Packaging rules or pallet shipping refers to the shipping of products in pallets based on certain parameters. However, there are a few problems when it comes to pallet shipping.
One and foremost, it is not included in any e-commerce platform default shipping functionality
, be it Magento 2, WooCommerce, or Shopify.
Magento Shipping offers table rates based only on weight and flat rates as shipping options. Shopify relies on parcel carriers to deliver different shipping options to its e-commerce owners. WooCommerce offers flat rates, free shipping, and local pickups.
Default shipping of these e-commerce platforms does not offer any advanced and powerful features to help you apply certain packaging rules to your pallet shipment.
Another problem is that only certain items are suitable to be shipped in pallets. The best items to be pallet are cartoon boxes, barrels, trays, and bottles. Certain items of larger dimensions or irregular shapes can not be pallet, for example, items like tires, pipes, or carpets might be better for non-pallet shipping. Lastly, to apply different packaging rules to your shipment you will need third-party shipping software.