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Ecommerce Shipping and Handling
This page provides further details of the OzeWebHost secure ecommerce system shipping categories.
Recapping, there are three methods of calculating shipping costs:
Each shipping category defines a base value and a rate per Kg.
A component for a proportion of the total cost of the items can also be added.
So if the total weight of an order is 2Kg, the base is $2.35 and the rate per Kg $3.40,
and insurance is 5% of the item cost $55.00,
then the shipping cost would be
The merchant can edit their shipping categories by clicking on a link after going to https://www.townseek.com.au/ecoorders.html, and logging on.
Simple shipping category
Requires the following data:
Shipping category name (this appears in the selection list):
Complex shipping category
When OzeWebHost steff setup a merchant account they select a set of countries and states relevant to the merchant. All merchants will have a similar country list. If the merchant is in Australia, the states will be the Australian states. If the merchant is in USA the states will be the states of USA. Differentiating between the shipping costs of states is only relevant for the states in the merchant's country.
The Complex Category requires the following data:
Shipping category name (a name to identify this category for editting purposes):
How to determine the base and rate from discrete postal weight ranges
Given the following table for a country zone and a particular service:
For each 250g the cost increases $4. Therefore the cost per Kg is $16 (4x250g).
The cost for 0Kg is $6, therefore the base is $6.
Let's verify it. Say a product weights 1.010Kg. Then the cost is 6 + 1.010 x 16 = $22.16. Looking up the table, that is close to correct. Because a step function in the table is being converted to a linear function, this only approximates the costs. The merchant can get more accurate results by varying the product weights slightly to the bottoms of the weight ranges. For example, the above would give the correct answer if the weight were specified as 1 Kg.
The merchant may wish to add a further amount to the base to cover handling costs.
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