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    Default Royal Mail Basic UK Shipping Modules

    A Zen Cart port/update of the OsC 'UK Shipping Methods is now available from the downloads area 'Shipping Modules' section as 'Basic UK Mail':
    http://www.zen-cart.com/index.php?ma...oducts_id=2001

    The mod implements a basic set of UK Royal Mail shipping routines for UK based stores.

    Features -

    Shipping Methods Added:

    (1) Royal Mail First Class Standard Post
    (2) Royal Mail First Class Recorded Post
    (3) Royal Mail Second Class Standard Post
    (4) Royal Mail Second Class Recorded Post
    (5) Royal Mail Standard Parcels
    (6) Royal Mail Airmail
    (7) Royal Mail International Signed for
    (8) Royal Mail Airsure
    (9) Royal Mail Surface
    (10) Parcelforce 48

    All the Royal Mail methods along with the Parcelforce 48 method allow you to:-
    Set minimum and maximum delivery weights.
    Set minimum and maximum delivery values.
    Split shipments based on maximum delivery weight, maximum delivery value, or both, in combination with the built in Zen Cart shipment splitting.
    Shipping methods which have insurance options now allow you to set different charges for different compensation levels.
    Zen Cart Version : v1.3.9h

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    Default Re: Royal Mail Basic UK Shipping Modules

    Hello Chucki... This mod will no doubt be warmly received.

    But how does it differ from Big Royal Mail - functionally - if at all ?

    I see you put a post on that thread too.

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    Default Re: Royal Mail Basic UK Shipping Modules

    Fairestcape, A difficult one to answer, since this is a port/modification of a totally different package, not an update of BRM. I only posted a note on the BRM thread to give people a heads up that there was another possible solution for them.
    Big Royal Mail implements a module for each and every one of the Royal Mail options. Basic UK Mail tries to give you a working shipping setup for the UK with a minimum of config and effort. The shipping options offered to customers are determined automatically, based on the most common criteria. If someone needs a really complex setup with all sorts of caveats, then it's probably not the package. Heck try it and see :)

    (Oh, and give my regards to the fairest Cape when next you are there)

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    Default Re: Royal Mail Basic UK Shipping Modules

    Hi Chuckl,

    Great to come out with a Royal Mail add on that works. I would love one more Shipping Methods Added: Royal Mail Airmail "Small Packet" as this would be the cheapest option for my customers.
    Do you know where I can find this information to implement in your Royal Mail Basic ?

    Kim

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    Default Re: Royal Mail Basic UK Shipping Modules

    Kim,
    Thanks for the kind words, the whole 'ethos' behind the Basic Modules is that they should be easy to use and aimed at the typical users requirements.

    This means that there are assumptions made about the proposed usage and inherent in the settings and config, such as that items being sent using the modules will be small packages rather than letters.

    So I'm happy to be able to tell you that the rates in the 'Airmail' module ARE the Small Packet rates, and no changes are necessary..



    You can get the current RM rates here, as a useful cross reference -
    ftp://ftp.royalmail.com/Downloads/pu..._made_easy.pdf

    Rgds,

    Chuck

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    Default Re: Royal Mail Basic UK Shipping Modules

    Chuck,

    Great news, I have immediately installed the 'Airmail' module.
    Many thanks.

    Kim

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    Default Re: Royal Mail Basic UK Shipping Modules

    Good to hear Kim, don't forget to check that the numbers produced by the installed module look reasonable

    Regards,


    Chuck

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    Default Re: Royal Mail Basic UK Shipping Modules

    Hi there and thanks for putting these modules together.
    I've just installed them and they seem to work great except one thing:
    If I set the maximum value to ship to 50 for 1st class or 2nd class recorded, shouldn't that disable the module if shopping cart is bigger than 50? Well it's not happening on my website. I even tried changing the module file from:
    PHP Code:
            if ( ($order->info['subtotal'] / $my_shipping_num_boxes) > MODULE_SHIPPING_RMSECONDREC_MAX_VALUE) {
                
    $this->enabled false;
            } 
    To:

    PHP Code:
            if ( $order->info['subtotal'] > 50) {
                
    $this->enabled false;
            } 
    But still no joy.

    Any pointers would sure be appreciated.

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    Default Re: Royal Mail Basic UK Shipping Modules

    The default limit for 1st and second recorded is set to 46, as that is the insurance cap.
    When you say that it is not 'disabling the module' when the cart value reaches 50, I'm not sure what you mean. Are you talking about the shipping estimator, or the store checkout?
    I'm not sure that the shipping estimator code checks the max. value, but the checkout routines certainly do.

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    Default Re: Royal Mail Basic UK Shipping Modules

    I've just tried it on a test site on 1.3.9h, and if I'm not logged in as a customer, the shipping estimator gives does not check the order value, only the weight. As soon as I log in as a customer, it does check the order value, and restricts the options to the valid ones.

 

 
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