Recent builds of NRGship Pro for UPS, NRGship Pro for FedEx and FileMaker Pro integrated solutions all include address auto-complete during entry. Using auto-complete, you can reduce your entry of city, state and postal code to insure proper shipment addressing. Coupled with existing address validation features, NRGship solutions provide you with the best shipment deliverability.
On July 9, 2023, USPS introduced a new ground-based package service: USPS Ground Advantage. This service replaces USPS First-Class Package Service, Parcel Select Ground, and Retail Ground. First-Class Mail Letters and Large Envelopes/Flats will continue to be available. Ground Advantage delivers packages within the Continental United States in 2-5 business days with free tracking and $100 of USPS insurance for packages between 0 and 70 lbs.
Recent builds of Ship Connect Multi-Carrier and NRGship FM for USPS support the new USPS Ground Advantage option. Previous builds have existing First-Class and ParcelSelect services re-mapped to the new USPS Ground Advantage. Cutomers using these services should plan to upgrade their solution files before end-of-year 2023 for continued service availability.
We’ve had a lot of interest recently from customers who are interested in moving from a single carrier solution to multi-carrier. We see this quite often when you have a primary shipping carrier but want to take advantage of other carriers for third-party shipments or offer alternative shipping services for specific orders. Migrating to Ship Connect is a fairly simple process, but Ship Connect is not presently a user-downloadable offering. NRG will configure Ship Connect based on the desired carriers that you need and will provide solution files. Ship Connect is more robust than single carrier solutions – it supports multiple locations and custom printer/scale settings for each workstation. Ship Connect presently supports carriers like UPS, FedEx, USPS via Stamps.com/Endicia, DHL, Australian Post, Amazon Seller-Fulfilled Prime, GLS and Spee-Dee along with numerous LTL and freight brokers.
If you’re interested in learning more about Ship Connect, please contact our sales department.
Be aware that future releases of NRGship will have COD functionality removed.
Effective July 31, 2023, FedEx Ground Collect on Delivery (C.O.D.), FedEx Ground Electronic Collect on Delivery (E.C.O.D.), and FedEx Express Collect on Delivery within and to the U.S. will be retired and no longer available. FedEx Ground C.O.D. within and to Canada and Express Freight C.O.D. will remain available for shipments at this time.
If you require COD shipping functionality, please contact us for alternative collection options.
NRG Software is excited to announced that current builds of all NRGship solutions are compatible with the Claris FileMaker Pro 2023 release that offers improvide performance, scalability and enhanced security. Internal testing has not uncovered any issues. As with any upgrade, we suggest customers test their integration before upgrading production systems. Customers using NRG Ship Connect should email firstname.lastname@example.org for upgrade information.
As always, we highly suggest updating NRGship alongside any Claris FileMaker Pro upgrades.
NRGship Pro for UPS recently added support for printing QR codes at the bottom of ship labels. The QR code can be used to provide scannable links for a variety of needs like product information, discounts, or simplified returns.
By switching to longer UPS 4×8 label stock, you can now choose to print a shipment label header, custom label messaging (perfect for gift boxes!), 4×2 logo or the new QR code messaging.
When looking for a trusted business solution, you can count on NRG solutions for your FedEx shipping.
NRG is part of the FedEx Compatible Solutions Program, which integrates FedEx shipping capability into many of the most popular business software systems, like FileMaker Pro.
That means you can ship and manage shipments with the software you already use every day.
FedEx tests the shipping functionality of each solution to make sure it provides the reliability you expect from FedEx – with fast processing, powerful tracking and a broad array of services.
Recent changes to NRGship Pro for FedEx include:
- Support for FedEx Ground® Economy shipments
- Enhancements to bulk shipment imports for multiple boxes
- Enhanced support for thermal printers
Contact us any time if you would like to discuss which NRG solutions meet your needs!
If you’re using an older version of NRGship FM for UPS, NRGship FM for FedEx, or NRG Ship Connect, it’s likely a good opportunity to upgrade NRG to the latest version before updating to FileMaker Pro v19. For single carrier products, you can easily update on your own by following the UPS or FedEx upgrade instructions. Upgrading multi-carrier Ship Connect is best done by NRG Support following our upgrade best practices.
There are many reasons to upgrade!
- New functionality in NRGship
- Interface improvements
- Access the latest carrier option and services
- More easily select connected thermal printers
- NRG solutions utilize third-party FileMaker plugins
- Plugins often should be updated for newer FileMaker versions for better performance and compatibility
- Plugins get auto-updated when new NRG solutions are launched for the first time
Note that NRG solutions are built and tested to run on the latest versions of Claris FileMaker Pro. Versions of FileMaker Pro before v19 have been End Of Life since mid-2021 and earlier. Often when replacing your Mac or Windows PC, you’ll find that older FileMaker versions just don’t run properly and you will need to upgrade.
Contact us any time if you have questions or need help with your NRG update!