Logistics APIs

Logistics APIs streamline the transportation process by facilitating operations like credit card processing, address validation, label printing, and order tracking.

Logistics APIs

About Logistics

The term logistics refers to the complex coordination involved in the flow of products or items from the point of origin to consumption. Within logistics operations, there are many components, including packing, warehousing, shipping, importing, exporting, and of course, all of the people at every step of the process.

What is a Logistics API?

In short, a logistics API streamlines and expedites the vast operations and communications necessary for an item to get from point A to point B.

Some logistics APIs that work behind the scenes include credit card processing, address validation, label printing, checking freight times and rates, optimizing route times, and tracking orders.

How does a Logistics API work?

A logistics API allows for instant communication between machines. Calls are usually made in HTTP format through requests such as GET and POST, and information is accessible and transmitted in near-real-time.

Who can benefit from Logistics APIs?

Any person or company involved in the process of transferring goods from one point to another can benefit from a logistics API.

Likewise, consumers benefit from ordering items online, estimating shipping times, tracking their orders, and more.

Why are Logistics APIs necessary?

In the old days, logisticians worked hard to process purchasing, warehousing, optimizing routes and inventory, and communicate with every entity, all manually. Landline telephones, fax machines, and physical invoices were the main methods of communication between supply chains, shippers, and everyone else involved.

This labor-intensive work was tedious and slow. However, the introduction of application programming interfaces has completely transformed the way goods are moved in today’s world. Now, companies can pay invoices instantly, managers can access shipping times and rates with a few keystrokes, instantaneous communications are possible through emails and messaging systems, and so much more.

What can you expect from a Logistics API?

A logistics API should offer convenience, flexibility, scalability and should be coded with the latest encryption standards to provide security at all levels and endpoints.

Developers should also ensure that the API they utilize is updated as often as necessary for their needs. For instance, shipping times may be delayed due to weather. If the API is not refreshing information at regular intervals throughout the day, the output information that the receiving warehouse or end-user sees may not be accurate.

Are there examples of free Logistics APIs?

  1. Order Tracking
  2. Air Cargo Schedule and Rate
  3. TrueWay VRP
  4. GS1 Parser
  5. Air Cargo CO2 Track and Trace
  6. Route Optimization
  7. Air Cargo Route and Schedule
  8. Motor Carrier Search
  9. Calculate Service Area
  10. McAPI QR
  11. Key Delivery Shipping
  12. AI Picker Route

Logistics API SDKs

All Logistics APIs are supported and made available in multiple developer programming languages and SDKs including:

  1. Node.js
  2. PHP
  3. Python
  4. Ruby
  5. Objective-C
  6. Java (Android)
  7. C# (.NET)
  8. cURL

Just select your preference from any API endpoints page.

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