Postal Codes

Postal Codes aka "ZIP" Codes for Shipping Rates

Postal Codes can be included as a Shipping Address match condition for Shipping Rates in QPilot that should only be applied to Scheduled Orders with a shipping address that includes a matching Postal Code (or "ZIP" code).

Postal Codes are defined within a Shipping Rate as the "Post Code" field and are a more specific Shipping Address match condition for Shipping Rates than State.

Single Post Code

A single Post Code can be added to define a Shipping Rate that can only apply to Scheduled Orders with the same matching Post Code.

To add a single Post Code to a Shipping Rate, select the option for "Single Post Code" and enter the value in the Post Code field.

Multiple Post Codes

Multiple Post Codes can be added to define a Shipping Rate that can apply to Scheduled Orders with a Post Code that matches any of the Post Codes defined for the Shipping Rate.

To add multiple Post Codes to a Shipping Rate, select the option for "Multiple Post Codes" and then select the "Add Post Codes". In the "Post Codes List", enter each Post Code as a separate line.

Wildcard Values for Post Codes

Multiple Post Codes can be defined by using the wildcard character (*) to specify Post Codes in a short form that have the same starting pattern.

For example, entering a Post Code of "902" will match the Shipping Rate to all Post Codes that begin with "902". Similarly, entering a Post Code of "FL" will match the Shipping Rate to all Post Codes that begin with "FL".

Using Multiple Post Codes to Define Shipping Zones

A "Shipping Zone" refers to an area or region that includes multiple Post Codes.

Examples for Creating Shipping Zones

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Important Note When Using State Level Specificities for Shipping Rates

If using a mixture of state and postal code based shipping rates, it is a good idea to include the state in your postal code based rates

How To Set Up Shipping Rates Using Postal Code Shipping Zones

Option 1: Specific: to a Single Postal Code

In the example below, a shipping rate that covers a specific postal code is applied to a rural customer who requires more expensive shipping to their postcode 66066.

Option 2: Using Multiple Postal Codes Under 1 Shipping Rate

In the example below a single Shipping Rate is created to include every postal code for a larger city with multiple different postal codes. This is done by selecting "Multiple Postal Codes" Option Within Shipping Rate Create / Edit Page & Copy Postal Codes (see result below).

Denver Postal Code Reference

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Important!

When using multiple postal codes for a single Shipping Rate, each postal code must be separated by a line break (see example below). Using separators ("," ; "|" ; etc.) are not permitted.

Result: Using any of the postal codes included in the Shipping Rate allows the Shipping Rate to apply to the Scheduled Order

Option 3: Using Multiple Wildcard Postal Codes Under 1 Shipping Rate:

Example 1: US Postal Codes

In the example below, a merchant creates a single shipping rate for all their USPS Shipping Zone 1 and 2 customers. They used the Shipping Zone Calculator to discover the postal codes that are included in zones 1 and 2.

USPS Shipping Zone Calculator

Instead of entering every postal code manually in QPilot, the merchant uses the first 3 digits of the postal code and matches every additional combination after the first 3 digits using QPilot wildcard postal codes.

Example 2: International (Canada) Postal Codes

In the example below a merchant creates a single shipping rate for all local addresses in the Canadian Forward Sorting Area codes (FSA - 1st 3 digits of Canadian postal codes) for Sudbury, Ontario province using the list found on https://can.postcodebase.com/ to gather the FSA codes.

The merchant uses wildcard characters for all the FSA's that service Sudbury. This means any Shipping Postal Code that matches the first three characters will apply the shipping rate regardless of what comes after those characters.

Listing Wildcard Postal Codes Example:

In this case, changing the postal code of the shipping address does not affect the shipping rate until a postal code that does not match the first 3 characters is used. Therefore, a shipping zone that covers their region has been created.