Courier Software, a specialist supplier of systems for international couriers, express delivery and third party logistics (3PL) operations, has today announced the availability of its new XML Web Service Interface. The new interface enables disparate systems to exchange data seamlessly to the end user. This means that couriers can now offer their customers a single system from which to book their consignments even when subcontracted or brokerage services are being offered. With no rekeying of shipment information the courier saves time, reduces potential errors, and is able to provide a more streamlined service to the customer.
Part of the AIMS family of products, AIMS Web Service provides a library of over 50 functions that can be used to send and collect data via the internet, and includes interfaces to all the major systems used by FedEx, DHL, DPD, Interlink and Royal Mail. AIMS Web Service can:
- create consignments
- create and print custom invoices
- create and print shipping address labels including barcodes
- create driver collections
- create stock bookings (for those offering warehouse/3PL services)
- track and trace consignments and stock bookings
Jonathan Hare, Founder and Managing Director of Courier Software explained, “The new AIMS Web Service enables the courier to take the order, apply their specialist knowledge such as advising on fastest, cheapest or safest route, and then place the business with the most appropriate third party. This enables smaller couriers to compete with the big five players by providing a better service and keeping the booking and paperwork straightforward for the customer.”
AIMS Web Service can be used to accept product, consignment and collection data from external systems. So it can be used to take the order from the shipper’s own in-house website and then automatically translate that information for processing by the AIMS database – system to system. This enables the database to take consignment and pick information so that they can be directly processed by the courier in the warehouse to complete an order.
Alternatively, the new web service can be used by a courier company to take an order directly from their own in-house system for processing. This can be combined with additional software provided from Courier Software where as well as the seamless integration with the e-commerce site, the AIMS system also sends back notification when an order has been completed and the manifest closed, so that the customer receives an email to confirm that their order has been despatched.
Either way the AIMS Web Service has a wide range of options, a combination of which can be configured to meet most couriers’ requirements.
AIMS Web Service is delivered via the Cloud and is available on a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) subscription basis.
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About Courier Software
Founded in 2002 by a team with over 70 years experience in the courier industry, Courier Software provides specialist software and services for international couriers, express delivery and third party logistics (3PL) operators.
Courier Software’s AIM family of products provides a broad range of services including:
- AIMS Express – easy to use yet highly functional solution for creating and managing courier shipments
- AIMS Pick & Pack – Warehouse management system for couriers and 3PL operators
- AIMS Fulfilment – Brower based list management enabling customers to build their own distribution lists
- AIMS Web Sites – available as a template or as a fully customised and branded service
Delivered via the Cloud (SaaS), so there are no upfront or capital expenditure costs, AMIS is used by over 40 courier companies with operations in the UK, US, Europe and around the world.
For more information please visit: www.couriersoftware.com
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