Handling Groups are used to group together different products that have the same handling fee rules.
For example, you might sell bikes and bike accessories in your store and have different handling fee rules for each. You would set up two Handling Groups: BIKES, ACCESSORIES.
When you install Handling Fees Matrix, it creates a a Magento attribute called ‘handling_id’ shown under the title ‘Handling Group’.
Handling Groups need to be added to the drop-down of group attributes. This is done in the same way as any other drop-down attribute in Magento.
Please note: Handling Groups are case sensitive, and must match exactly with the values in the handling group column of your CSV file.
What is the ‘*’ Handling Group?
You can use the ‘*’ in the Handling Group column of your CSV file to mean one of two things, depending on what you want to achieve:
- Include all items that do not have a shipping group assigned
- Include all items in the cart
You control how the Handling Group ‘*’ is handled in the extension configuration in Admin. Here you can set the switch ‘* includes all items in the cart’ to yes or no.
If you have a handling group that is used for most of your products you can denote this with a ‘*’ in the handling group column of your CSV, to save you assigning all of your products to a group. For example if most of your products are standard, but some are bulky, you could create a handling group called ‘BULKY’ and assign all bulky products to this. All of your standard products could be denoted with a ‘*’ in the handling group column of your CSV.
Alternatively, if you have a handling rate (such as pickup only) which applies to all products in the order, regardless of Handling Group, then you can use the ‘*’ Handling Group to apply this to all products in the cart.