Integrating a shipping calculator API

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Hey! So I really need some advice here..

I am in the process of migrating my website from Weebly to Shopify, as Weebly did not support the shipping calculator API and I was told Shopify do! 

 

The issue is my my web developer I found on Upwork says that the shipping calculator company (www.freightexchange.com.au) need to have an app made for Shopify in order for it to be able to be integrated. Currently they don't have an app... but they do have a Word document with instructions on how to integrate their shipping calculator into a website using coding.

 

So my question is: can someone confirm I could integrate FreightExchange's shipping calculator API into Shopify without having to have an app created?

If not, can someone recommend some alternative solutions? I've seen some Apps exist for Shopify who look like they work with a few Australian courier companies, but freight exchanges is unique in that they have VIP accountS with the major courier companies and therefore their rates are way cheaper than anyone else can get. 

 

Thanks  a for your time to respond to my problem!

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For the pricing to show on checkout an app is going to need to be created. 

For showing a calculator on a product or cart page that might be possible with JavaScript - depending on what rules / authentication their API requires. It doesn't seem worthwhile just adding the calculator on the storefront if there's not an app in the checkout to back that up though.

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Thanks for your reply. So indeed an app is required to be created.. how much could I expect to pay for this to be created? I'd think Freightexchange should be getting this done so to benefit all their customers who use Shopify.. but won't hold my breath. 

 

So what alternative solutions are there? Any other similar courier price comparison services that a) would suit my products which are kayaks and b) have an app on Shopify 

 

thanks in advance 

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Have you checked these shipping apps? https://apps.shopify.com/categories/shipping

There is an API to integrate with carriers (https://help.shopify.com/api/reference/carrierservice) but it requires the "Advanced Shopify Plan or higher".

 

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Hey Tony, we've got a platform to enable building Shopify integrations like carrier shipping services. I took a look and FreightExchange's API luckily looks quite straightfoward. If you're interested, shoot us an email at support@pogodan.com and we can likely provide you a basic Shopify<->FreightExchange shipping connector at a quite reasonable rate. Cheers

Pogodan | https://experts.shopify.com/pogodan-dev
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Thanks so much for your reply. 

Clement... Question: it is not the carrier we deal with direct. We deal with freightexchange which is an online "aggregator" who searches with their network of couriers for whoever had the lowest price. So would you think that your solution would allow Shopify to link in with freightexchange who links in with a network of couriers?

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I'd also suggest having a chat to the readytoship team to see what freight integrations they support.

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Tony - yes we'd install a carrier service that integrated with the FreightExchange API to return a rate quote to Shopify based on their network of couriers

Pogodan | https://experts.shopify.com/pogodan-dev
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Thanks Pogodan. I'd be interested to see how much you'd quote for this job. 

 

Ive the FreightExchange API instructions here for you to review: https://www.dropbox.com/s/8uhoui5v1g5t34s/FreightExchange%2BQuote%2BAPI%2BSpecification.docx?dl=0

 

 What else do you need to know to be able to see if this task is possible? I'd love to chat on skype if we can? My username is: mrhammac if you can add me. Thanks!

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I believe it is possible but I've never implemented that API before. Pogodan seems to have more experienced in that area...

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