Shipping Profiles

Currently in Beta

🎉🎉 We’ve added product shipping profiles to our improved shipping settings. This new feature allows you to create shipping options for specific products and product options, you can read more on how that works here.

You can find the shipping profiles on the Account page of the admin, and you can toggle them on and off– so you can switch back and forth between the current shipping setup and the new shipping profiles. Keep in mind the Default rates are the base shipping rates that will be used for all products and options. And, Overrides can be created for products and their option, when these are applied they will override your default rates.


🇺🇸🇬🇧🇦🇺 Set your destination

Home country or zone The default rates are created based on zones, so if you want one shipping rate for the entire U.S., then you can do that! If you need to get more granular and have more than one shipping rate for the U.S., then you can set up different rates for each shipping zone within the U.S. Or you can go broad, and set up a single shipping rate for all of North America. Keep in mind that we’ll take the most specific shipping profile when calculating shipping. So for example, if you’ve got one shipping profile set up for the E.U. and another set up for the rest of the world, then all customers within the E.U. will be charged your E.U. rate. Customers outside the E.U. will then be charged your worldwide rate.

📫📦📬 Add Shipping Methods

Some customers want their package rushed, while others are okay with standard shipping. No problem! Shipping methods can be added and customized based on your store’s shipping needs. There’s a set of default shipping methods you can use as is: alone & each additional item

Example shipping methods

  • Standard
  • Expedited
  • Customer Pickup

Or you can change it up, and create your own custom shipping methods. Looking to offer a 2-day shipping option for customers? Do it! You can use this feature’s customizable fields to set the price of a 2-day delivery, and specify when customers can expect their package. When you’ve added your methods customers will see their shipping options during checkout!

2️⃣✚3️⃣ Calculate Shipping

To make sure you’re covering your costs you can use the First item field to set a flat rate for your shipping profile, and the Each additional field to cover the cost of any additional items added to the cart.

Let’s say you decide to charge $5 for the first item, and keep the default $0 for each additional item. Your customers will only be charged five bucks for shipping, no matter many products are added to the cart.

Now, if you need to charge a bit more to cover the shipping costs of those additional products the Each additional field will come in handy. For example, if you set the First item rate to $5, and Each additional to $1, then customers will be charged $1 extra for each additional item they add to the cart. For example, if a customer purchases three items, then they’ll be charged $7 for shipping: $5 first item + $1 + $1 each additional = $7.

📦📦📦 Or set individual product rates to override your shipping zones

Maybe you need to assign individual products specific shipping rates instead of focusing on shipping zones. No sweat! The shipping overrides allow you to assign your individual products their own shipping rate, and you can even create shipping methods for those products. So for example, if you’ve got a framed vs unframed option for your prints you can charge different shipping rates for both options. What if you sell prints and posters, but posters need to be shipped in a tube? Shipping is definitely going to be different for tubes versus mailers, and you can account for that in your shipping costs. You can also offer customers different shipping methods, like overnight or pickup.

Hop over here for some examples of how shipping overrides work!



  1. Log in at
  2. Go to .
  3. Click Edit your shipping.
  4. Toggle on Shipping profiles beta is disabled.
  5. Click + to add a Default rates.
  6. Select a country or zone from the dropdown menu and then select the region if required.
  7. Select listed default Shipping Methods to edit Name, Description and Price fields for your desired shipping speeds.
  8. Click Save.
  1. Log into the app.
  2. Go to .
  3. Click Edit your shipping.
  4. Toggle on Shipping profiles beta is disabled.
  5. Click Set up default shipping rates.
  6. Select a country or zone from the dropdown menu, and then select a region if required.
  7. Select listed default Shipping methods to edit the Name, Description, and Price fields for your desired shipping method.
  8. Click Save.

Sorry, right now this can only be done on the web and iOS app.

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