Couriers can specialise in certain destinations, weights and dimensions. This often means that some couriers may offer more competitive rates and transit times in metro areas whilst other carriers may have extensive regional networks and faster transit times for regional areas.
To highlight how you can create rules to allocate different couriers for metro or regional regions, we've outlined an example of how you can allocate CouriersPlease to metro orders and Australia Post to regional orders.
Switch on CouriersPlease, in your Carrier Settings.
Select 'Cheapest' in your Allocation Settings.
Refer to Australia Post's postcode definitions to see which postcode ranges are considered metro or regional. Based on the 2021 Australia Post eParcel definitions, the ranges are:
Sydney Metro postcodes: 1000-1920, 2000-2239, 2555-2574, 2740-2786
Canberra Metro postcodes: 0200-0299, 2600-2620, 2900-2920
Melbourne Metro postcodes: 3000-3210, 3335-3341, 3425-3443, 3750-3811, 3910-3920, 3926-3944, 3972-3978, 3980-3983, 8000-8899
Brisbane Metro postcodes: 2484-2494, 4000-4370, 4373-4381, 4400-4405, 4500-4580, 4600-4610, 4614-4618, 9000-9919
Adelaide Metro postcodes: 5000-5199, 5800-5999
Perth Metro postcode: 6000-6214, 6800-6999
Create a rule and add conditions for Delivery Postcodes that are outside the ranges specified above.
In the actions, select Do not allocate and enter CouriersPlease.
Click on Save and enable the rule. Make sure you enable the rule so that new orders get processed under the rule.
What happens next
For new orders addressed to metro destinations: As CouriersPlease is cheaper than Australia Post and Cheapest is selected in the Allocation Settings, it will be allocated to these orders
For new orders that have non-metro destinations: Australia Post will be allocated to the non-metro (regional) destinations as the rule has specified do not allocate to CouriersPlease.
To learn more, check out our other support articles on the Rules Engine.