When looking to set up a new account with Metro State Security Couriers you will need to contact their IT department and advise them that you are looking to despatch your account through MachShip. This team can be contacted at email@example.com. Please cc firstname.lastname@example.org in your email.
Your email should be as follows:
Hi Support team,
I need to set up my account <insert account code> with Metrostate Security Couriers so that I may consign with my new FMS partner MachShip. Can you please advise what my consignment note prefix should be?
Could you please set up my account so that the status and POD updates are forwarded to the MachShip FTP directory?
Once the Metrostate Security Couriers team responds then we need to fill out the specific options.
Account Code - The account code will have been provided to you when your account was set up.
Consignment Prefix - The consignment prefix will have been provided to you in the email sent above.
Reference Pools - Reference pools are utilised by MachShip in order to maintain a count on connote, manifest, and item numbers. The reference pool will ensure that each of those numbers is unique to what we have sent to the carrier previously. More information can be obtained on reference pools here. Metro State requires the creation of just 1 reference pool, for the Connote number.
To create the reference pool select the Create Carrier Reference Pool button at the bottom of the page.
If you are creating a new account then the Reference Pools will be set to the following fields:
Pool Name - Set as Metro State Connote Pool <Account Code>
Minimum Value - 1
Maximum Value - 99999 (that is five 9's)
Next Value - 1
Cyclical - No
It will appear as below:
Once created it will appear in the drop-down below:
Should you already be trading on an existing account, please set the next available field as 1000 consignments higher than the highest connote number on your previous account.
Once the account has been set up and all of the rates have been added, you will need to run a test to ensure that upon go-live, everything will run successfully. To do this, create a consignment - please make Reference 1 and Reference 2 and the delivery special instructions THIS IS A TEST. Once this has been created please manifest the consignment to the carrier. If you experience any issues please get in touch with email@example.com.
If you receive a successful manifest message from MachShip then please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and advise them that you are starting to despatch your Metrostate account through MachShip and that you would like to receive verification on the test file and permission to start to trade. Please include the labels pdf's for the manifest, connote, and items.
Please let the support team know about the connote number and ask that they cancel this to make sure that you are not charged. Please cc email@example.com on this email so we can help if needed.
On confirmation from the support team that the setup is validated, you are free to begin to consign.