News + Updates

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. Updating to the newer release before June 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.

2024-01-23T19:50:56+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|

Using NRGship on Older Macs (2023)

Recently we have had support issues with older Macs not supporting TeamViewer which we use for remote support.

We highly recommend updating to 10.15 macOS Catalina for any Mac released since 2012. You can find more infromation on supported hardware for macOS Catalina on the Apple website.

We do not recommend updating older Macs to newer OS versions like Ventura or Sonoma as these versions are meant for newer Apple Silicon Macs and performance and compatability will be degraded.

As always, check compatability with other applications that you use before updating.

2023-12-21T15:59:35+00:00December 21st, 2023|General|

Optimize Business Operations with aACE ERP + NRGship

NRG Software recently collaborated with aACE Software in a webinar about how NRGship integrates with aACE. See this integration in action using showme.aacesoft.net.

aACE is a comprehensive Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution designed to meet the needs of businesses across various industries. From accounting to inventory management and production management to CRM, aACE provides a centralized platform for organizations to manage their processes effectively. aACE is designed for companies that have outgrown small-business software packages and patchwork solutions or are frustrated by the poor performance of expensive ERP systems.

In the age of global commerce, efficient shipping and logistics are essential for success. NRGship integrates smoothly with aACE, streamlining business operations from order creation to product delivery. Shipping data transfers back and forth between NRGship and aACE for easily accessible information and real-time visibility, allowing businesses to track shipments, monitor delivery times, and proactively address any issues that may arise. Shipments are processed using NRGship while the data remains in aACE.

Key advantages include:

  • Improved Order Accuracy: By automating the shipping process, the likelihood of errors such as incorrect addresses or shipping methods is significantly reduced.
  • Enhanced Efficiency: With aACE and NRG Shipping working together, redundant tasks are minimized.
  • Real-Time Visibility: The integration provides real-time visibility into all areas of the shipping process.
  • Cost Savings: Automation and efficiency translate to cost savings. By optimizing shipping processes, businesses can reduce shipping costs and improve their bottom line.

By combining the robust features of aACE with the efficiency of NRG Shipping, organizations can create a seamless system. As businesses continue to prioritize speed, accuracy, and customer satisfaction, the aACE and NRG Shipping integration stands out as a strategic investment in the future success of any enterprise.

Contact aACE Sales and please reference referral code “NRG” to find out if aACE is a good fit for your business!

2023-12-15T16:51:08+00:00December 11th, 2023|General, Press Releases|

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|

NRG participates in 2023 PromoStandards Hack-A-Thon

Back in September, NRG Software staff participated in a group effort to use AI functionality along with PromoStandards to solve common business needs in the promo industry. Utilizing OpenAI we created a group name, logo and a model that would use AI to source and select products based on a prompt, for example, “what products would be good for a sales summit?” We loaded our model with products from several PromoStandards Product Data endpoints. The result was a web solution which returned product text and images based on the query. In the end, our group took 3rd place for our solution.

In a previous article we looked at PromoStandards integration using AirTable and Claris FileMaker Pro.

Contact us if you’d like to discuss PromoStandards integration!

In the video below at around the 47 minute mark you can see our submission.

2023-11-17T16:11:53+00:00November 17th, 2023|General, Press Releases|

Here are three plugins every WooCommerce Site should have installed

NRGship Pro sports direct integration with WooCommerce for simplified order fulfillment. Orders can be downloaded in batch or on-demand. Upon shipment, tracking and additional information are updated in the order.

By default, WooCommerce does not include entry fields for shipment tracking numbers. When you install the WooCommerce Shipment Tracking plugin, NRGship will add specific tracking data upon shipment.

If you are offering gift boxes, NRGship Pro offers options to print gift box messaging on labels to remove the manual effort required to match messages with boxes. When you install the Gift Message for WooCommerce plugin in “free” mode, fields are added to your checkout for the sender and gift message. These fields will be passed to NRGship and included on your shipping label.

If you offer flat-rate shipping, the Advanced Flat Rate Shipping plugin is a must-have. With this plugin you can setup advanced rules like a fixed cost for X products, or a base shipping cost plus additional fees with added products. You can even offer free shipping once the cart total reaches a certain dollar amount.

What plugins are you must-haves for WooCommerce? Please let us know in the comments below!

Besides WooCommerce intgeration with NRGship, our staff has performed numerous integrations with WooCommerce and Claris FileMaker Pro to sync orders, products, inventory quantities and more. If you’re interested in learning more about our WooCommerce services, please contact our sales department.

 

2023-10-31T03:06:01+00:00October 31st, 2023|Mac Shipping, Tools & Tips|

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|

NRGship Compatibility with macOS Sonoma

macOS 14, also known as Sonoma was released on September 26, 2023. Sonoma is is a free update from Apple. It will run on most any Mac made since 2018, however this is considered a major OS release. In our testing, Sonoma performs best on modern day Macs with Apple Silicon processors. NRGship for UPS, NRGship Pro for UPS and NRGship Pro for FedEx have been tested under Sonoma however we highly suggest users wait to upgrade to ensure compatibility across all installed applications. For customers using NRGship with FileMaker, please check Claris FileMaker release notes for any issues.

2023-10-31T02:10:53+00:00October 31st, 2023|Mac Shipping, Press Releases|
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