FreightQuote LTL Freight Quotes for WooCommerce

LTL Freight Quotes

FreightQuote Edition for WooCommerce

The FreightQuote LTL Freight Quotes plugin retrieves your negotiated LTL rates, takes action on them according to the plugin settings, and displays the results as shipping options in the WooCommerce cart or checkout page. FreightQuote (freightquote.com ) is a online broker of freight services acquired by C.H. Robinson in 2015. FreightQuote provides LTL freight rates from many carriers through a single account relationship. To establish a FreightQuote account click here to access the new account request form.

Basic Plan

Live negotiated carrier rates returned to the checkout process.

Supported origins: United States.

Supported destinations: United States.

Three Rating Options: Cheapest, Cheapest Options and Average.

Customize the text used to label quotes displayed to shoppers. (Cheapest and Average methods only.)

Elect to display the carrier’s transit time with the rate estimate. (Cheapest and Cheapest Options methods only.)

Option to always include the residential delivery fee.

Compatible with the Residential Address Detection plugin which automatically includes the residential address delivery fee when the Ship To address is a residence.

Option to always include the lift gate delivery fee.

Additional options for lift gate delivery are enabled with the installation of the Residential Address Detection plugin.

Assign products a freight class, weight and optionally dimensions.

Identify one warehouse and multiple drop ship locations.

Embed a handling charge in the displayed rates to recover the cost of packaging materials or other shipping related expenses.

Dynamic presentation of parcel and LTL freight rates with the installation of compatible apps from Eniture Technology.

Standard Plan

Everything in the Basic Plan, plus…

Define multiple warehouses.

The warehouse closest to the shopper is used as the shipment origin to keep shipping costs low and delivery times fast.

Support for products that ship as hazardous material.

Advanced Plan

Everything in the Standard Plan, plus…

Offer in-store pick up based on the shopper’s ZIP code or distance to the warehouse.

Offer local delivery based on the shopper’s ZIP code or distance to the warehouse.

Identify a charge for local delivery.

Current version: 1.0.0

Requirements

WooCommerce 3.0 or newer.

An account relationship with FreightQuote.com.

FAQ’S

How do I get a FreightQuotes.com account?

Call FreightQuotes.com at 1-800-323-5441, or sign up online.

Where do I find my FreightQuotes.com username and password?

Contact FreightQuotes.com at 1-800-323-5441 and ask for assistance. If you forgot your password but know your username, you can use the Forgot Password link on freightquote.com.

How do I get a license key for the plugin?

You must register your installation of the plugin, regardless of whether you are taking advantage of the trial period or purchased a license outright. At the conclusion of the registration process an email will be sent to you that will include the license key. You can also login to eniture.com using the username and password you created during the registration process and retrieve the license key from the My Licenses tab.

How do I change my plugin license from the trial version to one of the paid subscriptions?

Login to eniture.com and navigate to the My Licenses tab. There you will be able to manage the licensing of all of your Eniture Technology plugins. Refer to the Documentation tab on this page for more thorough instructions.

How do I install the plugin on another website?

The plugin has a single site license. To use it on another website you will need to purchase an additional license. If you want to change the website with which the plugin is registered, login to eniture.com and navigate to the My Licenses tab. There you will be able to change the domain name that is associated with the license key.

Do I have to purchase a second license for my staging or development site?

No. Each license allows you to identify one domain for your production environment and one domain for your staging or development environment. The rate estimates returned in the staging environment will have the word “Sandbox” appended to them.

Why isn’t the plugin working on my other website?

If you can successfully test your credentials from the Connection page (WooCommerce > Settings > Freightuquote > Connections) then you have one or more of the following licensing issues: 1) You are using the license key on more than one domain. The licenses are for single sites. You will need to purchase an additional license. 2) Your trial period has expired. 3) Your current license has expired and we have been unable to process your form of payment to renew it. Login to eniture.com and go to the My Licenses tab to resolve any of these issues.

Why are the shipment charges I received on the invoices from my carriers different than what was quoted by the plugin?

Common reasons include a difference in the quoted versus billed shipment parameters (weight, dimensions, freight class), or additional services (such as residential delivery) were required. Compare the details of the invoice to the shipping settings on the products included in the shipment. Consider making changes as needed. Remember that the weight of the packing materials is included in the billable weight for the shipment. If you are unable to reconcile the differences call the freight carrier for assistance.

Why do I sometimes get a message that a shipping rate estimate couldn’t be provided?

There are several possibilities:

The most common reason is that one or more of the products in the shopping cart did not have its shipment parameters (weight, dimensions, freight class) adequately populated. Check the settings for the products on the order and make corrections as necessary.

The city entered for the shipping address may not be valid for the postal code entered. A valid City+State+Postal Code combination is required to retrieve a rate estimate.

Your shipment exceeded constraining parameters of FreightQuote’s portfolio of carriers.

The FreightQuote web service isn’t operational.

Your FreightQuote account has been suspended or cancelled.

There is an issue with the Eniture Technology servers.

Your subscription to the plugin has expired because payment could not be processed.

There is an issue your server.

How do I determine the freight class for my product(s)?

The easiest thing to do is to contact your carrier representatives and ask for assistance. However, the official source is the National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) directory maintained by the National Motor Freight Transportation Agency (NMFTA.org). You can purchase a hard copy of the directory or obtain an online subscription to it from their web site.

How does the density calculator work?

The density calculator will calculate a freight class by performing a calculation using the product weight and dimensions as inputs. In most cases the returned freight class will match the product’s (commodity’s) freight class as recorded in the National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) directory. However, this is not always true and in the event there are differences, the freight class recorded in the National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) directory takes precedence. An incorrectly identified freight class can result in unexpected shipping charges and even fees. You are solely responsible for accurately identifying the correct freight class for your products. If you need help doing this, contact your carrier representative for assistance.

Installation & User’s Guide

If you are taking advantage of a trial subscription, the plugin will stop working when the trial period ends. Be sure to read the Manage Your License section to learn how to upgrade your subscription.

Overview

Setting up the plugin consists of the steps listed below. Each step is bookmarked to the relevant section of the User’s Guide. In the heading of each section there is a Return to top link which will deliver you back to the list of steps.

1. Register for the plugin License Key

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Select a subscription package. Use the button at the top of the page to begin a free trial, or the buttons on the Features tab to begin a paid subscription. You’ll be presented with a registration form. The email address and password you enter will serve as your credentials to eniture.com.  You’ll use these to gain access to the customer dashboard where you can download the plugin installation file, manage your license, and update your payment information.

If you’re starting with the free trial, you’ll receive a verification email. You must complete the verification step described in the email before you can access the customer dashboard. You’ll have immediate access to the customer dashboard if you choose to start with one of the paid subscriptions.

You’ll receive an email containing your license key. The license key will work for one production site and one staging site. You entered the domain for the production site when you completed the registration form. You can change the production site domain or add/update a staging site anytime from the customer dashboard.

To access the customer dashboard, login to eniture.com and click on the My Licenses tab. Click the Edit button associated with the license you want to update.

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2. Download the Installation File

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If you downloaded the plugin installation file from the plugin directory on wordpress.org, you can skip this step. While logged into eniture.com with the credentials created in the previous step, click on the Downloads tab. Locate the plugin and then click the link to download the installation file. Save the file to a familiar location because you’ll need to navigate to it during the installation process.

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3. Install the Plugin Application File

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Login to the WordPress dashboard as the website administrator.

In the left sidebar, hover your mouse over the Plugins menu to display the sub-menu options.

Select Add New from the sub-menu options. The Add Plugins page will load.

At the top of the Add Plugins page, click on the Upload Plugin button.

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Controls will appear in the middle of page that will allow you to chose and install the plugin application. Choose the Choose File button, navigate to the location where you saved the installation file and select it.

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Click the Install Now button.

WordPress will display information about the installation progress at the bottom of the page. The plugin has been installed once the message Plugin installed successfully is displayed.

4. Activate the Plugin

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Once the plugin has been installed, it must be activated. If you are still on the same page that you were on at the end of the previous step, you can click the Activate Plugin link on the bottom of the page.

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If you’ve already navigated away from that page, select Installed Plugins from the Plugins menu.

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Locate the LTL Freight Quotes – Freightquotes Edition plugin on the list and click the Activate link.

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5. Connection Settings

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Select Settings from the WooCommerce menu.

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Click on the Freightqoute tab to gain access to the plugin configuration settings. Use the links at the top of the page to navigate between the Connection, Quote and Warehouse settings. Start with the Connection Settings.

WooCommerce FreiqhtQuote Connection Settings

UsernameEnter the username you use to login to freightquote.com.
PasswordEnter the password you use to login to the freightquote.com.
Plugin License KeyThe plugin license key is issued by Eniture Technology to registered users only. When you registered for a license, a license key was emailed to you. If you don’t have a license key, click the link to the right of this field to obtain one.

The plugin’s License Key will be tied to a subscription. The Trial Plan will give you 15 days of free access to the Basic Plan. Two other plans are available; the Standard Plan and the Advanced Plan. The features associated with each plan are listed on the Features tab of this web page. Each plan is available for a monthly or yearly subscription rate. To manage your License Key, including which plan is associated with it, see the section titled Managing your license. at the end of this User’s Guide.

When you’re done save your connection settings and then test them by clicking on the Test Connection button at the bottom of the page. A message will display at the top of the page letting you know if the plugin succeeded in establishing a connection to the Unishippers servers. If you receive an error, confirm the values you entered and try again. Be particularly attentive to capitalization. Most of the information you enter on this page is case sensitive.

6. Carrier Settings

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If you don’t have visibility to the plugin’s navigation menu, select Settings from the WooCommerce menu.

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Click on the Freightquote tab to gain access to the plugin configuration settings. Using the links at the top of the page, select Carriers.

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This page identifies which carriers will be included in the list of quotes retrieved from Freightquote.com. You can exclude a carrier by removing its checkmark from the Include column.

Not all carriers service all orgin and destination points. If a carrier doesn’t service either one of the addresses, it is automatically omitted. Consider conferring with your Freightquote representative if you want to reduce the number of carrier responses.

7. Quote Settings

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If you don’t have visibility to the plugin’s navigation menu, select Settings from the WooCommerce menu.

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Click on the Freightquote tab to gain access to the plugin configuration settings. Using the links at the top of the page, select Quote Settings.

WooCommerce FreiqhtQuote Quote Settings

Rating MethodThe rating method determines what will be displayed in the shopping cart. There are three rating methods:

Cheapest
The cheapest rate returned by Worldwide Express is selected for use in the shopping
cart.

Cheapest Options
A list of the cheapest options returned by Worldwide Express is selected for use in the shopping cart. The number of options is set by the Number Of Options setting which displays when this selection is chosen.

Average
An average of a specified number of cheapest  options is selected for use in the shopping cart. The number of options is set by  the Number Of Options
setting which displays when this selection is  chosen.

Number Of OptionsDisplays only when the Rating Method is set to Cheapest Options or Average. Identifies how many of the quotes returned by Worldwide Express should be included in the operation.
Label AsDisplays only when the Rating Method is set to Cheapest or Average. The entered value is used to describe the shipping charge in the shopping cart. If left blank, then the shipping charge is described as “Freight”.
Show Delivery EstimateDisplays only when the Rating Method is set to Cheapest or Cheapest Options. When checked, the transit time estimate appears with the quote(s).
Always quote residential deliveryWhen checked, the quotes returned will always include the carrier’s residential delivery fee.
Auto-detect residential addressesThrough the use of an addon plugin titled Residential Address Detection, Ship To addresses are checked against database records from the USPS. When the address is identified as residential, the residential delivery fee is included in the rate estimates. If the message “Click here to add the Residential Address Detection module.” is present, then the addon plugin is not installed. Click on the link to install it if you’d like to use this feature. (Learn more)
Select planDisplays only if the Residential Address Detection plugin is installed.
Choose a plan that best meets your needs. The credit card associated with quote plugin license will be billed immediately and the plan will become your current plan. Your choice will be retained for the auto-renew option. You can change your auto-renew selection at any time. Plans automatically renew at the end of every monthly billing cycle or upon the depletion of the current plan. To prevent a renewal, choose Disable from the list of options.
Current planDisplays only if the Residential Address Detection plugin is installed.
Displays information about the current plan and the start and end dates of the current subscription period.
Current usageDisplays only if the Residential Address Detection plugin is installed.
Displays information about the consumption of the current plan. The date shown is the UTC timestamp of the last time a residential address detection event occured.
Suspend useDisplays only if the Residential Address Detection plugin is installed.
Checking this box temporarily suspends the Residential Address Detection plugin. It does not permanently disable it and if the current monthly billing cycle expires, a new plan will be activated. To disable the plugin, deactivate it or choose Disable from the Auto-renew drop down.
Default unconfirmed address types to:Displays only if the Residential Address Detection plugin is installed.
Select Residential or Commercial. In rare cases the plugin my be unable to confirm the address type. This occurs when a match for the address can’t be found in the USPS database. Invalid addresses are the most common reason for this. In extremely rare cases an address may be valid, but the match found in the USPS database has a low confidence metric. Choose how you want addresses treated in these cases.
Always quote lift gate deliveryWhen checked, the returned quotes will include each carrier’s lift gate delivery fee.
Offer lift gate delivery as an optionAn additional option for LTL freight will be offered that includes the lift gate delivery fee.
Always include lift gate delivery when a residential address is detectedDisplays only if the Residential Address Detection plugin is installed.
When enabled, if a residential delivery address is detected the lift gate delivery fee will be included in the shipping rate estimate. In such cases, the option to Offer lift gate delivery as an option will be suppressed, even if enabled. Enabling both the Offer lift gate delivery as an option setting and the Always include lift gate delivery when a residential address is detected setting allows commercial customers to choose whether or not lift gate service is needed while always requiring it for residential customers.
Handling Fee / Mark UpIncreases the amount of the returned quote by a specified amount prior to displaying it in the shopping cart. The number entered will be interpreted as dollars and cents unless it is followed by a % sign. For example, entering 5.00 will cause $5.00 to be added to the quotes. Entering 5.00% will cause each quote to be multiplied by 1.05 (= 1 + 5%).
Allow For Own ArrangementEnable this setting if you want to give your customers the ability to make their own LTL freight arrangements for their order.Enter the text you want to use as the label to the Allow For Own Arrangement option, if enabled.
Text For Own ArrangementEnter the text you want to use as the label for the Allow For Own Arrangement option, if enabled.
Show WooCommerce shipping options(Yes|No) Permit or prevent the display of shipping rates from other plugins.
Return quotes when an order’s parcel shipment weight exceeds 150 LBSWhen checked, the LTL Freight Quote plugin will return quotes when an order’s total weight exceeds 150 lbs, even if none of the products have settings to indicate that it will ship LTL. To increase the accuracy of the returned quote(s), all products should have accurate freight classes, weights and dimensions.

8. Define Warehouse and Drop Ship Locations

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If you don’t have visibility to the plugin’s navigation menu, select Settings from the WooCommerce menu.

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Click on the Freightquote tab to gain access to the plugin configuration settings. Using the links at the top of the page, select Warehouses.

Click the Add button in the appropriate sections to add warehouse and drop ship locations. On the Basic Plan you can define one warehouse and multiple drop ship locations. To define multiple warehouse locations you must be on the Standard Plan or higher.

Warehouses should have a complete inventory of all products not otherwise identified as drop shipped items. If you have more than one warehouse defined, the warehouse closest to the shopper will be used to retrieve shipping rate estimates. You should define at least one warehouse, even if all of your products are drop shipped. This insures that quotes will be returned in the event the drop ship location was overlooked when the product entry was created.

Drop ship locations usually represent vendors that supply items that you don’t inventory. These items are shipped directly to your customer on your behalf. When an order includes drop shipped items the shopping cart will display a single figure for the shipping rate estimate that is equal to the sum of the cheapest option for each shipment required to fulfill the order.

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8a. In-store pick up settings

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The Advanced Plan is required to use this feature. If you aren’t on the Advanced Plan the words Advanced plan required will appear adjacent to the settings header, and the fields associated with the feature will be inaccessible.

In-store pick up can be offered as an option in the checkout process based the shopper’s postal code or proximity. It will only be offered if the feature is enabled and only one stocking location (warehouse or drop ship location) is involved in providing a quote. The settings for In-store pick up are visible on the page used to add or edit a warehouse or drop ship location.

Enable in-store pick upCheck the box to enable the in-store pick up feature.
Offer if address is within (miles)The distance in miles within which you’d like to offer in-store pick up. The distance is route miles (driving distance). Leave blank if you don’t want to use distance to determine if in-store pick up should be offered. If both distance and postal codes are used as evaluation criteria, in-store pick up will display if either is satisfied.
Offer if postal code matchesThe postal codes to which you’d like to offer in-store pick up. Enter only the five digit ZIP Code for US addresses. Leave blank if you don’t want to use postal codes to determine if in-store pick up should be offered. If both distance and postal codes are used as evaluation criteria, in-store pick up will display if either is satisfied.
Checkout descriptionThe description to use to identify the option in the checkout process. The most obvious candidate is In-store pick up, but you can make it anything you’d like.

8b. Local delivery settings

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The Advanced Plan is required to use this feature. If you aren’t on the Advanced Plan the words Advanced plan required will appear adjacent to the settings header, and the fields associated with the feature will be inaccessible.

Local delivery can be offered as an option in the checkout process based the shopper’s postal code or proximity. It will only be offered if the feature is enabled and only one stocking location (warehouse or drop ship location) is involved in providing a quote. Local delivery can display as a free option or have a charge associated with it. Other shipping options provided by the app can be suppressed when local delivery is to be offered. The settings for Local delivery are visible on the page used to add or edit a warehouse or drop ship location.

Enable local deliveryCheck the box to enable the local delivery feature.
Offer if address is within (miles)The distance in miles within which you’d like to offer local delivery. The distance is route miles (driving distance). Leave blank if you don’t want to use distance to determine if local delivery should be offered. If both distance and postal codes are used as evaluation criteria, local delivery will display if either is satisfied.
Offer if postal code matchesThe postal codes to which you’d like to offer local delivery. Enter only the five digit ZIP Code for US addresses. Leave blank if you don’t want to use postal codes to determine if local delivery should be offered. If both distance and postal codes are used as evaluation criteria, local delivery will display if either is satisfied.
Checkout descriptionThe description to use to identify the option in the checkout process. The most obvious candidate is Local delivery, but you can make it anything you’d like.
Local delivery feeEnter the amount to charge for local delivery. Leave blank to offer local delivery for free.
Suppress other ratesCheck the box to show only the option for local delivery when the criteria for doing so (distance or postal code) is met. Leave unchecked to have local delivery offered in addition to the shipping options normally displayed by the app.

9. Enable the Plugin (WooCommerce 3.0 or later only)

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Select Settings from the WooCommerce menu.

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Click on the Shipping tab and select the option for Shipping Zones.

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The shipping method needs to be added to a shipping zone. If an appropriate shipping zone isn’t already defined, click the Add shipping zone button and define one. If the correct one already exists, move your mouse pointer over the name of the zone to reveal the Edit link and click on it.

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Now add the shipping method to the zone. Click on the Add shipping method button…

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…select the Freightquote option from the drop down list of shipping methods…

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…and click on the Add shipping method button.

Repeat this process for each shipping zone you want to the app to return quotes for. You should test each zone to make sure the geography defined by the shipping zone is supported by the app.

The app will return rates for the following types of shipments:

  • – US domestic shipments
  • – Shipments from the US to Canada.

10. Product Settings

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Navigate to your product list in the WordPress Dashboard by selecting Products from the Products menu.

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Select the product you want to ship LTL freight from the list. Once you’re on the Edit Product page, locate the Product Data region and click on the Shipping option to access the product’s shipping characteristics.

WeightEnter the weight of the product in pounds.
DimensionsEnter the dimensions of the product in inches. Not required unless using the Density Based option for Freight Classification.
Shipping ClassIf you have the Small Package Quotes plugin installed and you want the product to be quoted as shipping parcel, select the No shipping class option.

If you have the LTL Freight Quotes plugin installed and you want the product to be quoted as shipping LTL freight, select the LTL Freight option.

Enable Drop Ship LocationThis option will only be visible if there are drop ship locations defined. Refer to Define Warehouse and Drop Ship Locations for instruction on how to define drop ship locations.

Check this box if this product ships from a drop ship location.

Drop Ship LocationThis option will only be visible if there are drop ship locations defined. Refer to Define Warehouse and Drop Ship Locations for instruction on how to define drop ship locations.

If the product is drop shipped, select the drop ship location from the list of options.

Freight ClassificationThis option will only be visible if the LTL Freight Quotes plugin is installed.

Select the freight class for the product from the list of options. If you utilize both small package (parcel) and LTL freight shipping methods, you should identify the freight class for all products, even those that normally ship small package (parcel).

The last option in the list of freight classifications is Density Based. In most cases this is an industry accepted alternative for identifying the freight class of an item or shipment. Validate the returned quotes if using this setting. There are exceptions in the NMFC Freight Classification Directory that can render the density calculator results invalid for particular commodities. To be used successfully the product must have its weight and dimensions populated in the Shipping sub-panel.

If your product is a Variable Product, set the shipping parameters for each product variation on the Variations page.

When you are done click the Update button located in the Publish widget located at the top right of the page.

What Your Customer Sees

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To facilitate the successful conclusion of an online purchase the plugin always attempts to return an estimate of shipping charges. If multiple products are in the shopping cart and some are missing weight, dimensions or both, the plugin will use what is available to obtain the shipping rate estimates. For example, if you have two products in the shopping cart and the first has weight and dimensions and the second does not, the shipping rate estimate will be based solely on the first product. The plugin will fail to return shipping rate estimates only when none of the products in the shopping cart have weights or dimensions recorded. Please note that shipping rate estimates will be increasingly inaccurate the more omissions there are to the weight and dimensions of products in the shopping cart.

The shopping cart won’t display shipping rate estimates the first time the shopper views the shopping cart because it isn’t aware of the ship to address. The user will be prompted to click on the Calculate Shipping Cost link to provide this information.

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After the user provides the ship to information, the shopping cart will display the shipping rate estimate based on the settings entered in the plugin.

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