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Calculating shipping based on the Number of Items in an order

You may wish to charge delivery on the number of items.  An example may be a chutney maker who charges £10 delivery plus £1 per case, and free for 21 cases or more.

Step one: set the Condition to Item Count.

Step two: use Min and Max to set the brackets for which each rule would apply.

For example: For 1-20 units, there is a delivery charge, above 20 delivery is free. 

You will need two rows, set the first Min and Max to 1 and 20, the second Min and Max to 21 and 1000. Note you always need a maximum number, so set it to a number above any order you have ever taken.

Step three: set the base cost (“Row Cost”) and then incremental cost (“Item Cost”) for each tier of charge.

For example: For 1-20 units, there is a delivery charge of £10 plus £1 per extra case dispatched. 

  • Enter “10” in Row Cost to denote the minimum or base cost
  • Enter “1” in Item Cost, to denote £1 for every extra case added to the order.

For the free delivery for 21 cases and above enter “0” in both Row Cost and Item Cost.

Step four: Give your delivery charge a Label.  Your Label is displayed to the customers on the product page and at Checkout. 

For example: you deliver by courier, typically next day dispatch for 1-2 day delivery. You might use the Labels

  • “2-3 day delivery (Free delivery over 20 cases)” for chargeable delivery; and
  • “2-3 day Free delivery”

There may be occasions where the Customer might choose between delivery options, for example “Next day” for when you dispatch immediately by courier, and “Thursday Delivery” for when you do van deliveries for that area.  Use your Labels to communicate this to the customer.

Step five: Repeat the above for the other 4 Standard Shipping Zones as required.

Step six: Finish and Update your page to save your work.

Example: Sending multiples of similar items

Dave has a biscuit shop. People often buy multiples of his
biscuit packs. His base rate of shipping is £2, and then each biscuit pack adds £1 to shipping. To create his shipping rules, Dave does the following:

Condition: Item count
Min:1 Max:100
Cost – 2
Item Cost – 1

When customers purchase his biscuit packs, they are charged as follows:
1 biscuit pack: £3
2 biscuit packs: £4
3 biscuit packs: £5, etc

Updated on 23rd December 2018

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