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fishtail

Member Since 11 Jan 2010
Offline Last Active Aug 22 2014 03:47 AM
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In Topic: How Does Everyone Calculate Shipping

12 June 2014 - 05:57 PM

Just for kicks I looked up my past 3 years of sales and the freight charges I actually paid. The freight charges that I paid were a consistent 16.5% to 17% of the sales amount(not including freight). I do have shipping properties set up for the most part just for weight. Some items I do use items/box & box size. I guess if I really wanted to I could just figure 17% for shipping.
FYI: my products have a wide range of sizes. From the size of a quarter to 16 feet long.


I had some time today, so I checked as well. It looks like just using weight does seem to get pretty close to the actual cost that FedEx charges us, versus using box dimensions (which is waay more expensive because it calculates every items shipped separately I'm assuming). But it's still off by about $10 more ($37) on an item that should be about $27 shipping (that was one of the example orders I checked). It's quite a bit of a difference for our regular customers that know our shipping costs.

It turns out for us it's around 3% shipping on average. I guess it's so low because of volume and our business account.

In Topic: Free Addon - Search By Product Code For Cs-Cart 4.x

12 June 2014 - 01:46 PM

Works great! Thanks.

I was having nightmares about entering all the product codes in the "Keywords" section of every product. Not sure why cs-cart doesn't make that default in the first place. Although I was already able to search by product code in the admin.

Thanks again!

In Topic: How Does Everyone Calculate Shipping

11 June 2014 - 07:42 PM

We use custom shipping methods so box size and item dimensions don't work. We use weight based shipping and whilst many of the weights are estimated we pretty much get it right (those products which are light but large will be given a higher shipping weight, and those that might need a lot of packing) - but there is an element of some we win, some we lose - but mostly it's spot on.

Yes CS does support % cost of products for your shipping charge.

Barry


I haven't had time to test out the costs yet, but using weight only might be an option. The only thing, though, is I have a feeling with Fedex, package dimensions will have a big impact on shipping cost. If a package is 2"x2"x2" and weighs 5 lbs (hypothetically), versus a package of the same weight that's 36"x12"x12", the bigger one will most likely cost us more to ship.

But none-the-less, it's good to hear what others are doing for shipping. Thanks!

In Topic: How Does Everyone Calculate Shipping

05 June 2014 - 03:15 AM

Thanks for your input, jimmyod.

It's so rare that any of our customers order only 1 product at a time from our store. We're using cs-cart as a distributor, rather than a retailer, but the only big difference is that we have an approved list of customers buying from us. Our customers often buy thousands of dollars of products at a time, and as you stated we "package smartly" by trying to fit as many products as possible in one box so shipping is cheaper for the customer.

Currently we receive our orders and enter shipping costs manually afterwards. It's just longer and sometimes surprises the customer with extra costs after the fact.

The other option we were thinking of doing is simply averaging out the cost of shipping and making a "percentage" of the order for everyone (eg. add 3% to the cost of each order.) But I'm not sure if CS-Cart allows that yet.

In Topic: Checkout Steps

08 May 2014 - 04:57 AM

Hm... We have tested it and it worked. Note that this code will work on the first visit of the checkout page only. So if you go to the next step at least one time, the default behavior will be used until the session is cleared.


It works. Thank you very much! That's exactly what I did wrong. I signed out and cleared my browser cache, and it worked.

We'll need a few custom add-ons and changes done to our store at some point in the near future, I'm assuming you do this based on your website information. I like to pay back the people who lend a helping hand, so we will come to you when the time comes.

Thanks again!