Products with Variations

Overview

This article covers aspects to take into consideration when working with products that have variations. In e-commerce platforms these are commonly known as product variations, configurable products and bundled products.

Note that product custom options for Magento (and Magento-based platforms) and Options within BigCommerce products are not affected by this. This article is only for products that have completely separate product listings as the products have their own separate attributes.

Product Attributes

When working with products that have different options it’s common to have variants that can affect shipping. For example, with configurable products the child products may have a different size. Therefore, when using dimensional shipping, the child products should be taken into consideration.

Product attributes defined on the parent/child that affect shipping include, but are not limited to:

  • Shipping group
  • Origin
  • Dimensions

Other attributes can vary based on the e-commerce platform.

Configuration Options

By default, ShipperHQ looks at the attributes defined on the parent product, regardless of the attributes defined by the child products. The exception is the weight To change this, navigate to the website configuration section within the dashboard and untick the “Use Parent for Attributes” checkbox. This option will make it so that the attributes defined on the child products will be used and ignore those defined on the parent product.

Example

A product in the cart has been configured with the following options:

Parent: Computer

Weight: n/a
Shipping group: none
Origin: none
Dimensional rule: none
Price: 1000

Child: Green

Weight: 45
Shipping group: FRAGILE
Origin: none
Dimensional rule: Computers
Price: 1000

Child: Blue

Weight: 45
Shipping group: FRAGILE
Origin: NY
Dimensional rule: Computers
Price: 1000

When the use parent option is unticked and the green child is in the cart the weight will be 45, shipping group as FRAGILE, the origin will be the default defined by the website, the dimensional rule will be the “Computers” rule and the price as 1000.

If the use parent option is ticked and the blue child is in the cart the weight will be 45, the shipping group will be undefined, the origin as the default defined by the website, the dimensional rule will not be set and the price as 1000.