Product overview

Help and User Guide maintained for Courier Integration version 220.0.0 and upwards


The Sicon courier integration module integrates with Sage 200 during SOP despatch to allow couriers to be selected and for despatch information to passed to the courier via API, to negate the need to enter this information outside of Sage. Information is passed back from the courier, so labels can be printed and the sales order despatch be updated with the courier information.

When combined with the Sicon barcoding module, the courier can be selected from the handheld app to smoothly allow processing of sales orders creating appropriate despatch paperwork.


1. Pre-requisites

  • The courier api details
  • Activation of the courier account to allow API integration

2. Utilities Menu

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3. Delivery Service Maintenance

Allows SOP delivery charges to be linked to courier services.

The additional charges are set up in standard Sage SOP maintenance.

When a sales order is put on with the delivery charge. The system will then default in the delivery service based on the additional charge.

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4. General Settings

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Printer options: These can be set as portrait or landscape to dictate the orientation for Royal Mail, Palletways and Parcel Force labels.

Show courier options on barcoding handheld at despatch: Controls whether the handheld user is presented with a choice of couriers during SOP despatch. This only shows if no delivery service is selected on the sales order in Sage.

Show print courier labels on pick option on barcoding handheld on sales order: Allows printing of courier labels during SOP picking. As the label is printed before the sales order is despatched, the courier details cannot be saved to the despatch record in Sage.

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Show delivery service filter on barcoding handheld when selecting sales orders. Will allow the sales order list to be filtered by the delivery service.

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Default weight if no weight set on sales despatch: This can be used to set a default weight if Sage stock codes have not been set up with weights. Where stock codes have the weight set, the system will set the selling unit weight on the sales order line, which is then picked up when a courier label is created. Stock weights can be imported using the Sicon Enhancement pack stock item update from feature.

Set last despatch tracking number to SOP analysis code: This can be used to update a SOP analysis code to contain the last courier tracking number.

The SOP analysis codes need to be configured.

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Set courier name to SOP analysis code: Can be used to record the courier in a SOP analysis code, see picture above.

Set delivery service to SOP analysis code: Can be used to record the delivery service to a SOP analysis code.

Use sales order promised for date for the collection date: Allows the courier date to be set from the SOP header promised for date for sales order dated in the future (for DPD any promised for dates over seven days will revert to seven days ahead).  If the promised for date is in the past, then today’s date will be used.  If this option is not ticked then today’s date will be used.

Set delivery service to SOP analysis code: Can be used to record the delivery service to a SOP analysis code.

Use sales order promised for date for the collection date: Allows the courier date to be set from the SOP header promised for date for sales order dated in the future (for DPD any promised for dates over seven days will revert to seven days ahead).  If the promised for date is in the past, then today’s date will be used.  If this option is not ticked then today’s date will be used.


5. Integrations Settings

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This is where the couriers to use are configured, currently the following couriers are supported:

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For each courier type there are different setting requirements, there is an integration tab to set the courier details and a delivery service tab to enter the required delivery service.


5.1. APC

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The user name, password, override printer and company can be set.

The delivery services can be set.

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5.2. DHL

Use live API enables the courier to use the live API, the client ID, client secret, pick up account number, and drop off type can be entered. An override label printed can be set.

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The delivery services can be set

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5.3. DPD

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Use live API enables the courier to use the live API, if not ticked it will use the test API if applicable.

The user name, password and account number need to entered. A label printer override can be set if required (a courier label printer can also be set against the handheld user). The label format can be selected from HTML, CLP and EPL, depending on the label printer in use. A default weight can be set if there is no weight populated on the sales order line.

The delivery services required can then be selected from a predefined list.

A default weight can be set for each delivery service if required.


5.4. DPD Local

Requires similar configuration to DPD

Use live API enables the courier to use the live API.

The user name, password and account number need to entered. A label printer override can be set if required (a courier label printer can also be set against the handheld user). The label format can be selected from HTML, CLP and EPL, depending on the label printer in use. A default weight can be set for if there is no weight populated on the sales order line.

The delivery services required can then be selected from a predefined list.


5.5. Palletways

Use live API enables the courier to use the live API, an API key is required. A label override printer can be entered.

Delivery services can be entered as required


5.6. ParcelForce

Use live API enables the courier to use the live API. A user name, password, department ID and contract number need to be entered. A label override printer can be entered.

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Delivery services can be entered as required from a predefined list.


5.7. Royal Mail

Use live API enables the courier to use the live API, the client ID, client secret, user name and password can be entered. An override label printed can be set.

The delivery service can be entered as required.


5.8. Royal Mail Click and Drop

The API auth key can be entered and an override label printer set

Delivery services can be entered.


5.9. TNT Express Label

The TNT username, password and account number can be entered. An override label printer can be entered.

The delivery services can be set.


5.10. TNT Express Shipping

The username, password and account number can be set. An override printer can be entered.

The delivery services can be set


5.11. Custom

Allows for custom couriers to be created, for couriers where integration using an API is not possible.

An account number, override label printer and label location can be entered. Label reports can be saved to this location. Labels can be designed in Sage report designer as required.

Delivery services can then be entered.


6. Enable Strings

Opens the Sicon enable strings screen where the enable strings can be viewed or entered if online licensing is not enabled.


7. Import Customer Delivery Service

Allows the delivery service to be imported to the customer record.

An example import file can be downloaded, completed, saved as a csv file and re-imported.

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This updates the courier set on the customer record.

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8. Creating Courier Labels


8.1. Within Sage

With the Sicon integration module installed there is an option to create courier labels during SOP despatch.

When the order is despatched, there is then an option to select to create courier labels.

The delivery services set up in the system will then show, and one can be selected.

The system will integrate with the selected courier to send the despatch information to the courier, it then creates a courier label which is printed to the chosen label printer. The SOP despatch record is updated with the courier information, namely shipment ID, tracking number and courier and delivery service used.

 

The labels are stored on the despatch within Sage, so can be viewed or reprinted by clicking on courier labels.

The tracking number and courier and delivery service are also written into SOP analysis codes (if this has been configured).

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8.2. Within the Sicon Barcoding App

Courier labels can be created during SOP despatch in the Sicon barcoding app.

A sales order line is picked (and packed- if packing turn on), so it is ready to despatch.

 When no courier set on the sales order header, when selecting to despatch the order, a choice of couriers set in the system then appears (the option to show a list of couriers at despatch is controlled by a courier setting). No courier can be selected if required.

Selecting the courier then despatches the order. The system integrates with the selected courier to send the despatch information to the courier, it then creates a courier label which is printed to the chosen label printer.

The SOP despatch record in Sage is updated with the courier information, namely shipment ID, tracking number and courier and delivery service used. This can be viewed, by viewing the SOP in Sage and then viewing the despatches.

If the courier has been set on the sales order header in advance, then this courier will be used and no selection criteria shows, but there is an option to change the courier.

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Where the sales order delivery address is set to use the invoice address, the address details are pulled from the invoice address.

The contact details and email address come from the default contact on the customer record.

When a delivery address is used, the contact details come from the delivery address. For each courier, there are mandatory fields such as city, country and a valid postcode that if not valid will fail the courier integration.  A valid from address set in the company details is also required.

Where the system is used with boxes, then a label will be printed for each box used on the sales order. So in the example below, 3 courier labels were created for the 3 boxes used.

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If items are not picked into boxes on the handheld (packaging is turned off), but the barcoding setting to enter the number of boxes at despatch is set, then this can be used to determine how many boxes and courier labels are required.

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The delivery service can be set on the customer, so that sales order created for the customer then pre-populates the courier.

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The delivery service can also be set from the barcoding sales order list by highlighting sales order lines and right clicking, then navigating to set delivery service, within the actions, allocation menu option.

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The delivery service can also be set from the barcoding sales order list by highlighting sales order lines and right clicking, then navigating to set delivery service, within the actions, allocation menu option.

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This can also be set from the header actions on the barcoding sales order list.

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Delivery instructions can be set on the sales order that then appear on the courier label

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9. Emailing the despatch note & Courier information

With the Sicon documents module, despatch notes and courier information can be emailed directly to the customer during SOP processing.

In the documents settings, document distribution tab, the from address and from name can be set, as can the contract role to use for the email to address.

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In the email tab of the documents settings, the SMTP host, port, username and password can be configured.

An email template can then be created in the documents settings, email templates

When the sales order is despatched in the Sicon barcoding app, the system will then send an email based on the set up


10. Release Notes

The release notes page shows which release of the system includes new features or issues resolved.

At the release of Sicon v21 we announced that going forward, we will only be supporting Sage 200c and as such we are able to drop the year from our version numbers. We moved from 201.201.0.0 to 210.0.0.

New features detailed in the Release Notes relating to Pre-Release versions will not be detailed in the current Help and User Guide until the end of development phase.

Courier Integration Release Notes

11. New Features & Important Information

Sicon Courier Integration | New Features & Important Information

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