Description

MarketShip is a robust and flexible shipping solution for marketplaces built with Dokan, WC Vendors, and WCFM Marketplace.  Whether you want to replace your marketplace’s built in shipping system with one that’s easier to use or simply enable vendors to print shipping labels from the vendor dashboard, MarketShip has everything you need to set up a functional and efficient shipping system for your marketplace.

Features

Purchase and Print Shipping Labels

When MarketShip’s Label Printing feature is enabled vendors can create or connect a Shippo account to purchase and print shipping labels directly from the vendor dashboard.  The whole process is done through a simple, streamlined modal window which integrates cleanly into the surrounding interface.

Printing a shipping label with MarketShip

Vendors can either take advantage of the discounted shipping rates provided through one of Shippo’s master carrier accounts or connect their own carrier accounts to Shippo to leverage their negotiated rates.  Best of all, Shippo handles all billing and support directly so you never have to bill your vendors for postage.

Shipment Tracking

When a vendor prints a shipping label with MarketShip, the tracking number displays on the order screen and it is also included in the email sent to the customer when the order is marked as “Completed.”

Shipping Calculations

If you want to offer more than the ability to purchase shipping labels you can optionally enable MarketShip’s Shipping Calculations feature.  The Shipping Calculations feature enables three new shipping methods for your vendors, including:

Live Rates – Real Time Shipping Rate Calculation

The Live Rates method allows vendors to provide their customers with real time shipping quotes from any of Shippo’s carrier partners, including USPS, FedEx, UPS, and more.  By default vendors must connect their own Shippo account to utilize Live Rates, but you can enable the Use Admin Account for Calculations feature to use your own Shippo account for Live Rates calculations instead.  This is a great option if you want to provide a way for vendors to offer live shipping rates while keeping the number of vendor onboarding steps to a minimum.

Flat Rate

MarketShip’s Flat Rate shipping method allows vendors to set flat shipping rates for entire continents, countries, and states.

Free Shipping

The Free Shipping method is a dead simple shipping method that allows vendors to ship their products for free.

Please note that these shipping methods will be offered in addition to any shipping methods that are part of your marketplace’s native shipping system.  You can easily control which shipping methods are available to vendors from the MarketShip settings page:

NEW!  Per-Product Shipping

Starting with MarketShip 2.0 you can optionally enable Per-Product Shipping to allow vendors to assign a different shipping method to each of their products.  This provides vendors with more granular control over how their products are shipped at the expense of some added complexity.

NEW!  WCFM Integration

MarketShip is fully compatible with WCFM Frontend Manager and WCFM Marketplace and integrates cleanly into the WCFM dashboard.

Table Rate Shipping Integration

If your marketplace is running our Table Rate Shipping plugin, Table Rate Shipping will appear as another shipping option for your vendors.

Q&A

Which marketplace plugins are supported?

MarketShip supports Dokan 2.6.0+, WC Vendors 2.0.0+, and WCFM Marketplace 3.4.0+.

What is the cost of Shippo?

Shippo’s Pay as You Go plan is free with an additional cost of $0.05 per label printed.  Plans with no per label fee are available for vendors with higher shipping volumes.

For more information, please consult Shippo’s pricing page.

Do I need a Shippo account?

In most cases the marketplace does not need a Shippo account.  You will only need a Shippo account if you plan to enable Shipping Calculations and toggle on the Use Admin Account for Calculations feature.  The vendor’s Shippo account will always be used for purchasing shipping labels and will also be used to retrieve shipping rates when Use Admin Account for Calculations is disabled.

My vendors already have shipping set up. What will happen if I activate MarketShip?

To the extent possible MarketShip will honor your vendors’ existing shipping settings. For example, if one of your vendors is using the Dokan Shipping Zones system to calculate shipping for their products when MarketShip is activated, MarketShip will try to use Dokan Shipping Zones to calculate shipping for all of their products.

In general the migration from your marketplace’s native shipping system to MarketShip should be pretty smooth, although we always recommend exercising caution and testing MarketShip in a test or staging environment first before deploying it to your production site.

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