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How easy is it to integrate my database with NRGship?

This is a common question we get from other FileMaker developers. Recently we were contacted by a customer who wanted help integrating their mailing database with NRGship FedEx for FileMaker. This customer had a fairly simple use case – on a weekly or monthly basis they are sending out printed materials to one of a few hundred locations. Each shipment could be one or more boxes of a varied weight via FedEx Ground. They’d also like to see shipment history and tracking for previous shipments. In under two hours we were able to modify their database so they could perform the following functions:

  • Add a shipment with one or more more packages to a CRM record
  • Capture weight off a USB-connected scale
  • Select pre-defined box sizes or enter dimensions manually
  • Print shipping labels to a networked Zebra printer
  • Allow users with certain permisions to void or delete shipments
  • Show a history of shipments with links to track at FedEx.com
  • Produce FedEx Ground End Of Day reports
  • Validate delivery addresses on data entry screens (and batch validate existing addresses)

All of this development was done using standard FileMaker scripting with no need to understand XML, JSON, Web Services or CURL. NRG solutions are available for all current versions of FileMaker Pro and can be used on the desktop, thru FileMaker Go or with Web Direct.

NRGship FedEx for FileMaker is a Certified FedEx Compatible solution.

CRM Shipping

 

FedEx Address Validation at Time of Entry

 

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2018 Development Roadmap

In the spirit of transparency, we’d like to share some of the things we are working on this year. If your’re curious about what we did last year you can check out our updated 2017 Roadmap post. What other features would you like to see added? Please let us know!

NRGship Pro for UPS

  • Update UI with modern themes
  • Add UPS Freight
  • Add Dangerous Goods
  • Add cloud sync capabilities for multi-user history
  • Update backend licensing
  • Standardize function calls
  • More iOS functions

NRGship Pro for FedEx

  • Update UI with modern themes
  • Standardize ecommerce integrations
  • Standardize function calls
  • More iOS functions

NRGship for Endicia

  • Add support for logos on labels
  • Standardize function calls
  • More iOS functions

Ship Connect

  • Update UI with modern themes
  • Standardize ecommerce integrations
  • Add UPS Freight
  • Add support for logos on labels
  • Standardize function calls
  • More iOS functions

NRGship

  • Add support for return shipments
  • Add cloud sync capabilities for multi-user history

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NRGship Goes Gold for 2018

For the second year in a row, NRGship has received Gold status thru the FedEx Compatible program. Only a subset of certified solutions receive such status which is achieved thru an extensive annual review process. Certified solutions provide core FedEx functionality, so it’s easy to access the shipping and delivery services you need, from the software you use every day. NRG Software focuses on shipping solutions for businesses that run on macOS and in FileMaker Pro database solutions. NRGship is a parcel and freight shipping solution that allows you to tightly integrate rating, shipping and tracking directly into your FileMaker based business solutions, or it can be run as a standalone application. This provides order entry with estimated ship costs, completely integrated shipping and visibility to shipment status across your entire organization. Many customers utilize this solution because it also supports direct integration with many macOS applications and e-commerce systems.

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NRG Software to provide limited updates for older version of FileMaker Pro

Up until earlier this year all of our shipping solutions were built using FileMaker Pro v11. After reviewing our user base, we determined that we could migrate our core development to FileMaker Pro v15. Starting in 2018 we will provide limited maintenance updates to customers who are using FileMaker Pro v15 or below. New features of NRGship will only be available to customers who are using more recent versions of FileMaker.

If you are using FileMaker 11 or below please review the Filemaker Conversion Checklist. Overall the upgrade process should be relatively straightforward.

If you are using FileMaker 12-14 then the file format is still .fmp12 so it’s just a matter of upgrading your workstation and/or server installation.

Please contact NRG sales if you would like assistance in upgrading as we can provide both conversion assistance and software licenses.

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2017 Development Roadmap

In the spirit of transparency, we’d like to share some of the things we are working on this year. What other features would you like to see added? Please let us know!

NRGship Pro for UPS

  • Convert to UPS Web services for improved rating and shipping performance (done)
  • Add support for QuickBooks Online and LightSpeed Cloud (done)
  • Add Ground Freight Pricing (done)
  • Add Dangerous Goods
  • Add cloud sync capabilities for multi-user history
  • Add script calls to perform script on server for iOS and WebDirect (done)
  • Add support for logos on labels (done)
  • Move core development to FileMaker Pro v15 (done)

NRGship Pro for FedEx

  • EU certification (done)
  • Standardize ecommerce integrations (done)
  • Add script calls to perform script on server for iOS and WebDirect (done)
  • Add support for logos on labels (done)
  • Move core development to FileMaker Pro v15 (done)

NRGship for Endicia

  • Add script calls to perform script on server for iOS and WebDirect (done)
  • Add support for logos on labels
  • Move core development to FileMaker Pro v15 (done)

Ship Connect

  • Add script calls to perform script on server for iOS and WebDirect (done)
  • Add support for logos on labels
  • Move core development to FileMaker Pro v15 (done)

NRGship

  • Add support for return shipments
  • Add cloud sync capabilities for multi-user history

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