Support » Plugin: WooCommerce » Set up USPS Shipping without Box Packing or Label Printing

  • Resolved cschonhaut

    (@cschonhaut)


    I am working on my first WooCommerce website and am having some trouble figuring out how to meet my client’s expectations when it comes to shipping.

    My client has over 1,000 products in his store, and none of them have any measurements or weights set. He does not want to spend the time to enter all this information into the system, he would prefer to just set some flat rates on the products using shipping classes and zones. That’s fine, but where I am getting confused is the label printing/box packing process. My client basically said that he doesn’t need label printing or box packing – he wants to handle all of this manually, outside of WooCommerce, so that he doesn’t have to worry about entering in his product measurements or weights. From what I’ve read online though, using WooCommerce Shipping and Tax will still generate a shipping label and will charge the card on the WordPress account with the shipping charges. The shipping charges won’t be accurate though (or they may not even generate at all) because he won’t have the measurements/weights for the products set.

    Is there a different shipping plugin, or a way around this process that would suit my client’s needs? In summary:

    • We want to ship with USPS
    • We don’t want to have to add any product measurements or weights
    • We want to handle label printing and box packing manually, outside WordPress

    Can anyone help?!

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  • Plugin Support Austin M – a11n

    (@apmwebdev)

    Hi @cschonhaut!

    In summary:

    We want to ship with USPS
    We don’t want to have to add any product measurements or weights
    We want to handle label printing and box packing manually, outside WordPress

    I think there might be some confusion with how WooCommerce shipping (lowercase s) and WooCommerce Shipping and Tax (uppercase S) work.

    WooCommerce Shipping and Tax is a stand-alone plugin that is an extension for WooCommerce. It is designed to work with WooCommerce and USPS for label-printing purposes. You don’t need to use this plugin unless you want label-printing, and, when you do, you only pay for the labels you actually print. This is a manual process, so you wouldn’t be automatically charged for a label whenever a customer ordered something. From what you described of your desired setup, I don’t think you need WooCommerce Shipping and Tax at all.

    In the core WooCommerce plugin, you can set up shipping zones and add shipping methods. There are several built-in shipping methods you can use, including flat rate shipping. It sounds like the core functionality would serve your shipping needs perfectly πŸ™‚

    Our documentation on this is here if you’d like some more information.

    Does that make sense? Let me know if I can clarify anything further!

    Thread Starter cschonhaut

    (@cschonhaut)

    Hi Austin – thank you so much for explaining this, it helps alot!!
    My only follow-up question would be in regards to taxation… how would you recommend that tax gets added to all products if I don’t use WooCommerce Shipping & Tax? Is there a built-in tool for this, or a different plugin you would suggest?

    Thank you!!!

    Plugin Support Austin M – a11n

    (@apmwebdev)

    Hi @cschonhaut! You’re welcome, I’m glad I could answer your shipping questions!

    how would you recommend that tax gets added to all products if I don’t use WooCommerce Shipping & Tax? Is there a built-in tool for this, or a different plugin you would suggest?

    There is built-in tax functionality, yes. You can manually add tax rates that will apply to specific geographic regions, which can be as broad as countries and as specific as individual zip codes. You can also add different tax classes if you want different products to be taxed differently. You can read more about our built-in tax functionality here.

    I misspoke slightly when I said you didn’t need WooCommerce Shipping and Tax. What I should have said was that you don’t need WooCommerce Shipping and Tax for shipping. It still might make sense for you to use just the automated tax calculation part of the plugin (although you certainly don’t need to), and you can do that without ever touching the shipping aspect of the plugin. The advantage of automated taxes is that you don’t need to set the rates yourself, as they are calculated automatically for you. You can read about that here.

    Just a note as you’re looking into the Shipping and Tax automated tax calculation: the plugin assumes you only have one tax nexus, which is defined as being in the state listed in your store address in your WooCommerce general settings (WooCommerce > Settings > General). Sales tax will then only be charged for customers who have a shipping address in that state. No out-of-state purchases will be charged sales tax.

    If you would like to charge automated sales tax for out of state purchases, you’d need to use a more powerful tax plugin that allows you to set multiple nexuses. You can see our other tax plugins here. The ones you’d want to look at here are TaxJar and Avalara, which are free to download, but, unlike WooCommerce Shipping and Tax, require a paid subscription to an external tax service.

    Let me know if you have any further questions!

    Plugin Support 3 Sons Development – a11n

    (@3sonsdevelopment)

    Hi @cschonhaut,

    It’s been a while since we heard from you, so I’m marking this thread resolved. Hopefully, you’ve been able to resolve this, but if you haven’t, please let open up a new topic and we’ll be happy to help out.

    Thanks!

    Thread Starter cschonhaut

    (@cschonhaut)

    Hi Austin ( @apmwebdev ),

    Thanks again for all your guidance. I appreciate it. Luckily we only need the one tax nexus, so that’s good. But I have one follow-up regarding the in-state sales tax. I can’t tell if I’m doing something or if there’s a bug in the plugin. I recorded a quick video to show the issue as it occurs: https://share.vidyard.com/watch/WDaHZoU85FSsERdmv1fZkC?

    Please let me know if you can offer any support.

    Thanks

    Plugin Support Austin M – a11n

    (@apmwebdev)

    Hi @cschonhaut. Thanks for the video showing the issue. That’s definitely not normal and shouldn’t be happening. Are you using the WooCommerce Tax automated tax calculation, or the built-in WooCommerce tax functionality?

    Also, can you post your system status report? You can find that by going to WooCommerce > Status in your dashboard, then clicking “Get system report,” then “Copy for support.”

    Thread Starter cschonhaut

    (@cschonhaut)

    Hi Austin,

    Ok good – glad I’m not crazy. I’m using WooCommerce Tax automated tax calculation.

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    Plugin Support Austin M – a11n

    (@apmwebdev)

    Hi @cschonhaut. I’m sorry, I was actually incorrect before: It is normal and expected for WooCommerce Shipping and Tax to add the tax rates it fetches to your standard tax rates table. This is done for performance reasons. I had something misconfigured on my test site, but I was able to confer with a colleague and confirm the correct behavior.

    While there doesn’t seem to be a way to make the newly added tax rates come in with shipping unchecked, you can instead do this from the shipping side of things. You can set the tax status of your shipping methods as “none” so that they are not taxed, as shown in this screenshot: https://d.pr/i/mYXNcz

    Plugin Support Mike a11n

    (@nixiack8)

    Hi @cschonhaut,

    I hope the workaround for the tax status worked. If not, please let us know.

    I will go ahead and mark this thread as Resolved for now, and if you have further questions about other things please open a new thread.

    Have a super day and stay healthy!

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