Scott Swedorski wrote:
Right now we have not really tackled shipping. The initial 'pro' version will also not have any new abilities in this area either. Once we get a few more important items out of the way, this will be one of our next items to look into.
Unfortunately that will make the forthcoming pro version a totally unrealistic proposition for those of us that have variance in our product weights.
The only workable solution I found with my other carts, was a simple flat database table, where I put prices for shipping up to 100gms, up to 250gms, up to 500gms etc, these being replicated for three different zones, in my case UK only, Europe and outside Europe, with the prices altered for the international destinations (obviously). The weight is entered for each inventory item and during the shopping session these weights are totalled up. When the customer chooses their shipping destination from the dropdown on the cart page, it simply takes the destination area and combined weight and fetches the appropriate shipping price from the database table. Simple but extremely effective.
As you already have the weight input in SCC and variants on shipping, you have much of the infrastructure in place there, to implement a system like this at some stage. By making the weight bands in the table user definable, you have an incredibly flexible system that is easy to update, to reflect any future increases in shipping costs.