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Return Policy: International customers as well as Alaska and Hawaii pays for return shipping

Optimize international returns by requiring customers from Alaska, Hawaii, and other countries to cover return shipping costs, balancing customer service and cost-effectiveness.

Use Case

  • International Returns
  • Reduce Return Costs

Common Vertical

  • Fashion
  • Consumer Electronics
  • B2B

Oftentimes we need to have exceptions for specific states such as Alaska and Hawaii or countries such as Canada where the return cost might be higher.

International customers Alaska and Hawaii


International customers Alaska and Hawaii


International customers Alaska and Hawaii

Important: Current limitation only allows to select one state or country, if multiple states are required such as Alaska and Hawaii it’s required to create multiple conditions.

Outcome – charge for restocking fee

OR – charge for return fee

International customers Alaska and Hawaii

Overview - Navigating Global E-commerce Shipping and Returns

  • Introduction: In the world of e-commerce, shipping and returns are inevitable. But when it comes to international customers, the costs can skyrocket. You need a strategy that keeps your business profitable without alienating these customers.

  • Challenges: High return shipping costs from distant locations can erode your margins. Without a clear policy, you could be absorbing expenses that harm your bottom line.
  • Common Mistakes: Many store owners fail to communicate their return policies effectively, leading to customer dissatisfaction and potential loss of business.
  • Missed Opportunities: Not customizing return policies based on location means missing out on potential savings and more efficient operations.
  • Solution: Implement a system that allows you to set location-based rules for return shipping, such as refund deductions or restocking fees, ensuring transparency and fairness in your return policies.
  • Importance (ROI): By tailoring your return policies, you can maintain profitability on international sales and those from Alaska and Hawaii. Clear communication of these policies ensures customers are informed, which can lead to increased trust and reduced friction in the return process. Not addressing this can result in continued financial losses and a tarnished brand reputation.

Setup in Backend - How We Achieve It?

  • Custom Rules: Set up rules that automatically identify international orders or those from Alaska and Hawaii, applying appropriate fees or deductions.

  • Policy Transparency: Ensure that return policies are clearly stated and easily accessible to customers to maintain trust and avoid surprises.
  • Flexible Configuration: Create a system that allows for flat fees or percentage-based restocking charges, adaptable to each unique destination.

The Customer Experience - What We Will Achieve

  • Informed Decisions: Customers from all locations will understand the return shipping costs upfront, allowing them to make informed purchasing decisions.
  • Fair Treatment: By setting clear policies, customers feel they are treated fairly, even when additional costs are involved.
  • Consistent Communication: Customers receive timely updates about their return status, including any deductions or fees, which enhances the overall experience.


Q1: How are return shipping costs calculated for international customers or those from Alaska and Hawaii?

A1: Costs are determined by location-based rules set within the system, which can be a flat fee or a percentage of the refund, known as a restocking fee.

Q2: Will these return shipping policies affect my conversion rates with customers from these locations?

A2: As long as the policies are clearly communicated and competitive within your market, your unique or high-value products should retain their appeal.

Q3: Can I customize the restocking fee or refund deduction for different destinations?

A3: Yes, the system allows for flexible configuration to set specific fees for each destination you wish to configure.

Q4: How do I ensure my customers are aware of these return shipping policies?

A4: Clearly state these policies in your returns overview and make sure they are easily accessible during the purchase process.

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