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FedEx Shipping w/Packing Options (2.40)


FedEx Shipping rate computation plugin enhanced with basic packing options that can send dimensions to FedEx rate calculation. This is version 1.03ny2

 

FedEx Shipping rate computation plugin has been enhanced with basic packing options.  Two additional options have been added to the original.  The added options send package dimensions to FedEx, wheras the original does not.

This is version 1.03ny2.  The prior version (1.02), was adopted by the nopCommerce team for release in nopCommerce 2.5 and enhanced.  This is an even  further update of that version to:

a) Continue to support selection of Drop Off Type:

        BUSINESS_SERVICE_CENTER,
        DROP_BOX,
        REGULAR_PICKUP,
        REQUEST_COURIER,
        STATION,

b) New ability to accept ZipPostalCodeFrom, StateProvinceFrom, and CountryFromTwoLetterIsoCode from the shipping option request object.   Currently, this is only supported by Shipping Director; you can conditionally calculate different shipping origins (e.g. different warehouses, or dropship).  Additionally fixed, was a problem with the original FedEx plugin that did not properly handle currency conversion when the store primary currency was not the same as the origin country's currency.  Also, when neither the shipping origin's currency or the destinations currency is the same as the store primary currency, FedEx would complain that "There are no valid services available. (code: 556)".  This version will support this scenario for US / Canada shipping.

All options can now be set in the FedEx Configuration screen.  Here are the decriptions for the packing options:

  • PackByDimensions

Original - this is the default.  The number of packages is calculated based on total product item dimensions.  The configuration screen now has option to "send dimensions" to FedEx API (in addition to weight).   But, be careful here- this still uses the original "total dimension divided by # of packages".  I've posted about how that can be inaccurate and that the below cube root is better.

  • PackByVolume

The numbr of packages is based on the total product volume.  Then, it calculates package dimensions based on cube root of volume.  Volume defaults to 5,184 cubic inches.  (The setting "fedexsettings.packingpackagevolume" can now be set from the configuration screen)

  • PackByOneItemPerPackage

Each shopping cart item is a separate package.  Each shopping cart item's dimensions are used to create its FedEx package dimensions.   This is the option that should be used with the Shipping Director when it will perform the packing.  (Currently, nopC shipping plugins cannot take "packages"; thus, the Shipping Director fabricates dummy shopping cart items with "packed" dimensions, weight, and total price.).

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