What do the shipping method codes mean?

What do the shipping method codes mean?

A carrier method  or service  is the mechanism by which one of your orders actually ships, such as USPS First-Class Package Service or UPS Ground. In Shipvine Logistics, a shipping method  or profile  is a suite of underlying carrier methods that the system rate shops between, choosing the best method that's available for a given set of parameters. For example, our "Domestic Deferred" shipping method will choose the cheapest carrier method that's available, but our "Domestic Three Day (TNT G)" shipping method will find the cheapest carrier method that's guaranteed to get the parcel to its destination within three business days—using ground shipping on the East Coast when possible to save money over air-based methods.

There's two kinds of shipping methods: automation-enabled shipping methods, and exceptional shipping methods. Most of the time, you'll use the automation-enabled shipping methods, which are common services that Shipvine can use to get your order out quickly. The exceptional shipping methods are for the weird, complicated orders, such as orders that might need to be loaded on a consolidator's truck for shipping to a department store.

Automation-Enabled Shipping Methods

Automation-enabled shipping methods are those which Shipvine can use to quickly get an order out. We're directly integrated with these carriers and can get packages out the door super fast! Recommended shipping methods are in bold text .

Code Name Description Underlying Carrier Methods
DOMESTIC-DEFERRED Domestic Deferred This is the "sane default" shipping method for e-commerce orders. It provides the cheapest possible delivery without a guaranteed delivery date to destinations within the United States. This shipping method may be used for United States military (APO/FPO) and embassy (DPO) addresses as well as PO boxes.
  • USPS First-Class Package Service
  • USPS Priority Mail
  • FedEx Ground
  • FedEx Home Delivery
  • FedEx SmartPost
  • UPS SurePost
  • UPS Ground            
DOM-DEFERRED-PLUS      Domestic Deferred Plus This is like "Domestic Deferred", except it removes the hybrid services like UPS SurePost and FedEx SmartPost. The delivery date still isn't guaranteed, though, it's just a little bit faster, particularly for packages over a pound.
  • USPS First-Class Package Service
  • USPS Priority Mail
  • FedEx Ground
  • FedEx Home Delivery
  • UPS Ground
DOMESTIC-GROUND Domestic Ground Use this when you want us to ship something economically, but you don't want it to go via the USPS. For example, shipping a wholesale order to a business. The delivery date is guaranteed within the carrier's defined time-in-transit schedule.
  • FedEx Ground
  • FedEx Home Delivery
  • UPS Ground
DOMESTIC-MAIL Domestic Mail Just the opposite of the above: use this when you want to force something to ship via the USPS, and only directly via the USPS. For example, you might have a customer that insists on receiving on US mail at his address instead of FedEx or UPS.
  • USPS First-Class Package Service
  • USPS Priority Mail
DOMESTIC-THREE-DAY Domestic Three Day This provides guaranteed delivery within three business days to destinations within the United States, using air-based shipping methods only. You can't use this for PO boxes or military addresses; you'll need a shipping method that includes USPS options for that.
  • FedEx Express Saver
  • UPS Three Day Select
DOM-3D-TNT-G        Domestic Three Day (TNT G) The mysterious "TNT G" stands for "time-in-transit, guaranteed". It provides guaranteed delivery within three business days to destinations within the United States, but it's smart enough to use ground-based shipping—for example, using FedEx Ground to a city near to Shipvine—if it'll get the parcel there in time. You can't use this for PO boxes or military addresses; you'll need a shipping method that includes USPS options for that.
  • FedEx Express Saver
  • FedEx Ground
  • FedEx Home Delivery
  • UPS Three Day Select
  • UPS Ground
DOM-3D-TNT-NG Domestic Three Day (TNT NG) The mysterious "TNT NG" stands for "time-in-transit, not guaranteed". It'll use the cheapest service that will probably  get the parcel there within three business days. Because it includes non-guaranteed services from the USPS, it's possible that the parcel might not make it there in time. This shipping method is kept around for backwards compatibility, and Shipvine recommends using DOM-DEFERRED-PLUS instead.
  • USPS First-Class Package Service
  • USPS Priority Mail
  • FedEx Ground
  • FedEx Home Delivery
  • FedEx Express Saver
  • UPS Ground
  • UPS Three Day Select
DOMESTIC-TWO-DAY       Domestic Two Day This provides guaranteed delivery within two business days to destinations within the United States, using air-based shipping methods only. You can't use this for PO boxes or military addresses; you'll need a shipping method that includes USPS options for that.
  • FedEx Two Day Service
  • UPS Second Day Air
DOM-2D-TNT-G Domestic Two Day (TNT G) The mysterious "TNT G" stands for "time-in-transit, guaranteed". It provides guaranteed delivery within two business days to destinations within the United States, but it's smart enough to use ground-based shipping—for example, using FedEx Ground to a city near to Shipvine—if it'll get the parcel there in time. You can't use this for PO boxes or military addresses; you'll need a shipping method that includes USPS options for that.
  • FedEx Two Day Service
  • FedEx Ground
  • FedEx Home Delivery
  • UPS Second Day Air
  • UPS Ground
DOMESTIC-ONE-DAY Domestic One Day This provides guaranteed delivery within one business day to destinations within the United States, using air-based shipping methods only. You can't use this for PO boxes or military addresses; you'll need a shipping method that includes USPS options for that.
  • FedEx Standard Overnight
  • FedEx Priority Overnight
  • UPS Next Day Air Saver
DOM-1D-TNT-G Domestic One Day (TNT G) The mysterious "TNT G" stands for "time-in-transit, guaranteed". It provides guaranteed delivery within one business day to destinations within the United States, but it's smart enough to use ground-based shipping—for example, using FedEx Ground to a city near to Shipvine—if it'll get the parcel there in time. You can't use this for PO boxes or military addresses; you'll need a shipping method that includes USPS options for that.
  • FedEx Standard Overnight
  • FedEx Priority Overnight
  • FedEx Ground
  • FedEx Home Delivery
  • UPS Next Day Air Saver
  • UPS Ground
DOMESTIC-ONE-PLUS Domestic One Day Plus This provides guaranteed delivery within one business day to destinations within the United States, with a preference for morning delivery, usually by 10:30 a.m. to most locations.
  • FedEx Priority Overnight
  • UPS Next Day Air
INTL-DEFERRED International Deferred This provides delivery without a guaranteed delivery date to most countries around the world, using a UPU-based carrier method (i.e., international mail). Delivery may take up to 60 business days, but averages 2-4 weeks. A tracking number is provided, but its visibility varies on the destination postal service.
  • USPS First-Class Package International Service
  • USPS Priority Mail International
  • DHL Global Mail Packet Plus Priority
  • DHL Global Mail Parcel Direct Priority
INTL-DEFERRED-NC International Deferred (Non-Consolidated) This provides delivery without a guaranteed delivery date to most countries around the world, using a UPU-based carrier method (i.e., international mail). Delivery may take up to 60 business days, but averages 2-4 weeks. A tracking number is provided, but its visibility varies on the destination postal service. The difference between this and "International Deferred" is it removes carrier methods that use a consolidator, such as DHL Global Mail. That can speed things up and remove a layer of indirection on the tracking, but it costs more.
  • USPS First-Class Package International Service
  • USPS Priority Mail International
INTL-DEFERRED-PLUS International Deferred Plus This provides delivery without a guaranteed delivery date to most countries around the world, using a UPU-based carrier method (i.e., international mail). Unlike "International Deferred", the delivery time frame is typically within about 10 business days and includes a tracking number.
  • USPS Priority Mail International
INTL-ECONOMY International Economy This provides delivery to most countries around the world within about 5 business days, using a private carrier like FedEx or UPS.
  • FedEx International Economy
  • FedEx International Priority
  • UPS Worldwide Saver
  • UPS Worldwide Expedited
  • UPS Worldwide Express
INTL-PRIORITY International Priority This provides delivery to most countries around the world within 2-3 business days, using a private carrier like FedEx or UPS.
  • FedEx International Priority
  • UPS Worldwide Express
  • UPS Worldwide Saver
INTL-GROUND International Ground This provides ground-based transportation to a foreign country, using a private carrier like FedEx or UPS.
  • FedEx International Ground
  • UPS Standard
FEDEX-GROUND FedEx Ground or Home Delivery This is a direct mapping to FedEx Ground or FedEx Home Delivery for merchants who don't want us to do any kind of rate shopping on the fulfillment request.
  • FedEx Ground
  • FedEx Home Delivery
UPS-GROUND UPS Ground This is a direct mapping to UPS Ground for merchants who don't want us to do any kind of rate shopping on the fulfillment request.
  • UPS Ground
UPS-THREE-DAY-SELECT UPS Three Day Select This is a direct mapping to UPS Three Day Select for merchants who don't want us to do any kind of rate shopping on the fulfillment request.
  • UPS Three Day Select
UPS-SECOND-DAY-AIR UPS Second Day Air This is a direct mapping to UPS Second Day Air for merchants who don't want us to do any kind of rate shopping on the fulfillment request.
  • UPS Second Day Air
UPS-ONE-DAY UPS Next Day Air Saver This is a direct mapping to UPS Next Day Air Saver for merchants who don't want us to do any kind of rate shopping on the fulfillment request.
  • UPS Next Day Air Saver
UPS-NEXT-DAY-AIR UPS Next Day Air This is a direct mapping to UPS Next Day Air for merchants who don't want us to do any kind of rate shopping on the fulfillment request.
  • UPS Next Day Air


Exceptional Shipping Methods

Automation isn't available for all shipping methods. For example, some fulfillment requests will have weird, special requirements, such as large shipments to department stores that need everything to be "just so" and will be processed by a consolidator. Requests that use these shipping methods require manual processing may take several business days to be fulfilled. Usually, we'll be going back and forth with you via a support ticket about the fulfillment request so we can understand what the requirements are for the particular fulfillment request.

Code Name Description Example Scenarios
DOMESTIC-ROUTING Domestic Routing This indicates that manual processing is required to ship a fulfillment request to destinations within the United States. After Shipvine has packaged up the order, the fulfillment request will transition to a "Routing Ready" state where you can view the box dimensions, weight, and contents. You may relay this information to your supplier and orchestrate a pickup. We'll add the PRO number or other tracking after the pickup takes place.
  • TJ Maxx, Macy's etc.      
INTL-ROUTING International Routing This indicates that manual processing is required to ship a fulfillment request to destinations outside of the United States. After Shipvine has packaged up the order, the fulfillment request will transition to a "Routing Ready" state where you can view the box dimensions, weight, and contents. You may relay this information to your supplier and orchestrate a pickup. We'll add the PRO number or other tracking after the pickup takes place.
  • Overseas department stores
  • High-valued shipments requiring EEI filing
  • Exceptional customs brokering or paperwork requirements
PICKUP Internal Pickup or Internal Transfer Indicates an internal pickup or an internal transfer to another Shipvine merchant. Shipvine does not allow public customer pickup at its warehouse—they will be turned away! However, you may use this method if you need to clear out some of your inventory and someone from your company will be picking it up from our location.
  • Transfer from retail Shipvine merchant account to wholesale Shipvine merchant account
  • Merchant transfer of items out of Shipvine's possession


Custom Shipping Methods

If none of the above shipping methods exactly match what you want, Shipvine can configure a shipping method that's customized just for you. Just open a support ticket and let us know what kind of services you'd like to be in the shipping method, and what kinds of business rules you'd like us to apply.

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