Postmaster Launches API for Easier Integration of Shipping Carriers in eCommerce Platforms

Janet Wagner, Data Journalist / Full Stack Developer
Mar. 25 2013, 11:30AM EDT

Postmaster, a cloud-based, small package shipping platform for SMBs and eCommerce companies, has announced the launch of the public beta version of the Postmaster API. The Postmaster API was designed to allow easy integration of multiple shipping carriers into e-commerce systems as well as to help companies save time and money throughout the entire shipping process.

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The Postmaster API Beta is based on REST and all responses to API calls are returned in JSON format. There are three client libraries currently available at GitHub which include Python, PHP and Ruby.

The API currently supports shipping carriers FedEx, UPS, and USPS, and the company plans on adding additional carriers (regional and international) in the near future.

The goal of the Postmaster API is to make shipping integration in ecommerce systems easier for developers as well as help companies reduce the costs on small package shipments. Jesse Lovelace, CEO and Co-Founder of Postmaster says in the press release that:

"There's been a ton of innovation around all aspects of retail and eCommerce -- payments, storefronts, UX and UI -- everything except for shipping logistics. Carrier integration can be extremely cumbersome. Postmaster wants to not only make this process easier than ever before, but by harnessing shipping data and analytics, ensure that every shipment is optimized, routed and billed as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible."

Developers interested in using the Postmaster API can find more information on the Postmaster website.

Janet Wagner Janet is a data journalist and full stack developer based in Toledo, Ohio. Her focus revolves around APIs, data visualization, machine learning, and data-driven journalism. Follow her on Twitter: @webcodepro and on Google+

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