The following section describes the shipping process within SuiteWM.
SuiteWM’s shipment rating and carrier shipment label creation processes are provided using a powerful API provided by RocketShipIt :
RocketShipIt powers SuiteWM with ship services to rate, create labels, and manifest shipments for UPS®, FEDEX®, and more.
UPS®, FEDEX®, and USPS® (noted below) trademarks are property of their respective owners.
In addition, certain international shipment rating and carrier shipment label creation processes (including USPS®) are provided using a powerful API provided by EasyPost :
EasyPost powers SuiteWM with ship services to shop, create labels, and manifest shipments for USPS® International services including those offered by Asendia, as well as dozens of other international carriers.
Both of these APIs have been integrated with SuiteWM and utilize advanced, real time technologies to reach directly into each carrier’s available web services to rate packages and render labels. Labels returned directly from the carriers are then subsequently printed by SuiteWM on local thermal label printers.
As many or few carrier/services may be defined in SuiteWM. Carrier shipment processing is closely tied to the data received from the ERP about the order to be shipped. If the ERP being used is NetSuite, the “Ship Via/Ship Method” is used in SuiteWM to drive shipment processing. In addition, a SuiteWM-specific TMS mapping table configuration is available for NetSuite provide additional details about shipping options that NetSuite does not typically supply, such as a carrier’s SCAC, freight terms, mode, accessorials, and more.
Operations & Usage¶
SuiteWM shipping is designed to be ultra simple. Scan a container ID barcode created during packing and click “Process Shipment” option, and labels(s) begin to print. Of course, if a change needs to be made relating to shipping service or carrier, this can be easily accomplished on the same page.
The first step in SuiteWM parcel shipping is to place a container on a weight scale (if feasible) and scan or enter a container to be shipped. If the container is part of a multi-container shipment, SuiteWM will highlight this fact and direct the processing accordingly. If the container cannot be placed on a weight scale the operator can always hand-key the weight.
SuiteWM will then, in real time, assess the carrier/service requests provided by the ERP and act upon those requests which may include rate shopping the package/shipment. SuiteWM will present the results of this processing, as shown below. If “all good”, the operator will select “Process Shipment” and label(s) will immediately begin to print. If for some reason a change is required, the operator may edit the data presented and then select “Process Shipment”. At any time, an operator can cancel out of a shipment and review (with authorization) the shipment in more detail with the SuiteWM Administration page, which offers a greater number of editing options, if required.
Of course, more complex shipments can also be managed with SuiteWM. Below is an example of a multi-carton LTL shipment, permitting the entry (or editing) or freight terms, PRO number, account number, accessorials, and more. Manifesting an LTL shipment in SuiteWM will result in production of a VICS BOL as well.
Anyone who’s been in this business for a while knows that printing shipping labels to a thermal printer can be tricky business, especially from a web site. Traditional thermal barcode printers require a “raw” print driver for specialty languages such as ZPL or Zebra Print Language. Combine this with the fact that most modern day operating systems want to encapsulate print requests with headers, effectively disabling the “raw” properties of the printers (printing the ZPL as a document of code rather than “interpreting” it). SuiteWM has solved this problem, using the advanced toolkit/API from PrintNode. PrintNode was specifically developed to solve this problem in the warehouse, and allows SuiteWM to stay “printer and weight scale independent” giving secure access these devices directly without any complex local server/pc operating system configuration.