How to set up Yakit rates in your Shopify store
First, here are some instructions on setting up Yakit rates in your Shopify store :
a. For Yakit to provide real-time rates in your shopping cart to your international customers, you will need to add "Carrier-calculated shipping" to your Shopify plan. This is included free of charge with the Advanced Plan but also available for the Basic and Standard plans for an additional $20/month. You can contact Shopify via chat to have this feature added to your account.
b. Please make sure that all your products have a valid weight associated with it. Our recommendation is for you to set up weights for all your products in Shopify with the dimensional weight (rather than the 'scale' weight), so that you quote your customer based on the box or polybag that your item will ship in. You can get a dimensional weight of a product by multiplying the L x W x H (in inches) of the packaging that it will ship in, and dividing that by 136. That will give you the dimensional weight of that product (in lbs).
c. Once you've confirmed that you have Carrier-calculated shipping , verified your product weights, and are ready to set up your international shipping zone, go to Shopify -> Settings -> Shipping. If you do not have an international shipping zone yet, go ahead and create one, by clicking "Add shipping zone". From there, you can name your international shipping zone, add countries (we recommend selecting "Rest of world"), add a Calculated Rate, and select Yakit as the carrier for that Calculated rate. Once you are finished, hit Save, to save your international shipping zone.
d. To test it out, simply go to your store, add a product or two to your cart and check out. For the shipping address, you can use any international address (ex. Canada, Australia, UK, etc). Then, when you hit "Continue to shipping method", under Shipping Methods, you should see Yakit rates!
Note : All Yakit shipments require the recipient's telephone number. We recommend that you make the Phone Number field mandatory at checkout, in your Shopify store. To do this, go to Settings -> Checkout, and under Form Options, mark the "Shipping address phone number" section as 'Required'.
2. Next, to access your Yakit settings, simply go to Shopify -> Apps, and click on the Yakit app. This will take you to the Yakit Shipping dashboard.
a. Under Preferences, you can upload your user signature file, set your printing preferences and printer type, and also, register your payment method. This will be your default payment method when completing shipments from Yakit.
b. Under Channels, you can set your default weight and dimensions. These are the dimensions that your shipments will be pulled with. Please make sure to update the dimensions to the actual dimensions before you print your shipping labels.
"Mark fulfilled" means, when you dispatch a shipment from Yakit, the order will automatically be marked as Fulfilled, in your Shopify, which typically triggers a shipment confirmation email to your customer, containing the Yakit tracking link for their shipment. It is recommended that you enable this option.
"Carrier Services" means, that (when enabled), real-time Yakit rates will be shown to your international customers when they check out from your store. As a reminder, you will need to have Shopify's "Carrier-Calculated Shipping" add-on with your Shopify plan, in order get the real time rates. It is recommended that you enable this option.
"Free/Flat Shipping" is where you can add shipping markups (or markdowns). Please make sure that you set these from Yakit (instead of Shopify). You can set your markups / markdowns by service / country. You can also set Free Shipping thresholds here (this can really help boost conversions).. Feel free to read more information about these settings here.
"More Settings" is where you can control the name of the Shipping services that the customer sees in their shopping cart. You can also enable/disable services here. For example, if you wish to disable Domestic services, you can de-select the domestic options from this More Settings window.
As always, our friendly Support team is accessible 24x7 online by clicking on the Y-Chat button on the bottom right. We are here to help you get set up as easily as possible.