Online Shipping Tools and Technologies from Encompass

Online Shipping Tools and Technologies from Encompass

Posted by Joshua Gluck

Encompass shipping has created a suite of online tools to help you manage many important aspects of your parcel shipping and catalog mailing programs. Available exclusively to our customers, we provide a wealth of information to ensure your global shipping program is operating optimally. Whatever you are sending, with sophisticated tools – combined with our full suite of products and optional services—offers you unmatched international shipping and mailing solutions to help grow your business.

In addition to offering services such as itemized invoicing, we created a suite of online tools to help you manage many important aspects of your mailing and parcel shipping program. Available exclusively to Encompass shipping customers, they provide a wealth of information to ensure your program is operating optimally. Whatever you are sending, sophisticated tools offer you unmatched mailing and auto shipping solutions to help grow your business.

Cost effective development:-

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With web-based application of encompass shipping, users access the system via a uniform environment—the web browser. While the user interaction with the application needs to be thoroughly tested on different web browsers, the application itself needs only be developed for a single operating system. There’s no need to develop and test it on all possible operating system versions and configurations. This makes development and troubleshooting much easier.  For web applications that use a Flash front end, testing and troubleshooting is even easier.

Accessible anywhere:-

Unlike traditional applications, web systems are accessible anytime, anywhere, via a PC with an Internet connection, putting the user in charge of where and when they access application.

Easily customizable:-

The user interface of web-based applications is easier to customize than it is in desktop applications. This makes it easier to update the look and feel of the application, or customize the presentation of information to different user groups.

Accessible for a range of devices:-

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In addition to customizing content for user , content can also be customized for presentation on any device connected to the internet, including PDAs, mobile phones, etc., further extending the user’s ability to receive and interact with information.

Easier installation and maintenance:-

Maintenance and installation becomes less complicated. Once a new version or upgrade is installed on the host server, users can access it straight away.  No need to upgrade each client PC. Rolling out new software can be accomplished more easily, requiring only that users have up-to-date browsers and plugins. As the upgrades are only performed by an experienced professional to a single server, the results are more predictable and reliable.


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Web-based applications are typically deployed on dedicated servers, which monitored and maintained by experienced server administrators. This is far more effective than monitoring hundreds or even thousands of client computes, as this is the case with new desktop applications.

Adaptable to increased workload:-

Increasing processor capacity also becomes a far simpler operation. If an application requires more power to perform tasks, only the server hardware needs to be upgraded. The capacity of web-based software can be increased by “clustering” or running the software on several servers simultaneously. As workload increases, new servers can be added to the system easily—Google, for example, runs on thousands of inexpensive Linux servers. If a server fails, it can be replaced without affecting the overall performance of the application.

Flexible core technologies:-

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Any of three core technologies can be used for building web-based applications, depending on the requirements of the application. The Java-based solutions (J2EE) from Sun Micro-systems involve technologies such as JSP and Servlets. The newer Microsoft .NET platform uses Active Server Pages, SQL Server and .NET scripting languages.  Third option is the Open Source platform (predominantly PHP and MySQL), which is best suited to smaller websites and lower budget applications.

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