This Canada Post Shipping Plugin for WP e-Commerce provides integration with Canada Post and your website enabled by WP e-Commerce. It is able to provide live shipping rates directly to your customers in their shopping cart and at checkout. Also, it provides up-to-date package information from Canada Post’s Parcel Tracking service. This plugin is fully bilingual in English and Français (French) and is compatible with WPML, a multilingual plugin for WordPress. It can be used to ship with in Canada as well as Worldwide.

Parcel Tracking Service

Package Tracking is available when you enter the PIN (Parcel Identification Number) or Tracking Number into the customers order details. This plugin will automatically look up the most recent and up to date event information available for your order from Canada Post, when you view the order. You can set an automatic email notification to be sent to your customer when the package is mailed or delivered. The tracking information can be set to allow your customer to receive up to date information on their order either as an email notification and/or at your customer order page.

Live Shipping Rates in the Shopping Cart

This shipping plugin uses the product’s weight and dimensions to calculate the most accurate shipping rates. For the rates to work, product weight is required but product dimensions are optional. The shipping cost can be calculated with boxes, if configured.  If desired there is the option to add a mark-up rate to shipping charges.

You are able to choose which services from Canada Post you want to offer your customer (ie. Regular mail, Xpresspost, Expedited, etc).  There is also an option available to add additional handling time if needed. The shipping charges will be calculated and displayed using current and live rates directly from Canada Post. 

An additional feature gives you the option to set up Lettermail; which gives you the ability you to set a flat rate for regular post items that are small enough to be delivered with Canada Post Lettermail within Canada or the US.  In addition this feature can be set for flat rate shipping for sales or promotions.  

Multilingual / Bilingual English and Français (French)

Shipping rates and information from Canada Post can be shown in English or Français (French). This is set by your WordPress installation or WPML language selection. The plugin includes a language file for French (fr_FR), which provides full French translation for all admin screens and labels. Note: Support communication and documentation is currently only in English.

Canada Post Services Available

Domestic (within Canada)

  • Lettermail Canada (Flat Rates Feature)
  • Regular Parcel
  • Expedited Parcel
  • Xpresspost
  • Xpresspost Certified
  • Priority
  • Library Books

To USA

  • Lettermail USA  (Flat Rates Feature)
  • Expedited Parcel USA
  • Priority Worldwide Envelope USA
  • Priority Worldwide pak USA
  • Priority Worldwide Parcel USA
  • Small Packet USA Air
  • Tracked Packet – USA
  • Xpresspost USA

International

  • Xpresspost International
  • International Parcel Air
  • International Parcel Surface
  • Priority Worldwide Envelope Int’l
  • Priority Worldwide pak Int’l
  • Priority Worldwide parcel Int’l
  • Small Packet International Air
  • Small Packet International Surface
  • Tracked Packet – International

Summary of Features

  • Live accurate shipping rates directly in WP eCommerce shopping cart and checkout page
  • Shopping cart rate requests are cached
  • Parcel Tracking: Updates your order with Parcel Tracking details when a PIN/Tracking number is added
  • Ability to add a markup/margin to shipping rates
  • Uses Canada Post’s new Web Services (Not SellOnline) for speed and stability
  • Ability to use Shipment Boxes in rates calculation
  • Lettermail service that can be set as a flat-rate for smaller items or promotions
  • Bilingual option in English and French (Translation-ready with Language files (.po/.mo))
  • Requires a Canada Post Account/Venture One and API Access (free) – You can simply sign-up online at Canada Post Developer Program

Software Requirements

  • WordPress 3.0 + with WP e-Commerce 3.8 +
  • PHP cURL enabled (with outgoing Firewall configured if required)
  • Canada Post Account with API Access (free)
  • PHP SimpleXML  (enabled by default in most PHP setups)

Updates

Version 1.3

  • Parcel Tracking feature enabled and added to plugin
  • Plugin is fully English and French and supports WPML Multi-language plugin
  • Updated Origin/Source Postal code input validation
  • Rates logging feature panel loaded by ajax

Version 1.0

  • Supports WP e-Commerce 3.8+
  • Initial Release

 

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