5 shipping services for the American market

Photo credit; Robert Neff on Flickr

Photo credit; Robert Neff on Flickr

If you are an American-based company or you have American customers, try these five shipping methods for getting your goods in and around the USA fast and efficiently.

1. USPS Shipping method for WooCommerce or USPS Shipping Method

If your business is based in the US, the United States Postal Service is a reliable way to get your packages shipped within the USA or get them shipped overseas. The USPS Shipping method for WooCommerce will get real-time rates from the USPS API. The plugin works with both domestic (shipping within the US) and international packages (shipping from within the US to abroad).

You can rename the default shipping name to suit your needs. The plugin allows you to ship the following ways.

Domestic

1. Priority Mail
2. Express Mail
3. Standard Post
4. First-Class

International

1. Express Mail International
2. Priority Mail International
3. Global Express Guaranteed
4. First Class Package Service

These extensions require that your store uses US Dollars for its currency and United States, Puerto Rico or the US Virgin Islands as the base country. They primarily works with inches and lbs, but other units can be converted automatically.

2. Fedex shipping method for WooCommerce or FedEx Shipping Method

FedEx is world renowned for their speed and reliability of shipping. The Fedex Shipping method for WooCommerce will get real-time rates from the Fedex API and it works with both domestic and international packages.

You can rename the default shipping name to suit your needs.

The following shipping methods are available:

1. FedEx Europe First International Priority
2. FedEx 1 Day Freight
3. FedEx 2Day
4. FedEx 2Day A.M
5. FedEx 2 Day Freight

3. UPS Shipping method for WooCommerce or UPS Shipping Method

UPS has been around for a long time and this international shipping company is a great way to ship your products to your customers worldwide. The UPS Shipping method for WooCommerce will get real-time rates from the UPS API. The plugin works with both domestic and international packages.

Multiple addresses and warehouses can be used. Rates will then be calculated based on the methods and address.

You can rename the default shipping name to suit your needs.

Domestic

1. Next Day Air Early
2. Next Day Air
3. Next Day Air Saver
4. 2nd Day Air AM
5. 2nd Day Air

4. Role based payment/shipping methods

With the WooCommerce Role Based Methods extension, you can give different groups of people different payment and shipping options. For example, if you want to limit guests to your site to only a few options but give registered users a wider variety of options for payment and shipping, this is the extension for you. It gives site administrators the ability to individually limit available Shipping Methods and Payment Gateways for each user role configured in WordPress.

Additionally, site admins can now customize methods and gateways available to customers checking out as WooCommerce guests. When using custom roles, The WooCommerce Role Based Methods extension makes it easy to taylor shipping methods and payment gateways for customers large and small.

5. Flat Rate Box Shipping

The Flat rate box shipping extension lets you define costs for boxes to different destinations. Items are packed into boxes based on the item’s size and volume. Each size of box has a fixed cost to ship as defined by you per the destination point.

Features:

Create zones for target shipping destinations.
Add multiple box sizes per zone.
Add costs per box, per weight unit, and a percentage of the item costs inside.
Define a cost for un-packable items e.g. items too large to fit in a box.

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