Multi Vendor Magento 2 - Shipping Methods Configuration (Admin Panel)


Shipping Methods Configuration

Before you proceed, make sure that you have completed the Shipping Settings to establish the point of origin for your store, and your preference for handling orders shipped to multiple addresses.

For that, please navigate to  Stores → Configuration, and then SALES → Shipping Settings.

Next step is to configure your  Shipping Methods according to Rates, Checkout page and Carriers.

Checkout Page

When the customer reaches the checkout page, while choosing Shipping Method, he or she will see the shipping costs according to  Supplier Marketplace and MultiShipping settings.

Supplier Marketplace method allows the customer to choose among rates options, and the information about suppliers and their products kept hidden.

MultiShipping method allows the customer to choose shipping costs defined by each supplier, as show in the image below.

Supplier Marketplace

The image bellow is a snapshot of the configuration options available for the standard shipping method for Magento.

The Supplier Marketplace method also contains additional fields such as:  

Shipping Cost For Non-Supplier Products {Number value}
Customers can order products from different suppliers, or order products which weren’t created by the supplier but by the store admin. If any non-supplier products are ordered, this is the cost that will be added to the total shipping price.
Default Supplier Shipping Cost
{Number value} It's the supplier’s responsibility to set the shipping price for each order made on their supplier account.
However, if the supplier fails to set a shipping price, the default set for this option will be added to the shipping total for his products.
Minimum Cost For Supplier Shipping {Number value} The minimum price of the total shipping costs.

MultiShipping

The MultiShipping method allows customers to have their order grouped by vendor, therefore having different shipment information.

Carriers

If you have a commercial account with a supported carrier, you can offer your customers the convenience of choosing that carrier during checkout. 

After completing shipping settings to establish the point of origin for your store, complete the configuration for each carrier service that you want to offer. The rates are automatically downloaded, so you do not need to look up the information.

The configuration options vary for each carrier. However, all require that you first open a shipping account with the carrier, and enter your account number or user ID, and the gateway URL to their system into the configuration of your store.

Remember that the carriers settings can be defined by the admin only, not being customized per supplier. Therefore, suppliers can only customize their shipping methods and rates, not the carrier.


Defining Shipping Methods per Supplier

Besides the general configuration, the admin can also define specific shipping methods per supplier.

Navigate to Suppliers → Manage Suppliers, from the suppliers listed click on "Edit" on the right of the chosen supplier's column.

From the menu on the left choose Shipping Costs.

On the next screen, the admin will be free to enable and set the details for each rate:

  • Flat rate is a fixed, predefined charge that can be applied to each item or shipment.
  • Table rate shipping lets you set up a table to calculate shipping rates for a combination of conditions. It can be based on Weight v. Destination, Price v. Destination or # of Items v. Destination.
  • Free shipping is self explanatory. The shipping costs are covered by the supplier or are included in the price.


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