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NetDespatch provides carrier integration savings for Optima

Marlow, 3rd June 2015 - NetDespatch, the leading SaaS parcel data management platform for postal and parcel carriers, has formed a partnership with warehouse management solutions provider, Optima, which provides the firm with automatic and seamless access to multiple carriers - a process which was previously managed in-house, delivering savings of up to 25 percent in software development.

Headquartered in Stafford, UK, Optima Warehouse Solutions provides high quality but affordable warehouse management solutions to a range of customers, primarily in the warehousing and logistics sector, across the UK and Europe. These warehouses operate at a fast pace, picking out pre-ordered items and despatching them to consumers, and Optima therefore required a system that would enable the warehouse to process orders and despatch the items to the right carrier as quickly and cost efficiently as possible.

“Prior to using the NetDespatch platform, we had to create a bespoke link from our software to each individual carrier,” explained Optima managing director, Chris Roberts. “To create this set up and test the process was time consuming but now, using NetDespatch, with very little effort, we have written a single interface to its platform and we are immediately integrated with a number of leading carriers.”

“I believe this carrier integration benefit alone has saved us around 25% in terms of development hours which has enabled us to spend that time on our core business of developing powerful software packages that will make our customers’ warehouses more efficient!”

Optima is using NetDespatch’s unique “click-to-print” solution, a shipping API which returns the parcel barcode number and a URL, that can then be used by the Optima software to produce a PDF of the label, on demand. Using this API means that Optima now has an automated link between NetDespatch and the appropriate warehouse for a particular order, so when an order is placed, the warehouse containing the items can print out the label directly.

“The servers connecting to our carriers were previously running on a separate network to the servers running our cloud-based software,” explained Roberts. “But now any of our warehouses anywhere in the world can download and print the correct label, so they are always correctly routed and, crucially, are always carrier compliant too.”


About NetDespatch:

NetDespatch is the leading SaaS parcel data management platform for postal and parcel carriers worldwide. Recognised as one of the top independent Cloud Computing providers in the UK, the platform currently enables carriers to provide more than 130,000 of their business customers with solutions to seamlessly integrate ecommerce websites, sales order processing and warehouse systems at point of despatch. Users can print the correct shipping labels, customs documentation and manifests, and automatically pre-advise their carrier of incoming parcels. For more information visit Or follow NetDespatch on Twitter @NetDespatch

About Optima Warehouse Solutions:

Optima Warehouse Solutions has been established for over fourteen years and focuses on providing high quality but affordable warehouse management systems (WMS) primarily to warehousing and logistics companies but also to other sectors such as packaging, manufacturing and e-commerce.

The WMS software’s flexibility means that Optima can implement a cost effective warehousing solution to fit a variety of organisations, both large and small. The team’s excellent knowledge of the complexities of today’s busy warehousing market means that it has developed easy to use yet powerful software packages that make customer warehouses more efficient.

Optima is a Microsoft Partner and a member of the UKWA (UK Warehousing Association

For further information please contact us on +44 (0) 1270 500777 or email

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Michael Bartley

C8 Consulting

+44 (0)118 900 1133

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Becky Clark .

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