Shipper Specific Options (Tab)
This screen is designated for those merchants to configure their accounts with the available shippers:
- FedEx Freight
- Endicia Dazzle
Each of these shipper specific sections control the interaction with the carrier or postage printing company.
Select the Shipper in the menu that appears below the Carriers tab of the shipping configuration page to view the shipper specific options.
See Setting up DHL
See Setting up FedEx
Freightquote.com is a freight broker that can provide freight rates from multiple shippers. To learn more about there service, visit their website. Ton configure your freightquote account with UltraCart, enter your freightquote username & password, and optionally, list your preferred carriers (one per line).
The UPS configuration is also very simple. UltraCart can rate the standard retail or daily pickup rate charts. There are also two options that effect the values placed into the file that is imported into UPS WorldShip. If you want to use the Quantum View Notification feature of UPS you can check the box provided. The final option is the value of the shipment after which a signature will be required.
About UPS Rate Calculation:
Why doesn't UltraCart talk directly to UPS like we do other carriers for real-time estimates?
UPS decided that they were going to use their technology as a wedge against the other carriers. The UPS Ready contract that we would have been required to sign strictly prohibited things like displaying rates from multiple carriers on the same screen as well as building software like UltraShip. This is unacceptable to us because it drastically limits the functionality that we can provide to our merchants.
UltraCart maintains an internal database of all the domestic rate tables, zone charts, additional service fees, as well as fuel surcharges. This allows UltraCart to accurately estimate domestic rates to the penny with the UPS website. Merchants still have to be very careful of the options that they select on the UPS website to make sure they are doing an apples to apples comparison.
To Apply Your UPS Negotiated Rates to your UPS shipping methods, you'll neede to configure the UPS shipper settings to "Daily" rates. This activated the edit/upload options for the official UPS spreadsheet of your shipping rate tables. Once the daily rate ratting is apply, navigate to the shipping method configuration page and either edit or add the UPS methods you will be offering to your customers then in the "cost calulcation" tab (first tab after editing the shipping method) you'll find a blue button directly below the "Real-time" calcuation radio button titled "Customize Rate Table":
Since we're unable to have a database of all the international zone tables, rate charts, etc. from every origin point to destination point we have to use another carrier as a proxy. We basically estimate with another carrier and then apply % markups or discounts based upon how the averages work out. We definitely recommend that merchants do not ship UPS international based upon these rates as there can be no guarantees on how accurate they are.
Endicia Dazzle is one of the most popular USPS postage printing options in the industry. UltraCart has supported Endicia Dazzle for a very long time. The options in the configuration shown below impact the type of XML file that UltraCart produces for Endicia Dazzle. These options will effect interaction with Dazzle whether through the web interface or through UltraShip.
Since there is a lot of configuration of the interaction with Endicia Dazzle, the chart below explains each configuration in more detail.
Abort on Error
When set to Yes, Endicia will stop printing the batch file when an error occurs. Typically this would not be set.
Auto print customs forms
If you are shipping internationally, set this to yes.
If you want tracking on your USPS packages (typical), set this to yes.
If you need proof of delivery, set this to yes. A signature is usually required to successfully fight chargebacks by customers claiming non-delivery.
If you want insurance than select how you want to insure it. Most merchants find that insuring through Endicia is more cost effective and an easier claims process than the postal service.
Insured Mail Threshold
The value of the shipment after which insurance is added. Some merchants only insure shipments of $100 due to the risk/reward.
If you have a specific Endicia Dazzle layout file that you want to use then specify the path to it in this field. Not typically configured.
The path to where Endicia should produce the output file (that contains tracking number). If you're interacting with Endicia Dazzle through the web interface and batch files then you will want to configure this path so the output file is always at a predictable location.
If you want to save a few pennies shipping Parcel Select shipments, set this to yes.
This option controls whether Endicia Dazzle is able to prompt the user. Typically this should be left unconfigured as you want to prompt the user if you run out of postage during the middle of the batch.
The return address to print on the label.
Whether to immediately start printing or just launch Dazzle. This option is typically left unconfigured.
This option masks the amount of postage on the label. This is very important to set if you charge higher shipping or handling fees. Almost all merchants turn on stealth postage.
Set this to yes if you need to produce some test labels.
By default the XML file will contain the email of the customer from the order. Endicia can be configured to email the customer the tracking information (not recommended as UltraCart will do this). However if you want to use this feature, you can configure an additional email to be CC'ed on the email.
See Setting up Stamps.com
Watkins is a LTL freight carrier that UltraCart can rate freight shipments for. To configure Watkins enter your negotiated discount amount in the field provided.
PeriShip is a value added reseller of FedEx that specializes in proactively tracking perishable packages and taking corrective action if an incident that occurs that would cause the spoilage of the product. For instance if you are shipping fresh fish from Seattle across country via 2 day air and something delays the package, PeriShip can contact FedEx and work with them to locate the package and make sure that it is handled so that the product does not spoil. In a standard shipping scenario the delay would lead to spoiled product reaching the customer and a complete loss of the shipment. To configure PeriShip enter your credentials in the fields provided.
FedEx API Errors