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Parcelhub File Watcher connects legacy systems to Parcelhub API

By Chris Dawson March 1, 2019 - 8:48 pm

One of the reasons innovations are often sidelined is because integrating them with existing technology is too complicated. That’s what Parcelhub aim to solve with their new Parcelhub File Watcher API tool.

Parcelhub integrates seamlessly with marketplaces, ecommerce platforms and order management systems, providing a single access point to discounted shipping rates from a range of 20+ carrier partners. That doesn’t help much if you have an older legacy system. Parcelhub File Watcher is a hybrid solution for legacy order systems to connect to Parcelhub’s API without incurring development costs. The hybrid solution is not a full integration into the Parcelhub API but is a cost-effective option accessing some of the benefits of the API.

Parcelhub File Watcher features

  • Saves time by booking, sending, managing and tracking parcels automatically through the business’s own system
  • Validate and resolve postcode errors, translate foreign characters and consider a range of services when handling an order file
  • Accelerates label production with sub 0.5 second label creation time for ZPL labels
  • Opportunity to expand a service offering with Parcelhub’s range of mainstream and specialised carrier integrations
  • Access unrivalled expertise with Parcelhub’s UK based in-house development team
  • Tailored delivery services to suit the product range – including dimension, weight, country and postcode service validation

“A small app sits quietly on a client’s device and watches a specific folder for order files. When an order file is detected, the app converts the order into XML (the Parcelhub API language) and fires the details off to the Parcelhub API. These customers can now set their account to store the details until later or generate and return a shipping label. The File Watcher is an excellent opportunity for a business looking to automate part of their labelling process, without having to invest in costly development work. It doesn’t replace a full API integration, but it is certainly an excellent cost-effective option.”
– David Ward-Webster, Implementations and IT Support, Parcelhub

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