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grumpy3b
(stranger )
03/08/04 10:42 PM
Integration with Endicia Postage Printing Software  

Endicia has the ability to import label & shipping details directly using XML data files. If AW2k could exports shipping details, including weight and shipping method, it might be a nice feature. I am sure UPS & FedEx have similar ability to import shipping info in their respective software...

But, I think a shipping module would be a nice addition to AW2k...



crazy4sales
(Unregistered)
05/30/04 04:12 PM
Re: Integration with Endicia Postage Printing Software new [re: grumpy3b]  

I would love that as well. I like the changes to eBay in that you have all the info there when people pay, and if AW2K could someone pull or import the information in so I didn't have to cut and paste all the time it would be so much nicer!



leeflang
(stranger )
02/13/05 10:12 AM
Re: Integration with Endicia Postage Printing Software new [re: grumpy3b]  

Any news if AW2K will work with Endicia?

Peter

rodgw
(Unregistered)
02/15/05 07:26 AM
Re: Integration with Endicia Postage Printing Soft new [re: leeflang]  

I have been sending the shipping/mailing address to Endicia for over a year. Works great.
I'm not concerned about sending weight and shipping method, that changes for me all the time.
What I would like to see is the ability to send the tracking number from endicia to AW2K, now that would be a time saver.
rodgw




leeflang
(stranger )
02/15/05 10:44 AM
Re: Integration with Endicia Postage Printing Soft new [re: rodgw]  

Hi, do you care to share the details how you work with Endicia combined with AW2K?

We schedule our shipments with the shipping date of invoices the moment the payment gets registered, but I would not know how to select a csv file to download only the addresses for one specified shipping date.

As to weight, we would support any request to register weight since we now add it manually.

Cordially,
Peter
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Peter

grumpy3b
(stranger )
11/06/05 09:22 PM
Re: Integration with Endicia Postage Printing Soft new [re: leeflang]  

Hi Peter...

Wow...sorry I never read your post...what rodgw, myself and others are doing is...we queue labels to print then go to "PRINT SHIPPING LABELS" on the screen that comes up find the EXPORT button...this will allow you to export a CSV with your shipping data. This can then be imported into Endicia/Dazzle using the IMPORT feature from the ADDRESS BOOK portion of Dazzle.

What I was hoping for was for aw2k to output XML to a directory & file that Dazzle can monitor and automatically print labels from the information. To me postage printing is a major bit of overhead and a place ground could be made up if a portion of the process were automated.

Oh, one HUGE gotcha using the Dazzle import feature...one that I recently learned in a very expensive fashion...Dazzle is STOOPID. For international addresses especially, even if the information on the pre-import screen shows the address as appearing correctly it means NOTHING no matter how you have your mappings setup Dazzle could be dropping a portion of the address during the import.

I had a rather animated exchange with Endicia support over this issue as it cost me $200 when an item could not be delivered in Japan and was returned to me. I was flat told that it was my fault and even if the program showed the correct information was being read pre-import (mind you that this is based on the field mappings the user creates to import the addresses) anyway, no matter what that leetle box shows the international addy has a huge chance for being incorrect coming out the other side...

I checked and now I know why my international packages all seem to take forever to arrive...I had assumed the pre-import screen (I check every addy to ensure the data is correct) was showing me how the fields would be imported and assumed that Dazzle was smart enough to just leave international addy's alone and import them as typed...HA...every single international addy that I have imported since the last major update is WRONG...and I am using the exact same field mappings as before...

Anyway, just wanted to pass along that tidbit...

rodg....I have been threatening to write a dll to parse the shipping log for Dazzle and then splat it into the correct aw2k tables...it should not be difficult simply tedious. Adding the aw2k invoice number to each shipping record should do the trick to ID the Dazzle log records and a date range could be passed to the utility to help determine the records to grab...I have not really peeked at the aw2k invoices table to see if that is where the record should be updated or not... and as I said for me, one concern is with the Paradox tables themselves...not sure if we can open them, grab a record and then update the record via ODBC or not...Paradox never used to be a problem but I honestly have never tried it...???? I wish Borland was the Borland of the "before time" when Turbo Pascal was cool and Reflex was new...sigh...old age... ;)

But it has been a really personally hectic year so this sort of project is on my fun things to do list but is waaay down in priority...if I ever do write it I will certainly make it available to anyone who wants it...

If anyone is writing little utilities like this maybe we can have a thread about them? If nothing else it might keep us all out of Thom's hair...hehehehe...except of course when someone foobar's a table or twenty...hehehehe ]8^)

later...



leeflang
(stranger )
11/07/05 06:37 AM
Re: Integration with Endicia Postage Printing Soft new [re: grumpy3b]  

Hello Grumpy3b,
1) I don't seem to have any problems with importing international addresses via a csv into Dazzle.
2) Of course I also would love further automation so data from Dazzle would go back into AW2K (especially the tracking number and the real cost of shipping). I would also like to be able to import an item description (or multiple item descriptions) and have Dazzle place that in the shipping email to the customers so they know what was sent (now they do not). It is kind of the finishing touch for AW2K's shipping process.

Peter

scalesusa
(stranger )
01/27/06 08:00 AM
Re: Integration with Endicia Postage Printing Soft new [re: leeflang]  

I have been importing domestic and international addresses into dazzle, and, addresses that don't meet the standard for state or country will import incorrectly. This is not a dazzle problem, the data must be in the correct format first.

This means that occasionally I miss something. Dazzle does a check of US mail and catches address problems, but International mail is not checked.

You have to look at each international address after it is imported. You can do this when you fill in the customs form, or look at the resulting label before printing it.

I also use other store / auction software for my business. It uses the xml interface and imports/ exports pretty much all the data, customs description, weight, cost, country of origin, etc. Occasionally though, that International problem pops up because there are just no standards among differently countries as to how information is formatted, and customers send their intrepretation of their address.



Ned
(stranger )
04/17/07 04:09 PM
Re: Integration with Endicia Postage Printing Soft new [re: grumpy3b]  

The last post to the Endicia thread was over a year ago. I imagine things could have changed since then.

Does anyone use Endicia with Auction Wizard? Please, if you could, describe your workflow involving AW2K & Endicia in some detail. Things that may seem obvious to you as an already-user probably aren't obvious to me, a serious looker and soon-to-be buyer.

I have already checked AW2K's help files. It appears there's no XML & that I'd be using CSV files.

Thanks in advance,
Ned




bluepennylady
(old hand)
04/17/07 04:16 PM
Re: Integration with Endicia Postage Printing Soft new [re: Ned]  

Ned,

I use Endicia and have for quite a while. I have to go to a City council meeting in a few minutes (Dale has been re-elected as mayor and tonight he takes office) When I get home later tonight, I'll be happy to share our workflow.

Others will want to share how they use Endicia too, I am sure.

Judy/blue




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