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setting up different shipping cost depending on dimensional weight and zones

Thread began 1/08/2010 4:10 am by teethirty | Last modified 1/14/2010 5:50 pm by teethirty | 1465 views | 6 replies

Eric Mittman

You are on the rite track, the table for the cities and zones looks good. There is a problem with the way the weight classes and zones table is setup though. Rather than have columns for 1, 2, 3 with the prices in them you should instead have the columns like this:

weight_class, zone, price

The table will hold the same amount of info but it will have a unique record for each weight class and zone combination. When the rule is created you will have some custom code on your confirm page that will do the following:

The first thing you do is filter a recordset on the user entered city and store the zone for that city in a session variable. Next you will calculate your dimensional weight and store that result in a session variable. Finally you will have another recordset that will search your new weight_zones table that will be filtered on the zone and dimensional weight stored in the session variables. This will give you the shipping cost that you can store in a session variable.

The final part will be to create a shipping charge rule that will apply a flat rate shipping based on the value of this shipping cost session variable.

There is another part of this that needs to be addressed also, is this weight based on a per line item basis, or do you multiply based on the quantity. If you multiply based on the quantity then you should add a new calculated column to your cart for total dimensions. This will multiply the dimensions column you added by the quantity to give you a total dimensions for that item.

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