In the last couple parts to this article we introduced the free “online shop” WooCommerce plugin, got it installed and went through some of the main settings.
In this article we will continue on getting this plugin setup and configured. We are working towards using it for a local pickup online store (i.e. no shipping) and we’re working through the steps so that the theme being used is not relevant. In other words, using a WooCoomerce ready theme (there are free and paid ones available) should not be needed when following along.
Enabling stock management from the Settings >> Inventory tab of the WooCommerce plugin may or may not be necessary. It depends on the nature of the store and the amount of “automation” and sometimes “extra work” that is required or desired.
In the case of the “food business” that I am working with, the company is preparing food items “fresh” and bringing them to a central point in the city for pickup. Some of the items are made to order, others are made in advance to satisfy foot traffic at the local Farmer’s Market.
Stock management probably isn’t necessary in this case for the most part and will probably create more work than necessary for the rare instance that it may be handy.
Setting up Tax for Products
This plugin is very thorough in terms of how tax can be setup. Taxes and tax calculations are disabled by default as there are pretty important settings that need to be looked it if turning on tax calcualtions.
You can set it so that the price already has the tax included within it, a feature often not found in commerce software. You can also setup and define additional tax classes based on the product.
By default “standard,” “reduced rate,” and “zero rate” tax classes are created.
Turn Off Shipping and Enable Local Pickup
Most online stores ship stuff. It’s the nature of the game. But there is a space for local pickup shops on the Web and that is what this series of articles aims to point out.
Shipping (from Settings >> Shipping) is enabled by default. It can be turned off with a couple of clicks.
Some of the default shipping methods setup include: flate rate, free shipping, international delivery, local delivery and local pickup.
In my case I am using “local pickup” only. “Local delivery” however will be an option for this store in the very near future. It’s nice because you can list all the postal (or zip) codes that you are willing to deliver to.
Anyway, as for local delivery cost, it can be: free, a fixed amount, a percentage of the cart total, or a fixed amount per product.
The Standard Payment Gateways are More Than Enough
Many free shopping cart plugins will not offer any payment gateways unless you pay for an upgrade. The WooCommerce plugin works out of the box with direct bank transfer, cheque payment, cash on delivery, credit card, and PayPal.
These provide more than enough payment options for local pickup (or delivery).
In the final article, Part 4, we will continue on with some of the settings and walk through adding a product for the local store.