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Area: Optimizely Commerce
Applies to versions: 14 and higher
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Shipping methods

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A shipping method manages information and rules that determine shipping cost and displays that information on the front-end site during checkout. The shipping cost is added to the total purchase price.

A shipping method is mapped to a Shipping Provider, visible to a back-end administrator in Commerce Manager. So, the public site can display friendly names (such as Ground Shipping), which are mapped to a provider, such as UPS. If a customer picks Ground Shipping, UPS is used.

See Shipping Gateways and Providers for information about creating gateways and providers.

Classes in this topic are available in the Mediachase.Commerce.Orders.Dto namespace.

Adding a shipping method

Go to Commerce Administration => Shippping Tab => Shipping Method to see all the existing shipping methods available per selected langauge.

Click Create to add a new shipping method and fill out details like name, friendly name, description, provider, language, base price, currency, active, and default. See the Optimizely User Guide how to work with shipping.

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Accessing shipping information

The following example shows how to display shipping methods to users and the respective rates for each, based on the current cart.

//Get the list of all shipping methods to be filtered 
ShippingMethodDto methods = ShippingManager.GetShippingMethods(SiteContext.Current.LanguageName);  

// filter the list for only methods that apply to this particular cart's shipping address 
List<ShippingMethodDto.ShippingMethodRow> shippingRows = new List<ShippingMethodDto.ShippingMethodRow>(); 

foreach (ShippingMethodDto.ShippingMethodRow method in methods.ShippingMethod.Rows) 
  {
    shippingRows.Add(method); 
  }

List<ShippingRate> list = new List<ShippingRate>(); 

foreach (ShippingMethodDto.ShippingMethodRow row in shippingRows) 
  { 
    Type type = Type.GetType(row.ShippingOptionRow.ClassName); 
    string message = String.Empty; 
    IShippingGateway provider = (IShippingGateway)Activator.CreateInstance(type); 

    List<LineItem> items = new List<LineItem>(); 

    foreach(LineItem lineItem in CartHelper.LineItems) 
      {
        items.Add(lineItem); 
      }

    if (items.Count > 0) 
      {
        list.Add(provider.GetRate(row.ShippingMethodId, items.ToArray(), ref message)); 
      }
  }

To store information for a selected shipping method, use the LineItemproperties. You do not need to create a shipment object, since the Cart Prepare workflow handles this.

ShippingMethodDto methods = ShippingManager.GetShippingMethods(SiteContext.Current.LanguageName); 

ShippingMethodDto.ShippingMethodRow row = methods.ShippingMethod.FindByShippingMethodId(new Guid(ShippingRatesList.SelectedValue)); 
foreach (LineItem lineItem in CartHelper.LineItems) 
  { 
    lineItem.ShippingMethodName = row.DisplayName; 
    lineItem.ShippingMethodId = row.ShippingMethodId; 
  }
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Last updated: Sep 28, 2021

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