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Advanced shipping functionality, including: Multiple flat rate; Flat rate + live rates; Allow/Disallow specific countries, states/provinces/postal codes; specific shipping methods per products (for oversized, freight, etc.); package dimensions;

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    Adminfoxycart_brett (Admin, FoxyCart) shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    started  ·  Adminfoxycart_brett (Admin, FoxyCart) responded  · 

    Update: We currently have the foundation of the new shipping system built, as well as a very cool UI for it, which allows custom rule building. We are continuing to work on this, and will update as we have details. (We can’t get more specific on a release date, but we’re working hard. Trust us: Shipping is a large support burden for us, and we know it’s can be a significant issue for you. We’re excited about this new system though.)

    In the meantime, there’s a LOT you can do currently: http://wiki.foxycart.com/snippets/start
    If you need help with any of those shipping customizations just let us know in the forum.

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      • Cliff stoll commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        For UPS shipments, we need dimensional weight

        ... our boxes are lightweight. Although the products may weigh 9 or 10 ounces, because the package is fairly large, UPS charges us for a 2 or 3 pound package. However, Foxycart only charges the customer for a 9 or 10 ounce shipment. Result: we lose several dollars per shipment.

      • Keri Morgret commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Another vote for dimensions included in the shipping, especially with FedEx also now using dimensional weights for all ground shipping. We have fiberglass boat models that can be just a few pounds, but six feet long.

      • Beau Simensen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I was sort of hoping that package dimensions were going to be used somewhat soon since it was being talked about here. However, I just realized people have been asking for this as far back as 2008?!

        We are selling art and have had to make due w/ the live shipping rates not handling envelope shipments very well but thought we'd be fine selling larger paintings (functionality I'm currently working how). However, I realize now that dimensions are super important for that as well as our paintings can run anywhere fro 6"x6" to 18"x24" of varying depths. Shipping rates can vary drastically and assuming 1'x1'x1' will either cause our customers to pay way too much in shipping or we're going to get stuck eating a large chunk of profit to pay for shipping.

        Truth be told, one of the biggest reasons I wanted to use FoxyCart was because of the built-in live rates for multiple shipping companies. This is because I didn't want to have to write my own solution for shipping. At this point I'm not sure if I'd be better off just writing my own shipping calculator and bring it all in house.

        The last update on here was from January 27th, 2014 in which it was stated that the foundation had been built and that there was a UI already in place. Is there any new update that can be added or is it still "work in progress" w/ no more specifics on release date?

      • dustystrings commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Any updates on this project? UPS is now using dimensional weight for all sizes of package, and USPS has also implemented dimensional weight pricing for domestic Priority Mail. Since we ship a number of items that are lightweight but large, it's getting more and more difficult to get along with the assumption that all boxes are smaller than a cubic foot. We're wondering if we should just hang in there for now because a more robust system is not too far off, or if we should spend the time to revamp our custom shipping logic to try and cover the extra costs for large packages.

      • dustystrings commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Here's another vote for multi-carton shipping, which for our needs would be covered by a "ships by itself" option.

      • Peter commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        When length, width and height are incorporated into Shipping, will it be possible for the Shipping function to pick the correct sized box? I have a client that has *packing size* dimensions all figured out. So, if someone order 1 each of 3 distinctly sized products, the Shipping can figure out if it requires USPS Priority Small, Medium, or Large.

      • Adminfoxycart_brett (Admin, FoxyCart) commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        @anonymous and others: No need to check for duplicate suggestions or requests. It's worth it for us to know how many people need which types of features, so please feel free to add your own comments even if they've already been laid out by others.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Finding a potentially similar comment is difficult and time consuming so, unfortunately I may be duplicating someone's suggestion. I did globally search the forum and some of the resulting pages but, so far, none of the results are close to what I'm interested in.

        I'd like to see in the admin's control for shipping the ability to specify a breakpoint for shipping weight. Instead of writing scripts (as required in ver 1.1), I'd like to type in a weight (I also imagine a more complex possibility to set breakpoints based on quantity of an item in a given category or maybe even the volume of that product. But, for my needs, I only need a weight breakpoint.)

        The FC cart would send to checkout processing it's calculation of the expected number of boxes based on these breakpoints. For example, I need to add a box to the shipment every time the total weight exceeds a multiple of 30 lbs. If the cart has a 96 lb order, the checkout would send to live shipping rate processing 3 boxes @ 30 lbs and 1 box at 6 lbs.

        In other words, once a shipment exceeds the breakpoint, FC makes that shipment quantity of boxes shipped +1. Example, FC assumes 1 box shipped. I set the weight breakpoint to be 30 lbs and each time the sum of the weights for the products in the cart exceeds a multiple of 30 lbs, FC then

      • Steve Dobkins commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        One feature lacking in most systems (since it gets pretty complicated) is multi-carton shipping. Rates will change on shipping two cartons vs. one carton on a single shipment. Also, client may need to use multiple sized cartons.

      • Adminfoxycart_brett (Admin, FoxyCart) commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        @Neil: We'll respond by email, but short answer: We're looking at later 2014 or into 2015, probably. We know this is a giant need for FoxyCart users, and we're working towards it.

        In the meantime, a _lot_ can be accomplished via some of the hacks, and we're happy to help you get things customized just right for you. Email us at help@foxycart.com and one of our team (most likely Adam) will help you get what you need.

      • Neil Creagh commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi guys, Great work on Foxycart! Honestly, what kind of timeline are we talking about before SuperShip is released? Could you just indicate if we're talking abut a few weeks, a few months, or maybe next year?
        I have a couple of projects coming up that I'd love to use Foxycart for but without having an easier way to implement weight based shipping calculations to different destinations I think I'll use another solution, unfortunately. I love the Foxycart model, and how un-opinionated it is with regards to the CMS set-up, but setting up this custom shipping set-up is very difficult.

      • Scott commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We operate a Canadian store and utilize Canada Post for shipping. Are there plans to include Canada Post as a live ship option in v2?

        Barring that, what would you the recommend? (Store owner said he probably could set flat-rates for all of North America, based on product, but he'd prefer to have accuracy, rather than have to err on the expensive side and lose competitiveness).

      • Benji commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I would like to be able to offer a coupon that would give free shipping to specific locations so I can target sales a campaigns to that location. Example: A coupon for free shipping to USA this week. The only way I know how to do this is to apply free shipping to every order which is a pain.

      • Matt Keith (Pentagear) commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It would be nice to have a shipping feature in the add-to-cart API, so the seller can handle shipping entirely on their own through their web management solution which could then simply pass the rate on to FoxyCart through the customer's cart.

      • DebK commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        A function for Multiple Origin Postal Codes which would provide accurate shipping rates when product is drop shipped.

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