The term 'shipping' is used to refer to the costs of transporting an order to the customer, although normally of course this is done by the postal service and ships are rarely-involved except perhaps for heavy overseas orders.
CDStore has two main methods of calculating shipping; a flexible banded system by either order weight or order value and a real time UPS rates feed. Shipping can also be switched off completely for sites that have no additional shipping charges to apply.
This system comprises a list of bands, each representing a price or weight range for a particular shipping method and destination region, for which a cost can be specified. The number of bands is virtually unlimited, with as many regions and shipping methods as required.
You can choose whether you wish to charge for each order by either the total weight of the order or by the total order value. You can also provide a 'pickup option' to allow customers to pick up the order personally from your high-steet store or premises.
If you just want to charge a standard rate for all of your orders; sure the store can do that as well.
The UPS real time Shipping integration in CDStore allows you to get live shipping costs dynamically from the UPS website. During the checkout process, various pieces of information are passed over to UPS, which then works out the various shipping methods and corresponding prices it can offer. CDStore uses this information to display shipping options and to calculate the shipping price for the order.
The system will also give estimated delivery times for some of the shipping methods. Please note that accuracy of the options and prices quoted is subject to some limitations. The price quote of UPS is only as good as the accuracy you have used when setting product weight within CDStore. Various other factors that are not passed to UPS, such as package dimensions, can also affect the price.
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