Free Shipping and Shipping freights

Free Shipping and Shipping freights

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    Compatible: 5.1.0.x - 5.3.4.x
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Author: X-Cart team
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The module gives you an opportunity to mark the products which are shipped for free. The free shipping is unconditional, i.e. so far you can not configure any special offers like "these products, if purchased together, are shipped for free" or "buy 10+ items and get free shipping". If the free shipping is enabled for a particular product, this product is always shipped for free,

The question is in the shipping calculation logic. We have so many different points of view of how this module should work, that haven't managed to come to a common vision. So we decided to roll out this very 'edition', collect your feedback and adjust it accordingly.

Depending on the shipping methods configuration there are 2 different workflows

  • if you use real-time shipping rates calculation, the "free shipping products" are excluded from shipping cost calculation at all
  • if you use manually-defined shipping rates, the "free shipping products" are taken into account selecting the shipping methods and rates available (iteration 1), but they don't take part in shipping cost calculation itself (iteration 2)

The second use-case most probably requires some extra clarification.

Example 1

You have 2 items:
Item One - 0.5 lb, free shipping=yes.
Item Two - 0.5 lb, free shipping=no.

You have 2 rates:
Rate One: 0-0.99lb, flat rate - $5.00
Rate Two: 1-1.99lb, flat rate - $10.00

In this case depending on the combination of products in the cart the shipping rates will be as follows:
Item One only - $0.00 ( as the product is to be shipped for free).
Item Two only - $5.00 (Rate One is applied)
Item One and Item Two together - $10.00 ( Rate Two is applied, as a result of the 1st iteration Rate One is excluded, since the Product One+Product Two have weight equal to 1lb, and the flat rate for Rate Two is $10.00 regardless of the number of items

Example 2

You have 2 items:
Item One - 0.5 lb, free shipping=yes, item cost- 100$
Item Two - 0.5 lb, free shipping=no, item cost- 50$

You have 2 rates:
Rate One: 0-0.99lb, rate - 10%
Rate Two: 1-1.99lb, rate - 15%

In this case depending on the combination of products in the cart the shipping rates will be as follows:
Item One only - $0.00 ( as the product is to be shipped for free).
Item Two only - $5.00 (Rate One is applied,50$*10%=$5 )
Item One and Item Two together - $7.50 ( Rate Two is applied, as a result of the 1st iteration Rate One is excluded, since the Product One+Product Two have weight equal to 1lb, and the percent-based Rate Two is applied, but to Item Two only,50$*15% -$7.5)

We look forward to your suggestions of how to improve this logic.

To set free shipping on orders that meet certain conditions, follow the instructions in X-Cart 5 user manual.

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