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Managing Products: Measurement

The Measure Tab allows the supplier to specify where a product has a non-predictable size.

This is generally only necessary when the measurement is not an exact unit (i.e. “2”) but may be a decimal “2.21”. Where products are measured in exact numbers, the simpler procedure of buying a number of products works well.

The most common required option for measurement is Set but not predictable Measurements.

Example:

The product is a whole cheese which varies between 1.8 and 2.2kgs. The Buyer can not specify the weight, only the number of cheeses; the supplier needs to adjust the weight when the product(s) is picked from the storeroom. In this case the product needs to show an indicative (average) weight on the product page so the total invoice in the checkout will be approximately correct.

Set but not predictable Measurements

Follow these steps if your products have set but not predictable measurements.

For this we will use the example of a supplier selling whole cheeses that are between 1.8 and 2.2 kgs, averaging 2kgs. The Customer can only order whole cheeses, priced at £12/kg. The supplier will need to amend the customer invoice when the product is picked to allow for up to 200g variation on each cheese.

  1. Measurement [DROP-DOWN]: set the drop-down to the type of measurement that applies to your product. In this example we are using Weight. Further boxes to be completed will appear
  2. Show Product Price Per Unit [CHECK BOX] Check this box to display product pricing per unit on the frontend. This checkbox toggles between unit pricing and per unit pricing. In the above example, unit pricing would be an average whole cheese: £24 (average weight 2kg at £12/kg), and per unit price is the price per kilo, £12/kg. For most Buyers the per kg price is the most relevant price as that is what would be passed onto the customer. Therefore in this example we tick the box. Pricing Label (3) below and Pricing Unit (4) below will appear for completion
  3. Pricing label [TEXT BOX]: state how the price applies and what the weight band is. Example: “Price per kg: typical 1.8-2.2kg per cheese”
  4. Pricing unit [DROP-DOWN]: select the measurement to correspond with your Pricing Label above: Example: “kg”
  5. Calculated Price [CHECK BOX] Check this box to define product pricing per unit and allow customers to provide custom measurements. For products such as whole cheeses or hams, where customers can not have e.g. “half a cheese”, DO NOT CHECK this box. In this example for customers ordering whole cheeses, this box is not checked
  6. Calculated Weight [CHECK BOX] Check this box to use the customer-configured product weight as the item weight: for products of set weights, such as whole cheeses or hams, leave this box un-checked
  7. Weight Label [“Required weight”]: If you want to give your customers the option of ordering a total or indicative weight (see (9) Editable below), this box is a free text box for you to add a prompt to show your customer that option. This box is only necessary if the Editable check box (9) below is checked
  8. Weight Unit [DROP-DOWN]: Select the weight unit to be displayed alongside the Weight label (above). It should correspond to the Pricing Unit above. This box is only necessary if the Editable check box (9) below is checked
  9. Editable [CHECK BOX]: Select this box if you want your customer to be able to specify the total weight or other unit they require. Delishops will then calculate the number of units they need to order and display that in the order box. Example: the customer puts in “1), which adds to 5 whole 2kg cheeses. 5 cheese will be added to their basket. In general Delishops finds this option unnecessary and may confuse your customers. Unless you think it adds value, Delishops recommends you leave it un-checked. If you do need to check this box, you will need to complete (7) Weight Label and (8) Weight Unit above.

In addition to the Measurement tab, you need to make the following amends in the Description and the Shipping:

  1. IN THE GENERAL TAB: for Regular and Sales price, put in the price for an average whole unit. In the above example, the Supplier puts in “24”, the average weight 2kg at £12/kg. Do not enter the per unit price. Delishops will show the per kg price on the product page as well, via Show Product Price per Unit (2) above
  2. IN THE DESCRIPTION AND SHORT DESCRIPTION: within the text you need to state the Measurement boundaries for your product to set your customer expectations. E.g. for the short description: “Weight 1.8-2.2kgs”; for the main Description: “Our cheeses vary between 1.8kg and 2.2kg, averaging 2kgs. Your invoice will be amended to the correct weight when we pick your product from our cheeses room for dispatch.”
  3. ON THE SHIPPING TAB: you need to set the average weight of your product, e.g. your average whole cheese. From the above example, put “2”.

Other Measurement options

There are other ways to allow your customers to order using a measurement.  If you find the above options don’t suit you, get in touch with the Delishops team help@delishops.co.uk

Updated on 30th May 2019

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