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Thread began 10/13/2009 3:39 am by Codesnap | Last modified 10/13/2009 10:10 pm by Codesnap | 1011 views | 3 replies |

Codesnap

Package Quantity

I'm using the eCart extension in Dreamweaver CS3 on a Mac to create a shopping cart system for a web site selling honey. All working beautifully, but I've hit a snag with our local post company (Australia Post) calculating a value for a shipment if the Package Weight is over 20kgs. It doesn't want to do it. Anything under is fine, but if it's over the shipping failure page reports a weight error.

I've tried altering the Package Quantity to calculate the ceiling value of the total weight divided by 20kgs. I'm working in grams so the calculation is ceil($eCart1->DisplayInfo("TotalWeight") / 20000). Assuming the resulting calculation is incorrect I've also tried using a value of 2, but for when the total weight is over 20kgs it just can't get past the shipping failure page.

In the above circumstance should I be using "One package for the entire order" or "One package per item purchased"? Once again, I've tried both calculations, but it still results in a weight error (only when the order is over 20kgs).

What have I done wrong? What should I be doing?

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Eric Mittman

I'm not sure what would be the best solution here, you could customize the code so that if it is over 20kg you just set it to the max value, like 19990 grams. If it is under this value then just use the value directly.

Would this solve the problem for you? If you have items to be sent that exceed the total that your provider will allow this can be a tricky thing to overcome. Please post back with some more info on this and what would be an acceptable solution for the problem and I will help you out with what I can.

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Codesnap

Package Quantity

What does package quantity refer to?

The WebAssist description (ecart_help.pdf) says ...

Package quantity: Sets the number of packages used for the shipment. If items are sent individually, this can be set as 1. Otherwise, you may wish to use dynamic data to determine how the shipment is to be broken up if there is an option for multiple packages to be sent.

Australia Post (#Data) says ...

Quantity: This is the quantity of items for which the customer is estimating the delivery charges.

I can get it to load up a maximum weight of 20kgs (if it's over), that's easy enough, but I would have thought that Australia Post would have been able to do a calculation of more than 1 package.

Got an idea though. If I divide the weight by the quantity so it sees it as 2 boxes of 12kgs in each box, could that work?

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Codesnap

... which worked a treat!

So what I did was to do a quick calculation on the total weight divided by the package count, and that worked out fine. Take note Australians using the Australia Post system.

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