It is not important that users understand how an API works, but it is crucial that they understand the advantage integration with Shipping Manager and their online shop can give them
Richmond, North Yorkshire, UK (PRWEB) September 5, 2008
Parcel Shipping Manager has launched Version 2 of their courier booking software designed to make parcel delivery for online retailers simple and cost effective. Shipping Manager is a free-to-use, web based, automated booking program which links to any online retail platform. Users download customer and parcel details, generate quotes and book services, all at the click of a mouse. Version 2 features include an excellent tracking facility and the ability to integrate the functionality via an API with your own site.
Chris Black, Senior Developer and Director at Parcel Shipping Manager announced the latest release and described it as a major step forward in providing automation for online retailers. Chris said he had had a lot of contact with users and the enhancements in this version were the direct result of their comments.
Since launch earlier this year Shipping Manager has firmly established itself as a significant application for online retailers who want to automate their courier booking. The automatic download of customer and parcel details allows the services to be booked in seconds rather than the considerable time taken otherwise. A new quick book facility has been added for individual items. The ability to track and trace every parcel has been added, with the relevant information being presented on one screen, another time saving feature.
Chris went on to explain how the new API for Shipping Manager could be used and how the flexibility it provides really sets Shipping Manager apart from other courier booking software. "It is not important that users understand how an API works, but it is crucial that they understand the advantage integration with Shipping Manager and their online shop can give them"
The API gives shop owners the ability for their shoppers to select, book and fund their own courier at the time of purchase. This means retailers can offer a standard of customer service normally seen in a face-to-face transaction. A customer who deliberately chooses a premium service -- guaranteed delivery by 10 a.m. or Saturday morning for example, is a more satisfied customers then one having to accept the anytime standard delivery.
Shop owners may want to limit the integration to show only what the options are for delivery, what the prices are, the cost of additional insurance or simple tracking information. Chris explained that the API is very powerful but very flexible and he is happy to listen to individual user requirements to make sure needs are met.
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