Honest Green Shipping

Please see the following Honest Green Document on shipping

2017 Estimated Shipping Rates

UNFI Rate Shops each package to ship the cheapest method

  • Items 16 oz of less will go USPS First Class Parcel
  • Items 2-5 LBS may go SurePost or Priority Mail depending on Zones (please see #6 and #7 below)
  • Items over 5 lbs normally go UPS Ground unless just a few zones in which Priority Mail may win

Things to keep in mind:

  1. All weights are 'ship weights'. Ship weights include packaging materials as well.
  2. UPS and Priority Mail round up to the nearest pound. Example: If your product's 'ship weight' is 2.4 lbs, they will bill you for a 3 lb package.
  3. UPS charges a higher rate for residential deliveries. With this said we recommend you assume and account for all of your packages being shipped out residential, unless it is a business address that will show up in Honest Green's databases as commercial.
  4. UPS charges extra for packages going to areas with a delivery area surcharge ($3.25) and extended area surcharges ($4.20). These areas are usually Rural areas. 
  5. UPS charges a fuel surcharge that can change each month. Please see the following document for more information and the percentages and prices. https://www.ups.com/bridge/fuelsurcharge.html
  6. Please see the following link for UPS Zone Charts https://www.ups.com/content/us/en/shipping/cost/zones/continental_us.html
  7. Please see the following link for USPS Zone Charts https://postcalc.usps.com/zonecharts/
  8. These are the following Honest Green warehouses and where they ship from:
    PHI Philadelphia ships from 19154
    SNW Select West ships from 95602
    HVA Hudson Valley ships from 12549
    GIL Gilroy ships from 95020 
    • $20 return fee charged by USPS for return of undeliverable packages. What does this mean for you? Be aware of the addresses you're sending it to. Doesn't hurt to check an address that doesn't seem right.
    • Please see the following link for USPS Zone Charts https://postcalc.usps.com/zonecharts/

    • UPS charges extra for packages going to areas with a delivery area surcharge ($3.25) and extended area surcharges ($4.20). These areas are usually Rural areas.
    • Dimensional weight surcharges apply to large, light boxes
    • UPS Ground Fuel Surcharge percentage is included above: 5.25% so if you check the following link and you think it will be higher than the 5.25% take that into consideration when pricing the products. https://www.ups.com/bridge/fuelsurcharge.html
    • UPS charges a higher rate for residential deliveries. With this said we recommend you assume and account for all of your packages being shipped out residential, unless it is a business address that will show up in Honest Green's databases as commercial.
    • Please see the following link for UPS Zone Charts https://www.ups.com/content/us/en/shipping/cost/zones/continental_us.html
    Questions? HonestGreen@unfi.com

    So what does this have to do with Inventory Source?

Inventory Source gives you tools to help you manage your Supplier's feed to best fit your business needs. One of the tools we supply to you is the Price Markup tool within the Catalog Manager Rules. Within this tool there is a section that can help you achieve these weight tiers. If you "Enable Landed Cost" you'll have the options to add weight tiers and prices so that it'll be added on to your final price.

This will allow you to forecast better the shipping costs for your products and account as much as possible for those costs within your products final cost while still showing on your site "Free Shipping". 

Now, this method may not account for all shipping options that Honest Green has to offer, and you, of course, can break it down a lot further than our example below to be able to account for the shipping costs more accurately. However, this is just an example of how you can account for most of the shipping options that Honest Green has to offer while still offering "Free Shipping" to your clients. 

In some cases, if you decide to mirror the example below, you may have forecasted too much for shipping based off of the weight. However, in other cases you may have forecasted too little for that weight tier and then, in that case, you'll want to make sure you have enough of a markup to account for that.

Everything below are just examples of how you can use our tools. Some of our Honest Green customers have taken this approach, some of them have broke it down further based off of each weight tier option. You can add as many tiers as you'd like there's no limit. As well, keep in mind, these prices in this example only account for the 48 states.

Since there could be a possibility of 2 shipping methods per type of product, and since this document has all shipping options in it, I would average each weight cost. For instance:

  • Items 16 oz of less will go USPS First Class Parcel: since the shipping weight is also including all packing weights as well, not just product weight, $5.12 would be the most you'd have to pay for anything under a pound so I would set that as your first weight tier.
  • Items 2-5 LBS may go SurePost or Priority Mail depending on Zones: since it's hard to tell which shipping method the order will be sent out by you'll have to take into consideration both.
    SurePost will be anywhere from $6.96-$11.37 
    Priority Mail will be anywhere from $7.53-$18.10
    Taking the average of these options $11 would be good to cover a majority of products that fall within that weight tier. 
    With setting your tier price at this, with some products you'll make more money and some you may owe if it's closer to 5 lbs.
    OR you can always add a weight tier to forecast cost it more accurately and say 1-3 lbs: $10.00 and 3-5 lbs: $18
  • Items over 5 lbs normally go UPS Ground unless just a few zones in which Priority Mail may win: since it could be either or depending on the Zone but most likely Priority, you'll still have to take both into consideration
    If any order is between 6 lbs and 10 lbs
    UPS Ground will be anywhere from $11.37-$15.29
    Priority Mail will be anywhere form $8.68-$29.05
    So you can either average those prices, which would be $16.10
    OR you can split that weight tier up further to forecast cost more accurately and say 5-7 lbs: $18.50 and 7-10 lbs: $20
    If any order is between 11lbs - 15lbs
    UPS Ground it could be anywhere from $11.37-$18.52.
    Priority Mail it can be between $11.89-$40.02.
    So you can either average those prices, which would be $20.45
    OR you can split that weight tier up further to forecast cost more accurately and say 10-13 lbs: $20 and 13-15 lbs: $22

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