EnterpriseEDI is a commercial shipping and logistics software package by Cargowise and used by logistics companies. Depending on the setup it often has a SOAP API for clients shipping stuff can check on it's progress. Think tracking your Fedex package but on a larger scale.
This library provides a nice object based wrapper around the API so you can pretend the nasty SOAP behind it doesn't exist.
I am in no way personally affiliated with Cargowise or companies that use EnterpriseEDI. This library was put together for a project that needed access to specific details of upcoming shipments.
gem install cargowise
The cargowise API exposes two resources - Order and Shipment. Depending on your logistics company and what data they record there may be useful information on either or both.
Each company using the cargowise product hosts the server themselves, so you will need to register the URI and authentication details for the company you want to use.
client = Cargowise::Client.new(:order_uri => "http://visibility.ijsglobal.com/Tracker/WebService/OrderService.asmx", :shipment_uri => "http://visibility.ijsglobal.com/Tracker/WebService/ShipmentService.asmx", :company_code => "company_code", :username => "firstname.lastname@example.org", :password => "secret")
In a rails app the registration should be done in a file like config/initializers/cargowise.rb.
If you deal with multiple companies running cargowise you should create a client instance per company.
See the Finding API Endpoints section below for tips on finding the correct URI to register.
Cargowise::Order is a purchase order. It's for tracking the status of an order as it makes it's way from a supplier to you. For these to exist you probably need to have an arrangement with the logistics company to send them copies when you place the order.
To find all orders with a certain order number:
To find all incomplete orders:
Cargowise::Shipment represents something being sent to you - like a carton, palet or truck load. It might be transported via air, sea, road or a combination.
To find shipments by the shipment number (a reference number selected by your logistics company):
To find undelivered shipments:
To find shipments with activity in the past 14 days (or so):
All Order and Shipment objects are read only, there are no write capabale methods exposed via the API. If you see errors, contact your logistics company.
Finding API Endpoints
Logistics companies that run EnterpriseEDI often don't realise they have an API so tracking down information on how to set it up can be tricky.
If they have a website for tracking you can start with that URL and then guess the rest.
For example, OHLs web tracking site is at:
Their two API endpoints are therefore:
IJS global has a webtracking site at:
Their two API endpoints are:
- Cargowise: http://www.cargowise.com/