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bluepennylady
(old hand)
04/18/07 04:51 AM
Re: Integration with Endicia Postage Printing Soft new [re: Ned]  

Ned,

I have a Zebra printer and use the Endicia's Dazzle. We use to export the names and addresses via CSV but no longer do that. Instead we copy and paste the names and addresses from the Paypal payment. The name will only go into the name field. The entire address fits into the address field as the address isn't broken into addy, city, state and zip fields. Just one field for all the information.

I get my Endicia labels from gharris800 at eBay. She sells the labels in bundles of 8 rolls. Each roll contains 425- 4 x 6 labels peel and stick labels. Shipping costs is set at $19.99. I paid $33.00 for the last 8 rolls. At Endicia the cost is $13.00 per roll of 250 labels plus shipping.

UPS labels do fit into the Zebra printer. But now UPS prints their name right along the bottom. So you have to cut off the very 1/4 inch of the label before sticking it on a USPS package.

I might mention, the UPS Zebra printer is the exact same printer to use for Endicia. So the printer will work for either shipping service. Labels are identical. When you install the printer for UPS, you go to UPS and download their drivers. When you install Dazzle, you have to go to the Zebra website and download a different driver. Endicia tech support can tell you which one you need as I don't recall off the top of my head and that file is at work.

As far as our workflow. Since packages can only be labeled one at a time anyway, in order to reduce errors, we print labels one at a time. Not in groups which I realize most others send their labels to Queue and print the labels in groups. But anyway, here's our workflow.

Record payment, (we print the payment sheet)
Print packing slip.
Package item(s)
Package sent to shipping desk
Shipping staffer goes to the Invoice, copies and pastes name and addy into Endicia's Dazzle. Dazzle spits out address label, we attach label on package. Package goes into the USPS postal cart and we're done.

Dazzle even tells you which International form to use for the class you are shipping. My staff loves Endicia. If you should happen to not put enough postage on a package, the software allows you the ability to add-on postage.

You can also use "Stealth" postage which in short means the actual postage amount is not printed on the package, except on International. All International packages have the actual postage amount printed on the package.

I hope that helped you a bit. If not, let me know, and I'll try again.

I am glad to see you around again

Judy/blue



scalesusa
(stranger )
06/06/07 09:47 AM
Re: Integration with Endicia Postage Printing Soft new [re: bluepennylady]  

I too have used endicia Dazzle with AW2000 and export addresses to Dazzle. I also use store software that exports info to dazzle by XML. There is a night and day difference in the amount of work required. Particularly with international shipping. With my store, a string of orders, any number are queued up and when I click the button, all the data, including weight, customs data shipping method, etc is imported to Dazzle and it immediately starts spitting out a string of labels. With the AW2000 method, I have to export them to Endicia, Import them in endicia, then open the correct label format, enter the weight and package dimensions, enter the customs data, and then print. This can take a very long time if international shipping is required for several sales. I have started using the PayPal shipping more and more, even though it is slow, it is less work. PayPal won't print International First Class, or Bound Printed Matter though, so those go to Dazzle.

I also import UPS shipments into worldship in about the same manner.

I really would like to see Dazzle Integration, but there are some enhancements higher on my list, like update of running auctions and send store items to auction.



bluepennylady
(veteran)
06/06/07 12:32 PM
Re: Integration with Endicia Postage Printing Soft new [re: scalesusa]  

Thanks again! This too has been forwarded to AW2000 tech team.

Judy/blue



sharptrade
(stranger )
01/13/08 08:47 PM
Re: Integration with Endicia Postage Printing Soft new [re: grumpy3b]  

Here's what I'm doing.

Using Endicia AND ShipWorks. ShipWorks goes to eBay and PayPal and downloads ALL the data.

I then open a new Shipworks transaction and open the corresponding AW2K record. I have entered all the weights of my inventory items, so then I just enter the weight of the item (if a single item transaction) in Shipworks and hit SHIP.

My email pops up with the address and tracking (it retrieves automatically from endicia) and I cut and past only the name and tracking back into AW2K.

Sounds complicated, but actually faster than JUST endicia.

I am paying the annual AW2K, the monthly endicia and the monthly ShipWorks. I would be happy to pay the monthly shipworks to AW2K if they built their simple features into AW2K.

Shipworks retrieves ALL paypal data, ALL buyer data, and then integrates 100% w Endicia (Stamps.com, USPS, UPS and FedEx) but they are unreasonably expensive for the small part of the process they do. So why do I pay them? I save a HUGE amount of time using that tool.

In the Seattle area? Would love to share advanced ideas at a local coffee shop regarding AW2K and eBay.

Ron

----
http://www.sharptradingcompany.com

bluepennylady
(Pooh-Bah)
01/13/08 09:12 PM
Re: Integration with Endicia Postage Printing Soft new [re: sharptrade]  

Ron,

I use Endicia and their Dazzle software.

Here's what we do.

Update all auction lots, generate invoices,
Retrieve email.
Record Paypal payments and store buyer's shipping information into AW2K.
Items are packaged for shipping.
Invoice for package is found.
We copy and paste the entire buyer's name and address from the Paypal payment into Dazzle.
Hit verify address and then print.

We keep track of the item pkg weight in inventory items as well. But the weight is recorded on top of the box as well. So whoever is printing shipping labels has the weight right in front of them,
Enter in appropriate shipping method, weight etc and print label.

I agree==it is amazingly fast. Since we use the same Zebra printer for USPS and UPS, there isn't any messing around with different type labels.

The tracking number is pasted back from Dazzle into AW2K so when shipping notices are sent out all the fields are already completed and no errors occur when generating the email notices.

Sorry,, I would love to have a cup of Seattle coffee... Just live tooooooo far away. But the next time we come to Seattle on Business, I may give you a shout..


Judy/blue

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http://stores.ebay.com/bluepennylady?refid=store
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sharptrade
(stranger )
01/13/08 09:41 PM
Re: Integration with Endicia Postage Printing Soft new [re: bluepennylady]  

Right. You are repeating what I said. I use Endicia/Dazzle too.

But if you read my posting, you would see I ALSO use ShipWorks to retrieve the eBay and PayPal data FOR ME. THAT is what saves me the time.

Please read my postings carefully.

Carpenters: measure twice, cut once.

(the Seattle request is a tagline for all readers of this post, I know you are in Kansas)



In the Seattle area? Would love to share ADVANCED ideas at a local coffee shop regarding AW2K and eBay.

Ron
----
http://www.sharptradingcompany.com

bluepennylady
(Pooh-Bah)
01/13/08 10:11 PM
Re: Integration with Endicia Postage Printing Soft new [re: sharptrade]  

Ron,

I know the tag line is a request for all users But one of these days, you just never know, that husband of mine will buy some other deal in Seattle and I'll be knockin' on your door for coffee



Judy/blue

Visit my eBay store!
http://stores.ebay.com/bluepennylady?refid=store
Visit our website too!
http://www.pennyworthsales.com


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