[ic] Shipping & Real-time Integration to UPS, DHL, FedEx, etc
db at kavod.com
Sat Sep 17 00:10:39 EDT 2005
* Daniel Browning <db at kavod.com> [2005-09-13 16:57]:
> * Melissa <intrchng-list at outfitters.com> [2005-09-13 13:15]:
> > From perusing the list archives, I gather that tying into
> > the real-time shipping modules for UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc, was
> > not recommended due to unreliability and slow responses from
> > those systems?
> > Are the response times / reliability still problematic? Is
> > anyone using the real-time services?
> It depends on what you consider to be reliable. During the 2004 shopping
> season (Nov-Dec), UPS slowed down considerably, and many requests errored
> out over a period of several hours (on more than one occasion).
> > If you're using your own shipping tables (as we are), what method do you
> > use to keep up with the changes in rates & fuel surcharges?
> [Warning: shameless plug follows.]
> Business::Shipping comes with 2005 offline tables for UPS as well as scripts
> to screen-scrape the new fuel surcharges every month. I wrote a tool to
> convert the tables when UPS updates them once per year, but I've yet to
> release it (no one has asked, and I haven't gotten any round tuits).
OK, I got around to it and released the tool to CPAN. It's name is
Business::Shipping::DataTools, and the download can be found here:
If you have a strong stomach, you can look at all the contortions it goes
through to get the UPS data into a format that is fast for lookups.
In addition, I refactored the "screen-scrape new fuel surcharges" script
and released Business-Shipping-2.01.
Daniel Browning <db at kavod.com> - Kavod Technologies. Random Fortune:
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