Shopify Distance Based Shipping Rates App

Distance Based Shipping Rates

for Shopify


This shipping calculator is a Distance x Rate calculator for Shopify merchants.  If you are looking for an app to retrieve your negotiated carrier rates real-time, look over our complete list of apps for Shopify merchants.  We have a wide selection of apps available for LTL freight and parcel carriers.


Using a shipping calculator to present shipping rates to your online shoppers is an excellent alternative when shipping costs aren’t available from your transportation providers in real-time. This app retrieves the distance between your shipping origins and your customer and applies a rate per unit of distance (mile or kilometer) to calculate the shipping rate estimate. Online merchants who use the following modes of transportation to ship or price online orders will find this plugin indispensable:

  • Same day delivery services.
  • Local delivery services.
  • Courier services.
  • Self-delivery service.
  • Truckload (Full Truckload) service.
  • Partial truckload service.
  • Refrigerated truckload service.
  • Flatbed truckload service.
  • Intermodal freight.
  • International air freight.
  • Ocean freight.
  • White-glove delivery service.
  • Time-critical freight.
  • Any type of transportation you want to be estimated with a distance x rate calculation.

Common Features Available On All Plans

All plans have the same common feature set. The plans differ only by the number of transactions provided.

Calculated shipping rates returned to the Shipping Methods page based on the distance between the ship-from and ship-to address and your specified rate per unit of measure (Kilometer or Mile).

Supported origins: Anywhere in the world with a valid street address recognized by the Google Cloud Platform.

Supported destinations: Anywhere in the world with a valid street address recognized by the Google Cloud Platform.

Distance determined by “Route” or “Straight Line”. Route distance is available only if the origin and destination addresseses can be serviced by an over-the-road transportation method recognized by the Google Cloud Platform.

Create one or more calculated shipping method and name each one according to your needs.

Create different rates for commercial and residential addresses.

Identify a minimum and/or maximum rate for each calculated shipping method.

Specify a weight range for each calculated shipping method. The app will only return the calculated shipping rate if the total weight of the cart falls within this range.

Free Trial Free

Up to 50 transactions for the initial monthly billing period.

Automatically renews to the selected auto-renew plan when the current billing period ends or the number of transactions is fully depleted, which ever occurs first.

Starter $5.00/mo.

Up to 100 transactions per monthly billing cycle.

If all 100 transactions are used, the effective rate is 5¢ per transaction. Transactions exceeding 100 are billed at 5¢ each if the Usage Charges setting is enabled (see the documentation)

Bronze $10.00/mo.

Up to 250 transactions per monthly billing cycle.

If all 250 transactions are used, the effective rate is 4¢ per transaction. Transactions exceeding 250 are billed at 4¢ each if the Usage Charges setting is enabled (see the documentation)

Silver $30.00/mo.

Up to 1,000 transactions per monthly billing cycle.

If all 1,000 transactions are used, the effective rate is 3¢ per transaction. Transactions exceeding 1,000 are billed at 3¢ each if the Usage Charges setting is enabled (see the documentation)

Gold $60.00/mo.

Up to 3,000 transactions per monthly billing cycle.

If all 3,000 transactions are used, the effective rate is 2¢ per transaction. Transactions exceeding 3,000 are billed at 2¢ each if the Usage Charges setting is enabled (see the documentation)

Platnum $100.00/mo.

Up to 10,000 transactions per monthly billing cycle.

If all 10,000 transactions are used, the effective rate is 1¢ per transaction. Transactions exceeding 10,000 are billed at 1¢ each if the Usage Charges setting is enabled (see the documentation)

Current version: 1.0

Requirements

A Shopify account with the Real-Time Carrier Shipping feature enabled. The feature is standard on the Advanced Shopify subscription package. It can be added to other packages by contacting Shopify customer service. Learn more.

FAQ’S

Why should I use a distance-based shipping rate calculator?

In ideal circumstances, during checkout you want your store to retrieve accurate real-time shipping quotes from your shipping provider. However, this isn’t always possible. Some types of transportation don’t use a readily available schedule of rates. Some transportation providers may have a schedule of rates, but don’t have the technology in place to make them available through a web service or application programming interface (API). Regardless of the circumstances, when you can’t retrieve accurate real-time shipping quotes using a distance-based shipping rate calculator is an excellent alternative.

What happens if all the transactions included in my plan are used up before the start of the next the billing cycle?

Unless you have the Usage Charges setting enabled, the app will stop functioning for the remainder of the monthly billing cycle. To ensure continuous operation, navigate to the Settings tab in the app’s settings and enable the Usage Charges setting. Usage charges are only incurred when this setting is enabled and you have depleted all of the transactions included in your monthly subscription.

What constitues a transaction?

A transaction occurs each time Shopify asks the app for a shipping rate and the app queries the distance between the addresses from the Google Cloud Platform. If a constraint, such as the Minimum Weight setting, stipulates that the app should not return a shipping rate then an inquiry is not sent to the Google Cloud Platform and a transaction isn’t charged. Shopify will ask the app for a shipping rate when the app is present in a Shopify Shipping Profile that is in use due to the contents of the shopping cart. A shopping cart will consume more than one transaction (shipping rate requests) when Shopify identifies that more than one shipping location is required for the order.

Are the rates returned by this app actual shipping rates?

No. The rates returned by this app are based on the distance between two points (route or straight line) and a rate per unit of measure (kilometers or miles) that you specify. If you use the app, more than likely you are doing so to approximate the cost of shipping an order using a transportation method or transportation provider for which real-time quotes are not available via a web service or application programming interface (API).

What is the difference between “route” and “straight line” distance?

“Route” distance is the driving distance between two points. It takes into account the roads that are available for the transport of the order or service. It is a good choice for truckload (a.k.a. full truckload) service, local delivery service, courier service, and other services that use established roads recognized by the Google Cloud Platform. “Straight line” distance, sometimes referred to as “As the crow flies”, is the distance between two points measured as a straight line. It is a good choice for air freight, ocean freight, and other services whose route is not confined to established roads recognized by the Google Cloud Platform.

Do I need an account with a shipping company to use this app?

No, you do not need an account with a shipping company to use this app.

User’s Guide

Setting up the application to display distance-based calculated shipping rates consists of the following steps:

1. Install the application from the Shopify App Store.

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Log in to Shopify with the Store Owner credentials. You must be logged into Shopify as the Store Owner to perform this step because only the Store Owner can accept the charges associated with the app and authorize the permissions that are required by the app to function properly.

Click on Apps in the navigation menu that appears on the left of the screen.

Click on the Explore apps button that appears above the top right hand corner of the list of installed apps.

You’ll be redirected to the Shopify App Store. Using the search field, search for “Distanced Based Shipping Rates” or “eniture”.

Locate the Distance Based Shipping Rates app in the search results and click on it.

On the app’s listing page, click on the Add app button to initiate Shopify’s installation wizard.

Follow the prompts in the wizard until the installation process is complete.

2. Prepare Shopify to use the application

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You must have the Third-party calculated shipping rates feature on your Shopify plan to have shipping quotes from the Distanced Based Shipping Rates app displayed in the checkout process. It is standard on the Shopify Advanced plan and can be added to other Shopify plans by contacting Shopify Customer Service. (Learn more)

Navigate to the Settings>Shipping page. Click on the Manage rates link for the General shipping rates in the Rates at checkout section.

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In the General shipping profile, locate the shipping origin from which you want the app to provide quotes.