Shipping can be defined as a process of transporting an item from one location to another. Shipping is a very basic, common way of getting an item from one place to another, or from one person to another. You can ship via Air, Land and sea depending on the weight of the item you intend to ship. As it concerns selling online, when you list an item for sale, you can offer buyers one of three possible delivery options: free shipping, flat fee shipping, and calculated cost shipping. Remember that your rank in search results is determined by adding your item’s price and its delivery cost on your online store

Flat fee shipping

If you choose flat fee shipping, it’s a good idea to research average delivery costs for similar items or use the delivery Calculator to determine a fair rate. If you’re listing internationally, you can enter a separate flat fee for destinations outside Africa.

Free shipping

Offering free delivery is a great way to attract more buyers and get a higher placement in search results.

Calculated cost shipping

By choosing calculated delivery, Costs are calculated based on the size and weight of the packaged item, as well as both your location and the buyer’s location.


Processing Time

As a seller, it’s important to give buyers a good idea of when to expect their items. Estimated delivery time is based on your handling time, the selected delivery service, and when you receive cleared payment or payment notification through the escrow service of Melvit or any platform you would be selling from. Get your items packed and shipped fast, and ship as soon as payments clear, and you’ll maintain great feedback.


Carrier Options

When it comes to shipping your item, Melvit will provide three primary carrier options: DHL, United Parcel Service (UPS), and FedEx. You can easily offer any of these three carriers as options when creating a Melvit item listing. These options are not compulsory as you can always have a partnership agreement with other couriers in your country of operations. This option is specifically left open to allow for a more organized delivery experience. It’s necessary that as a seller you choose the best options that would benefit and add value to your organization and leave you with positive ratings.


It’s very important that as a seller you choose the best options that would benefit and add value to your organization and leave you with positive ratings.




Combined shipping

When shopping, buyers are often looking for good value. This goes for shipping as well as the cost of the actual item. Offer combined shipping for multiple items to save buyers money and make them more likely to purchase multiple items. It’s an easy way for you to increase sales without any additional work.
Specify where you ship .If you choose to expand your reach to outside your state, country and internationally, make sure you research global, outside state and outside city delivery costs and offer rates that are both reasonable and cover associated costs. Shipping internationally will increase your number of potential buyers. Buyers expect to pay a fair price for delivery. Figuring out what to charge is easy when you pre-pack your item and determine your shipping costs.


Calculated Shipping

When determining the weight of an item, pre-pack your item to accurately determine delivery costs. It’s a straightforward way for sellers to collect an accurate payment for postage and buyers to know exactly how much it will cost.




Research the competition

It’s important to offer competitive pricing to your shoppers. Many people sell similar items , and in cases where the item you’re selling is not unique, offering a good price on shipping will keep you competitive. Buyers consider the total cost of an item including the delivery cost when making a purchase.

Research what delivery charges are for similar items and make sure your item has fair delivery rates. In addition to attracting buyers with better prices than your competition


Pre-pack and weigh your item

After taking pictures and before you list your item, you can pre-pack your item to accurately determine delivery costs. Make sure you take the necessary steps to avoid extra postage costs. Pack it without completely sealing the package. That way you can make any necessary adjustments before sending it out. Once you weigh it, you can use the Shipping Calculator to figure out the exact amount you’d like to charge.


Shipping Calculator

A great way to research different delivery options is with the Shipping Calculator. By determining your item’s weight and the dimensions of your box, you can estimate delivery costs to a variety of locations using a variety of carriers. Estimates are also available on the web platform of the carrier you would be using. It is important that as a seller you find the best value and offer your buyers a fair price while still turning a great profit on your sale.