InterFulfillment RateShop Overview
RateShop is an exciting feature that once enabled allows the system to shop rates from your preferred carriers in order to find the most cost-effective way to ship your orders.
But don't worry, you can still specify any specific shipping carrier or service you would like for a specific order even with RateShop enabled.
That is the beauty of the RateShop feature. Maximum savings with all the same shipping flexibility you want.
Enabling RateShop for Your Orders
To enable the RateShop feature for your account, simply reach out to email@example.com with your request. We will consult with you and advise you on the best possible carrier and service options that suit your business model.
Once this is done, RateShop will be activated and you will enjoy the full savings and efficiency this feature offers InterFulfillment customers on a daily basis.
Using RateShop for Manual Order Uploads Once it is Enabled
Once RateShop is enabled, you may be wondering how you can actually use it when uploading orders to the InterFulfillment system and how the system knows when to apply RateShop services to the order and when to ship with your exact shipping service choice.
The answer is simple. When you would like to ship via RateShop, leave the 'ShipCarrier' and 'ShipService' columns blank on the order import document and our system will do the rest.
A blank 'ShipCarrier' and 'ShipService' indicates you would like the system to choose from your RateShop shipping services. All orders uploaded into the system with these two fields blank will automatically be classified as a RateShop order.
If you would like a specific carrier and shipping service for a specific order, simply enter them into the 'ShipCarrier' and 'ShipService' columns on the order upload spreadsheet.
On a single order import template, you can both leave 'ShipCarrier' and 'ShipService' blank (RateShop) for certain orders and on the same file indicate 'ShipCarrier' and 'ShipService' (specific shipping services).
You can review and obtain 'ShipCarrier' and 'ShipService' for each of your shipping options here: InterFulfillment Carrier and Service Codes
Using RateShop for Pre-Wired Connections Once it is Enabled
If you have a pre-wired connection and would like to use the RateShop feature on certain shipping options all you need to do is send in a request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your account must have RateShop enabled.
It is important to specify which pre-wired connection you would like to set up RateShop for and the exact text string that will be transmitted to our system.
For this example, we will look at a request to set up RateShop on orders being transmitted from a Shopify store to our system with the text 'Standard Shipping to Canada' in the shipping field.
Our support team will set up a shipping method mapping which ensures that whenever an order enters our system with that specific string of text (Standard Shipping to Canada) we will process and ship the order using the RateShop feature.
You can learn more about implementing Ship Method Mapping for all your pre-wired connections here: Implementing 'Ship Method Mappings' for Pre-Wired Connections