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ID132 - Flat Rate Shipping Fee Overview & Sample

Our UPS/FEDEX two way integration updates eAutomate shipments processed with the tracking numbers and optionally the freight charge, details here

For orders with other carriers/ship methods (SpeeDee, local courier, company truck, etc) this process can automatically apply a flat rate shipping fee to those orders.  

This process can apply a delivery freight charge to shipments that have not been fulfilled/invoiced based upon the shipmethod(s) defined in VariableW for this alert (separate your desired shipmethod codes with a comma...ie: TRUCK, SPEEDEE, COURIERX) etc.  When combined and coordinated with the eAgent auto fulfill shipments task , the freight charges will be added to the invoice as eAgent process your shipments for the day.

It will not overwrite an existing freight charge on the shipment, only add one if currently it shows zero.

*We will install in test mode first so you can review before turning live for your customers*

Sample:

Email lists the shipments it evaluated and indicate whether or not a charge was applied to the shipment.  First the shipment must meet the criteria (shipmethod, ordertype, order$ < variable) and if those criteria are met, then alerts checks to make sure the shipment has not already been invoiced (can’t add charges to shipments completely fulfilled/invoiced) and that the shipment did not already have a freight charge on it. 

If flatrate not applied, email will indicate which situation (invoiced, freight charge existed, customer disabled, order$ > Y) made the shipment ineligible to update.

 

Variables:

VariableW: Enter the shipmethod code(s) (separated by comma) you want to be processed by this task

VariableX: Enter in the flat rate shipment charge (format 0.00, no dollar sign) you want to be added to the qualified shipments

VariableY: Only apply freight charge to qualified orders if order total > Y.  (If you only want to charge billalble orders then enter 0, if you want this added to non-billable orders then enter -1).

VariableZ: If you have customers you want this process to ignore, specify the Custom Attribute name created (we suggest the attribute name contain this alertID (ex:ZCJ132Flatrate) so it's obvious to users what this attribute controls) and applied to your customer configuration group.  This attribute must be set to user defined box with the choices:
Enable FlatRate
Disable FlatRate
When you add this attribute to the customer configuration you should set the 'default' value to 'Enable FlatRate' . ( You can have us setup this attribute for you if you note that in the Notes to Installer when you subscribe

Variable1: Enter the sales order type(s) to be considered for this process (separated by comma)

Variable2: This is the option to ignore billable orders > the amount entered.  For example in VariableY you indicated to 'charge all orders where ordertotal$  > Y...but you also give free shipping to orders > $100....you would enter 100 in this 'NoChargeOrder$$' Variable2

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Since there is no setting for default costs for freight in eAuto (as freight costs will vary on each shipment), the best way to track and tie freight costs to customers / equipment / contract is when you get the freight bill. When creating the AP invoice you can associated the costs to certain contracts and equipment. Thus providing accurate profitability on the contracts that includes the companies freight costs.

 

 

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