Shipium Carrier Selection: Adding a Carrier Service Method

Overview

Once you have added a shipping carrier, the next step is to set up one or more Carrier Service Methods. Broadly, setting up a carrier service method means two steps:

  1. Setting up basic information about the new service method.
  2. Populating the new service method's rate table and any surcharge modifiers that you have negotiated with the carrier

Adding Your First Service Method

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Adding Your First Service Method

If you are adding the first service method for this carrier account, you will find the Add Service Method button at the bottom of the carrier account details.
Click on it to start the process of adding your new Service Method.

Adding Additional Service Methods

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Adding A Subsequent Service Method

If you have previously added one or more service methods for this carrier account, you will find the Add Service Method link on the right side of the screen, just below the carrier account details.
Click on it to start the process of adding your new Service Method.

Entering New Service Method Details

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New Service Method Details Dialog

Clicking Add Service Method will bring up the above dialog and ask for a few basic pieces of information about the new service method. Let's go through each of them briefly.

Service Method Data

Description

Service Method

Select the service method from the dropdown. This will be different and based on the carrier to which you are adding a new service method.

Active

This defines whether the new service method should be considered for use in carrier selection.

You may want to start with new service methods set to Inactive until you have populated their rate table.

Test Mode

If Test Mode is set to True, then you will be getting production labels. If it is set to False, you will get test labels that do not charge your organization money and are not valid for shipping.

While onboarding a new carrier service method, you may wish to start with TestMode set to True while you validate label printing.

Destination Type

You should almost certainly leave this set to Carrier Default. If you have a reason to only want this service method to apply to Residential or Commercial addresses, you can select one of those – but you probably don't.

Name

By default, this will be the same as the name of the service method, but it can be changed if you have reason to do so.

Once that information is completed, you can click Submit and your new service method will be ready for use as soon as you add a rate table.


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