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Local delivery

You can offer local delivery to the nearby customers if you deliver goods yourself or use a local delivery service.

Delivery is flexible to customize: delivery areas can be simply drawn on map, or you can use zip codes instead to designate delivery boundaries. Local delivery can be assigned to specific orders based on their price, and even limited to certain dates.

You can also create several delivery options with different rates and delivery areas.

Using Ecwid mobile app makes it easier to manage delivery since you can get directions to your customers right from the app.

Setting up local delivery

To set up local delivery in your online store:

  1. From your Ecwid admin, go to Shipping & Pickup.
  2. At the Local delivery box click + Add delivery.
  3. Depending on how you want to charge for delivery, pick one of the options and set it up:
    • Free delivery — choose this option if you want to offer free delivery to your local customers.
    • Conditional free delivery — choose this option if you want to offer free delivery only to those local customers whose orders exceed a certain amount, e.g. for orders over $100.
    • Flat rate — choose this option if you want to charge a fixed sum for delivering orders to your local customers.
    • Custom rates — this option can be used if you need to charge different delivery fees for orders within certain weight or subtotal ranges, e.g. $15 delivery of orders over 3kg and a lower delivery fee for light-weight orders.
  4. Name this delivery option or keep the suggested name.
  5. To limit the area where you deliver with this rate and terms, click Set delivery zone and set up your delivery zone.
  6. (Optional) To offer this delivery option only for orders over a certain sum, click Limit availability by order subtotal and specify the minimum order subtotal.
  7. (Optional) To prevent customers from placing orders with this delivery option at certain times (for example, at nights or during weekends), turn on the Set operating hours setting and customize the times for this method.
  8. (Optional) To allow customers choose delivery time at checkout, turn on the Ask for delivery date and time at checkout setting and customize delivery time settings to your needs. Turn this option off if you don’t want your customers to choose the date or time for the delivery.
  9. (Optional) Click Add description for customers and describe this delivery option — customers will see this information at checkout. You can include your delivery condition or your delivery time. Example: Free delivery in the central city on all $100 orders.
  10. Save & Finish.

That’s it. Now customers that live within the specified area can select local delivery when they check out.

When you are ready to deliver purchase to a customer, you can mark their order as Out for Delivery so they receive an email notification about it. Once products are received by the customer, you can change the order status to Delivered for your internal records.

Limiting local delivery to certain area

Let’s say you deliver pizza and want to take orders only from customers in your neighborhood to keep the food warm. In this case, you need to specify your delivery zone, i.e. how far you deliver orders. If a customer lives outside the specified area, they won’t be able to choose that delivery option at checkout.

To specify your local delivery area:

  1. From your Ecwid admin, go to Shipping & Pickup.
  2. Click the delivery option you want to edit or set up a new delivery option.
  3. Scroll down to the Delivery zone block. Here you can set up the local area where you deliver by drawing a zone on a map or by entering specific ZIP/postal codes:

    • Zone on map With this option you can set up a delivery radius around your store location. For example, deliver only within a 20 miles radius or 15 kilometers of your pizza place.

      To define a zone on map, click Limit by zone on map → Create or Edit Zone and drag the circles to shape the area where you deliver. Right-click on the zone to see how far you deliver (in kilometers), this can help you calculate the average delivery time. You can drag the delivery area by holding Cmd on Mac or Ctrl on Windows.

      To offer the same delivery fee for several areas but exclude some addresses, you can click + Add new zone and add additional zones on the same map so that your excluded addresses are not within any zone. To delete a zone, click on it, and then click Remove Selected Zone.
      Example: Local_delivery__7_.png If you want to charge different rates for different delivery zones, you can create several delivery options, each with its own fee and zone..
    • ZIP/postal codesIf ZIP/postal codes cover the area where you want to deliver locally, you can specify the postcodes to define your local zone. Select Limit by ZIP or postal code, then enter the zip code. For several ZIP codes, keep adding them one by one in the list:

      Limit_by_ZIP_or_postal_code.png

  4. Click Save and Finish.
If you do not use ZIP/postal codes for delivery cost calculation in your store, you can remove the zip/postal code field from the address form at checkout.

Limiting delivery to orders over certain subtotal

Usually a free or lower cost local delivery is offered to orders exceeding a certain amount to keep it profitable.

To offer a local delivery for orders over certain amount:

  1. From your Ecwid admin, go to Shipping & Pickup.
  2. Click + Add delivery.
  3. In the Conditional free delivery block, click Set Up Conditions.
  4. Enter the name for this delivery option.
  5. Below you will see the preset values that mean free delivery for orders over $30 and $3 delivery for all smaller orders:

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    Enter your values instead of the suggested subtotal range and input the delivery rate that corresponds to it. Let’s say you want to charge $1 for orders over $40 and $4 for a smaller subtotal range. Enter the maximum amount for regular charge (in our case it’s $39.99) and the minimum sum for lower-cost delivery will be changed automatically:

    Limiting_delivery_to_orders_over_certain_subtotal__2_.png

  6. Limit this delivery option to your local area. Click Set delivery zone and create a zone.
  7. (Optional) You can inform your customers about your delivery condition at checkout and thus encourage them to order more to be eligible for this delivery option. For this, click Limit availability by order subtotal and specify the minimum order subtotal. For example, $100. Now, if the order sum is lower than $100, this delivery option will still appear at checkout but will be greyed out til the customer adds more products to the cart and reaches the required minimum subtotal:

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    To make this delivery option look more attractive to customers, specify a much lower rate per order compared to other delivery methods. In our example, rate per order is $3.
    You can also set up a free delivery option to encourage your customers to buy more. Learn more about offering free delivery for orders above certain subtotal in the article about Free shipping.
  8. (Optional) If you deliver only at certain times, click Limit delivery operating hours and specify the days and hours when this delivery option should appear at checkout.
  9. (Optional) To allow your customers choose a specific time for delivery, click Ask for delivery date and time at checkout.

    To let your customers choose the date only, select Ask for date only. Turn on the Same-day delivery toggle, if you're ready to deliver immediately as the order was made. You can specify the latest time for delivery in the Cutoff for same-day delivery field. If you need time to prepare an order, specify it in the Order fulfillment time.


    To let your customers choose the date and time, select the Ask for date and time slot. In the Delivery time slot lengths specify the precision for the delivery time for customers. Turn on the Same-day delivery, if you are ready to deliver immediately as the order was made. You can specify the latest time for delivery in the Cutoff for same-day delivery field. Specify how much time you need to prepare an order in the Order fulfillment time.

  10. Add the description for this delivery option that your customers will see at checkout such as your delivery time or conditions.
  11. Click Save & Finish.

Limiting local delivery to certain time periods

You can limit delivery to certain time periods or choose blackout dates. That prevents your customers from ordering when you are unable to prepare an order in the nearest time. For example, when your restaurant kitchen is closed and you can’t prepare meals to deliver or if you need ample time to prepare for the Holiday season of heavy sales.

To limit delivery per day or per time slot:

  1. From your Ecwid admin, go to Shipping & Pickup. If you use the Ecwid app, tap Store → Shipping & Pickup.
  2. Choose the local delivery option you want to edit or create a new delivery option.
  3. Scroll down to the Limit delivery operating hours setting (or Set operating hours if you create a new delivery option) and turn it on.
    If you deliver 24/7, just don't turn on the Limit delivery operating hours so that your customers can order at any time and day they want.
  4. Check off the days and choose the time period when a delivery option is available.
    To add more than one operating hours interval during one day, click the + sign near the time slot:

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  5. (optional) To prevent customers from ordering at any time, in the Order outside of operating hours dropdown menu, choose Blocked. Customers attempting to place orders outside of the schedule will see this delivery option as unselectable with a message about the next available time for placing the order (you can change the wording):

    Limiting_local_delivery_to_certain_time_periods.png

  6. In the Blackout dates section, click + Add Blackout Date or Date Range to set up specific dates when your store doesn’t work so customers won’t be able to choose these dates for local delivery. To repeat blackout dates every year, mark the Repeat every year checkbox. 
  7. Click Save.

Specifying payment methods for local delivery

You can enable certain payment methods for local delivery only. For example, you can add the Cash on delivery payment method and set it up so that it will only be available for customers who chose local delivery during checkout. In that case scenario, customers from other cities or countries won’t see the Cash on delivery payment option.

To limit payment methods for local delivery:

  1. From your Ecwid admin, go to Payment.
  2. Choose a payment you want to enable for the local delivery and click Edit. For example, it’s Cash on delivery.
  3. Scroll down to Payment method availability based on shipping choice and click Limit availability by shipping method‍.
  4. Click Select Methods and tick boxes for all shipping methods you want this payment to be available to. For example, Self-pickup and Local delivery. Then click Select.
  5. Click Save.

Now your customers will be able to pay in cash only if they choose Self-pickup or Local delivery as their delivery method at checkout.

Adding delivery time picker at checkout

You can enable a date and time picker at checkout, allowing customers to choose convenient delivery times from the calendar without contacting you for details. Delivery time picker creates a better customer experience, and you can use it as a business management tool. For example, suppose you make cakes or flower bouquets for special occasions. In that case, it comes in handy to know in advance the delivery date.

To enable date and time picker for your customers at checkout:

  1. Go to Shipping & Pickup and choose the delivery option you want to edit or create a new one.
  2. At the local delivery settings page, make sure you have the Limit delivery operating hours toggle turned on and set up the Delivery operating hours. That time will be taken into account when calculating the nearest delivery date and time at checkout. If you don't specify the delivery hours, your customers will be able to pick any days of the week and hours in the delivery time picker at checkout.
  3. (optional) In the Blackout dates section, click + Add Blackout Date or Date Range to set up specific dates when your store doesn’t work, so customers won’t be able to choose these dates for pickup. To repeat blackout dates every year, tick the Repeat every year checkbox.
  4. Scroll to Ask for delivery date and time at checkout and turn it on.
  5. Choose Ask for date only option to limit delivery time choice for buyers by date only.
    Choose Ask for date and time slot if you want your customers to choose the date and time of delivery according to your operating hours.
  6. If you picked Ask for date and time slot option, you need to specify delivery time slot lengths. (If you picked Ask for date only, proceed to step 7). The time slot is set up for 1 hour by default. That means your customers can choose delivery within a 1-hour window, for example, 10:00 — 11:00 AM. You can pick another time slot in the dropdown menu if you deliver faster or longer than that:

    Delivery_time_picker_at_checkout__7_.png

  7. Turn on the Same-day delivery setting to let your clients choose delivery on the same day they place the order. Leave it disabled if you don’t want to rush or need time to plan the delivery route.
    You can customize the latest time for same-day delivery in the Cutoff for same-day delivery field. It’s useful if you deliver all orders at a particular time every day, or if you run a restaurant and the kitchen is closing at 20:00. In that case, you may want to choose 19:00 as a cutoff time for same-day delivery. So if a customer places their order after 19:00, they will be able to choose a delivery time for the next business day.
  8. Select the convenient Order Fulfillment Time — an average time it takes for you to prepare an order for delivery plus your average delivery time.
    For example, you run a restaurant, and your kitchen staff prepares one course in 20 minutes. You deliver an order within an hour. So it’s better to set up 90 minutes as your Order Fulfillment Time.
    Order Fulfillment Time is taken into account when offering delivery time picker at checkout. Let’s say you choose 1 hour. If a customer places an order at 12:15, the nearest delivery slot will be 14:00 — 15:00, not 13:00 — 14:00.
  9. (optional) In the Allow choosing delivery date within, specify the maximum possible delivery date that your customers can choose in the date picker. If you are not sure an item will be in stock in a month, you can set a restriction so that customers can make an order no later than a date you pick. 
  10. Click Save & Finish.

Charging different delivery fees in different areas

To charge different delivery fees depending on the distance from your store, you can add several delivery options in your store, each with its own rate and zone. For this, follow these steps as many times as many delivery options you need: Setting up local delivery. For example, you sell flowers and want to bring orders for free to the customers in your store area and offer a $5 delivery for customers from more distant areas. In this case you need to set up one delivery option as Free Delivery and another delivery option as a Flat Rate delivery.

During the set up make sure to create a separate delivery zone for every delivery option that do not overlap with each other. If the zones overlap, i.e customer’s address is in both zones, both delivery options will show up at checkout for the customer’s choice.

Here is an example of a zone setup for each delivery option if you want to offer free delivery to your nearest customers (zone 1) and a paid delivery to more remote areas, say, $5 delivery option for the neighbouring areas (zone 2) and $10 delivery option for more distant customer addresses (zone 3).

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You can make a screenshot of your delivery area(s) and add the image to the Delivery page on your website where you describe your shipping/delivery/pickup policies. Thus your customers will see before checkout if you deliver to their address and what is the delivery fee.

Delivering from multiple locations

Assume, you have two restaurant locations and want to prepare and deliver food from the location that is nearest to your customer’s address. In this case you can create two delivery options with different names using this instruction Setting up local delivery and draw different delivery areas on map for each option. This way, during the checkout process people from one area will see the delivery method #1 and the people from the other area will see the method #2. When you receive an order, in the order details you will see the chosen delivery method and will know which location should prepare and send the food to the customer.

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