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Business days with Next day delivery

In our previous post, we discussed how business days work with Same Day Delivery. In this post, we will be discussing how the business days work with next day delivery in Order Delivery Date Pro for WooCommerce plugin.

There are many businesses who deliver their product on the next day. Next day delivery means the immediate next day of the day on which the customer places an order. But they do not deliver the orders directly to the customers. They hire a shipping company to whom they send the orders and they make the deliveries to the customers.

For example, you have an online Christmas tree shop and you can deliver the Christmas tree on the next day but you do not make the delivery to customers directly. You hire a shipping company who can deliver your orders. In such case, there is a possibility that your business working days are different from the working days of the shipping company.

You can set this up under Order Delivery Date -> General Settings -> Date Settings.

General Settings -> Date Settings

On this page, you will find a section at the bottom named Business Days Settings as shown below:

Business Days Settings section

Next Day Delivery with Business Days: Admin Setting

To allow calculation of next day delivery on your business working days instead of the shipping company’s working days, you first need to tick the checkbox Enable Business days based calculation.

After enabling the checkbox, you have to add the weekdays on which you can ship the orders to the shipping company. For example, you have an online wine shop where you do not work on Thursday, so you have to add all the weekdays apart from Thursday as shown below:

Added Business Days

Next Day Delivery with Business Days: Checkout Page

Once the business weekdays are enabled, the next day delivery will be calculated on the selected business days instead of the delivery days.

For example, if a customer visits your website on 31st July, 2018 which is a Wednesday and Thursday is disabled as a business day. So, the first available date in the calendar will be 4th August 2018 as the next day delivery will be calculated on 3rd August 2018. If the cut-off time for the next day delivery is reached, then 3rd August 2018 will be disabled in the calendar with a label as the Cut-off time over.

In the above scenario, the next day delivery is calculated on the following day, as the immediate next day which is a Thursday is disabled as a business day.

But if a customer visits your website on 1st August 2018 which is a Wednesday and the next day that is Thursday, 2nd August 2018 which is enabled then the first available date for delivery in the calendar will be 3rd August 2018 if the cut-off time is reached.

Conclusion

In this post, we saw how next day delivery will work on the working days of your business and not on the delivery days of the shipping company.

We will be discussing new features added in the plugin in our next post.

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