Bringing your business online is no more an option and seeing the present pandemic time it has become important to prepare your business as per the new requirements of the people.
Although, with WordPress Ecommerce you can start an advanced online store with pickup and home-delivery options. But this pickup-only store is very good for small businesses who don’t want to depend on third-party logistic services and are not interested in hiring someone personally for that.
You can make your store yourself, add products, payment methods and start serving your local clients with store pickup options so that they can browse your products online, preorder from home, and pick up their parcel without crowding your place.
How To Start An Ecommerce Store?
Simply start by registering your domain name and then subscribe to WordPress Ecommerce. Once you are subscribed to the service, the automated process will guide you in connecting your domain name with your store website and set up the basic options to make your store website ready for the customers.
How To Enable ‘Local Pickup’ Option?
Local Pickup is a shipping option that can be enabled on your WordPress Ecommerce website from your admin area Dashboard -> WooCommerce -> Settings page.
- Click the ‘Shippings’
- Click ‘Add Shipping Zone’ button
- Select the region you are serving
- Click ‘Add Shipping Method’
- Select ‘Local Pickup’
Save your changes and you would be able to use this shipping method on your products. If you have multiple outlets, you can select more regions on the third step.
How To Extend Local Pickup Option?
This can be done by installing and activating a WordPress plugin called Advanced Local Pickup for WooCommerce. The plugin allows you to mark order status as ‘Ready for Pickup’ and send your customers an email having important pickup instructions.
Once the order is picked up from your store, you can mark the order status as ‘Picked Up’ and send another email notification to the customer.
The given plugin allows you to handle pickup orders more conveniently by extending the default WooCommerce local pickup functionality with more options:
- You can mark orders as ‘Ready for Pickup’ and send email notifications to your customers
- You can mark orders as ‘Picked up’ and again notify your customers
- You can set pick up instructions such as location name, address, work hours and special instructions
- You can customize the order status emails subject, heading, and content
- You can customize the pickup instruction display on the order status emails
- You can add pickup location & details to the processing order email and the order received page
You May Either Make A ‘Pickup Only Store’ Or Use It With Other Shipping Options
Local Pickup option can be enabled with or without other shipping methods you have on your WordPress Ecommerce website. The given plugin simply helps you to conveniently handle orders marked for pickup. It does this by extending the default ‘Local Pickup’ functionality you get with your WordPress Ecommerce website.