Carrier Connect is the digital platform for seamlessly integrating carriers and parcel services into your workflows. This streamlines your shipping processes and makes it easier to collaborate with your transport service providers. Your in-house IT department will also breathe easier, because they really do have better things to do than constantly updating routing data.
Shipping labels may be small – but they have a big impact. Incorrectly printed labels can cause individual packages or even entire swap bodies to be left behind in the carrier’s package center – a worst-case scenario for any shipper. Carrier Connect creates the appropriate labels for you – along with the specific ID numbers and all the relevant routing data. Never worry about labels again: not today, not tomorrow. Because AEB quickly and quietly updates Carrier Connect whenever the integrated transport service providers introduce changes on their end.
And to make sure the printing goes smoothly, the software always provides the label in the right format – not just PDF, ZPL, or EPL. So you can be certain that your printer understands what Carrier Connect wants.
With Carrier Connect, you always have access to the major services of local and international carriers and parcel services whenever you need them. We currently offer links to more than 100 service providers and well over 100 services, and more are added every day. Can’t find the transport partner you’re looking for? Let us know.
Sometimes, the only way to make the most of the opportunities in the transport marketplace is to switch providers. Carrier Connect makes it easy to swap transport partners or add a new provider directly in the software. You don’t even need to change any licenses. All you need is a customer number from the carrier in question. After that, things go quickly: The necessary master data is updated for the requirements of the new carrier and stored in the system for you. Then you can already begin running the first tests.
Want to link Carrier Connect to your current ERP system or WMS? No problem: State-of-the-art APIs make it easy to integrate seamlessly into your IT environment. We also provide you with ready-to-use plug-ins for SAP® systems.
Carrier Connect displays the track & trace info of your transport partners, so you always know the real-time status of every shipment. This data can be automatically forwarded to your customers, greatly reducing time-consuming inquiries and phone calls. This helps make day-to-day shipping operations less hectic. You can also keep tabs on whether your transport partners are complying with agreed-upon lead times and actually providing supplemental services.
Carrier Connect makes your workflows smoother. This is especially true for high shipping volumes, which Carrier Connect greatly accelerates with high-efficiency label printing at the packing station or integrated into the conveyor system.
You can integrate Carrier Connect into your process as a black box – an easy-to-use application at the packing station. And it easily scales to keep up with changing shipping volumes.
Integrate easily into your existing ERP system or WMS.
Automate shipment track & trace.
Manage hazardous goods shipments.
Benefit from modern interfaces with a state-of-the-art API.
Enjoy the flexibility to choose from over 100 international carriers.
Easily create shipping labels in any format – not just PDF, ZPL, or EPL.
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Carrier Connect makes it easy to print shipping documents that your transport service provider (carrier or parcel service) needs to move your packages from point A to point B. Usually, this means shipping labels and loading lists. Consignment data and other information is also transmitted to the carrier at the end of each day.
If you are already a customer of the carrier in question and have a customer number, then things can move quickly: The necessary master data is updated for the requirements of the new carrier and stored in the system for you. Then you can already begin running the first tests.
Shipping labels typically have a few barcodes. To ensure the printed labels – especially the barcodes – meet the specifications of the carrier’s scanners, you should transmit a few labels to the carrier for quality control before going live.
Carrier Connect offers an API as well as ready-to-go plug-ins for SAP® ERP, SAP® EWM, Dr. Thomas & Partner WMS, Witron WMS, and others. Contact us to learn whether plug-ins are already available for your system as well.
The user interface of Carrier Connect is available in English and German.
Yes. Your data is processed in our data center in Germany in accordance with all applicable data privacy and security laws. The data center boasts DIN ISO 27001 certification. For more information, please refer to our dataprivacy statement.
Shipping labels are normally printed on thermal printers, which allow the label to be affixed quickly. Carrier Connect is compatible with a variety of common thermal printer models. You can also print labels in PDF format using a laser printer.
You don’t need to worry which shipping documents your carrier requires for the transport, which shipping data is mandatory, or which content needs to be printed on the shipping documents: Carrier Connect validates the data in your shipping order based on the specific carrier and on the country of consignee, service type, optional services, terms of delivery, package type, and package weight that you select, then checks which information is required and which type of label and transit accompanying documents need to be printed. A wizard runs in the background, offering suggestions on fields that still require input and any data that needs to be corrected. You can also simply click to send the shipping data in the right EDI format to the carrier.
When you use Carrier Connect, you don’t need to worry about maintaining the linked carriers. Carrier Connect automatically installs all the latest updates from the carriers, and the label and EDI formats always comply with current specifications. AEB even takes care of the current routing data and service area lists of all the linked carriers.
No. Carrier Connect always provides the latest carrier routing data for you.
Yes. Carrier Connect has a standard interface to the ERP and EWM systems from SAP®. The packing station features can also be integrated directly into SAP® through a plug-in. AEB achieved this integration with the help of the consulting firm HPC AG. The labels are printed directly in SAP®.
With the help of the Carrier Connect API, the software can be integrated into any ERP system that is capable of calling web services.
Each carrier has its own IT systems and thus its own unique specifications for the content and format of labels, barcodes, loading lists, and EDI messages. This changes the master data needed to configure your system. The required data might include package and/or consignment number ranges, depot numbers, global location numbers, web service credentials, and EDI upload credentials.
The transport partners have strict rules, and the labels are very complex. A high volume of shipments also creates a high standard of performance for label printing. Carriers use various kinds of logic to determine the routing code of the packages. There is also a wide range of various barcode formats. Label requirements frequently change. Bottom line: To guarantee smooth transport, the quality and content of the labels – especially the barcodes – must be just right.
Carrier Connect includes the most frequently used products from the carrier’s overall portfolio. If you need a specific product that’s not yet available, please contact AEB.