7 months ago

Getting E-Commerce parcel size

Posted 7 months ago by packy

I am currently building an e-commerce solution for a company and having trouble wrapping my head around shipping costs. I am using Shippo and I can easily get rates, labels and really everything I need, the issue is not a technical one with their API. I am just curious how you find the Parcel size to get rates before we package it. Right now the systems works like any other: you click to checkout, we know whats in your cart, you fill out shipping destination and the API returns rates. To get the rates I need to provide the parcel weight and size. I can add all the weights of items but how do you figure a box size? If the item is 4X1X1 that is not the actual box size, just the item size. If we have multiple items how can a pick a box size? I assume most people just use the same box size for 1 item as the do 5 items.

Here is the Shippo tutorial I used:

Here is what I need to pass Shippo to get rates for the user to select (Parcel is the final package to send):

$parcel = array(
    'length'=> '5',
    'width'=> '5',
    'height'=> '5',
    'distance_unit'=> 'in',
    'weight'=> '2',
    'mass_unit'=> 'lb',

$shipment = Shippo_Shipment::create( array(
    'address_from'=> $fromAddress,
    'address_to'=> $toAddress,
    'parcels'=> array($parcel),
    'async'=> false

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