Description: The article below concentrates on the topic of ups login. The author shows you how to find the correct location on ups.com that will allow you to register for and download the programming documentation for UPS Web Developer’s Kit APIs.
My name is Dan Horner, I’m putting together this article on how to gain access to the UPS web developers kit, I get this question a lot, this article may help anyone in the future who needs to quickly get in and download the software development kit and the explanation for the UPS web developers kit.
As a first step, UPS seems to update these links from time to time, I always begin with a Google search, when I go into Google, I type ups web developer kit, you’ll see it start to come up in the suggested search options, I’m going to click ups web developer kit.
Once I get past the paid advertisements, I’m going to left click that, this brings us to the page where any developer can register for and download the information for each of the different APIs that UPS exposes for use on the web, you can see a few of them down at the bottom of this screen.
There are APIs under the topic of shipping and rating, that makes sense, here’s an API for double-checking and addresses correct at city state zip level, but there’s another one at street level, there’s another API for finding a drop-off location.
We’re requesting a pickup or rating how much the package is going to cost, we’re shipping to make an actual shipping label, finally check time in transit, you can see this side of the APIs is all about tendering a package for shipment to UPS.
Check the address where I can drop it off, how much it is going to cost and how long it is going to take, that will make a label, once a package is tendered to UPS, you may have questions later, there are APIs that are going to help you answer your questions.
Quantum View is a way to pull current delivery status information while it’s moving and when it’s delivered, a raw and simple tracking request is delivered, trade ability helps enhance international trade which helps you pull estimates together.
Things like duties and taxes will be assessed by the country where the item is being imported into, that’s the general feel of the APIs are available, but gaining access to each API is all handled through this five-step process, you have to register with UPS, it’s a regular registration.
UPS calls it a my UPS.com ID, once you have that registration, you log in to the UPS developer kit page, as soon as you do, instead of being sales collateral you’ll start having new links that let you download the software development kit. That’s what we’re trying to do.
If you have never registered with ups.com, you can see new user login, if you’ve never registered, click on this registration button, follow the prompts and set yourself up with a my UPS.com username and password, I’ve already done that, so what I’m going to do is to come back to step two.
I need to log in, because until I log in, I’m not going to have access to any of the developers kits, login, put in my user ID and password which is case-sensitive, I’m back to the exact same page, you can see my name Dan Horner, I’ve logged in to the UPS system.
All I need to do is to select an API, I can download the API documentation, with that documentation I can read through it, I can decide what it is going to take for me to implement that API or a given project that I’m working on, if I’m going to do that, there will send calls to the UPS web servers that I’m going to need an access key.
That’s the final step, you don’t need this access key from day one, once you’ve registered and logged in, download the API documentation of your interest, then you can review it to see what you’re facing for this project, I’m going to choose the shipping API, that’s a more complicated one.
Cut I’m going to left click shipping, I could have chosen any of them, but for this it’s an example of shipping, UPS is telling me that in the UPS web developers kit there is a shipping API, it’s available both as an XML based API or a web service.
It can be used to handle small package shipments or less than truckload or freight shipments which is fantastic, there’s more information down here if you don’t know what an API is, there are some frequently asked questions, but what I’m looking for is shipping.zip file.
I’m going to download that link, I’m going to throw it on my desktop, I’m going to make a folder for it, I name it UPS shipping API, I’m going to put that zip file inside of UPS shipping API on my desktop, once I’ve got that and once you’ve done the same, you have access to the documentation that you can use to take a look and to review.
I’m going to show you what’s in there, I’ll let you do your own exploration, sitting inside of my UPS shipping API I open up the zip file and get a folder in shipping package ground, let’s open this the developers guide folder up, I’m going to click into the developers guide.
UPS said there were two versions, there’s an XML version, there’s a Web Services version, I’m going to open the XML one, it doesn’t matter, I’m going to open up this PDF, let’s see what we get, I’ve got this PDF file, let’s reduce its size a little bit.
It is the shipping package xml developer’s guide, go down a little bit, this is going to start to lay out what the API is, what the features are and how to plan your application, it is going to come a point where they have questions, I’m sure that’s fine.
Scan down this, let’s see this section for getting technical support, this is something that’s key, a lot of the UPS people in the field don’t have the background, they don’t work with these APIs on a daily basis, that’s fine, but how do you get access to the people at UPS who deal with API related questions regularly?
I’m going to double click that or left click it, I’m on page 17 of this PDF, this is a part that I found is important, when you need technical support, this series of pages lays out how UPS delivers support for their APIs, there’s a link, there are different steps.
You need that same user ID to log in, there’s email technical support, there’s a developer community, there’s a developer knowledge base, as I roll down this page, you start to see what’s available on how to get support, there are a lot of steps to get technical support.
You could waste a lot of time on the phone calling the wrong people, somehow these couple of pages get by you, I went to UPS web developers kit, I logged in, I downloaded the API, once I downloaded it, I unzipped the package, inside the developer’s kit I have it for review, I can plan my whole project, thanks.