During lockdowns, I assisted a local farm doing meat delivery in Indianapolis through their Shopify store. They had a number of vendors who assembled the system prior to me coming on board but had quite a few issues with the integrations. I helped to tighten the integrations and optimization of the site, helping them to achieve record sales and reducing customer complaints.
Many people don’t realize that offering delivery is an option with Shopify. While it’s not a feature of the core platform, there are apps that do a great job. In this case, the solution was Zapiet for Store Pickup and Delivery.
Zapiet Store Pickup + Delivery
With their app, I was able to create distinct ZIP code-based zones that have set preparation times and delivery days. We were also able to add store locations for customers to directly pick up their orders. Preparation times enable the staff to have time to assemble the orders, load, and deliver them or have them picked up. In this client’s case, they had their own delivery force. The app integrates with other delivery services, too, though.
The integration with the Shopify cart is seamless, allowing the customer to select delivery or store pickup. If it’s delivery, the postal codes or zips are validated as the location that’s delivered to, and a date selector is provided to select the appropriate delivery date. If it’s a store pickup, you can find the closest store. If you only have one location, you just select when you’d like to pick up the order. Here’s what it looks like on my client’s site:
Zapiet’s Shopify App is so successful that their support team said they’ve added over one thousand stores during the pandemic when stores were struggling to enable store pickup or delivery.
The app is incredibly flexible. When we needed to close down store pickup, it was as easy as turning it off in the app and we can always re-enable it when the crisis is over. We also enabled a nice message bar that comes with the app, enabling new visitors to check to see if we deliver to their zip code.
Features of Store Pickup + Delivery Include:
- Store Pickup: Zapiet’s Store Pickup feature allows customers to select a convenient pickup location and time at checkout. Merchants can easily manage multiple pickup locations, making it simple for customers to collect their orders.
- Local Delivery: This feature enables customers to choose a local delivery option during checkout. Merchants can set up delivery zones based on postal codes, distance, and/or fees, allowing for more efficient and cost-effective deliveries.
- Delivery Rates: Zapiet’s Store Pickup + Delivery app allows merchants to create and manage custom delivery rates. This helps businesses offer flexible and competitive delivery pricing options to their customers.
- Date & Time Picker: This feature allows customers to select their preferred delivery or pickup date and time at checkout. Merchants can set the availability, lead times, and blackout dates to ensure that orders are processed and fulfilled efficiently.
- Calendar Sync: The app integrates with popular calendar services such as Google Calendar and iCalendar. This allows merchants to easily sync and manage their pickup and delivery schedules, ensuring accurate and up-to-date information.
- Inventory Management: Zapiet’s Store Pickup + Delivery app supports inventory management for multiple locations. Merchants can easily track and manage inventory levels at each location, making it easier to fulfill orders and avoid stockouts.
- Real-time Order Updates: The app provides real-time updates on order status, allowing merchants to monitor and manage their order fulfillment process more effectively.
- Customizable Design: The Store Pickup + Delivery app’s interface is fully customizable, enabling merchants to tailor the appearance and functionality to match their store’s branding and user experience.
- Multi-Language Support: The app supports multiple languages, making it accessible to customers worldwide and enhancing the overall shopping experience.
- Comprehensive Analytics: Zapiet’s Store Pickup + Delivery app provides in-depth analytics and reporting, allowing merchants to track and analyze their pickup and delivery performance, and make informed decisions to improve their business.
And, if you want to customize your delivery rates, Zapiet also has an app for Delivery Rates by Distance or Delivery Rates by Zip Code. Zapiet offers a free trial, so you can check the app suits your workflow and does what you need. Cancel within that time and you won’t be charged.