FileMaker Shipping

NRG achieves FedEx Compatible Community status for 2024

When looking for a trusted business solution, you can count on NRG solutions for your FedEx shipping needs.

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. 

NRGship is designed to streamline shipping processes for businesses of all sizes, providing enhanced efficiency, cost savings, and customer satisfaction.

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. 

NRGship offers a range of powerful features:

  • Seamless Integration: Easily integrate FedEx shipping functionality into existing business systems, reducing manual processes and increasing efficiency.
  • Automated Shipping: Generate shipping labels, track packages, and manage shipments automatically, saving time and reducing errors.
  • Customized Solutions: Tailor the integration to meet specific business needs, ensuring a perfect fit for every customer.
  • Real-Time Updates: Stay informed with real-time tracking and status updates for all shipments, providing greater visibility and control.

Contact us any time if you would like to discuss which NRG solutions meet your needs!

 

2024-05-14T12:35:40+00:00May 14th, 2024|FileMaker Shipping, Mac Shipping, Press Releases|

Upgrading NRGship FM for June 2024 UPS API Updates

As previously mentioned, all NRGship FM for UPS users (and users of multi-carrier Ship Connect) will need to update to current versions for UPS API compatibility before early June 2024.

Customers who are using a single carrier solution should have no issue upgrading. Customers with Ship Connect or combinations of UPS and other carriers should contact NRG Support. We have tested with versions going back to FileMaker Pro v16 however we highly recommend updating to v19 or above to take advantage of full functionality. If you are using an older version of FileMaker Pro we also provide some upgrade resources.

In the video below we will walk you thru the following steps to upgrade files hosted on FileMaker Server.

  • Preview your existing install for any modifications to layouts or scripts that will need to be applied after upgrading
  • Open your FileMaker Server (FMS) Admin Console
  • Within the FMS Console
    • Close the four NRGship UPS files
    • Download the four files from FileMaker Server to your downloads folder
    • Remove files from FileMaker Server
  • Create a folder and drop in the downloaded files, expanding if necessary
  • Rename the files you just downloaded with .bak.fmp12
  • Download new UPS files from http://ws.nrgsoft.com/NRGship%20UPS%20Pro.zip
  • Drop the four new files into the folder with the .bak.fmp12 files
  • Open the NRGship Pro UPS file and it will ask about importing prefs/data from backup – say yes
  • During the preference import it’s going to ask you to login to UPS.com to link NRGship to your UPS account. This is required information.
  • In NRGship, go to UPS accounts tab – it should show your UPS accounts with API info
  • Close up files
  • In your existing files (the .fmp12.bak files), check for a post-shipment script and copy from backup UPS Data file if necessary
  • Within FileMaker Pro, upload files back to FileMaker Server
  • Within the FMS Console, re-open files on server
  • Within FileMaker Pro, be sure to apply any layout or script customization to the new files
  • Note that when your NRGship Account was created your previous license code was used for your password

You can also perform an update directly on the server, bypassing the need to download and upload files. When replacing files be sure to check for proper OS file permissions before re-opening on server.

Workstations will auto-update plugins as needed. If you have plugins located in older directories (ex: the FileMaker Pro application folder or Shared folder in user folders) then you will need to remove those so the plugin install can properly complete.

Be sure to check out our release notes for information on new features and fixes.

If you are uncomfortable performing the upgrade on your own, then reach out to NRG Support for assistance.

2024-05-15T12:44:00+00:00May 8th, 2024|FileMaker Shipping|

Now is the time to upgrade your legacy FileMaker Pro app

With impending updates to NRGship FM for UPS and FedEx, there is no time better than now to upgrade your end-of-life (EOL) FileMaker application. As of June 2024, EOL versions are defined as any release before FileMaker v19.6 from December 2022.

Besides the need to update for NRGship FM compatibility, there are numerous additional benefits according to Claris Partner Harlow Technologies.

  1. Pushing off updates makes future updates harder
  2. Lack of Claris support
  3. Older versions of FileMaker Go are not available on the AppStore
  4. Fixes for security vulnerabilities
  5. Newer is better – there are many time-saving features in new versions of FileMaker Pro

The other benefit we would add is compatibility with newer operating systems and hardware. Old versions of FileMaker Pro likely will not run on newer Macs. By upgrading at least to FileMaker 19.6 you have compatibility with the latest OS releases. If you have older hardware, any Mac since 2012 can be updated to macOS Catalina 10.15. This provides a base environment to mix old and new hardware so you can make plans  for future hardware and software updates.

The current NRG support policy states that NRGship requires a minimum of Claris FileMaker Pro v18 however it may work with older versions.

If you need assistance with upgrading or FileMaker licensing, please contact our sales department.

2024-05-02T17:49:37+00:00May 2nd, 2024|FileMaker Shipping, FileMaker Tips|

NRG is now a two-time UPS Ready® Premier Partner

NRG Software was recently recognized a second time for our outstanding performance as a UPS Ready® partner. UPS® Premier Partners are selected based on performance, collaboration, integrations, adoption, responsiveness to key initatives and support of UPS sales & services.

 

Over the past year we’ve implemented new features like address entry auto-complete, importing data from Squarespace and additional custom labeling options with UPS 4×8 label stock.

If you’re looking for a shipping solution that doesn’t tie you to the rigidity of carrier or other third party solutions, we’d like to share more about how we’re working with UPS to help businesses improve their shipping processes.

If you’re interested in learning more about NRGship solutions, please contact our sales department.

 

2024-04-04T19:12:48+00:00April 4th, 2024|FileMaker Shipping, Mac Shipping, Press Releases|

Add your branding to labels in NRGship Pro for UPS

It’s easy to add branding to your shipping labels with NRGship Pro for UPS. First, make sure your image is black and white, resolution is divisible by 8, and no transparent background. Second, adjust NRGship Pro for UPS settings to enable the logo on label. The video below will walk you thru all the steps!

NRGship Pro for UPS also offers additional options for 4×8 label stock including the shipment label header (tracking and cost info), custom label messaging (great for gift box messaging!) and QR code messages.

2024-04-04T18:56:14+00:00April 4th, 2024|FileMaker Shipping, Mac Shipping, Tools & Tips|

NRGship to support UPS RESTful APls in 2024

Recently, UPS customers have been receiving messaging regarding UPS access keys being retired in June of 2024. NRGship communicates with UPS servers using this interface and has been actively redeveloping using the newer RESTful APIs for release in 2024. We expect this release to be posted before May 1, 2024. Updating to the newer release before June 1, 2024 will provide longterm compatability with future UPS updates.

If you are a FileMaker Developer and have done your own UPS integration with legacy APIs then you may want to evaluate using NRGship FM for UPS instead of investing development resources into your own efforts. NRGship FM is the only carrier-certified solution for UPS, FedEx and USPS shipping from FileMaker Pro. Watch this video to see how you can quickly add UPS rating and shipping in under 10 minutes without the need to do any complex coding.

If you are using the older UPS API on your website or thru some other means be sure to contact those developers for their transition plan.

If you have any questions about the API retirement, please contact NRG support.

2024-04-29T13:44:19+00:00January 8th, 2024|FileMaker Shipping, Mac Shipping|

Create FedEx Shipping Labels from FileMaker Pro in under 10 Minutes

In this video we will show you how to quickly integrate NRGship FM for FedEx with your Claris FileMaker Pro database by adding an external data source, creating relationships with the NRGship tables, and building a basic shipping script. While this video utilizes our FedEx solution, the process is similar for other carriers.

With NRGship FM for FedEx you can create shipping labels with simple scripting. There is no need to utilize complex CURL, JSON or other functions. NRGship FM for FedEx is a carrier-certified FedEx Compatible solution which means you don’t need to worry about future service compatibility such as current WSDL retirement.

Contact NRG Sales if you have questions about migrating from internally-developed integrations to NRGship.

 

2023-12-31T03:49:12+00:00December 31st, 2023|FileMaker Shipping|

NRGship to support FedEx RESTful APls in 2024

Recently, FedEx customers have been receiving messaging regarding FedEx WSDLs being retired in May of 2024. NRGship communicates with FedEx using this interface and has been actively redeveloping using the newer RESTful APIs for release in 2024. Note that only tracking and address validation will be impacted in older versions of NRGship, however updating to the newer release before May 2024 will provide longterm compatability with future FedEx updates.

 

If you are a FileMaker Developer and have done your own FedEx integration with SOAP APIs then you may want to evaluate using NRGship FM for FedEx instead of investing development resources into your own efforts. NRGship FM is the only carrier-certified solution for FedEx, UPS and USPS shipping from FileMaker Pro. Watch this video to see how you can quickly add FedEx rating and shipping in under 10 minutes without the need to do any complex coding.

If you have any questions about the WSDL retirement, please contact NRG support.

 

 

2024-01-08T04:37:43+00:00December 11th, 2023|FileMaker Shipping, Press Releases|

Enable UPS Paperless® for Commercial Invoices by April 2024 for International Shipping

UPS customers need to switch to UPS Paperless® for commercial invoices to avoid being charged for using paper invoices.

Why is there a surcharge for using paper invoices?
Ongoing regulation changes around the world are increasing the cost to service paper commercial invoices and creating potentially longer handling times. 

What is the timing?
The surcharge is now planned to be implemented starting April 2024.

How much is the surcharge and when will it start?
Beginning in April 2024, there will be a $1.00 USD surcharge for using paper documents. This fee will increase to $3.00 USD at the beginning of July 2024 and to $5.00 USD at the beginning of October 2024.

Want to avoid the surcharge? Go paperless!
UPS Paperless® for commercial invoices digitally transmits your data to UPS and customs offices around the globe. You get great benefits:

  • Save time with faster customs clearance and shipment processing
  • Eliminate lost or damaged documents in transit
  • Streamline shipping preparation and lower labor costs
  • Minimize redundant data entry and reduce the chance of error
  • Keep customs values confidential when shipping directly to customers

It’s simple to enable paperless invoices for free at UPS.com. See the attached PDF for instructions.

If you need help or have questions, please contact your UPS Account Manager or call 1-800-782-7892.

2023-12-07T05:50:59+00:00December 7th, 2023|FileMaker Shipping, Mac Shipping|

We can’t wait to see you at Claris Engage 2024

We  look forward to meeting fellow Claris FileMaker Pro developers at the Claris Engage Conference in Austin, TX taking place between Feb 6-8, 2024 at the Austin Apple Campus. Stop by our booth to see the lastest updates to our award winning, carrier-certified shipping solutions for Claris FileMaker Pro. As a Zebra ISV Partner, we will also be showcasing FileMaker mobile solutions built using Zebra mobile computers and printers for high-performance scanning and labeling.

2023-11-12T19:05:00+00:00October 31st, 2023|FileMaker Shipping, Mac Shipping, Press Releases|
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