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What's new at Western
Western Carriers has developed a new version of its web services to better allow our customers to
integrate their software with our services. We have both simplified the use of and extended the capabilities of the
web services in this new version, and documentation has been improved as well. Placing invoiced orders is now supported
with no need to enter data via our website. Our sample application has been updated to Visual Studio 2008 and can easily
be converted to Visual Studio 2010 or 2012 for customers using those versions. Additionally, the sample application will
now read the security key from a configuration file which can be modified by the user, allowing it to be used as a
There are many enhancements coming to the project I functionality. To make it more
readable, we are breaking these changes up into three sections, the first of which
deals with the Address Book.
We are changing the address book functionality in a couple of ways. We have heard
that you often add the same carrier and comments to a particular address. As a result
of this, we have added three new fields to the address book: Carrier, comments line
1 and comments line 2, as well as moved the fields and links around to make it clearer
what they do and what is saved. To more clearly delineate this change, the “Select
from Address Book” link has moved above all the fields that are filled in when you
Secondly, we have changed the real time inventory by product display to more accurately display the unshipped allocation of your inventory.
We have broken out the orders that are placed against a particular product and are now displaying the allocation in more detail. As you can see below, there are now 4 lines for the allocated inventory, two for allocated taxpaid inventory and two for allocated bonded inventory.
The details button will still display all of your orders for the selected product.
As the last installment of the recent changes, we have changed the place orders item entry page to display the inventory allocation for the entered products in order to assist our customers in preventing over-allocation of their inventory.
As you can see below, we have added two new columns in the item grids below: Cases Available and Bottles Available. This information should help you to see what items are available to place orders against.
We at Western Carriers have been busy over this summer to try to improve and streamline
the process of placing orders on our website, to make it faster and easier than
ever for you. This means that there are a few new substantial changes that you will
see in the coming weeks. We are pretty excited about them, and we hope you are too!
First, all of our pages have been better optimized for display on smaller screens
to enable you to place orders without having to scroll back and forth to see the
Secondly, the address book has been revised so it is no longer always at the bottom
of the screen. To access the address book, you now simply click on the “Select from
In order to better serve our customer’s reporting needs, Western Carriers is releasing a new scheduling option for reports. Scheduling a report will allow you to define the report parameters and automatically run and deliver the report using a schedule that best suits your needs
Instructions on how to use this new reporting feature will be available when this option is made available on our site.
Starting today, Western Carriers is offering email notification when orders that
are placed on the website are shipped from our warehouse. These emails will be sent
to the email address (or addresses) that is specified in your company profile. If
you would like to have multiple email addresses notified upon shipment, simply enter
those emails in the textbox separated by commas. This address can be set by your
customer administrators and will be applied across all web placed orders, regardless
of who placed the order initially.
It will appear similar to the confirmation email seen below:
Western Carriers has several website changes that are going to be rolled out soon
to help you just in time for the busy fall season. First, we are implementing shipped
order confirmations that will allow you to receive an email when an order that was
placed through our “Place Orders” website application has shipped and 2) we have
revised the layout of all our reports to be more user friendly and readable. These
two changes will be available on the 30th.
A sample of the new reporting format is shown below:
and the old format so you can see the changes:
We have already implemented a new version of “Place Orders” for our Western Carriers customers. We feel this new version is easier to use. Users can now type ahead and tab through fields without waiting for the site to load product information. Invalid product codes are highlighted with a red “Invalid Product Code” message in the description area. These need to be corrected before you can continue to the next page.
This change will be implemented on the Western Wine site soon. As always, any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
In response to customer requests, Western Carriers will be enhancing the place orders system to add new functionality and make the order processing system easier to use. The place order screen will be more intuitive, changing the size of the fields to better reflect their maximum sizes, and modifing the order validation to be more intuitive and easier to use. Now all the error messages will be displayed at the top of the screen and shown together, instead of being displayed one at a time. Going forward, order numbers will be limited to letters, numbers, hyphens and forward slashes. Also, we will be implementing a new calendar box for the requested ship date field. You will see a calendar to choose a day as well as type directly into the box if you know the date you want. To use the actual calendar display, simply click on the arrow....
Western Carriers, in our continuing effort to serve our customers better, is going to update the Inventory Balances report this coming Sunday – June 28th. The report will be changed to better reflect your available inventory balances by showing the amount of inventory that is allocated to orders not yet shipped. With this change, you can see at a glance inventory that is available for order without looking at the inventory inquiry screen online for each product.
This version of the report is already available for our Western Wine customers. We will continue to improve our website to better serve you, our valued customers.
At Western Carriers and Western Wine Services, we continue to learn, invest, and create policies to reduce our carbon footprint and help the global environment.
Western Wine Services and SPG Solar have installed a record-setting 707 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system at our location in Napa. The positive impact on the global environment of our solar panel project is far-reaching. Our system produces enough energy to power 283 California homes each year and prevents 1,655,672 lbs. of carbon dioxide
from being emitted into the atmosphere annually. It takes 626 acres of pine forest
to absorb this much CO2 from the atmosphere each year. This is equivalent to removing 1,630 passenger cars from the road or offsetting 17,470 barrels of oil
. You may find more information here