SendPro Enterprise version 8.42.0 Release Notes (April 23, 2021)

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Products affected: SendPro® Enterprise

Note: Some changes affect all SendPro Enterprise users, while other changes affect licensed users only. If you are a subscriber, your SendPro Enterprise is hosted in the Pitney Bowes cloud with the address https://name.sendproenterprise.com, where "name" is your organization's unique value. If you are a licensed user, your SendPro Enterprise is not hosted in the Pitney Bowes cloud.

HEADLINE ENHANCEMENTS

The following headline enhancements have been implemented in SendPro Enterprise:

SendPro Enterprise. Support for hybrid system installations.

Affects licensed SendPro Enterprise users only.

SendPro Enterprise now supports hybrid installation models for on-premise systems. This feature enables on-premise customers to utilize an identity provider (IdP) hosted within the Pierbridge SaaS environment. In support:

  • When applying 8.42.0 in Instance Manager, a popup presents allowing users to enter their Organization ID. This is supplied by Pitney Bowes. Once a valid value is entered, it is saved to the configuration file. The Organization ID only needs to be configured once.
  • When configuring Instances in SendPro Enterprise Setup, the Identity Provider Url field is no longer read only. The field only accepts valid live or test Pierbridge IdP Urls.
  • If operating with existing instances at version 8.34.0 and above, the IdP Url must be configured to a valid Pierbridge IdP Url. No configuration changes can be made to an instance before this value is configured.
  • Removed the ability to configure IdP instances in SendPro Enterprise Setup.
  • Following the upgrade, users will be asked to change their passwords after the first login.

Note that the following elements are impacted by this change:

  • Following the upgrade, authentication methods, such as SAML, will need complete reconfiguration in both SendPro Enterprise and any third-party authentication providers.
  • If operating with load-balanced servers with a shared database, this will need to be reconfigured as per the existing process. If operating with load-balanced servers with separate xml configurations, you will need to do the following:
    1. On the first instance, upgrade to 8.42.0.
    2. Press Install, then Run Now.
    3. Right-click the instance, and select Export Transtream Client Credentials.
    4. On the second instance, upgrade to 8.42.0.
    5. Right-click the instance, select Import Transtream Client Credentials and choose the import file from the first instance.
    6. Press Install, then Run Now.

Task Scheduler. Extended scheduling options.

Affects all SendPro Enterprise users.

Daily, monthly, and weekly task scheduling has been updated to allow the selection of a specific time, down to the minute, at which a task will run.

PB Shipping API. Destination zone now handled in product responses.

Affects all SendPro Enterprise users.

When operating with PB Shipping API, the destinationZone element of carrier responses is now returned in the Zone node of product ship and rate responses.

Administration App. Added support for Alias detail in the Locations tab.

Affects all SendPro Enterprise users.

Added a new field, Alias, when configuring Locations in the Administration App. This change allows for Location Alias detail to display in the following reports:

  • Carrier Activity
  • Delivery Status Summary
  • Transactions By Account Summary
  • Transactions By Account Summary - By Cost Center Code
  • Transactions By Shipper Summary
  • Meter Detail
  • Meter Funds

Licensed SendPro Enterprise Users: Note that if operating with custom versions of the above reports, they must be downloaded before product upgrade, and re-uploaded following the upgrade. This is achieved via the Manage Reports page of the Administration’s Outputs tab.

Reports. Corrected Account Summary formatting.

Affects all SendPro Enterprise users.

The Account Summary report has been updated to resolve formatting issues.

Licensed SendPro Enterprise users: If operating with a customized version of the report, ensure you download the report from the Manage Reports page of the Administration’s Outputs tab prior to upgrading.

ConnectShip. Updated treatment of Excessive Length special services.

Affects all SendPro Enterprise users.

Custom ConnectShip carriers operating with Excessive Length special services will now pass the Oversize element, with a value of True, to ConnectShip.

Administration App. Extended support for Hazardous Helpline Contacts.

Affects licensed SendPro Enterprise users only.

Added the ability to configure Hazardous Signature and Signatory Job Title when setting up Hazardous Helpline Contacts in the Locations tab of the Administration App. If populated, this information is passed to LabelMaster DGIS and will appear on LabelMaster generated hazardous outputs. In support, the existing Hazardous Helpline Contacts table is now accessed via a Hazardous Contacts button when editing Locations in the App.

Apps. Updated support phone number default.

Affects all SendPro Enterprise users.

The default configuration of the Support Telephone Value, displayed in the Apps’ Help tray, has been updated to (800) 888-0286. For detail, see Warehouse App - Help. Note that the link is to the Warehouse App but the functionality is common across all Apps.

Data Management. Changes to Dropbox processing.

Affects all SendPro Enterprise users.

Updated the treatment of Dropbox data import and export locations due to changes in product infrastructure. Users operating with previous Dropbox locations registered with existing access tokens will need to re-authorize Dropbox connections as per the original process.

 

CARRIER CHANGES

The following carrier changes have been implemented for SendPro Enterprise:

APC Postal Logistics. Added new carrier.

Affects all SendPro Enterprise users.

SendPro Enterprise now supports the carrier APC Postal Logistics.

DHL eCommerce API. Updated carrier functionality.

Affects all SendPro Enterprise users.

The following updates have been implemented to align with the latest version of the DHL API (v4):

  • Added support for Track and Rate carrier functions.
  • Removed support for the Return carrier function and Return label.
  • Removed support for the following carrier services:
    • DHL SmartMail Parcel Return Light
    • DHL SmartMail Parcel Return Plus
    • DHL SmartMail Parcel Return Ground
    • DHL Parcel International Direct Expedited (PLX)
    • DHL Globalmail Packet Standard (PKD)
    • DHL Globalmail Business Priority (BMY)
    • DHL Globalmail Business Standard (BMD)
    • DHL Globalmail Business IPA (BMA)
    • DHL Globalmail Business ISAL (BML)
    • DHL Metro Same Day
    • DHL Metro Next Day
  • Removed support for the following carrier special services:
    • COD - Any
    • COD - Amount
  • Removed support for the following package types:
    • Irregular Parcel
    • Machinable Parcel
    • BPM Machinable
    • Parcel Select Mach
    • Parcel Select NonMach
    • Media Mail
    • Marketing Parcel < 6oz
    • Original Packaging
    • Marketing Parcel >= 6oz

 

OTHER CHANGES

The following other changes have been implemented in SendPro Enterprise:

Requests. Improvements to error handling.

Affects all SendPro Enterprise users.

The ship response has been updated to improve the treatment of the ErrorLocationElementName node returned by the carrier. This fix ensures the Status Description includes more detail to assist users with error handling.

Desktop App. Corrected workflow issues.

Affects all SendPro Enterprise users.

An issue has been resolved whereby users could proceed through Desktop workflows before all required fields had been populated. Now, the Next button is disabled until all required data is provided.

Personal Shipping App. Updated handling of Zip codes.

Affects all SendPro Enterprise users.

In the Personal Shipping App, the Zip field is now required in all three address tabs (Ship From, Returns, Ship To) if the corresponding Country dropdown is set to United States or Canada. Note that the field is not required when shipping to other countries.

Consolidated Shipping. Updated treatment of FedEx Web Services shipments.

Affects all SendPro Enterprise users.

The logic used to process FedEx Web Services consolidated shipments has been updated to improve tracking functionality. Now, when a FedEx Web Services consolidated trailer is closed, a shipment is created within SendPro Enterprise for the consolidated first-mile shipment (customer to FedEx facility). Furthermore, if required by the service, an additional shipment is created for sending the consolidated customs documents. For example, the carrier’s consolidated services are now handled as:

  • FedEx International Priority DirectDistribution® (IPD). Two shipments are created - consolidated shipment and documents shipment.
  • FedEx International Priority DirectDistribution® Freight (IDF). Two shipments are created - consolidated shipment and documents shipment.
  • FedEx® International DirectDistribution Surface Solutions (TD). One shipment created - consolidated shipment (no documents shipment returned by FedEx).

This fix ensures that FedEx Web Services consolidated shipments display as expected in the View App and can be tracked fully.

In addition, the shipping Apps’ Consolidation tab has been amended to allow for the deletion of closed FedEx Web Services consolidated shipments.

FedEx Web Services. Corrected issue with international returns.

Affects all SendPro Enterprise users.

International returns processed with FedEx Web Services now function as expected. Previously, errors occurred due to missing customs duties Bill To Type and Account Number elements in the return request.

UPS Consolidated. Support for WorldEase printing options.

Affects all SendPro Enterprise users.

A new setting has been added to SendPro Enterprise, UPS World Ease Return Single Label. The setting, configured in the All Settings page of the Administration App’s Data tab, determines how labels are handled for UPS Consolidated WorldEase shipments. Currently, ConnectShip automatically combines international shipments and returns labels for every package in the collection, often resulting in duplicate labels that are not needed. If configured to True, only labels for the current shipment are returned in product ship responses. If set to False, labels are returned for every package as per the original behavior.

UPS Freight API. Corrected treatment of Declared Value.

Affects all SendPro Enterprise users.

The DeclaredValue element is now handled correctly by UPS Freight API. Previously, the carrier would read the ContentValue field instead of the DeclaredValue field.

Data Management. Resolved issue with additional data in Cost Center Chargeback exports.

Affects all SendPro Enterprise users.

Scheduled monthly data exports of the Cost Center Chargeback entity no longer return additional days in the export. Previously, the day prior to the scheduled date range was incorrectly included, resulting in duplicate transactions from the previous month displaying in export files.

Shipping Apps. Quantity Left now functions as expected.

Affects all SendPro Enterprise users.

The Quantity Left field, in the Apps’ line items table, now populates as expected. Previously, the field remained empty following a ship request.

SaaS Transportation. Updated handling of rate data.

Affects all SendPro Enterprise users.

The way in which SaaS Transportation handles quote data has been updated, correcting issues whereby quote identifier errors presented when shipping. In addition, costs for SaaS Transportation transactions now display as expected in the View App.

Administration App. Resolved issues with custom label configuration.

Affects licensed SendPro Enterprise users only.

An issue has been resolved whereby customs label configuration options failed to display when the Generate From field is set to Custom Label Generator.

DHL XML-PI. Corrected handling of UK shipments.

Affects all SendPro Enterprise users.

Shipping from UK addresses to European countries using DHL XML-PI carrier services now functions as expected. Previously, shipments failed due to changes incurred with Brexit and the handling of the IsDutiable flag.

Outputs. Resolved issue with incorrect values on Bill of Lading.

Affects all SendPro Enterprise users.

An issue has been resolved whereby the Number Of Pieces and Weight values on generated Bill of Lading outputs did not match the submitted shipment data. This was due to issues with package weight calculations.

FedEx Freight Web Services. Removed ETD configuration options.

Affects all SendPro Enterprise users.

The ability to configure ETD Header and Signature image files has been removed for FedEx Freight Web Services as it is not supported by the carrier.

SaaS Transportation. Resolved issue with missing Payment Terms on Bill of Lading.

Affects all SendPro Enterprise users.

The PayerType node in product ship request is now correctly mapped to the PaymentTerms element within the carrier’s BookShipment request. This fix corrects issues whereby freight payment terms did not display on generated Bill of Lading outputs. Note that SaaS Transportation supports Sender, Recipient and Third-Party payment types.

Reports. Enhanced performance of SMART reports.

Affects all SendPro Enterprise users.

The logic used to generate the Simplified Mail Accounting (SMART) Report and the Modified Simplified Mail Accounting (SMART) Report has been updated to improve performance, correcting issues whereby the reports timed out when processed.

Data Management. History tab now correctly ordered.

Affects all SendPro Enterprise users.

An issue has been resolved whereby the Data Management’s History tab did not order rows correctly when paginated.

FedEx Web Services. Updated handling of recipient duty payer detail.

Affects all SendPro Enterprise users.

The DutiesPaymentAccountNumber, Contact, and Address elements are now populated as expected in requests when performing FedEx Web Services shipments where the recipient is the duty payer.

DHL XML-PI. Resolved issue with domestic shipments.

Affects all SendPro Enterprise users.

Rating and shipping DHL XML-PI domestic shipments now function as expected. Previously, errors presented due to incorrect mappings of the Description and InternationalDescription elements in rate shop requests.

PB Shipping API. Corrected processing of future date shipments.

Affects all SendPro Enterprise users.

USPS shipments processed via PB Shipping API for future shipping dates are now included as expected in future date manifests. Previously, shipments were excluded from manifests as they were incorrectly assigned an In Transit history state when processed by the Batch Tracking task.

FedEx Freight Web Services. Updated handling of Bill of Lading number.

Affects all SendPro Enterprise users.

Updated the FedEx Freight Web Services connector to pass the Bill of Lading number to the carrier if provided in the ship request.

Banyan. Updated treatment of identifiers for select carriers.

Affects all SendPro Enterprise users.

The Banyan carriers J.P. Express and New Penn now return their PickupNumber in the BoLNumber field of product requests.

View App. FedEx Web Services now totals taxes as expected.

Affects all SendPro Enterprise users.

An issue has been resolved whereby FedEx Web Services only retrieved one tax node from carrier responses. Now, the carrier totals all tax nodes as expected.

Apps. Updated treatment of Ship After Time.

Affects all SendPro Enterprise users.

The Ship After Time will now default to the current time if configured to a time in the past.

UPDATED: April 22, 2021