How to Pack Items based on Weight in WooCommerce?

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Shipping costs have historically been calculated on the basis of gross weight in Kilograms or pounds. For accessing real-time rates based on weight, select Parcel Packing Method as Weight-based in the plugin Admin Settings. All orders above the Maximum weight limit will be split into several packages so that the weight of each package is below the limit.
Plugin calculates shipping charges for each package and then adds them together to get the total order shipping cost. You can also choose to pack either the heaviest or lightest item first according to your need. The plugin also provides you option of packing the item(s) where you want to divide the weight of item equally in each pack.

While using Weight based option, make sure that you have set accurate weights for your products. If you need to do this now, go to your Products page and click on each product, in turn, to set the weight as shown below:

Pack Items by Weight | Product Shipping settings

Product Shipping settings

The Admin settings for weight based packing are as shown below:

Pack Items by Weight | Weight-based Packing Method

Weight-based Packing Method

  1. Parcel Packing Method: If you wish to pack items according to their weight, select Weight based option.
  2. Box Maximum Weight: The weight limit do not limit the total order weight, but the weight of one shipping package. All orders above the Maximum weight will be split into several packages so that the weight of each package is below the maximum limit. Enter the Box Maximum Weight according to your business need.
  3. Packing Process: Plugin enables you to pack heavier items first or lighter items first. Also, you can pack the item(s) which are divided equally by weight. According to your business need, you can select the option from the available options.
    • Pack heavier items first
    • Pack lighter item first
    • Pack purely divided by the weight

Option 1 : Pack heavier items first

Among the Order items, the heaviest item is considered first for packing. All orders above the Maximum weight will be split into several packages so that the weight of each package is below the maximum limit.
Let’s understand all the options through examples.
For the first two options (pack heavier items first and pack lighter items first), Suppose online store has seven product and you are adding all seven to you cart. Here is the list of items and their corresponding weights are as given below:

Item nameWeight of the Item(lb)
Gift16
Gift21
Gift38
Gift42
Gift515
Gift63
Gift710

 

The cart appears as shown below:

Pack Items by Weight | Cart Page for Case-1

Cart Page for Case-1

Items get packed into four box. You can see it on the Edit Order page as shown below:

Pack Items by Weight | Packages for Case-1

Packages for Case-1

The content of all four boxes are as shown below:

Box NameItem nameWeight of Items(lbs)
Pack1Gift7, Gift410 + 2
Pack2Gift3,Gift6,Gift28+3+1
Pack3Gift16
Pack4Gift5 packed individually, since it weighs more than 12 lbs(maximum weight limit)15

Option 2 : Pack lighter item first

Among the Order items, the lightest item is considered first for packing. All orders above the Maximum weight will be split into several packages so that the weight of each package is below the maximum limit.
For Example: Suppose, the order contains seven items( same as option 1). The cart appears as shown below:

Pack Items by Weight | Cart Page for Case-2

Cart Page for Case-2

Items get packed into four box. You can see it on the Edit Order page as shown below:

Pack Items by Weight | Packages for Case-2

Packages for Case-2

The content of all four boxes are as shown below:

Box NameItem nameWeight of Items(lbs)
Pack1Gift2,Gift4,Gift6,Gift11+2+3+6
Pack2Gift38
Pack3Gift710
Pack4Gift5 packed individually since it weighs more than 12 lbs(maximum weight limit)15

Option 3: Pack purely divided by the weight

Total weight of the cart is divided by the maximum weight allowed for the box. All orders above the Maximum weight will be split into several packages so that the weight of each package is below the maximum limit. This option is mostly useful when you are trying to pack an item with a particular weight into different the packs.

For Example: Customer have ordered 3 units of cotton. Each unit consists of 15 lbs of cotton. Total order is of 45 lbs. With this option, you can pack cotton into 4 packs (12 lbs maximum weight limit).

Pack Items by Weight | Cart Page for Case-3

Cart Page for Case-3

Item get packed into four box. You can see it on the Edit Order page as shown below:

Pack Items by Weight | Packages for Case-3

Packages for Case-3

The content of all four boxes are as shown below:

Box NameItem nameWeight of Items(lbs)
Pack1CottonFirst 12 lbs
Pack2CottonSecond 12 lbs
Pack3Cottonthird 12 lbs
Pack4Cottonremaining 9 lbs

 

In this way, you can pack items based on Weight in WooCommerce.

Suggested reading: Configuring Box Dimensions for ELEX WooCommerce Plugins

 


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