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Allow customer to choose shipping

Thread began 6/12/2009 7:30 am by Travis250923 | Last modified 6/16/2009 4:55 pm by Travis250923 | 2949 views | 19 replies |

Travis250923

Allow customer to choose shipping

Is there any tutorial on setting up shipping for USPS to allow a customer to choose the type of shipping i.e. parcel post vs. priority?

Thanks

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Ray BorduinWebAssist

I'm not sure about the documentation. I do know how to do it:

1) Open up your snippits panel and find the dropdown list associated with USPS shipping types and drag it into place on your checkout page.

2) Open up your confirm page and store the posted value from the ship type list into a session variable

3) Update the USPS server behavior on that page specifying the ship type from the Session variable you just stored.

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Travis250923

Thanks I check it out.

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Travis250923

So I got this working but I have one problem. I am getting errors when selecting Priority:

-2147219431DomesticRatesV3:clsRateV3.ValidateContainer;RateEngineV3.ProcessRequestInvalid container type. Valid container types for Priority Mail are Flat Rate Envelope, Sm Flat Rate Box, Md Flat Rate Box and Lg Flat Rate Box.1000440

API=RateV3&XML=PRIORITY481974819710LARGE

I think it has to do with the package type. How can I tell it to use one package type for one shipping type vs another?

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Travis250923

Hmmmm....I think this will work:

if ( $_SESSION['USPS_Shipping'] == 'PRIORITY' ) {
echo '$Shipping_PackageArray[$Shipping_PackageIndex]["PackageType"] = "FLAT RATE BOX"; ';
} else {
echo '$Shipping_PackageArray[$Shipping_PackageIndex]["PackageType"] = "YOURPACKAGING"; ';
}

Hard to tell since I have other shipping errors going on that we're trying to figure out with a support ticket.

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Ray BorduinWebAssist

That seems right, but I think you may need to pass a code instead of the text itself.

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Travis250923

You mean instead of using the text PRIORITY as the value on the checkout page and session variable place a numerical value like 1?

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Ray BorduinWebAssist

I forget what their codes are.... I just looked it appears YOURPACKAGING is correct.

If you are using a flat rate box, you probably don't need it calculated at all... it is a flat rate.

You may only want to calculate when you aren't using a flat rate box and always use "YOURPACKAGING" when calculating the rate.

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Travis250923

Oh I see what you're getting out. However I think it would be just easier to set itto return a price from USPS for all options than to code a flat rate for the priority and variable rates for the others...I mean you guys have already done the work so why mess with success right. :)

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Ray BorduinWebAssist

I don't think the shipping calculator works for flat rate boxes. I'm not sure but I think it is only designed for custom packaging. That might be the reason for the packaging error.

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