Rating zones are geographic regions used to apply freight rates to. For example a rate card from Wellington to Auckland South exists with a $20 per m3 rate. In this example Wellington and Auckland South are the rating zones.
Zone mapping is the supporting master data used by eCargo to determine which zones the pickup address and delivery address map to. For example if Wellington had a zone mapping entry of Newtown, then any address with 'Newtown' in the Suburb or City field would map to the Newtown rating zone.
It is important to note that all zone mappings are specific to your business and not generic across all other eCargo users. They are specific to your business and your rating structures.
Zone mapping types
To view your zone mapping master data select the Zone Mapping menu option from the Invoices main menu. There are three different types of zone mappings:
|Address||Address mappings allow you to define which suburbs and cities map to which zones.|
|Business||Map a specific business, customer or delivery point to a specific zone. DC's are a good example of thiswhere there may be a different rate to a distribution centre than to other points within the area/town.|
|Cascade||Cascades allow you to cascade one zone to another. This is useful when rates are set at different levels. For example Auckland South could be cascaded to Auckland, in this case if eCargo cannot determine a rate for Auckland South it will then look for any rates under the Auckland zone.|
The following process describes the workflow used by eCargo when determining the rating zone of a consignment address:
Add a new zone
To add a new rating zone click the Search button to view all current Address zone mappings. In the 'Add New Address Zone Mapping' form you find a green plus icon next to the Zone Name list. Click the plus to enter the new zone. At this point you'll also need to enter a Map Code value. If you have a suburb or two to map to the new zone then enter this value, otherwise simply enter the zone name into the Map Code field.
To search for all mappings for a particular mapping type simply click the Search button without entering any details into the Zone field.
If a large number of zones use the same rate you can use the 'All' zone, which is represented by the * character. To set this up create a new zone called '*', load rates against the * zone, then setup zone cascades from your other zones to the * zone. This allows the specified zones to use the one rate.