a recommendation applied to it based on the weight. It then displays the cost and recommended service to the left of the order:
Instant Rate recommendations will always use USPS as the carrier and service based on the order weight. It is important to remember that if you are missing weights for any of your products, the recommended service might not be accurate. Instant Rate depends on your product weights being accurate.
If you have shipping rules in place, or a default preset that applies to all your orders, that will take precedence over an instant rate suggestion. This feature will only offer suggestions for orders that have no other preset applied to them in any way.
Click Buy Label if you are happy with the recommended service.
To view all orders with a recommended rate
Filtering your orders on the ORDERS page allows you to quickly view and group unshipped orders by specific criteria.
Click on "More Filters" in the filter toolbar above the orders.
Expand the Rate Quote filter and select "With a rate quote- recommendation".
Select the box to the left of the orders you are ready to ship and click the Buy Labels button at the top of the ORDERS page. This button will be highlighted with a running count of the number of labels selected along with the sum total postage required to purchase labels for the selected orders.
No recommended rate quote listed
If the order is missing a requirement necessary for a quote, such as the weight, instead of a rate to the left of the order, you will see a yellow caution sign. Simply click it to resolve the issue and get a quote.
If you want to adjust the suggested carrier, service, and packaging to another preset, you can select a new one by opening the drop-down to the right of the shipping selection
This list is populated with shipping presets. We have the most common combinations already created, but you can also make your own to add to this list. See our guide on Shipping Presets for information on how to do that.