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Parcel and freight manifesting software for SAP

Connect SAP to more than 50 parcel carriers

Pack, weigh, label, ship, track and report - all within SAP

Learn what SAP shipping tools can do for you

Express Shipping Solution
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Parcel and Freight Manifesting Software for SAP

In a short period of time you can be up and running on a powerful SAP-based shipping platform that uses state-of-the-art integration and communication technology to support over 50 major carriers located throughout the world. Activate shipping in your existing SAP system and start communicating directly with your favorite transportation partners.

Save time and money running a powerful, automated, fully integrated, real-time, easy-to-use shipping solution using your existing SAP system:

With the touch of a button, ship from warehouses, distribution centers, manufacturing sites, offices and stores located throughout the world using our extensive network of carriers. This solution is suitable for many distribution scenarios, including high volume supply chains, regulated global transportation networks, cold-chain and hazardous material environments, B2C, B2B and third party distribution to support Amazon, Home Depot and the like.

Blue Harbors leads the way in SAP-based parcel and freight shipping, using native tools and best practices. Plain and simple pricing makes it easy to get started. Our plug-and-play shipping API and fantastic support program ensures smooth and consistent order fulfillment to your customers.

Contact us today at info@blueharbors.com.

Business Process

Common steps to process shipping labels using the Express Shipping Solution, illustrating how it could be deployed at your company.

XSS Business Process

Process steps:

(10) Create sales orders in SAP. If customer preferences are maintained on the customer master record, such as the desired carrier, service and carrier account number, then this information is carried over onto the sales order as default values.

(20) Create deliveries referencing sales orders using, for example, the delivery due list. SAP can refine carrier and service selection at this point since additional logistics details (overall delivery weight and volume) are known.

(30) All warehouse management options offered by SAP are supported — lean WM, standard WM, EWM, and IM (for sites with no WM at all). Pick the items on the delivery and bring them to a packing station.

(40) Pack items for delivery using SAP's carrier-independent packing station. Scanners can be used to read bar coded information, such as delivery numbers, packing materials (shipping cartons and pallets) and auxiliary packaging materials. SAP generates a handling unit (HU) for each packaging material.

Scan items and put them in a shipping carton or on a pallet.Scales can be integrated with SAP, and then weight is solicited for shipping cartons and pallets from scales directly into SAP.

If desired, a packing list can be printed and included with the shipment.

SAP requests a shipment from the carrier. The carrier replies real-time with a shipping label and shipping documents, a tracking number and the shipping costs. The message can be routed through middleware, such as SAP Process Integrator (PI), if desired.

When the shipping label is printed, additional text, such as a hazardous material note, can be added on the label. In this case a larger label (4x8?) is used instead of the standard label (4x6?) to accommodate the extra text.

(50) A goods issue is posted for the delivery. The carrier and service can be changed directly on the delivery at any point prior to posting the GI. Once the GI is performed, delivery details cannot be changed.

The goods issue posting can trigger an advance shipping notification (ASN) to be emailed to the customer. Details about the delivery, including the number of HUs in the shipment and the list of tracking numbers can be included in this message.

(60) If required by the carrier, an end of day manifest is posted. From this point forward, you can track the status of a shipment directly in SAP from the delivery, sales order or shipment.

(70) The billing job is run and an invoice is created for the customer.

(80) Once a shipment is delivered to the customer, details concerning the proof of delivery (POD) are sent by the carrier and stored in the delivery document in SAP. Information includes the date and time stamp that the delivery was made, and the name of the person who signed for the shipment.

Integrated Shipping and Tracking for SAP

Key Features of the SAP Express Shipping Solution

- Generate labels for all connected carriers in SAP

- SAP Master Data Integration

- Scale & Bar Code Scanning Support

- Custom Shipping Preference Defaults

- Rate Procurement with Real-Time Carrier Selection

- Reverse Logistics Capabilities

- Tracking Number Creation

- Track Shipments in SAP

- Day End Close Activities

List of Supported Carriers

The Express Shipping Solution supports the following carriers as well as many others for shipping and tracking.

USPS

  • USPS Domestic
  • USPS International
  • USPS Returns
  • USPS Cubic

UPS

  • UPS Domestic
  • UPS International
  • UPS Mail Innovations

FedEx

  • FedEx Domestic
  • FedEx International
  • FedEx SmartPost
  • FedEx Returns

DHL Global Mail

  • DHL Global Mail Domestic
  • DHL Global Mail International
  • DHL Global Mail Flats

DHL Express

  • DHL Express Domestic
  • DHL Express Worldwide

LaserShip

  • LaserShip Same Day
  • LaserShip Next Day

OnTrac

  • OnTrac Ground
  • OnTrac Overnight
  • OnTrac DirectPost

GSO

  • GSO Ground
  • GSO Overnight

Aramex

  • Aramex International

Asendia

  • Asendia Domestic
  • Asendia International

Australia Post

  • Australia Post Domestic
  • Australia Post International

Canada Post

  • Canada Post Domestic
  • Canada Post International
  • Canada Post Returns

Canpar

  • Canpar Ground
  • Canpar Overnight
  • Canpar Select
  • Canpar USA
  • Canpar International

China Post

  • China Post Tracking

Chronopost

  • Chronopost Tracking

Colis Priv

  • Colis Priv Domestic
  • Colis Priv International

Colissimo

  • Colissimo Tracking

DPD

  • DPD Domestic
  • DPD International

Direct Link

  • Direct Link Registered
  • Direct Link Untracked
  • Direct Link Parcel

EMS

  • EMS Tracking

Fastway

  • Fastway Parcel
  • Fastway Satchel

GLS

  • GLS Domestic
  • GLS International

Hong Kong Post

  • Hong Kong Post Domestic
  • Hong Kong Post International

IMEX

  • IMEX Domestic
  • IMEX International

Interlink Express

  • Interlink Express Domestic
  • Interlink Express International

La Poste

  • La Poste Tracking

LSO

  • LSO Ground
  • LSO Priority
  • LSO SameDay

New Zealand Post

  • New Zealand Post Domestic
  • New Zealand Post International

Norco

  • Norco Ground
  • Norco Overnight

Parcelforce

  • Parcelforce Domestic
  • Parcelforce International

PostNL

  • PostNL Domestic
  • PostNL International

PostNord

  • PostNord Tracking

Purolator

  • Purolator Domestic
  • Purolator International

Royal Mail

  • Royal Mail Domestic
  • Royal Mail International
  • Royal Mail 24/48
  • Royal Mail Tracked 24/48

Spee-Dee

  • Spee-Dee Ground

TNT Express

  • TNT Express Global Express
  • TNT Express Economy Express
  • TNT Express Express Documents

Yodel

  • Yodel Domestic
  • Yodel International

USPS

  • USPS Domestic
  • USPS International
  • USPS Returns
  • USPS Cubic

UPS

  • UPS Domestic
  • UPS International
  • UPS Mail Innovations

FedEx

  • FedEx Domestic
  • FedEx International
  • FedEx SmartPost
  • FedEx Returns

DHL Global Mail

  • DHL Global Mail Domestic
  • DHL Global Mail International
  • DHL Global Mail Flats

DHL Express

  • DHL Express Domestic
  • DHL Express Worldwide

LaserShip

  • LaserShip Same Day
  • LaserShip Next Day

OnTrac

  • OnTrac Ground
  • OnTrac Overnight
  • OnTrac DirectPost

GSO

  • GSO Ground
  • GSO Overnight

Aramex

  • Aramex International

Asendia

  • Asendia Domestic
  • Asendia International

Australia Post

  • Australia Post Domestic
  • Australia Post International

Canada Post

  • Canada Post Domestic
  • Canada Post International
  • Canada Post Returns

Canpar

  • Canpar Ground
  • Canpar Overnight
  • Canpar Select
  • Canpar USA
  • Canpar International

China Post

  • China Post Tracking

Chronopost

  • Chronopost Tracking

Colis Priv

  • Colis Priv Domestic
  • Colis Priv International

Colissimo

  • Colissimo Tracking

DPD

  • DPD Domestic
  • DPD International

Direct Link

  • Direct Link Registered
  • Direct Link Untracked
  • Direct Link Parcel

EMS

  • EMS Tracking

Fastway

  • Fastway Parcel
  • Fastway Satchel

GLS

  • GLS Domestic
  • GLS International

Hong Kong Post

  • Hong Kong Post Domestic
  • Hong Kong Post International

IMEX

  • IMEX Domestic
  • IMEX International

Interlink Express

  • Interlink Express Domestic
  • Interlink Express International

La Poste

  • La Poste Tracking

LSO

  • LSO Ground
  • LSO Priority
  • LSO SameDay

New Zealand Post

  • New Zealand Post Domestic
  • New Zealand Post International

Norco

  • Norco Ground
  • Norco Overnight

Parcelforce

  • Parcelforce Domestic
  • Parcelforce International

PostNL

  • PostNL Domestic
  • PostNL International

PostNord

  • PostNord Tracking

Purolator

  • Purolator Domestic
  • Purolator International

Royal Mail

  • Royal Mail Domestic
  • Royal Mail International
  • Royal Mail 24/48
  • Royal Mail Tracked 24/48

Spee-Dee

  • Spee-Dee Ground

TNT Express

  • TNT Express Global Express
  • TNT Express Economy Express
  • TNT Express Express Documents

Yodel

  • Yodel Domestic
  • Yodel International

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What happens if the carrier upgrades or changes their mapping schema? Will I still be able to generate shipping labels?

Answer: Periodically, a carrier may update their WSDL/API maps to add shipping functionality to their web services offerings. When this is done, the changes are backwards compatible, meaning that the older mapping is still supported by the carrier.

Question: Is it necessary to communicate with the carrier over the internet each time a shipping label is generated? Does this lead to network performance issues? What is the average response time for generating a shipping label?

Answer: A call is made to the carrier each time a shipping label is required in SAP. Since no middleware exists between the SAP and the carrier's server (we use direct peer to peer encrypted communication), the round trip time for the call is quick — under two seconds on average. An additional 2-3 seconds may be required to route the image of the shipping label to the printer and print the label. This approach has been successful in high volume warehouses, where shipping volume exceeds 10,000 packages per day; still, no performance related issues were detected.

Question: What happens if a carrier's server goes down? How often does this happen?

Answer: The carriers maintain near 100% uptime in their production environment. Cloud-based / SaaS computing allows the carriers to host multiple server clusters and server farms, giving them the ability to perform updates, add storage or new servers while minimizing the maintenance window.

Question: Since SAP is communicating outside the corporate firewall, is the communication secure?

Answer: Messages to and from the carriers are routed through an encrypted SSL connection, and can additionally be routed through a proxy server if needed. Communication is always initiated from inside the firewall (from SAP), and never by the carrier. As a result, the data and systems are secure.