Carrier Selection Rules

Configure your organization's delivery zone rules.

About carrier selection rules

Carrier selection rules enable your organization to configure delivery zone rules to specify a specific set of one or more carriers to cover a delivery zone as well as establish package and tag criteria for those deliveries.

You can add new and modify existing rules within your network, including changing the priority order for your rules. The priority order determines the rules that are being followed. For example, if you have a postal code included in two rules, one in the priority 1 position and the other in the priority 3 position, Shipium will select rule 1 because its priority is first. You also can set rules to be active or inactive.

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Tenants are optional for your workflow

If your organization doesn't include tenants in your network, you won't see tenants in your Carrier Selection rules workflow and you can disregard information about tenants in this documentation.

Set up and enable carrier selection rules

To enable carrier selection rules for your network, you'll first need to configure the rules in the Shipium Console.

After logging into the console, you'll select Carrier Selection and then Carrier Selection Rules from the lefthand navigation menu.

To add a new rule, you'll need to select the Add Rule button, as shown in the following screenshot. Any existing rules will appear in the Active Rules or Inactive Rules tab, depending on their active/inactive status.

Once you select Add Rule, you'll be directed to the Carrier Selection rules screen, where you'll be asked to provide the Carrier Selection Rule Details, Selection Criteria, and Carrier Criteria.

Within Carrier Selection Rule Details, you'll provide a unique Name for your rule as well as an optional Description.

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To add a rule, you must enable at least one Selection criterion

When adding a Carrier Selection rule, you must have at least one criterion in the Selection Criteria in order to create the rule successfully.

Within Selection Criteria, you'll provide information for Tenants, Destination Matching, Package Matching, and Tag Matching. If your organization doesn't use tenants, you can disregard instructions regarding tenants; they will not be part of your workflow for creating a Carrier Selection rule.

For Tenants, you can opt to apply to All Tenants or Specified Tenants. If you select Specified Tenants, you'll need to choose the tenants for which you wish to apply the new rule from the dropdown menu below Tenants.

For Destination Matching, you'll provide your Destination Criteria, whether applicable to all of your network destinations or to specified countries and postal codes. If you opt to specify countries, you'll need to select the checkbox next to Use Countries. You have the option to include or not include countries matching the country you select from the dropdown menu. Similarly, if you opt to specify postal codes, you'll need to select the checkbox next to Use Postal Codes. You have the option to include or not include the postal code(s) matching the postal code(s) you enter.

Alternatively to populating the postal codes field with individual postal codes, you can download a spreadsheet to complete with your applicable postal codes and upload into the console.

For Package Matching, you'll select your Package Criteria for your Carrier Selection rule. You may choose All packages are eligible, regardless of size and weight or Specify required package criteria. If you select Specify required package criteria, you'll need to provide a weight in ounces, pounds, grams, or kilograms as well as a qualifier for how the rule should treat your package weight (i.e., Greater Than or Equal To, Equals).

For PO Box Matching, you'll select the desired PO Box Criteria for your Carrier Selection rule. You can choose All shipments are eligible, regardless if the shipment is for a PO Box to keep the default setting of not considering PO Boxes. You also have the option to include or not include shipments destined for a PO Box.

For Tag Matching, you'll select your Tag Criteria for your Carrier Selection rule. You have three choices: to not use tags and include all shipments, to only include shipments matching the tag(s) you specify, and to not include shipments matching the tag(s) you specify. In the Shipium platform, shipment tags are decorated on shipments at request time. They are string keys that allow your organization to categorize types of shipments.

If you choose to apply tags, you'll need to add the tag(s) in the field, as shown in the following screenshot.

Within Carrier Criteria, you'll provide your Carrier Service Method Criteria. For Eligible Carriers & Methods, you can choose to either include or exclude certain carriers and methods. Then you can select which carriers and methods to apply to your rule from the dropdown menu. The menu provides the option of selecting a carrier and all its associated delivery methods or selecting specific methods by carrier. You can select as many carriers and methods as are eligible within your network.

The last step to save your Carrier Selection rule is to select the Save button at the bottom of the screen and then select the Back button to return to your Carrier Selection Rules screen.

You'll receive a system message notifying you that your rule was created successfully.

Once you've created your Carrier Selection rule, it will appear as the last rule in priority order on your Carrier Selection Rules screen. The rule's status automatically will be set to not enabled. To enable your new rule, you'll need to toggle the Enabled button from NO to YES.

To change the priority order of your rule, you'll use the up and down arrows to the right of the rule once enabled. The priority order determines the order in which the rules will be followed.

Manage carrier selection rules

To manage your Carrier Selection rules, you'll need to select Carrier Selection and then Carrier Selection Rules from the main lefthand navigation menu.

To edit a Carrier Selection rule, you'll select the Edit icon to the right of the rule's title and description, next to the Enable toggle. Selecting the Edit icon takes you to the Carrier Selection Rule Details screen for that particular rule.

To change a rule's status from active to inactive, you'll select the Delete icon to the right of the rule's title and description, next to the up and down arrows for priority ordering.

Selecting the Delete icon causes a popup message asking if you're sure you want to make the rule inactive, as shown in the following screenshot.

Once you select the OK button, your rule will appear in the Inactive Rules tab. Within Inactive Rules, you can edit the rule or change its status back to Active.

To change a rule's status from inactive to active, you'll select the Circle Arrow icon to the right of the rule's title and description, next to the Edit icon.

Selecting the Circle Arrow icon causes a popup message asking if you're sure you want to make the rule active, as shown in the following screenshot.

Once you select the OK button, your rule will appear in the Active Rules tab. Just as when you first created the rule, its default status in the Active Rules tab will be not enabled and in the lowest priority order.

To search your organization's Carrier Selection Rules, you can use the search tool at the top of the Carrier Selection Rules screen. You can opt to search all your network records (a global search) or you can limit the search by tenant - if your organization uses tenants in your network.

Resources

Your Shipium team member is available to help along the way. However, you might find these resources helpful: