The Shipping Type Model (API Terminology Explained #13)

In my blog posts in the series “API Terminology Explained”, I already told you about some of our data models, like the product type model, the product model or the basket model.
In this blog post, I will add another data model you should be familiar with, the shipping type model. Understanding the shipping type model allows you to display the right shipping countries, regions and prices for shops and to calculate correct shipping prices for baskets and orders.

Understanding the Shipping Type Model

In our terminology, a shipping type defines the way Spreadshirt delivers an ordered item to a customer. Depending on whether the customer ordered a real item, like a t-shirt, or a virtual item, like a gift certificate, we either need to ship the item using a standard carrier, like Deutsche Post or UPS, or we can send it using e-mail.

A shipping type has right now the following characteristics:

  • Core Data: Each shipping type has a name and a description, that can be used for displaying shipping type information in a client application. For shipping types that denote a shipping of a real item with a standard carrier, there are the available shipping countries and the shipping regions with the shipping costs for different order values defined.
  • Shipping Country: A shipping country is a country that Spreadshirt ships items to using the specified standard carries, like UPS. A shipping country has a name that can be used for displaying country information in a client application. It also links to a specific shipping region that contains the actual shipping costs for different order values.
  • Shipping Region: A shipping region contains the shipping costs for different order value ranges for a set of shipping countries, like France or United Kingdom if your country of delivery is Germany. Each order value range defines a from order value (lower bound), like 0.00 €, and might define a to order value (upper bound), like 24.89 € or unbound (undefined). Depending on the order value of the order, the shipping costs of the matching order value range apply.

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