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What’s the best way to ship from FileMaker Pro?

With NRGship and FileMaker Pro you have two options for shipping and choosing between them often depends on what makes sense for your workflow.

Integrated shipping is our preferred method and it allows you to utilize the full capabilites of NRGship across your organization on the desktop or iOS. We often suggest that things start during order entry with address validation. This ensures that the recipient information is correct before the order ever hits your shipping department, and allows you to have a clean address in your backend CRM for future use. From your order, it’s easy to add simple rating functionality based on the content of your order so that you can charge your customer based on the estimate, or provide expedited service options based on a certain delivery date. Once the order has shipped, cost information can be returned back to the order along with the tracking number. The tracking number then provides visibility right on the order without having to check the carrier software or website. With integrated shipping you can seamlessly utilize the power of your shipping carriers without ever leaving your own database.

Overview: Integrated Shipping

Keyed shipping most closely resembles the process you would have using carrier software integrated with FileMaker. You would key in an order number and the data would appear in the shipment. The shipping staff then adds packages, validates the address, runs rates and produces the shipping label. After shipment, the cost information is returned back to your order so that you have visibility across your organization. Since NRGship is built with FileMaker Pro, you can leverage it’s functionality to provide far more complex shipping than you could with the carrier software alone.

Overview: Keyed Shipping

NRGship is a Carrier Certfied provider that powers hundreds of businesses who ship UPS, FedEx and USPS with FileMaker Pro without the need to setup external services or perform complex API coding. Contact our sales staff to setup a time for a demo of NRGship and see how it can improve your entire business.

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Turn an unprecedented peak into unprecedented success: Get Holiday Tips from FedEx

Between managing your customers’ expectations, safety and the rising demand for buying holiday gifts and essentials online, planning for this unprecedented peak season can make your head spin.

But it’s also a chance at unprecedented success. Industry experts and retailers share ten tips for getting a head start, from promotions and inventory to scheduling shipping for on-time delivery, all with the superior customer experience that builds year-round customer-loyalty.

Get Holiday Tips

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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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How can I export my UPS Address Book for use in NRGship?

Whether you have been using UPS.com or WorldShip for your shipping needs, you can easily export your address book information for use in NRGship.

UPS.com Address Book

WorldShip Address Book

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How to process USMCA shipments with NRGship

This article is current as of July 2020. It will be updated as we receive new information from our carrier partners.

 

As of July 1st, 2020, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Some shipments that cross the borders of these countries may require special import forms.

For USMCA details and forms, go to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection USMCA page. For NAFTA information, go to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection NAFTA page.

UPS

Currently the UPS Developer Kit APIs do not support the new USMCA forms for automated processing.  You will need to produce your own USMCA forms and apply them to the outside of packages. You can find more information on USMCA and a sample form for UPS shipments using this link.

FedEx

Currently the FedEx Shipment APIs do not support the new USMCA forms for automated processing.  You will need to produce your own USMCA forms and apply them to the outside of packages. You can find more information on USMCA and a sample form for FedEx shipments using this link. We are working on an update where you can attach a PDF version of the FedEx form to your shipment.

 

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