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FedEx Shipping for Small Businesses on Magento 2

March  2021
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Nikolay Pasholok
Product Owner, Calcurates

What Are the FedEx Domestic Shipping Options?

FedEx offers different domestic shipping options for envelope and package shipments. The weight restriction for shipping the packages is a maximum of 150Lbs. Here you can have a look at the overview of all FedEx domestic shipping services.
Same-Day Delivery
Same-Day Delivery offers cross-country deliveries and cross-city deliveries within a few hours.

Cross-country delivery ships all year long, 7 days a week to 50 states of America. The delivery is door to door if the recipient is available at the scheduled time at home. The package weight limitation is 150Lbs. To use FedEx SameDay® you need to have an established FedEx account.

Cross-city delivery is usually much quicker. You can choose from 2 shipping options, City Priority or City Standard delivery. City Priority delivery time depends on the distance of your origin from the destination. For example, if the distance to your destination is up to 15 miles, the delivery time is up to 2 hours. Delivery to places further than 60 miles is up to 7 hours. Service days are again all year long and 7 days a week. City Standard schedules your delivery within 4 hours. However, the order must be placed before 4 pm and the delivery distance is only up to 45 miles.
Next-Business-Day Delivery
FedEx Next-Business-Day Delivery is an overnight service and offers 3 delivery times within the service. Early morning delivery by 8, 8:30, 9, or 9:30 a.m. at the latest. Next Business day morning delivery by 10:30 a.m. to most areas. Next Business day afternoon delivery by 4:30 p.m. or by 8 p.m. for home delivery. All services run from Monday to Friday with an option for Saturday delivery for additional costs.
2- or 3-Business Day Delivery
Customers can choose from 3 delivery times. The delivery can be scheduled to arrive on the second business day in the morning by 10.30 am or in the afternoon. The third delivery option is Third-business-day delivery by 4:30 p.m. Delivery dates are from Monday to Friday with an extra charge for Saturday pickup.
Ground Delivery Option
This is a ground delivery which takes from 1- 7 working days. The delivery time is based on the destination and weight of the package. The sender can choose to ship the package directly to the address of the recipients. Ground Delivery is available on weekends as well.
Contiguous U.S. Delivery Commitments
Shipping service excludes deliveries to Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. The package size needs to be again of a maximum of 150 Lbs. For deliveries to Alaska and Hawaii only, check Alaska and Hawaii Shipping Information on FedEx's official website.

What Are the FedEx International Shipping Options?

Let’s have a look at FedEx’s international shipping options. To ship envelopes and packages internationally you can choose from the list of following shipping options.
FedEx® International Next Flight
Shipping available within 24 hours, covering around 220 countries worldwide. The service is available all year round, with shipping possible also on the weekend and during holidays.
FedEx International First®
Delivery time from 1 to 3 working days, as early as 10.30 in the morning. However, this shipping option is restricted to 26 countries only.
FedEx International Priority®
A very similar shipping option to FedEx International First®. Delivery is expected to arrive within 1 to 3 days by the end of the workday This service delivers to more than 220 countries and territories worldwide.
FedEx International Economy®
Delivery with FedEx International Economy® takes from 2 to 5 working days and ships to around 216 countries worldwide.
FedEx International Ground®
This shipping service is restricted to Canada only. The delivery takes typically 2 to 7 business days. FedEx International Ground claims to cover 100% of Canadian territory.

Do Small Businesses Need Export License With FedEx International Shipping Option?

To find out if your product shipped internationally needs an export license, have a look at Export Control Classification Number. This is a five-digit long code that clarifies whether you need an export license or not. Retailers shipping frequently might want to have look at the International Shipping and Landed Cost shipping feature which helps you to automatically receive all the real-time shipping rates with their corresponding landed cost from all the major carriers including FedEx. Consider having shipping software to avoid surprising your customers with unexpected extra costs upon receiving an order from abroad; not showing landed costs at the checkout might result in low customer satisfaction and bad feedback when the package is delivered.

What Are the FedEx Pickup Options?

FedEx package pickup options
One-time pickup
This pickup option is for individuals who ship infrequently and do not use FedEx services often. After you prepare your package, schedule a pickup through the FedEx app or create a shipping label in FedEx Shipping Manager. FedEx will send a courier to pick up the package.

Recurring FedEx pickup
This shipping option is meant for frequent shippers, be it retailers or e-commerce owners. With Recurring FedEx pickup you can schedule pickup based on your shipping routine and shipping needs. It is a more convenient and time-saving shipping option for all e-commerce owners shipping regularly. However, this shipping option is eligible only for retailers who do not ship daily. For more information have a look at FedEx Express and FedEx Ground Automated Pickup.

Drop off at a FedEx location
FedEx offers many Drop Off Points all across the country. You can drop off your package at any FedEx Office location, or participating locations as Walgreens, some grocery stores, or in some cases also Drop Off boxes provided by FedEx. FedEx offers a Drop Off Point locator to find nearby Drop Off locations.
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How Long Does it Take FedEx to Deliver a Package?

Depending on the shipping service selected, product attributes, and shipping destination FedEx offers delivery within few hours up to 7 days. Some of the shipping services include weekend delivery or delivery during the holiday season.

What Are FedEx Delivery Hours?

If your customers want to know the specific time of delivery refer them to FedEx Appointment Home Delivery. FedEx staff will contact them to arrange for a specific delivery time and date.
You can also schedule an evening delivery with FedEx. This service delivers between 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Calcurates shipping software displays accurate Estimated Delivery Dates for every shipping method at checkout for your customers. Moreover, it seamlessly integrates with the FedEx shipping carrier.

Does FedEx Deliver on Weekends?

Certain FedEx shipping services run 7 days a week and offer Saturday and Sunday delivery for no extra costs. For instance, FedEx Home Delivery also operates during weekends.

What Is a FedEx Delivery Manager®?

This is a premium service offered by FedEx. It allows you to track your package, arrange pickup at the nearby delivery, redirect the delivery, hold temporarily your package at the FedEx locations, and get notifications about your delivery. Scheduled delivery time, delivery to another residential area or next-day delivery are premium services. The service cost starts from $5.55 but varies depending on location and the service.

What Is FedEx Small Business Center?

FedEx Small business center
At FedEx Small Business Center you can request technical support, develop your shipping and returns strategy, gain insight from other entrepreneurs, or even participate in the contest to win money for your small business. FedEx awards 12 winning businesses with the reward of $250K this year.
Being part of the Small Business Center allows you to earn and save money, gain various discounts and advantages offered by FedEx. One of them is the option to save on shipping and printing for instance.

A great way to save money on shipping is to get shipping software. Shipping software obtains real-time shipping rates automatically from the major carriers, including FedEx as well, and displays them at the checkout for your customers. Also, shipping software supports various features that automate your whole shipping process, which is time-saving and cost-effective. Calcurates is shipping software that offers shipping features like Estimated Delivery Dates, International Shipping and Landed Cost, Rate Shopping, Shipping Rules and Restrictions, and much more. Here you can have a look at the list of all shipping features that can help you save money on your shipping.

How to Track a FedEx Package?

It is very easy to track the FedEx package and there are plenty of options to choose from.

FedEx website
Just go to the FedEx tracking page and enter the number into the search bar. You can enter the FedEx tracking number, door tag, or order number from the FedEx office.

Google widget
If you just type in 'FedEx tracking" into Google, the first thing you will see is a search bar by FedEx where you can simply type your tracking number into. It is all operated by FedEx.

Call FedEx number
If you prefer calling before searching online, simply call 1.800.463.3339 for U.S customer support.

How Do FedEx Package Returns Work for Business Owners?

Fedex QR code scanning
FedEx offers several business returns solutions to fit your business needs and improve your customers’ satisfaction. There is a bundle of returns resources to get inspired by and implement for your business.

QR code labels
Create QR code labels for your customers with FedEx Returns Technology. Customers have the option to avoid having to print the labels. Additionally having everything online helps to run the business more smoothly and efficiently. 

Print and email labels
This option allows you to print or email return labels for your customers. The return labels are done on spot and can be requested via the FedEx website.

Drop Off options
Give your customers the option to drop off the package at the countless FedEx Drop Off locations in their neighborhood.

Is FedEx Shipping Manager Available On Magento 2?

Yes, FedEx Shipping Manager is available on Magento Marketplace and costs around $200.00. FedEx Shipping Manager allows the retailer to print shipping labels and returns labels. It automatically adds the tracking number to the shipping label which can be then emailed to the customers.

If you are a small business owner, there are plenty of other shipping software offering the integration with FedEx carrier, which actually have more services and features included within. Also, they cost less than FedEx Shipping Manager. Calcurates not only offers integration with FedEx but also other major carriers such as UPS, USPS, Canada Post, Purolator, Sendle, and more. Calcurates is shipping software for any e-commerce on Magento. It offers many features such as Estimated Delivery Dates, International Shipping and Landed Cost, Rate Shopping, Smart Packaging, and even more.

How To Add FedEx Account on Magento 2 to Calcurates?

  1. Request FedEx carrier in your Calcurates account
  2. Connect FedEx with Calcurates using your FedEx account credentials
  3. Synchronize services and packages that are available for your FedEx account
  4. Create a shipping option with a connected FedEx carrier
  5. Enable certain FedEx packages and services you want to display at checkout
  6. Start displaying real-time rates for selected FedEx services at checkout
  7. Generate FedEx shipping labels and get tracking numbers right in your Magento
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