With the UPS Worldship Export Tool, you can import your UPS shipping information into the UPS Worldship application to easily share shipping information between your Volusion shopping cart and UPS's software using both UPS and Volusion's API.
For information on how to export store data for use with UPS Worldship, see Export for UPS Worldship.
- Getting Started
- Application Requirements
- Installing the Application
- Configuring the Application
- Configuring UPS and Volusion Shipping Methods
- Running the Application
- Additional Information
The Volusion UPS Worldship Auto XML Import application is a free, open-source application available for download at apps.volusion.com.
The Volusion UPS Worldship Auto XML Import application is designed for use with Microsoft Windows XP or later.
The Volusion UPS Worldship Auto XML Import Application is a Microsoft .Net-based application. You must have Microsoft's .Net Framework version 2.0 for this program to function. Note that this version is required in addition to any later version. For example, if you have V3.0 installed, you must also have Version 2.0 installed.
Please visit www.microsoft.com for more information.
The UPS Worldship Export application also requires database drivers provided by Microsoft Access 2007. It is recommended that you install Access 2007 before running this program.
Additionally, as this application uses the Volusion API, it will only function for stores that have access to the Volusion API (Pro, Premium, Gold, and Platinum plans). This application is not supported for use with previous versions of Volusion.
Installing the Application
Once the Volusion UPS Worldship Auto XML Import application has been downloaded, click on the .zip file to un-archive the application's installation file. The archive will contain the following directory:
In this directory, navigate to UPS auto import\setup and double-click the Setup icon to launch the application's installation process.
Choose which directory to install the application in. By default, the application will be installed in:
C:\Program Files\Volusion, Inc\Volusion UPS Worldship Auto Import\.
Note that you should install this program on the same computer workstation as your UPS Worldship is installed on. Both applications will need to be present on the same Windows-based computer in order to communicate with one another.
Once the installation is complete, navigate to the directory where the program was installed and find the UPS_auto_import program file. Note that you must run the application as an administrator.
Run as Administrator
In order for the application to function correctly, you must run the application as a computer administrator. In Windows XP, right-click on the application and select Run As, then select an administrator (Note that for Windows XP, it may be necessary to uncheck the option labeled Protect My Computer and Data From Unauthorized Program Activity).
Configuring the Application
Upon initial launch of the application, you'll need to configure it to access your store as well as your UPS's Worldship application.
Once the program has launched, you'll be greeted with the main UPS Auto Import terminal screen and given two options. If you're a first-time user, you'll need to click the Settings option to configure this application to interface with your store and UPS software.
On the configuration screen, configure the following parameters:
This field should contain your store's domain name.
Here, enter the primary administrator email address for your store. Note that this is also the user name the primary administrator uses to log in with.
Enter the encrypted password string for your store. To find your password:
- Go to Inventory > Import/Export.
- Click the Volusion API tab.
- Click on the Get Help button, then click on the Volusion API Integration Help link at the bottom of the page.
- Click the URL With Query String and General Information for Importing and Exporting header.
- At the bottom of the dialog box, you'll see text beginning with:
and ends with:
- Copy this value and enter it into the appropriate field in the import tool.
Configuring UPS and Volusion Shipping Methods
Once the above fields within have been configured, you'll be required to define your Volusion UPS shipping method IDs and corresponding shipping method names within UPS Worldship. This action is necessary in order for the application to match your store's active UPS shipping methods with the equivalent methods as they are reported within Worldship.
Follow these steps to configure USP shipping method IDs and names within this application:
- In the Settings dialog under the UPS Shipping Methods header, enter the ID number of an active UPS shipping method within your store into the ID field.
- In the Shipping Method Name field, enter the corresponding UPS shipping method name as it is referenced within Worldship and click Save. Each shipping method ID and method name combination will be added to the program's integration files.
- Repeat this process for each UPS shipping method that will be active in your store.
- Once you've completed this process, click the Save Changes button.
The following table lists UPS service types and corresponding Volusion IDs, as well as the service codes used by UPS Worldship. Note that these are default values - if you've made changes to any of these values, use the new values instead of the ones listed here.
Note that not all UPS service types come pre-configured in your store.
Worldship Service Code
|Next Day Air Early AM||101||1DM|
|Next Day Air||102||1DA|
|Next Day Air Saver||104||1DP|
|2nd Day Air AM||105||2DM|
|2nd Day Air||106||2DA|
|3 Day Select to the US||107||3DS|
|Worldwide Express Plus||111||EP|
For Shipping Origins Outside the United States, These Shipping Methods will be Available
|Express Early AM||NA||XDM|
|3 Day Select to the US||107||3DS|
|Standard to the US||109||ST|
|Worldwide Express Plus||111||EP|
Note that once you've configured your service types, they'll be listed in the large text field on the application's Settings screen. To remove a service type, select it from this list and click Remove.
Running the Application
Once the UPS Worldship Auto XML Import application is configured, you can run it by launching the program and clicking the Import button on the application's terminal window. After an import is finished, the terminal window will be populated with status messages based on the different actions and processes the application executes while it imports date from Volusion to Worldship.
Note: This application will only import order information into Worldship for open orders (orders not already marked as Shipped) that were placed using any of the UPS methods configured in the Volusion import tool. Once the application has completed the import process successfully, you'll have information from any open UPS-based orders within your store available within UPS Worldship. You can then launch Worldship and process your orders.
In Windows XP, right-click the application and select Run As and select an administrator (it may be necessary to uncheck the option labeled Protect my computer and data from unauthorized program activity).
When running the application, you may encounter error messages such as "The system cannot locate the resource specified." Errors of this type refer to issues with the application being unable to find one or more of the files necessary for the Volusion-to-UPS integration.
The most likely source of these errors would be one or more of the file paths defined within the application's Settings dialog being incorrect. Make sure the file paths listed in the fields within the Settings dialog are correct.
Having confirmed this, further error message regarding missing resource files may refer to a corrupt .accdb file. You may have to delete the existing file, relaunch the import tool, and redefine the UPS shipping method IDs and names as explained above.
After the Import
Once the import has run and users have processed their open orders within UPS Worldship, you'll need to update information for those orders within Volusion W09. To do this, update the orders manually within each order, or if you have a large number of orders, you can export this information from Worldship and import it into your store.
Once the UPS Worldship End of Day function has been executed, you can export data from UPS Worldship to a CSV file (see Worldship documentation for more information). This CSV file can be imported with the Import/Export functions in your Admin Area. See Import/Export for more information.
This application is open source, meaning you can download and modify this application as you see fit. Note that Volusion does not provide any support in external development of this application or in implementing its source code in any way.
The source code and binaries can be accessed within the UPS_auto_import.zip archive that is contained within the initial ups_worldship_auto_xml_import file downloaded from the Volusion website.