We’re currently calling the variable "{{var shippingMethod}}” but it’s retrieving the description “fedex_STANDARD_OVERNIGHT”.

Is there a way to grab the code in place of the description.

For the one above it would just be FG (Example: FG).

I figure I could manually change this in the database but that's probably not the preferred method.

Should i assign/map it the value i'm looking for?? Do i need to edit or create a custom phtml file to include a block with custom variables?

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Not sure I follow 100%, but I'll take a shot at it.

{{var shippingMethod}} is not a standard variable on sales email templates, so it must be something you already inject as custom.

Default templates in Magento will use {{var order.shipping_description}}, and you're saying that's not what you want?

Note that in a proper sales transactional email context you will have the order object at your disposal, so anything off the order model is available. Try these to explore your options:

Shipping Method + Carrier Code

{{var order.getShippingMethod()}}

Shipping Method Code

{{var order.getShippingMethod(1).getMethod()}}

Shipping Carrier Code

{{var order.getShippingMethod(1).getCarrierCode()}}

Shipping Carrier Name

{{var order.getShippingCarrier().getConfigData('title')}}

Where the 2nd option is probably the one you're looking for.

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    I got it from this extensive list found here: gist.github.com/tiagones/e2f3f822515e2fe0d23d
    – Singleton
    Sep 6, 2017 at 20:20
  • I see, OK. I scanned the core code myself and believe that it is only used here: Mage_Checkout_Helper_Data::sendPaymentFailedEmail; I could be wrong, but anyway, let me know if any of the above 3 will work in your case. I am basing my answer on a context like this one: Mage_Sales_Model_Order::sendNewOrderEmail. Sep 6, 2017 at 20:34
  • The top two displayed the same thing, in my case it was: fedex_STANDARD_OVERNIGHT fedex_STANDARD_OVERNIGHT. Testing the third code right now.
    – Singleton
    Sep 6, 2017 at 20:53
  • Unfortunately, none of those seemed to work. What was the 1 for in the second code.
    – Singleton
    Sep 6, 2017 at 21:16
  • The "1" acts as a flag to return the method as an object so we can chain another call; see Mage_Sales_Model_Order::getShippingMethod($asObject = false). Also, I was mistaken on the first example: it does render the carrier code + method code together. I've updated my answer, try the new second option. Sep 6, 2017 at 21:35

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