How to pack Items based on Weight?

Shipping costs have historically been calculated on the basis of gross weight in Kilograms or pounds. For getting 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. 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:

Product Page

Product Page

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

Weight Based Settings

Weight Based Settings

  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 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 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 name Weight of the Item(lb)
Gift1 6
Gift2 1
Gift3 8
Gift4 2
Gift5 15
Gift6 3
Gift7 10

The cart appears as shown below:

Cart

Cart

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

Edit Order page

Edit Order page

The content of all four boxes are as shown below:

Box Name Item name Weight of Items(lbs)
Pack1 Gift7, Gift4 10 + 2
Pack2 Gift3,Gift6,Gift2 8+3+1
Pack3 Gift1 6
Pack4 Gift5 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:

Cart

Cart

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

Edit Order Page

Edit Order Page

The content of all four boxes are as shown below:

Box Name Item name Weight of Items(lbs)
Pack1 Gift2,Gift4,Gift6,Gift1 1+2+3+6
Pack2 Gift3 8
Pack3 Gift7 10
Pack4 Gift5 packed individually, since it weighs more than 12 lbs(maximum weight limit) 15

Option 3 : Pack purely divided by 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 packs.

For Example: Customer have ordered 3 units of cotton. Each unit consists 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).

Cart

Cart

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

Edit Order Page

Edit Order Page

The content of all four boxes are as shown below:

Box Name Item name Weight of Items(lbs)
Pack1 Cotton First 12 lbs
Pack2 Cotton Second 12 lbs
Pack3 Cotton third 12 lbs
Pack4 Cotton remaining 9 lbs

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