There are a couple of options to consider, depending on whether you want to apply different fees, products and options to each delivery location/day. The pros and cons of a few configurations are discussed below:
Have 3 separate shipping methods (with different days/locations).
This is ideal when the only different between your customer groups is the time/location that delivery occurs. If you need to also have distinct fees or product availability or prices, this doesn’t work as well.
- This relies on people selecting the correct shipping location at checkout.
- You can attach a different shipping fee to the different audiences (this can be instead of a markup). But people might not like this way of applying fees, as they prefer such fees to be incorproated.
- This means that there will be one ‘order cycle close date’ for all of them. This might not be what you want.
- It keeps the reporting simple, because all are within one order cycle.
- You can’t have different products available to different audiences like you can with separate order cycles.
Three Separate Order Cycles
This gives customers the option of selecting the ‘Ready for’ date as soon as they arrive at the shopfront. Each order cycle is customisable in regards to products available and enterprise fees.
- You can’t have different shipping methods available in different order cycles.
- Interacting with reports may potentially be less straightforward as you’ll need to collate orders across order cycles. This could be worked around however.
Three Different Hubs
- The main advantage of this is that you can have different shopfronts for your different groups. This removes the likelihood that customers will select the wrong option (both possible in the above 2 options). The product prices can also be overriden and customised in each shop, as well as all fees (including shipping methods and fees).
- Reporting becomes more complex
- OFN fees are applied per shopfront, so this may raise the cost of using OFN (if the instance has fees)