Continuing the discussion from Initial set-up and configuration:
About Shipping Categories.
Shipping categories can be used to help provide information that might be relevant during shipping.
The primary motivation for the addition of shipping categories was to enable products to be labelled as ‘Temperature Controlled’, meaning they require refrigeration or heat. This can then be used to filter into reports.
Currently Shipping Categories is only used to denote ‘Temperature Controlled’ Items in specific reports. See Current Usage below for details.
Use Case for Shipping Categories
A shipping category ‘Requires Refrigeration’ is added in the configuration. A product such as milk can then have this shipping category. Using the Delivery Report the delivery driver knows that an order has a refrigerated component helping them to remember to get this item from the fridge/cool box when dropping off the rest of the order.
How to Use Shipping Categories
Configure “shipping categories” giving a relevant name and selecting ‘Temperature Controlled’ if relevant.
When you add a product, add the relevant “Shipping Category”. This will enable the property to filter through to reports where appropriate.
Use of the ‘Temperature Controlled’ field on a Shipping Category features in Order Cycle Mangement - Delivery Report and in the upcoming Packing Reports implemented for the UK team. It can be added to other reports if required.