Endicia DAZzle is a software product and service that helps you manage your shipping needs with the United States Postal Service (USPS), including order management, processing, purchasing postage, and generating mailing labels.

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What Can Endicia and Volusion Do?

Once your store is integrated with Endicia, you can import XML export data into DAZzle to process orders and generate postage and labels in order to ship those orders

You can do the following with Endicia integration:

  • Validate shipping addresses
  • Design custom mailing labels
  • Print mailing labels for orders
  • Generate and purchase postage from USPS for you store-based orders
  • Share order information with Stone Edge Order Manager (visit www.stoneedge.com for more information)

Endicia Export Requirements

There are some specific requirements that must be met once the connection to the Volusion API from Endicia’s DAZzle has been established.

  • Endicia can only process orders with order status marked as Ready to Ship.
  • Endicia can only process orders given a valid USPS shipping method.
  • Your store must have at least one valid USPS shipping method made active in Settings > Shipping.
  • Active USPS methods must use the default service codes which are pre-programmed into the Shipping table.
  • The default USPS shipping methods are shipping method IDs 201-217; do not delete these methods or modify the service codes.

Generating Exports for Endicia

The initial export for Endicia Dazzle integration through the Volusion API can be generated by doing the following:

  1. Go to Inventory > Import/Export.
  2. Click on the Volusion API tab.
  3. Under the Shipping heading, next to Shipping\Endicia, click Run.
  4. Click Run to generate the Endicia export.
  5. Click Download, or copy the full URL provided to view the XML export in your browser.

Using Exports in Endicia

Once an export for Endicia is generated, click on the link to or visit the provided URL to view the XML export in a web browser tab or window. Save this XML export to a file on the PC where DAZzle is installed.

Then, either copy this file to the directory the DAZzle application resides in, or import the file from within DAZzle once the application has been launched.

What the Endicia Export Generates

When generated, the export for Endicia outputs the following fields and associated values:

PackageID
Equivalent to the OrderID field in the Orders database table.

Mail Class
This field refers to the ShippingMethodName field within the Shipping table as linked to by the ShippingMethodID field in the Orders table. This is not the service code, but the name assigned to the shipping method.

DateAdvance
No specific value is exported for this field. It is always set to zero.

PackageType
By default, this will always show the value RECTPARCEL unless a product within the shipment is configured to “ship by itself” for special shipping restrictions.

WeightOz
Equivalent to the total number of values on the order for the Product Weight field within the Order Details database table as linked to through the Orders table via the Order ID value.

Value
Equivalent to the Product Price field within the Order Details database table as linked to through the Orders table via the Order ID value.

Description
No specific value is exported for this field. It is always NULL.

ReferenceID
Equivalent to the Order ID field in the Orders database table.

ToName
Equivalent to the Ship First Name and Ship Last Name fields in the Orders database table.

ToCompany
Equivalent to the Ship Country field in the Orders database table.

ToAddress1
Equivalent to the Ship Address 1 field in the Orders database table.

ToAddress2
Equivalent to the Ship Address 2 field in the Orders database table.

ToCity
Equivalent to the Ship City field in the Orders database table.

ToState
Equivalent to the Ship State field in the Orders database table.

ToPostalCode
Equivalent to the Ship Postal Code field in the Orders database table.

ToCountry
Equivalent to the Ship Country field in the Orders database table.

ToEmail
Equivalent to the Email Address field in the Customers database table as linked to from the Orders table via the Customer ID field.

ToPhone
Equivalent to the Ship Phone Number field in the Orders database table. 

Tips and Special Settings

Notes on Using Endicia Integration

Endicia’s services and software offer a multitude of options if you ship through the United States Postal Service. Currently, Volusion only supports Endicia’s DAZzle application. There are some other factors you should keep in mind regarding Endicia integration:

  • Volusion only provides an export function with Endicia. Importing information from Endicia into Volusion is not available.
  • The Volusion export for Endicia only provides information for users to create mailing labels and generate postage through Endicia. Volusion’s XML integration does not provide any additional features.
  • If you wish to update orders with tracking information generated by DAZzle, you will have to import that information into your store manually or with the bulk update or SQL query features. This cannot be done through the Volusion API.

Using Custom Shipping Rates with Endicia

One of the strengths of Volusion is that it allows a great deal of customization in terms of shipping methods. You can use your custom rates with Endicia, but there are a few things to keep in mind when configuring custom rates to export to Endicia:

  • Only custom rates that have valid, USPS-based Service Codes can be exported with Endicia integration.
  • In creating custom shipping rates that will be exported to Endicia, you will have to set the Service Code field in the shipping method to one of the codes used in Volusion’s shipping methods 801-832.
  • All other settings within the custom shipping method can be configured as you would prefer.

When creating custom shipping methods to be used in Endicia, be sure to use a Service Code that is similar to the custom method being created (e.g. don’t use the Priority Mail International service code for a custom method that will ship orders via a domestic, ground type service).

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