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Carrier TrackingServices API extensions

October 6, 2010

Shipwire is excited to announce a few helpful additions to our TrackingServices API.

If you have additional API requests feel free to contact us and tell us your needs.

1) Shipped date and expected delivery dates: We've had a few requests to add information about when orders have actually shipped, and when they can be expected to be delivered.  These are now returned as attributes "shipDate" and "expectedDeliveryDate" on the Order element.

2) Tracking links: We've been making direct links to tracking information available for a while in our Delight Tools, Customer Service Portal, and order confirmation pages.  These are now returned in the "href" attribute of the TrackingNumber element, when available.

3) More order cost detail: For merchants who use our insurance services or premium packaging, these costs are now broken down in "handling" and "packaging" attributes in the Order element.

4) Full carrier name: The order's full shipping service name (e.g. "UPS Ground") is now available in addition to the carrier short code (e.g. "UPS GD") – you can find this name in the "shipperFullName" attribute on the Order element.

Please keep the suggestions coming!

Special thanks to Magento Developer, Ashley Schroder for some recent Shipwire requests that were picked up by our team.

As usual, we've made all this information available in a simple, backward-compatible format, so if you have developed a custom integration, you can upgrade at your leisure. See the updated  tracking API response DTD for more details.

Evan Robinson

As the CTO of Shipwire, Evan is responsible for the architecture and development of the Shipwire platform. He built and manages the Shipwire engineering team and manage the weekly release of new features to customers in over 30 countries. Previously, Evan spent six years at Yahoo!, where he served as a lead of Yahoo! Autos, one of Yahoo!’s most profitable divisions. Prior to Yahoo!, he spent four years at DoubleClick (formerly NetGravity), where he helped design, develop, and maintain the Internet’s leading online advertising management software solution. Evan is an inventor on multiple U.S. and foreign patents and holds a B.S. in Computer Science from MIT.