Single flat rate

To help offset the shipping costs that dropshipping suppliers charge, you can charge your customers a flat rate for any order they place, regardless of quantity. This helps keep the shipping settings simple, and provides a marketing message you can share with customers (for example, "$2 shipping on any order!").

Create a single flat-rate shipping strategy

Before you add a flat rate to your Shopify shipping settings, there are a number of things to consider. Review the following to create a single flat-rate shipping strategy that works for you.

Know how much it costs to send products to your customers

See Check the shipping costs you pay your supplier.

For a single flat-rate shipping strategy, it is helpful to know the average shipping cost you supplier charges you for any given order. For example, if you have one product that costs you $10 in shipping and another that costs $2, then a $6 rate rate for shipping might be appropriate.

Another consideration is the frequency that each product is ordered. Continuing from the previous example, if you predict that the product that costs $2 to ship is ordered more frequently, then you might want to create a $4 shipping rate instead to more accurately reflect your overall shipping costs and help with checkout conversion rates.

Decide where to offer a single flat shipping rate

Choose the countries or shipping regions where you want to offer a single flat shipping rate based on how much it costs to send products to each country. If you need to change the regions you ship to, then see Shipping zones.

Reevaluate your product prices

Although a single flat shipping rate helps offset your own shipping costs, it can deter customers at checkout. Keeping the rate as low as possible can help maintain high checkout conversion rates.

A strategy to keep the flat rate low is to add part or all of the supplier's shipping cost into the product. For example, if you find your average shipping cost is $6 but you want to offer a $3 flat shipping rate, then you can add $3 to your products' price. Keep in mind that if you adjust the product price, then shipping rates in other zones should also be adjusted. This strategy provides shipping prices that are lower at checkout, and helps your customers see more accurately how much the product costs to get to them upfront.

It can be hard to find the right balance between higher product prices and lower shipping costs. Testing different amounts and gathering feedback from customers can help you find out what works best for your store.

If you want to have the shipping rate increase by a certain amount based on the number of products ordered, then you should look into other shipping strategies such as Tiered flat rates or Per-item shipping rates.

Decide if you want to store some products yourself

Another strategy to maintain your profit margins on orders with many products from different suppliers with products from many different suppliers is to bulk order products to your own location so that you have inventory available. When a customer orders products from different suppliers, you can then package and ship out the products yourself because you have some on hand.

The benefits of this method are that you can control the branding for the package you send out, the customer receives all their items at once, and you only need to pay for one shipping rate.

Create a single flat shipping rate

After you decide which shipping zones should have a flat rate shipping strategy, you need to add a flat rate to those zones. For instructions on how to add a flat shipping rate, see Manual rates and set the Minimum order price to be $0 or the Minimum order weight to be 0.

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