ABF LTL Freight Quotes for WooCommerce
Make sure to read the “Manage Your License” section. You will need this information to upgrade your subscription once your free trial has expired.
- WooCommerce Sign Up
- Download the File
- Install the Plugin
- Activate the Plugin
- How to obtain an ABF Freight API ID
- How to perform Connection Settings
- Quote Settings
- Identify drop ship locations and warehouses
- How to enable the Plugin
- Shipping parameters of products
- What Your Customer Sees
- What you see
- How to Manage Your License
WooCommerce Sign up
Follow the steps given below for WooCommerce Sign Up:
- Go to SHIPROW and click Sign Up button on the top right corner
- Fill all the required fields of Sign Up form, Select WooCommerce from ‘Select platform’ dropdown.
- Click ‘Sign Up’
Download The File
Enter your login credentials that you used to register at Shiprow.com. You will be delivered to the customer dashboard, where you can download the plugin installation file. Remember where you save the plugin as you will need access to it while performing the installation.
This plugin can also be downloaded from www.wordpress.org.
Note: No matter where you have downloaded this plugin, you will have to choose a subscription plan and enter the required information in the registration form.
Install the Plugin
- Use administrative credentials to sign in to the WordPress Dashboard.
- Hover the cursor over the Plugins menu (on the left) to display sub-menu options.
- Click on Add New, and you will be taken to the Plugins page.
- Click on Upload Plugin located at the top of this page (You can also use the search bar to download and install our plugin).
Click on the Choose File button and choose the installation file that you have saved. Then, click Install Now.
Installation progress can be seen at the bottom of the page. Following completion, you will see a Plugin Installed Successfully message.
How to enable or disable a carrier
In the SHIPROW app, locate and click Marketplace from the side menu where you will be able to enable/disable carrier(s) from the given list. Please see the screenshot below:
Activate the Plugin
When the installation is complete, click the Activate Plugin link.
If you close that page but later decide to activate the plugin, you can go to the Plugins Menu and click on the Installed Plugins link.
On the Installed Plugins page, locate and click on the Activate link underneath “ABF LTL Freight Quotes.”
How to obtain an ABF Freight API ID
In order to connect to the Application and receive an approval for rate services, you need an ABF Freight API ID. To obtain an API ID, sign into abf.com. Then, locate and click on the eCommerce tab shown in the top menu.
There should be a section titled ABF API, click on it.
A list titled ABF API Registration will be displayed. At the top of the list, click on the Request link next to Rate Quote.
An email from [email protected] should be sent to you within two working days. Keep an eye on your spam/junk email folder, or go ahead and add this email address to your safe sender’s list. When the email notifies you that your request has been processed, sign in to abf.com, locate and click on eCommerce => ABF API => Rate Quote (located in the first row of the list).
Clicking on Rate Quote will redirect you to a new page. Locate the Example API request section. You will see a Secure ID located in the first row of the Account Information table. Write this down and save it, because this ID will be required later in the application setup.
How to perform Connection Settings
- Open the SHIPROW plugin and enable ABF LTL carrier from the marketplace.
- Click Carrier Settings from the side menu.
Begin with Connection Settings. To access the Connection and Quote settings, use the tabs shown at the top of the page.
API ID: Insert the API ID that you obtained.
Plugin License Key: SHIPROW only issues the plugin license key to registered clients.
The License Key will be issued when you subscribe to one of our 3 plans. You will have 15 days of access to our Basic Plan, which is our Trial version of the plan. The other two plans are: the Standard Plan and the Advanced Plan. We display rates for monthly or yearly subscriptions. Further details about Plans and License Keys are given in the Manage Your License section.
Save your settings when you are finished. Then, click on the Test Connection button to make sure the connection is successfully established. In case of an error, double check the information you have entered. Make sure to check capitalization, as the information is case sensitive.
- Open the SHIPROW plugin and make sure that the ABF LTL carrier is enabled in Marketplace.
- Now, Go to ‘Carrier Settings’ and click on the ‘Quote Settings’ tab and fill out the required information.
Label As: Define how you want your quote to be labeled at the time of checkout. Usually, it is labeled as ABF Freight, but you can leave it empty. An empty field means quotes will be labeled as “Freight.”
Delivery Estimate Options: If you have this option enabled, the customer will not only be shown the quotes but the estimated delivery time as well. You can either choose to display an approximate date for the delivery or the number of days it will take to be delivered.
Always quote residential delivery: The residential delivery fee will be included in the quote if this feature is enabled.
Auto-detect residential addresses: We have an add-on for this plugin, which is called Residential Address Detection. This add-on checks the USPS database record when a residential address is detected. The residential delivery fee will be included in the quote.
If you see the phrase, “Click here to add the Residential Address Detection module,” the add-on is not installed.
Always quote tail lift delivery: The quote will automatically include the Tail Lift charges of a particular carrier if the “Always Quote Tail Lift Delivery” option is marked.
Offer tail lift delivery as an option: If enabled, the tail lift delivery option will be displayed, and the fee will be included.
Always include tail lift delivery when a residential address is detected: If checked, the tail lift charges will automatically be added into the shipping rate estimate. This only occurs when a residential delivery address is detected. In these cases, the “offer Lift Gate delivery” option will disappear, even if enabled. If both options (offer tail lift delivery and include tail lift delivery when residential delivery is detected) are enabled, it allows a commercial customer to select whether the tail lift service is required but is always added for residential customers.
Note: This will only show if you have the Residential Address Detection add-on installed.
Handling Cost/Mark Up: Enter the amount for Handling Fee in addition to the actual quote rate, and it will be added before it is displayed to the shopper. When you enter numbers in this field, they will be considered as dollars and cents unless you put the ‘%’ sign with them.
Hold at Station: To access the Hold at Station feature, you should have an Advanced plan. If you are not already on the required plan, you will see the words “Advanced Plan required.” Click on it if you wish to upgrade your current plan. You have to be logged in as store administrator to perform this upgrade.
When you have this option checked, an option to request to keep the order at the delivering terminal will be displayed to the shopper. This is considered a more economical option for shoppers who would otherwise be subjected to the residential address and/or tail lift delivery fee(s). If the address is commercial and it doesn’t require tail lift service, the quoted amount will be the same as a quote to ship to the address.
Drop ship locations and warehouses
To add drop ship locations and warehouses, simply click the Location option given under Products and then choose Add Location. For warehouses, it is necessary to have a complete inventory of products; otherwise, it is considered drop shipped. If two or more warehouses are on the list, the one nearest to the shopper will be considered to calculate shipping rates.
Drop shipping is a method of supply chain management where a retailer does not keep products in stock. Instead, it transfers customer’s shipment information to another retailer or manufacturer who then delivers to the customer on your behalf. The checkout shopping cart will show a single figure estimate if drop shipped products are included in the order. The single figure rate represents the total after calculating shipping requirements for each item.
How to enable the Plugin
Click WooCommerce, then click on Settings.
Choose the Shipping tab, then click on the Shipping Zones link.
To add shipping zones, click on Add shipping zone. An appropriate shipping zone is required in order to add the shipping method.
Click on the “Add Shipping Method” button as seen in the screenshot below to add the shipping method.
You will be shown a list of shipping methods. Select the appropriate one from the list and click on the Add shipping method button and then save changes.
You need to go through this process for each shipping zone. We recommend that you carry out a test for each shipping zone to ensure that the application supports the geographical locations defined.
Shipping parameters of the product
Congratulations! You are finished with application settings, you can now move on to product settings. You will use the same instructions for each product that you want to ship through LTL freight.
Locate and click on the Products from the menu list located on the left. This will take you to the product’s detail page. On this page, you will see the list of products. Click on the Edit Settings button of any product that you wish to enter the parameters of.
You will be redirected to the Product Setting page, where you will have to enter product details like dimensions, weight, freight class, etc. Fill in all of the blank fields by entering the required information. Then, choose Save at the bottom of the page.
Weight: The product weight should always be in pounds. It should also include the weight of any material involved in the packaging of shipment such as pallets, shrink wraps, cardboard, etc.
Dimensions: Dimensions of the products should be entered in inches.
Shipping Class: Choose “No Shipping Class” if you want the product to be quoted as a shipping parcel. This is only possible if the Small Package Quotes plugin is installed.
If you have the LTL Freight Quotes enabled, choose the LTL Freight option, and it will return quotes for LTL Freight.
Enable Drop Ship Location: Checking this box means that the product will be shipped from a drop ship location. Explanations on how to define warehouse and drop ship locations were provided in Step 7. This option will be only shown when drop ship locations are defined.
Drop Ship Location: Here, you will choose the drop ship location from the given list. An explanation on defining warehouse and drop ship locations can be found in step 7. This option will be only shown when drop ship locations are defined.
Freight Classification: Here, you will categorize or classify the products. You will have to define the freight class of all the products if you are offering both LTL Freight shipping and Small Package/Parcel shipping. The Density Based option is the alternative industry accepted way to define the freight class of shipment. In most cases, density based calculation will provide the accurate freight class, but it is your responsibility to check the accuracy of the freight class of your product(s).
In case of a Variable Product, go to the Variations page and define product variations.
The following points should be kept in mind while performing product classification:
- Freight Classification is only possible when the Freight Quotes plugin is installed.
- When complete, click the Update button.
What Your Customer Sees
When an online purchase is complete, this plugin will display the shipping charges, and it will use the available sources to display the best possible shipping rates. This is in case two or more products in the cart are missing either weight or dimensions. For Example: If you have two products in the cart and one of them is missing weight or dimensions, the shipping rates shown will be based on the product that has specified weight and dimensions. If no product has dimensions or weight recorded, the Plugin will not return any quotes.
Note: There is a high chance of inaccuracy of rates if the product is missing dimensions, weight, or both.
The shipping rates will be returned to the shopping cart once the “ship to” details are provided by the customer. These rates will depend on the settings used for the plugin. For more details about these settings, please check the installation guide. The presentation of shipping rates can be managed on the Settings Page of WooCommerce.
If the plugin fails to display shipping rates, a message will be displayed. Here are the possible reasons for failure to display rates:
- Absence of freight class, dimensions, etc.
- Invalid credentials, suspended account, expired license, etc.
- Invalid address.
- Web service of the carrier is not operational.
Here is a screenshot of when the plugin fails to display shipping rates:
What you see
The additional details widget on the Order Details page will display all information related to shipping. The contents will be shown in two categories
- Shipment Origin & Services
- Shipment Content
Shipment Origin & Services:
All particulars presented in this block will present the name of the carrier service, shipment origin, and any additional services (such as residential delivery, tail lift, etc) required for the order shipment. Information containing Shipment origin and Services information should be displayed separately for each individual shipping location to fulfill the order. This is specifically for stores with multiple warehouses and drop ship locations.
Under Shipment Origin & Services, there is a block for Shipment Content, which presents the items that were quoted as ‘shipping from the location’.
How to Manage Your License
To manage your license, simply sign in to shiprow.com using the same credentials that you used to register for the plugin.
Commonly, the Dashboard is used to upgrade to a paid subscription, change or edit the registered URL to a license, and to see your current licenses.
How to upgrade to a paid subscription
Once your trial version has expired, you will have to upgrade to a paid subscription to keep the plugin functional. To upgrade it, select the Buy License from the side menu, click the Pay Now button of the required plan.
Choose the subscription plan that best meets your needs and enter the required payment information. Note that at the end of each subscription cycle, your plugin will be renewed unless you cancel your subscription.