And now that I did the plug in for Frank's session...
This week I have a chance to review one of those truly underutilized features in Microsoft Dynamics GP, this time, as a result of some quality control work I am performing at one of our projects going live in 2 weeks.
My customer, a specialty food and fine chocolates distributor here in the Washington D.C. area needed to provide his customer service staff with the ability to see package delivery status when products leave any of the 5 warehouses around the country. To make matters more interesting, they are currently using Savant Software's Shipping Manifest module coupled with Savant Software's Warehouse Management System, both of which are integrated to Microsoft Dynamics GP. When orders are shipped from the Shipping Manifest solution, product tracking numbers are returned to the order document in Microsoft Dynamics GP.
|Tracking Numbers on the Sales User-Defined Fields Entry window|
My customer uses the four major delivery carriers: UPS, DHL, FedEx, USPS, and Ontrac.
We used Microsoft Dynamics GP Custom Links feature to provide the package tracking capabilities required.
|Custom Link Setup|
To setup a link to the Fedex tracking site, you select the Prompt to which you want to associate the link, in this case the "Tracking Number" prompt. You will then provide a prompt to display for the link, "FedEx Tracking". Next, you will want establish the field value for which the prompt will be displayed, in this case we want to display the Fedex Tracking prompt when the associated shipping method is FEDEX GROUND. Finally, we need the URL for the FedEx tracking website and need to pass in the tracking number string as a parameter to the URL. This is accomplished with the "%1" string substitution moniker at the end of the URL.
The result is shown below:
|Tracking Number Custom Link|
When the link is selected, the user is directed to the FedEx tracking site where information is displayed about the tracking number selected.
The following are tracking sites URLs for each of the major carriers, with the corresponding string substitution parameter for the tracking number:
Happy package tracking!
Mariano Gomez, MVP