I’m coding up a special ship method module for my magento store.
I have noticed that customer addresses do not include a residential/commercial flag.
This is necessary to get shipping rates for most carriers such as UPS and FedEx. It is especially important for FedEx, as they have an entirely different system of delivering packages if it is a business address vs. a commercial address.
Even though 80% of my shipments are expected to be residential, I do not wish to put my commercial shipments into the FedEx Home Delivery network.
I have considered looking for the presence of a “Company Name” to determine whether the shipment is residential or commercial, but is not quite as reliable as having a residential indicator flag.
We need this as well. It would be great if the address could be verified against the USPS database that Fedex uses and then the appropriate shipping option would be presented to the customer. Home Delivery for residence and Ground for business. Anyone else have any experience with this?
I’m trying to find someone that’s taken advantage of the street level address validation zip+4 tool in the UPS API to get the residential indicator returned form the address. This is really the only way to accurately determine if the address is residential or commercial. Any customer who knows anything about shipping would pick commercial or test both to see which rate is cheaper.
I just confirmed on a conf call with UPS this morning that they offer this extended address validation service to all customers, regardless of volume. We should be able to take advantage of this. No need to ask the customer if they’re commercial or residential. Both WebShopApps and Commerce Extensions make some awesome stuff we use daily, but it looks like Rocket Web needs to come through with this one.
I’ll keep looking for a solution for a bit and post back here if I see anything useful. If anyone has some insight on automating this and wants to post to save me some time, I’d really appreciate it.