I've just recently launched my site and have signed up for e-parcel.
At this stage I have no idea how I am going to integrate the pricing structure into Shopify. E-parcel has a base rate for parcels over 500g and then charges per kg thereafter. Problem is there is 32 different destination prices for both base rate and per kg.
As far as I can see at the moment my only option is to set up the costs, charging the highest price per state even of sending parcel within my own area.
Please let me know if you have figured a way to get around this.
I'm in the same situation and have been comparing Shopify (my preferred option) and Spiffy Stores (Australian based competitor also run on Ruby on Rails). The biggest advantage they have, and it is compelling is that they've been able to integrate Australia Post and FedEx as well as offering a wider range of payment gateways. Given the similarity of the systems it should be possible for Shopify to implement this as well.
The Wikipedia link above is good, but not complete, eg Spiffy Stores not mentioned.
I prefer Shopify, it seems to provide more flexibility for the newbie and have better themes, no transaction fees and more storage, etc - but any issue which impacts on our distribution is a major issue and fundamental to an on-line business. Given the number of Australian businesses that are going on-line I'm surprised Shopify hasn't addressed this by now.
Question for Shopify staff/expert... What do we need to do in order to this looked at? Given the above competition which is emerging and the potential market, you may be giving away some of your competitive advantage.
I am interested in developing this as an addon solution to Shopify if enough people will sign up . I have met one other Australian user who is looking for shipping calculator. Since this will be done as a seperate app that needs to be hosted, there would have to be a charge for such an application. What is a reasonable rate for you?
Emall me at richard at webifytechnology dot com if you want to keep it private.