Automatic Rate Shop
In addition to standard carrier shipping methods, Teapplix offers custom "SmartMethod™", that you can define on your own. These shipping methods will rate shop among several candidates given a particular order and origination address, and pick the cheapest one.
For example, you may design a smart method with 2 choices: a priority mail, and a priority mail flat rate medium box.
For any order selecting this smart method, Teapplix will first check that any specified dimensions will fit inside the medium box (which should be 11 1/4" x 8 3/4" x 6"). If so, Teapplix will run rate quotes between the chosen methods, and pick the method that provide the cheapest rate automatically when you print.
A second example is for people that pick among different UPS shipping methods by weight, for example:
- < 1lb: UPS Mail Innoavations Under 1lb
- otherwise: UPS Ground
UPS Ground and Express can only be included in a SmartMethod with other UPS methods, but not with non-UPS methods.
However, UPS mail innovation can be included in any smart method, not only ones that are "UPS exclusive"
Smart Methods are created under Setup => Rate Shop (used to be SmartMethods)
Once you create such methods, you will see the choice in open orders drop down, as well as remember weight.
Printing label is the same by hitting the "SmartMethod" button. "rate" link will display the rate choices.
Note that Smart Methods currently are only supported via our API (PDF) based solutions. We do not support SmartMethods for DaZzle and UPS WorldShip integration.