To use the Fastway Shipping Extension you need to choose your Franchaise Company in the admin area.
and select your franchise to see your shipping rates.
There are two Services that Fastway provide and you will need to set up your Extension with the correct Account Type.
Either: Frequent / Normal / Others
- Upload the plugin folder to the '/wp-content/plugins/' directory.
- Activate the plugin through the 'Plugins' menu in WordPress.
- Install the Extensionworks Framework.
- Thats it - you can now configure the plugin.
ACTIVATE THE EXTENSION WORKS LICENCE KEY
To activate the ExtensionWorks Licence go to: Dashboard > ExtensionWorks Licences
Fastway requires you to be using South African Rand and choose South Africa as your base country.
- Once activated, go to WooCommerce > Settings > Shipping Methods.
- Choose the method from the list at the top of the screen.
- Configure the shipping method
- Ensure your products are in the correct format. Make sure you have entered Weight and Dimensions.
WHAT WE RECOMMEND.
For Fastway we recommend using the 'Weight Based' packing method.
We find this suits Fastway the best.
You will need to set up some custom boxes, with a maximum weight set up and enabled for weight.
FastwayZA requires you to be using South African Rand and South Africa as your base country.
Enable/ Disable: Tick to enable to function.
Method Title: This displays the name of the shipping carrier.
Origin Postcode: This is where your shipping will start from.
Method Availability: You can select specific Countries, or all Countries.
Debug mode: Used for testing the product.
Handling Fee or Discount fee: You can add or subtract an amount form your shipping rate. Enter amount +2.50 or -2.50, you can also add +2% or -2%
Letter Mail Setting
Packing letter Mail together with Parcel- this will allow you to pack the products that have been selected to ship as a letter into the boxes for parcel mail.
Packing letter mail Separately-this will allow the letter to be packed individually and not combined into the parcel mail boxes.
Un-packable Products Setting
Send un-packable products directly: Products that do not fit into any custom boxes, the product dimensions will be sent to the Shipping Carrier (API) to determine a rate.
Remove un-packable products: The products that do not fit into any custom boxes will not have a shipping rate returned from the shipping carrier.
Terminate calculate Process: There are no custom boxes (set up in the admin area) to calculate a shipping rate, the API request will be terminated. No rate will be returned from the Shipping Carrier.
To use a certain custom box for your shipping you will need to Tick the option: Select Box for the custom box you would like to use.
If your shipping Companies offers Predefined boxes they will already be pre-populated in the custom box area. You will need to Select the predefined boxes you would like to use.
Adding a custom box please enter the following:
- Outer Length, Outer Width, Outer Height
- Inner Length, Inner Width, Inner Height
- Box Weight
- Maximum Weight
- Weight ( tick if only shipping with weight only)
- Letter ( tick if you would like to use as a letter option)
Then go and Select the custom boxes you would like to use. Tick the selected options.
Save your Settings
Enable customize shipping methods / this needs to be ticked to enable the Services.
Parcel / Letter Shipping Method Services: Tick to enable you to select the Shipping Services you wish to offer on your Website.
Select shipping rate to display: All, Cheapest Rate, Highest Rate.
Select shipping order to display: None, From low to high or From high to low.
Fallback Name: The Label for the Fallback Price offered.
Fallback: If the shipping method returns no matching rates, offer this amount for the shipping so the customer can still checkout. Leave blank to disable.
Choose a Franchise: Select a Franchise this will be the start of your Shipping.
Choose user type: Normal / Frequent / Others
For Others this will ensure that the label price you entered will be used for the shipping rate.
Choose a label: Choose the label you wish to use. Insert a price.
Select the labels you would like to use.
SAVE YOUR SETTING
No rates are being calculated
First, check your products have dimensions and weights set – without this the calculation cannot be performed.
Secondly, check your store’s base country is South Africa and that you are using South African Rand (from WooCommerce > Settings > General).
Finally, the plugin needs to be able to talk to Fastways API.
For this it uses wp_remote_post which makes use of fsockopen/CURL.
If your server does not support this you will have problems.
Due to the nature of trying to pack products into a box similar to how you (at home or Post Office) would pack items into a box is very hard to replicate in an online world.
There is a lot of math and logic involved to fit several items into a box.
Prices may vary differently from the actual price charged by the Courier.
You can find more information in regards to this matter here: Bin Packing Problem