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    Default Stamps.com PDK

    I was on hold with stamps.com for 30 minutes to ask if they had some way to interface with shopping carts.
    They directed me here:
    www.stamps.com/pdk

    I personally don't want to take this on, but I wanted to share the info.

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    Default Re: Stamps.com PDK

    Is anyone considering this?????

    I would be ETERNALLY grateful if they would.

    I LOVE the stamps.com service - it's soooo easy to use, and I even get a discount on priority mail!

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    Default Re: Stamps.com PDK

    I just went to that URL and it looks like their TOS prohibit a public API sort of thing.

    We'll see what they say, but their agreement talks about trade secrets, non-disclosure, and all the sort of thing that lead me to believe that a GPL compatible plugin isn't going to be happening any time soon.

    We'll see if they approve my application, but I'm not holding out any great hopes for it.

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    Their newest version now supports downloading XML. So you can retrieve your order from your website and batch ship them. I like the newly added feature of sending customers return labels via email.

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    Default Re: Stamps.com PDK

    Hi Creinold,

    So are you saying that we can export orders from Zen Cart in an XML format and upload them to STAMPS.com?

    Thanks in advance!

    Tanner

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    Default Re: Stamps.com PDK

    Good news! Stamps.com Version 8.5 allows you to import sales order data via XML. We;ll also support ODBC soon as well.

    Here is some info on importing data via XML from our support site (go to stamps.com/support and type in "XML")

    Importing Orders from an XML file
    If Stamps.com is not integrated in to your database of orders you can export the orders into an XML file. Stamps.com provides an XML format that is recognized by the Stamps.com software. Once your data is exported into an XML file using this format Stamps.com will be able to import this XML file and enable you to ship your orders. Once you have shipped your orders you can export the data out into an XML file to import back into your database.

    To Add an XML File:
    Click Batch in the Main Navigation Bar.
    In the Manage Profiles popup that appears, click New.
    Select XML Shipping File from the list in the Choose Data Source pop-up, and click Next.
    In the New Profile Wizard pop-up that appears enter a name for your new profile and click Next.
    Select your XML file by clicking Browse and navigating to the desired file.
    On the Profile Options pop-up that appears you can set the Return Address, Sender Phone Number, Return Address Graphic and Hidden Postage fields. (Note: Any return address info on the source XML will override the return address choice entered here.)
    Click Done.
    You may need to click Refresh on the Batch window to initially display the new profile info.

    To Create an XML File:
    You will need the Stamps.com format to create an XML file. The specification is available for download Stamps.com XML Format

    esupport.stamps.com/outgoing/Documents/Stamps.com%20XML%20Format%20Specifications%20v1.1.pdf

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    Default Re: Stamps.com PDK

    what's the advantage of Stamps.com over Click-n-ship service that USPS.com provides? im looking into it, but so far i only see disadvantages:

    - $16 monthly fee for stamps.com
    - no zen plugin to easily enter the label data (like USPS Autofill plugin that works very well with click-n-ship)

    the only little advantages that i see is that you can hide the price of the label and can print first class stamps.. prices seem to be identical.
    Anything other advantages for stamps.com ? am i missing something?

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    Default Re: Stamps.com PDK

    As you mentioned, hidden postage and first class postage are both big benefits.

    Stamps.com also provides:
    -- Media Mail and Parcel Post label printing
    -- Get 10% discounts on package insurance vs. USPS standard insurance
    -- Integrated USB connected scale so no retyping of weight
    -- Track postage spent by cost codes (product, source, client, dept, etc.)
    -- Ability to batch label print with different package weight and service options.

    We feel Batch Label printing is huge for ecommerce shippers. Stamps.com allows you to import data via our marketplace integrations or via XML or ODBC.

    ClickNShip has limited data import features (you must import CSV files into their Address Book).

    Hope this helps!
    Eric
    Stamps.com

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    Default Re: Stamps.com PDK

    Thanks Eric!

    Quote Originally Posted by StampsCom View Post
    -- Get 10% discounts on package insurance vs. USPS standard insurance
    is this 10% off comparing to the Click-n-Ship rate?
    is there a maximum insured amount ? Click-n-ship's is $500.. for anything more, i have to go to the post office.

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    Default Re: Stamps.com PDK

    stamps.com/tools/calculators/postagemeter/ Try their savings comparison tool.
    Please do not PM for support issues: a private solution doesn't benefit the community.

    Be careful with unsolicited advice via email or PM - Make sure the person you are talking to is a reliable source.

 

 
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