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Published on 9 August 2023 • Reading time: 7 min read
Internet users are more and more demanding from online shops, especially when it comes to shipping their purchases. From shorter and shorter delivery times, to free or cheap delivery, to the choice of time slot, nothing is too good for consumers, who now expect a 5-star delivery experience.
If you manage your website with WooCommerce, you may have noticed that the native delivery features are regularly enhanced. Depending on your business model, some extensions remain essential to prevent disputes and keep your profitability.
These 8 plugins can help you optimise your logistics processes and satisfy your customers.
WooCommerce plugins are essential for optimising delivery processes. For transport companies and online retailers, this is the guarantee of optimising their logistics processes and satisfying consumer expectations.
WC Advanced Shipping is a safe bet in the WooCommerce environment. The plugin works according to a conditional logic. In other words, you can fine-tune your shipping rates based on 3 types of information:
This plugin would be very useful if your shop sells heavy or bulky products, or if you combine several shipping methods like:
Good to know: the developer of this extension, Jeroen Sormani, offers a free version on WordPress.org, WooCommerce Advanced Free Shipping, or a premium version, for sale for example on Envato Market.
This plugin is aimed at online shops, but also at businesses that make local deliveries such as restaurants. Designed for demanding users looking for a high-performance solution and support, this paid plugin is sold from $129 per year per website.
Depending on your business, you can offer your customers to book a time slot before or after the payment stage. For example, if you prepare different menus every day, the customer will only be able to order the dishes available on the pre-selected date.
The delivery or pick-up booking board is fully customisable:
To facilitate the organisation of your teams, the extension also includes a summary table of shipments to be prepared, which can be sorted according to different criteria.
Good to know: using this extension, you can combine the usual WooCommerce delivery system and deliveries or pickups at your local shop.
This plugin, which is quite different from the previous solutions, is aimed either at retailers who manage all or part of their deliveries in-house, or at local carriers who make deliveries for online sales sites. It works together with AntsRoute, a route optimization solution that saves you time and limits the number of kilometres driven.
The objective of the extension is to make the exchange of information between the e-commerce site and AntsRoute as smooth as possible, so that all the benefits of the software can be enjoyed effortlessly:
With AntsRoute, you can schedule pick-up or delivery routes in Europe, Africa, North and South America. The solution is currently available in 4 languages: French, German, English and Spanish.
Good to know: we provide the AntsRoute plugin for WooCommerce for free to companies that subscribe to our route optimisation software.
To make sure that AntsRoute meets your needs and start a trial, contact us.
This extension, available in a premium version from $149 per year per website, helps you reduce shopping cart abandonment rates by providing your customers with a reliable and accurate delivery time. To provide your customers with an exact time slot without disrupting your team, you can set up custom rules based on the:
This plugin also allows you to set up local pick-up points and send automated reminder emails to your customers, to reduce the first visit failure rate.
Good to know: Order Delivery Date for WooCommerce is available in a free version if you want to test it for free. But you will need to subscribe to the paid version to benefit from advanced features such as locking holiday periods and bank holidays, or bidirectional synchronisation with Google Calendar.
Delivery & Pickup Date Time is a very popular plugin in the WooCommerce environment, as it currently has over 7000 active installations.
If you choose the free version, your customers can access your delivery or pick-up schedule on the payment page and leave special instructions. You will also be able to set up nearby pick-up points and keep your customers updated of any schedule changes.
However, the pro version offers many additional features. You will be able to:
Good to know: in its pro version, this plugin offers you an excellent features/price ratio, as it is sold for $50 per year for 1 website.
This extension was developed by Themesquad, the team behind AWeber, another popular automation tool in the WordPress universe.
Available for $129 per year, Order Delivery for WooCommerce allows your customers to choose a delivery date and time slot in a very intuitive way, while respecting the criteria set up beforehand by each retailer such as:
Thanks to this plugin, you can also easily apply additional fees on certain options such as evening or weekend delivery, and send automated messages by email to your customers.
Good to know: This plugin benefits from extensive integration with WooCommerce Subscriptions, a very useful extension if you sell recurring products like boxes or subscriptions.
The name of this plugin leaves no doubt about its purpose and the promise is kept, as it allows you to communicate the delivery date of products all over your site, and in multiple ways.
Using Estimated delivery date per product, you can display an estimated delivery time or date:
You can also configure the dynamic calculation of the delivery time or date at different levels: by product, by category, with a specific date for products being restocked, or with a single date for the entire shopping basket.
The publisher offers multiple options for customising the delivery time display:
Good to know: you can import and export specific delivery dates in bulk using the corresponding WooCommerce feature.
This package tracking plugin will be useful for you to easily send your customers accurate and up-to-date information about the progress of their order. After downloading and setting up Advanced Shipment Tracking for WooCommerce, you will be able to:
The extension includes more than 300 carriers and dispatchers, including DHL, UPS, Colissimo, DPD, etc.
Good to know: The free version of this extension already provides very good services. However, a paid version exists for the most demanding professionals, at a price of $129 per year.