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How to add a variable cost-based shipping method to Auctiva Commerce

Auctiva Commerce allows you to manually set up custom shipping methods that accurately assess shipping charges for a customer's order. This tutorial will show you how to add a variable rate shipping method that assess shipping charges by cost of an order.

What is a "Vary by Cost" shipping method?

A "Vary by Cost" shipping method is used to assess a variable shipping charge by looking at an order's cost and comparing it to the rate table configured in this shipping method. This method specifically looks at the cost of the products in an order and not at any other variable.

Shipping method parameters

A shipping method involves multiple parameters that determine whether or not a customer's order is eligible for this shipping service. Here are those parameters:

  • Shipping zones: defines the geographical areas where products can or cannot be delivered.
  • Warehouses: defines what products will be or will not be shipped by this shipping method.
  • User groups: defines which customers can or cannot choose the shipping method at checkout.

If you need to define these parameters, it's a good idea to set them up prior to creating a shipping method. Otherwise, you could provide a shipping service for products or customers that should not be eligible.

How to add a "Vary by Cost" shipping method

For this task, you can use the Shipping Method wizard for a guided tour. To access the wizard, go to the Auctiva Commerce Dashboard and click on the Shipping link in the Welcome box. Otherwise, you can follow the steps below for more detailed instructions.

Step 1. Add a "Vary by Cost" shipping method.
  • Go to Store> Shipping> Methods
  • Locate the Add Custom Method box at the bottom of the Configure Shipping Methods page.
  • Type: Choose Vary by Cost. The Vary by Cost option assesses variable shipping charges according to the order's purchase cost.
  • Name: Enter in the name of the shipping method. This is the name that will display on your storefront as a shipping option for your customers.
  • Click on the Add button.

You should now be at the Edit Method page for this shipping method. Continue to the next step to finish creating this variable rate shipping method.

Step 2. Edit the "Vary by Cost" shipping method.
  • Ship Rate: In this field you will find a table. The Minimum and Maximum values express the range of the purchase cost for each ship rate in this table. For example, if you enter "0" in the Minimum field, "10" in the Maximum field and "5" in the Rate field, you will assess a shipping charge of "5" for an order's purchase cost of "10" or less. In this example, order purchase cost has a range from "0" to "10" and the shipping charge for this range will be "5." To add more variable rates click the Add Row button. By using the Percent option box, you can also put a percentage in the Rate field that will create a shipping charge by the percentage of the order amount.
  • Handling Fee: Enter in any handling fees to be added to the shipping charges. Choose whether the handling fee is a Fixed Amount or Percent. The Fixed Amount will be the value you enter into this field and the Percent amount will take the percentage from the order amount.
  • Choose whether or not the handling fee will show separately from the shipping charges.
  • Warehouses: Choose which warehouses that will be assigned to this shipping method. Choosing the All Warehouses option will apply this shipping method to every product in your store.
  • Zones: Choose which shipping zones will be assigned to this shipping method. Choosing the All Zones option will allow customers in every shipping zone that you've created to receive shipments by this shipping method.
  • Groups: Choose which user groups will be assigned to this shipping method. Choosing the All Groups option will allow all customers with eligible orders and shipping addresses to use this shipping method.
  • Minimum Purchase: Enter in the minimum purchase value that a customer needs to spend before this shipping method will be available. Leave this field blank if there is no minimum purchase required.
  • Tax Code: Choose a tax code option if you wish to assess taxes on the shipping charge. Don't choose a tax code if no taxes should be assessed on the shipping charge.
  • Click the Save button to finish.

That completes the task of adding a "Vary by Cost" shipping method. This method will create variable shipping charges based on the customer's order amount.

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