Shipping API: An Overview
Shipping today is fragmented and opaque, and unfortunately most shipping API’s perpetuate that experience.
- Shipping API’s typically return quotes rather than rates, which introduces risk into pricing.
- Many don’t consider packing costs in their quote returns, making the landed cost non-transparent.
- Most shipping API’s don’t aggregate multiple modes, thus limiting service and cost options.
- They lack visibility into shipment status. Without updates between pickup and delivery, sellers and their customers are left in the dark.