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How to turn today’s megatrends into tomorrow’s advantages: Register NOW for this UPS event on November 12

November 12
Thursday, 1:00 p.m. EST
Sign up now for the final webinar in our Be Unstoppable™ series: Five Megatrends Impacting Your Small Business.

Our experts, Erik Stephansson, UPS Director of Market Research and Global Customer Insights, Ayana Green, UPS Vice President of U.S. Marketing, Vignesh Anandan, UPS Senior Marketing Manager of Global Customer Insights, and Archana Vidyasekar, Research Director at Frost & Sullivan’s Visionary Innovation Group, will share results from our recent survey about the megatrends transforming small business today, along with actions your business can start taking to:

  • Gain more customers
  • Streamline your supply chain
  • Become more competitive
  • Reduce business risks

We’ll also talk about UPS solutions that can help your business thrive as you adjust to these accelerating trends.

 

Register Now

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Let us help you harness the power of APIs with Claris FileMaker Pro

While our primary development efforts at NRG revolve around shipping and carrier APIs, we often assist other Claris developers with projects related to other APIs. With our knowledge of XML and JSON creation and parsing, we can often provide assistance to jumpstart integrations and save considerable time and effort. Contact our sales department for more information on our development services.

ShipStation APIs

We recently did a projet where a customer was implementing NRGship for Endicial Label Server to replace label generation thru ShipStation. The customer wanted to maintain their existing multi-channel order downloads in ShipStation for the time being, but wanted more finite control over label generation from FileMaker. Their workflow consisted of downloading orders (TXT) from ShipStation and importing into their FileMaker ERP. While we were able to quickly add the label generation functionality to their solution, the ShipStation order download only provided limited data. In order to update track info in ShipStation, we needed the order’s internal ID which was not provided in the download. By implementing ShipStation APIs to search for orders, we were able to get the internal ID, and afterwards utilize that ID to update the order and add the appropriate tracking information.

Acuity Scheduling

We responded to a post on FaceBook where a member of the FileMaker community was looking to access their appointment data from the web based Accuity Scheduling system from their FileMaker database. We created a simple database using Insert from URL that would query appointment data and then add or update records in the FileMaker table based on the query result. In addition, another function was created to download client data from Accuity so that it could be used as a Source of Truth for customer information.

Veryfi Invoice Data

We helped another developer who was looking to utlilize the Veryfi API to extract data from PDF invoices. We built scripts which would encode and upload a PDF document from a container field, and then parse out the invoice and line item data from the JSON into FileMaker records.

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Webinar: Business Insights from Earvin “Magic” Johnson

Hear Magic Johnson’s insights on business, perseverance, and achievement.

What does it take to win both on and off the court? Nobody can answer that question better than former NBA Legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson. In this exclusive VIP event, Magic Johnson goes one-on-one with Gerard Gibbons, UPS President of Small Business and U.S. Marketing, to talk about facing obstacles, achieving goals, and what it takes for your business to survive and thrive during these difficult times.

Thursday, September 17
1:00 p.m. EDT

Click here to learn more

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Sanitize for Safety: How to properly disinfect your devices

Thoroughly disinfecting your Zebra devices on a routine basis is essential to controlling the spread of infections and maintaining the safety of your employees.

Follow these guidelines — organized by product and model number — to implement an effective cleaning protocol.

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Learn to streamline your supply chain with iDrive

iDrive’s team of experts has phenomenal depth and knowledge in small parcel consulting and optimization. They help our clients see through the murky waters of their carrier agreements to find hidden savings as well enhancing visibility of their respective supply chains. The case study below shows how iDrive helped one of their client’s reduce parcel costs by 17.4%.

Overview
Client is a major Office Supply and Furniture Distributor with shipments to customers throughout the United States. The client’s transportation encompasses parcel shipments, many of which are bulky and unwieldy due to the nature of the contents. Business is driven through customer satisfaction, where important factors include cost and reliability. They had experienced challenges in establishing procurement credibility with both carriers in the past, which combined with the shipment characteristics present made for a non-competitive transportation procurement environment.

Challenge
1. Establish credibility with both carriers to create a competitive bid environment.
2. Reduce overall parcel shipping costs.
3. Lay the groundwork for future competitive transportation procurement.

Solutions
iDrive Logistics performed a detailed analysis of the historical parcel distribution data, including carrier agreements. The Client was a long-time customer of UPS, and had struggled to bring FedEx to the table in the past. This had created a procurement environment devoid of competition among carriers, resulting in wide leverage for UPS and poor pricing performance for the them. iDrive provided quantitative analysis and contract procurement coaching, with the goals of providing a credible business case to draw FedEx to the table, credibly conveying to UPS that risk of business loss existed, and ultimately reducing parcel costs and enhancing service provided by the chosen carrier.

Results
As a result of iDrive’s advisory services, the Client exceeded the original objectives. Both carriers produced quality proposals which led to a contract representing a 17.4% annual reduction in parcel spend, and laid the groundwork for future competitive bids. Credibility with both carriers was enhanced, costs were reduced substantially, and the Client is well-positioned for future transportation procurement and additions of addenda throughout the current contract term.

To save money and streamline your supply chain, reach out to iDrive’s representative below:

Joe Nevans
VP – Business Development
Mobile: 503.960.6844
Office: 720.573.8995
jnevans@idrivelogistics.com
www.idrivelogistics.com

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