What is CANADA POST?
Canada Post is a carrier that acts as the primary postal operator in Canada.
What does this integration include?
Manhattan Active Omni is not integrated with Canada Post out of the box. This integration enables communication with Canada Post by altering the base functionality in the following ways:
- Call Center Return Label
- Store fulfillment Shipping & Return Label
- Void Shipment
Call Center Return Label
When a user initiates a return in Manhattan’s Contact Center the customer needs a return shipping label to ship their items to the return center. When a return order with receipt expected is initiated and confirmed in EOM, a call is made to the carrier to create and retrieve a return shipping label as well as generate a tracking number. Upon a successful response from Canada Post, the return label is stored within the EOM Document Component, and the return tracking number is saved against the order. Each return label contains the customer’s address, return center address, return order id and return tracking number. Canada Post requires that two calls be made to obtain a return tracking number: Create Authorized Return and Get Artifact.
Shipping and Return Label
When a user completes a package in Manhattan’s Store Fulfillment module, a ship request is generated, which communicates the service level, ship from and ship to address and other relevant package information. This ship request is generated to the required format for the two calls to Canada Post to get the tracking number and shipping label. The Canada Post response is translated back to the Store Fulfillment format where the tracking number is saved against the package, and the 4 X 6 PNG shipping label is saved in the document repository to be printed with the pack slip.
Additionally, based on configuration, a return label will be generated to be sent to the customer along with the shipping label. This will be two separate calls to Canada Post that will happen simultaneously to the calls made for the shipping label if configured to do so. The Canada Post response is translated back to the Store Fulfillment format where the return tracking number is saved against the package and the 4 X 6 PNG return label is saved inn the document repository to be printed with the pack slip.
Once a package is built and has a tracking number for the Create Shipment response, a batch job scheduler runs periodically and pings Canada Post with this information. The frequency of this scheduler is configurable as a cron expression. The status code from the Canada Post Get Tracking response is mapped back to the payload. If the status code indicates possession from the carrier, it is configured with the status “InTransit” and the OMNI Fulfillment API updates the package to “Shipped” status. If any packages have not updated to an in-transit status, the package status remains in “Built”. Any packages that remain in “Built” status should be included in the subsequent requests triggered by the job scheduler.
Store associates might need to print a new label for a package that was already prepared in store. In that case, they can use the ‘Reprint’ menu in the store application where they have the option to either reprint the label that was already printed or to update the Carrier details before submitting a new call to Canada Post to generate a new label. In the event where they decide to update the Carrier details and print a new label, a Void Shipment call is made to Canada Post to void the previous label.